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Review of Patchwork

Patchwork by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Corinna Luyken Primary    Putnam    48 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-9848-1396-1    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-593-53234-8    $18.99 A rhythmic text speaks to an unnamed child in the second person, describing what “we see” and how that trait or characteristic may inform a young...

Review of Hot Dog

Hot Dog by Doug Salati; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-30843-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30844-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30845-5    $10.99 It’s a hot time in the city. A small, low-slung pup greets the morning from the window of a narrow NYC...

Review of Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten; illus. by Garry Meeches Sr. Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-62354-290-0    $16.99 “Many Americans call it a day of thanksgiving. Many of our people call it a day of mourning.” A team of Native creators provides...

Review of I Don’t Care

I Don’t Care by Julie Fogliano; illus. by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary     Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 11/22     978-0-8234-4345-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5430-3    $11.99 It’s all about the body language in this enjoyable collaboration. Idle (Flora and the Flamingo, rev. 7/13; Witch Hazel, rev. 9/22)...

Review of Walter Had a Best Friend

Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier Preschool     Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g 10/22     978-1-5344-7700-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7701-8    $10.99 Walter (a mouse-like creature) and Xavier (who resembles a duck) do everything together, including boating (their canoe has “X + W”...

Review of Sallie Bee Writes a Thank-You Note

Sallie Bee Writes a Thank-You Note by Courtney Sheinmel and Susan Verde ; illus. by Heather Ross Primary    Abrams    32 pp.       g11/22     978-1-4197-4960-5     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-64700-864-2    $15.54 Sallie Bee, a little girl with bee-shaped clips in her hair, is surprised to receive a present one day...

Review of Ways to Make Friends

Ways to Make Friends by Jairo Buitrago ; illus. by Mariana Ruiz Johnson ; trans. from Spanish by Elisa Amado Preschool, Primary    Aldana Libros/Greystone Kids    40 pp.       g8/22     978-1-77164-975-9     $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-77164-976-6    $18.95 In this eccentric volume, Buitrago and Johnson provide suggestions addressing the titular theme....

Review of A Spark in the Dark

A Spark in the Dark by Pam Fong ; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary       G     reenwillow    32 pp.       g10/22     978-0-06313-653-3     $17.99 On one level, this is the story of a little orange fish who swims too far down into the inky blackness...

Review of Where in the World Are You?

Where in the World Are You? by Marie G. Rohde ; illus. by the author Preschool    What on Earth    48 pp.       g9/22     978-1-913750-76-3     $17.99 Rohde constructs a vibrant exploration of place beginning with a simple question and answer: “Where is the cat? Under the wobbly table.”...
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