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Review of Sometimes I Feel like an Oak

Sometimes I Feel like an Oak by Danielle Daniel; illus. by Jackie TraversePrimary    Groundwood    32 pp.4/24    9781773066981    $19.99e-book ed.  9781773066998    $16.99Daniel’s (Sometimes I Feel like a Fox; Sometimes I Feel like a River) latest offering invites readers to commune with trees. Short first-person verses assign attributes to twelve different trees...

Review of Black Girl You Are Atlas

Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renée Watson; illus. by Ekua HolmesMiddle School, High School    Kokila/Penguin    96 pp.2/24    9780593461709    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593461716    $10.99This poetry collection masterfully encapsulates Watson’s experience of Black girlhood and womanhood. Through an array of poetic styles, she weaves together her personal reflections, celebrating the multifaceted nature...

Review of Climbing the Volcano: A Journey in Haiku

Climbing the Volcano: A Journey in Haiku by Curtis Manley; illus. by Jennifer K. MannPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.1/24    9780823451661    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457458    $11.99Manley offers a child’s point of view of a day-long hike up a mountain (identified in the back matter as the South Sister in Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range)....

Review of Home

Home by Isabelle Simler; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Vineet LalPrimary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    64 pp.3/24    9780802856203    $18.99e-book ed.  9781467467544    $18.99Simler takes on the perspectives of twenty-seven creatures who share the intricacies of their homes in this eye-catching French import. Each entry features a poem about, and illustration...

Review of What You Need to Be Warm

What You Need to Be Warm by Neil Gaiman; illus. by various artists Primary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    32 pp. 10/23    9780063358089    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780063358102    $12.99 Gaiman, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, used social media to ask people about their memories of being warm,...

Review of At the Poles

At the Poles by David Elliott; illus. by Ellen RooneyPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.10/23    9781536205992    $18.99That paragon of poetic pith Elliott (In the Woods, rev. 3/20; and others) returns with another winning entry. Here his focus is on animals of the Polar Regions, from emperor penguins in Antarctica, through two species...

Review of Kin: Rooted in Hope

Kin: Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Jeffery Boston WeatherfordIntermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    208 pp.9/23    9781665913621    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913645    $10.99From a single photograph and sparse information to a fully realized lineage of excellence, an African American author, with dramatic illustrations by her son, traces their family’s roots....

Review of Welcome to the Wonder House

Welcome to the Wonder House by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard; illus. by Deborah FreedmanPrimary, Intermediate    Wordsong/Astra    40 pp.7/23    9781635927627    $18.99e-book ed.  9781635928631    $11.99Twenty-nine poems in a lovely mix of forms and styles populate this book, presented as a “house” with twelve double-page-spread “rooms.” Each room has a slightly...

Review of My Head Has a Bellyache: And More Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

My Head Has a Bellyache: And More Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris; illus. by Andrea Tsurumi Primary, Intermediate    Little, Brown    192 pp. 7/23    9780316592598    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780316566179    $9.99 “Mint-chip ice cream (so fantastic!), / ­Key-lime taffy (so elastic!), / Bags of all-green jelly beans…...
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