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Review of Not Just the Driver!

Not Just the Driver! by Sara Holly Ackerman; illus. by Robert NeubeckerPreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.4/24    9781665936378    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665936385    $10.99This spirited look at a range of mass transportation vehicles showcases some of the vital but less visible jobs involved in making them move. “Who makes buses rev and...

Review of One Big Open Sky

One Big Open Sky by Lesa Cline-Ransome Intermediate, Middle School    Holiday    240 pp. 3/24    9780823450169    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823457496    $10.99 In 1879, Lettie’s African American family begins a westward journey from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nebraska, where her father seeks a better life for them. “We can’t live free / on...

Review of The Iguanodon’s Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again…and Again

The Iguanodon’s Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again…and Again by Sean Rubin; illus. by the author Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    48 pp. 3/24    9780063239210    $21.99 What did dinosaurs really look like? The best attempts to answer this question are constantly changing. Rubin shows how each...

Review of Ahoy!

Ahoy! by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Schwartz/Random    48 pp. 4/24    9780593429396    $19.99 Library ed.  9780593429402    $22.99 e-book ed.  9780593429419    $10.99 Picture books about imaginary play can be belabored or overly precious. Not so Blackall’s brilliantly constructed latest. The opening setting is a living room (just a...

Review of Gifts from Georgia’s Garden: How Georgia O’Keeffe Nourished Her Art

Gifts from Georgia’s Garden: How Georgia O’Keeffe Nourished Her Art by Lisa Robinson; illus. by Hadley Hooper Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 3/24    9780823452668    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823457557    $11.99 Spare, poetic text and illustrations rich in color and detail provide a unique insight into a well-known artist. Beginning in well-trodden territory...

Review of A Friend for Eddy

A Friend for Eddy by Ann Kim Ha; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp. 3/24    9780063315464    $19.99 Eddy the fish lives by himself in a little glass bowl. He wants a friend. “Someone who could swim and blow bubbles. Someone like him. Eddy peered out, wondering if...

Review of Something About the Sky

Something About the Sky by Rachel Carson; illus. by Nikki McClureIntermediate    Candlewick Studio    56 pp.3/24    9781536228700    $19.99This previously unpublished essay from “poet of science” Carson (1907–1964) is paired beautifully with McClure’s cut-paper and swirling ink-wash art. In 1956, a children’s television program asked Carson to respond to a child’s request...

Review of Max in the House of Spies

Max in the House of Spies [Operation Kinderspion]by Adam GidwitzIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    336 pp.2/24    9780593112083    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593112090    $10.99From the moment eleven-year-old Max Bretzfeld arrives in England as a Jewish evacuee from WWII Germany (accompanied by two immortal, opinionated, and invisible-to-others creatures, a kobold and a dybbuk), his overriding...

Review of The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants

The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants by Philip Bunting; illus. by the authorPrimary    Crown    32 pp.3/24    9780593567784    $17.99Library ed.  9780593567791    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593567807    $10.99This overview of ants combines cleverly designed graphics and a funny text to convey major concepts about the familiar insects. Expressive-eyed ants march across the pages, first in...
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