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Review of Once upon a Book

Once upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner; illus. by Grace LinPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.2/23    9780316541077    $18.99Cold sleet is falling, and the protagonist of this home-and-back-again adventure tale, Alice, is stuck inside, bored. Then she spots a book on the floor and starts to read: “Once...

Review of Dark on Light

Dark on Light by Dianne White; illus. by Felicita Sala Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 12/22    9781534487895    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534487901    $10.99 “Gentle the evening. Sweeping the skies. / Dark the shadows as twilight arrives. / Rose the horizon, gleaming and bright. / Twilight and evening and dark on...

Review of City Under the City

City Under the City by Dan Yaccarino; illus. by the author Primary    Minedition/Astra    64 pp. 11/22    9781662650895    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781662650901    $10.99 This unusual picture-book adventure stars one small girl who thwarts authority, starts a revolution, and saves the world. The futuristic tale plays out in three parts. The first...

Review of Night in the City

Night in the City by Julie Downing; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823452064    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455188    $11.99While a child gets ready for bed, a father gets ready for work—as do other night-shift workers in the city. Readers follow the dad (a nurse) and eight others: a taxi...

Review of The Bee Without Wings

The Bee Without Wings by Amberlea Williams; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Princeton    40 pp.3/23    9781797222509    $18.99Inspired by a news article about a woman who cared for a wingless bee found in her garden, this picture book follows young Sasha, who discovers, rescues, and befriends a small bee in need....

Review of Woo Hoo! You’re Doing Great!

Woo Hoo! You’re Doing Great! by Sandra Boynton; illus. by the authorPreschool    Little, Brown    40 pp.4/23    9780316486798    $17.99Self-help gets the Sandra ­Boynton ­treatment with energetic antics, ­deadpan humor, and ear-pleasing rhyme. “Have you been feeling kind of low? / A little lost? / A little slow?” A ­well-meaning, loud-squawking chicken...

Review of A Flag for Juneteenth

A Flag for Juneteenth by Kim Taylor; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.1/23    9780823452248    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455218    $11.99Huldah, a young Black girl in Texas, just so happens to be celebrating her tenth birthday on June 19, 1865. Expecting to wake up to songs from her family, she is instead...

Review of The Hospital Book

The Hospital Book by Lisa Brown; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823446650    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455102    $11.99“When I went to the hospital, I cried nine times.” Brown returns to the family featured in her ingenious The Airport Book (rev. 5/16); here, the now-older little sister narrates. The book follows...

Review of A Girl Can Build Anything

A Girl Can Build Anything by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Pat Zietlow Miller; illus. by Keisha MorrisPreschool, Primary    Viking    32 pp.4/23    9780593463741    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593463758    $10.99This joyful depiction takes readers throughout the creative design and construction processes, from imagining and planning all the way up to large-scale buildings. Simple, rhythmic text...
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