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Review of Penny & Pip

Penny & Pip by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool  Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp.6/23    9781665913317    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913324    $10.99Rohmann returns to the natural history museum setting of his debut, Time Flies, but this outing is far cozier than that 1995 Caldecott Honor Book. It’s just as fanciful, though. Penny, a brown-skinned...

Review of In the Night Garden

In the Night Garden by Carin Berger; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823449866    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455379    $11.99Berger’s (Finding Spring, rev. 1/15) soothing, rhythmic text guides readers through the wonders of a garden at night, directly addressing them in hushed tones: “If you are very patient and very...

Review of Martina Has Too Many Tías

Martina Has Too Many Tías by Emma Otheguy; illus. by Sara PalaciosPrimary    Atheneum    40 pp.6/23    9781534445369    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534445376    $10.99Spanish ed.  9781534445840    $18.99In this expert picture-book riff on the classic Caribbean folktale “La Cucaracha Martina,” Otheguy celebrates big families with room for all types of dispositions. Introverted, story-loving Martina is...

Review of Before, Now

Before, Now by Daniel Salmieri; illus. by the authorPrimary    Rocky Pond/Penguin    48 pp.6/23    9780593461976    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593461983    $10.99Salmieri delivers a moving intergenerational story using opposites as its central conceit. Opening pages show a view of Earth from space, reading: “In the dark sky floats a bright planet.” The page-turn zooms...

Review of Cape

Cape by Kevin Johnson; illus. by Kitt ThomasPrimary     Roaring Brook    40 pp.6/23    9781250840509    $18.99e-book ed.  9781250336132    $10.99On the day of a funeral, a young brown-skinned boy wears the cape that the deceased gave him, as a shield against painful memories. After the funeral, the child continues to use the cape...

Review of Where Can We Go?: A Tale of Four Bears

Where Can We Go?: A Tale of Four Bears by Dai Yun; illus. by Igor Oleynikov; adapted by Helen MixterPrimary    Aldana Libros/Greystone Kids    40 pp.9/23    9781771649810    $18.95After returning to his family with just one small fish, a father polar bear announces that they will have to move and find a...

Review of Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day

Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day by Astrid Kamalyan; illus. by Anait SemirdzhyanPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.9/23    9781623543587    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893307    $9.99A young girl describes a beloved summertime tradition for her Armenian family. Guided by Bábo, or Grandmother, four children jump into action to “soak, soap, and wash” their treasured...

Review of Go-Go Guys

Go-Go Guys by Rowboat Watkins; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.9/23    9781797205717    $15.99The Go-Go Guys, three egg-shaped youngsters, “NEVER sleep!” and have brains that go “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!” While they’re tucked into bed reflecting on more appealing activities than going to sleep (such as driving cars, bulldozers, and...

Review of Problem Solved!

Problem Solved! by Jan Thomas; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.8/23    9781665939997    $15.99e-book ed.  9781665940009    $10.99Rabbit stands in the middle of her messy bedroom: “Uh-oh. This is a PROBLEM.” In pops Porcupine Pete, “Your Problem-Solving Porcupine,” who, in the tradition of many self-proclaimed helpers in children’s literature,...
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