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Review of On a Summer Night

On a Summer Night by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Kenard Pak Preschool    Chronicle    56 pp. 5/24    9781797200132    $18.99 In this quiet cumulative story, everyone—and everything—wakens, one by one. Who has woken the girl, the cat, the dog, the rabbit, the tree, the air, and the cloud? The reader and protagonist...

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 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 While You’re Asleep

While You’re Asleep by Emmy Kastner; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Simon    48 pp.3/24    9781665931335    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665931342    $10.99“The Earth / slowly spins, / light fades away. / You’re ready for sleep / at the end of the day.” Soothing blue and gold illustrations in soft acrylic gouache, watercolor, and...

Review of Ten Little Rabbits

Ten Little Rabbits by Maurice Sendak; illus. by the authorPreschool    Harper/HarperCollins    32 pp.2/24    9780062644671    $19.99The jacket copy of this very simple, essentially wordless counting story calls its young protagonist Mino, but the M emblazoned on his stage podium could just as well stand for Max or Mickey or Maurice, as...

Review of My Block Looks Like

My Block Looks Like by Janelle Harper; illus. by Frank MorrisonPreschool, Primary    Viking    40 pp.1/24    9780593526309    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593526316    $10.99Harper and Morrison’s vibrant picture book focuses on a Black tween girl’s trip through her city neighborhood on her way to a dance audition. She leaps—sometimes exuberantly blowing a pink bubble-gum...

Review of All That Grows

All That Grows by Jack Wong; illus. by the authorPrimary    Groundwood    32 pp.3/24    9781773068121    $19.99e-book ed.  9781773068138    $16.99Nature walks and gardening result in an introspective child thinking small (and big) thoughts about the natural world in this quiet, poetic account, effectively told in the first person. The narrator’s sister, experienced...

Review of The First Day of May

The First Day of May by Henrique Coser Moreira; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Levine Querido    40 pp.3/24    9781646143825    $15.99First published in Portugal, this wordless book celebrates—with abundant style—the blossoming of spring. Most spreads convey the action in a series of four or six small, square panels. In the opening...

Review of Just like Millie

Just like Millie by Lauren Castillo; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.4/24    9781536224818    $17.99e-book ed.  9781536237122    $17.99In this comforting story, a young girl and her mother move to a cozy apartment in a new city where she happily plays by herself whenever her mom has to work in...
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