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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 A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Jerry Pinkney and Brian PinkneyPrimary  Porter/Holiday    40 pp.9/23    9780823449651    $18.99Shortly after his father’s death, a boy opens an envelope his father left him to find a map of the woods with a bright red X marking a destination. Still coping...

Review of I’m From

I’m From by Gary R. Gray, Jr.; illus. by Oge MoraPreschool, Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.9/23    9780063089969    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063334366    $10.99“I come from / early morning wake-ups, / handcrafted blankets / knitted with memories.” A young Black boy arises from his cozy bed and finds Dad in the kitchen...

Review of Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred

Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Paul O. ZelinskyPrimary    Schwartz/Random    48 pp.8/23    9780593480038    $18.99Library ed.  9780593480045    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593480052    $10.99A fairly standard retelling changes course quickly when Cinderella storms out of the ball (“What a disaster!”) declaring that the prince is a snob and her...

Review of What Happened to You?

What Happened to You? by James Catchpole; illus. by Karen GeorgePreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.4/23    9780316506472    $18.99Joe is having a ball playing pirate at the playground until some kids he hasn’t met before arrive. One of them shouts, “You’ve only got one leg!” Joe agrees, unimpressed: “And you’ve just...

Review of Do You Remember?

Do You Remember? by Sydney Smith; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.10/23    9780823442621    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823450237    $11.99A mother and child lie in bed, sharing memories in the dark. Changes in font color and placement guide readers in knowing who is speaking at which moment. First, the mother asks...

Review of Mine!

Mine! by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.8/23    9780593181669    $18.99Library ed.  9780593181676    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593181683    $10.99“In a tall, tall tree, / at the tip-tippy top, / hung a single red apple, / just about to drop.” Crisp, bright illustrations with smooth black outlines, created on stained paper...

Review of Spanish Is the Language of My Family

Spanish Is the Language of My Family by Michael Genhart; illus. by John ParraPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823450046    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455454    $11.99Spanish ed.  9780823454464    $18.99Genhart highlights the love between a grandson and his abuela through their connection with the Spanish language. Narrator Manolo signs up to compete in his school’s...

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...
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