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Review of Glitter Everywhere!: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going

Glitter Everywhere!: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going by Chris Barton; illus. by Chaaya PrabhatPrimary    Charlesbridge    48 pp.6/23    9781623542528    $19.99Barton explores glitter, a source of fascination (and frustration), diving into the science, history, and entrepreneurship that created the material we know today. He doesn’t shy...

Review of 83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary

83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary by Don Brown; illus. by the authorHigh School    Clarion/HarperCollins    128 pp.5/23    9780063311565    $22.99e-book ed.  9780063311589    $10.99Here’s a rare chronicle of a contemporary, ongoing war. This comic-format “war diary” isn’t told from the viewpoint of any one person, although individual perspectives are plentifully represented...

Review of The Book of Turtles

The Book of Turtles by Sy Montgomery; illus. by Matt PattersonPrimary, Intermediate    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.5/23    9780358458074    $19.99“Sometime around 240 million years ago—about the time of the first dinosaurs, and 9 million years before the first crocodile—the shell invented the turtle.” With this cheekily thought-provoking opening sentence, acclaimed science writer Montgomery...

Review of Not a Monster

Not a Monster by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez; illus. by Laura GonzálezPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.5/23    9781623543037    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632899446    $9.99In this picture book, Martínez seamlessly blends legend and science to expand readers’ understanding of axolotls. She starts with the creature’s life cycle, placing it in its natural habitat, and then recounts...

Review of We Are Starlings: Inside the Mesmerizing Magic of a Murmuration

We Are Starlings: Inside the Mesmerizing Magic of a Murmuration by Robert Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli; illus. by Marc MartinPrimary    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.5/23    9780593381632    $18.99Library ed.  9780593381649    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593381663    $11.99Starlings are social birds, at times flying in groups so large that their wings create a murmuring...

Review of Wombats Are Pretty Weird: A (Not So) Serious Guide

Wombats Are Pretty Weird: A (Not So) Serious Guide by Abi Cushman; illus. by the authorPrimary    Greenwillow    40 pp.5/23    9780063234437    $19.99Cushman combines clear, cartoonlike digital illustrations with a lucid and humorous narrative to introduce young readers to wombats. After outlining features of their genus of marsupials (e.g., the young are...

Review of Lost in the Mountains

Lost in the Mountains [Survival Scout] by Maxwell Eaton III; illus. by the author Intermediate    Roaring Brook    144 pp. 5/23    9781250790460    $19.99 Paper ed.  9781250790477    $12.99 e-book ed.  9781250330956    $9.99 This humorous and informative comic-format guide showcases all things survival in the great outdoors. After getting lost while hiking and...

Review of Dogs: A History of Our Best Friends

Dogs: A History of Our Best Friends by Lita Judge; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    56 pp. 4/23    9781419755446    $19.99 e-book ed.  9781647003555    $15.54 Preceding the title page, four double-page spreads take readers back to the Stone Age when Paleolithic hominins first began domesticating dogs. From there, Judge...

Review of A Is for Australian Reefs

A Is for Australian Reefs by Frané Lessac; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 6/23    9781536228304    $18.99 The multitude of species found in and around Australian coral reefs are showcased creatively in this vibrant alphabet book. Lessac (illustrator of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, rev. 11/18) uses the A,...
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