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Review of Patchwork

Patchwork by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Corinna Luyken Primary    Putnam    48 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-9848-1396-1    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-593-53234-8    $18.99 A rhythmic text speaks to an unnamed child in the second person, describing what “we see” and how that trait or characteristic may inform a young...

Review of Hot Dog

Hot Dog by Doug Salati; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-30843-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30844-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30845-5    $10.99 It’s a hot time in the city. A small, low-slung pup greets the morning from the window of a narrow NYC...

Review of I Don’t Care

I Don’t Care by Julie Fogliano; illus. by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary     Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 11/22     978-0-8234-4345-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5430-3    $11.99 It’s all about the body language in this enjoyable collaboration. Idle (Flora and the Flamingo, rev. 7/13; Witch Hazel, rev. 9/22)...

Review of Walter Had a Best Friend

Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier Preschool     Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g 10/22     978-1-5344-7700-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7701-8    $10.99 Walter (a mouse-like creature) and Xavier (who resembles a duck) do everything together, including boating (their canoe has “X + W”...

Review of Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel by Molly Idle; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-316-54113-8    $18.99 As the seasons pass, young Hilda visits elderly witch Hazel. In the spring, she helps Hazel sweep her front porch; in summer, they air the music room; in fall, they clean cobwebs...

Review of Me and the Boss: A Story About Mending and Love

Me and the Boss: A Story About Mending and Love by Michelle Edwards; illus. by April Harrison Preschool, Primary    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-593-31067-0    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-31068-7    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-31069-4    $10.99 Six-year-old Lee and his big sister Zora, a.k.a. “the boss,” take an embroidery class at the...

Review of Whose Footprints Are These?

Whose Footprints Are These? by Gerda Muller; illus. by the author Preschool    Floris    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-78250-810-6    $17.95 This playful wordless picture book invites children to deduce from the shape and placement of footprints what is happening. The title page gives just a glimpse of a dark-haired child in...

Review of Madani's Best Game

Madani’s Best Game by Fran Pintadera; illus. by Raquel Catalina; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel Primary    Eerdmans    48 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-8028-5597-8    $17.99 On a playing field in a city neighborhood’s central square, young Madani, a recent arrival, is the best player on his soccer team. He plays barefoot,...

Review of Bravo, Bucket Head!

Bravo, Bucket Head! by Helen Lester; illus. by Lynn Munsinger Preschool, Primary   Atheneum    32 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5344-9349-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9350-6    10.99 The author and illustrator of the hugely popular Tacky the Penguin series team up again for a book about Tacky’s opposite: painfully shy Mousetta, who “never squoke...
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