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Review of Once upon a Book

Once upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner; illus. by Grace LinPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.2/23    9780316541077    $18.99Cold sleet is falling, and the protagonist of this home-and-back-again adventure tale, Alice, is stuck inside, bored. Then she spots a book on the floor and starts to read: “Once...

Review of Dark on Light

Dark on Light by Dianne White; illus. by Felicita Sala Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 12/22    9781534487895    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534487901    $10.99 “Gentle the evening. Sweeping the skies. / Dark the shadows as twilight arrives. / Rose the horizon, gleaming and bright. / Twilight and evening and dark on...

Review of City Under the City

City Under the City by Dan Yaccarino; illus. by the author Primary    Minedition/Astra    64 pp. 11/22    9781662650895    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781662650901    $10.99 This unusual picture-book adventure stars one small girl who thwarts authority, starts a revolution, and saves the world. The futuristic tale plays out in three parts. The first...

Review of Go, Sled! Go!

Go, Sled! Go! by James Yang; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Viking    40 pp.10/22    9780593404799    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593404805    $10.99This picture book that doubles as a beginning reader by Geisel-winner Yang (Stop! Bot!) follows a child sledding down a mountain and colliding with animals who become accidental passengers on the sled....

Review of Black Gold

Black Gold by Laura Obuobi; illus. by London Ladd Primary    Harper/HarperCollins   40 pp. 10/22    9780063015760    $18.99 Reminiscent of creation myths collected in Virginia Hamilton’s In the ­Beginning (1988), Obuobi’s tale tells how the universe created a Black child. “When the Universe decided to create you, / she drew you from...

Review of Like

Like by Annie Barrows; illus. by Leo EspinosaPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp.9/22    9781452163376    $17.99“You are you, and I am I. We are people…This makes us different from most of the things on Earth.” Head crowned with a mass of brown curly hair, this book’s narrator speaks directly to readers, guiding...

Review of The Talk

The Talk by Alicia D. Williams; illus. by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu Primary    Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp. 10/22    9781534495296    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534495302    $10.99 In this effective and affecting introduction to race relations and police brutality in America, Jay is a young boy who loves racing up and down the block with...

Review of Off the Wall

Off the Wall by Theodore Taylor III; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-62672-294-1    $19.99 Part fish-out-of-water story, part ode to street art, this vibrant offering will grab readers’ attention. Narrator Sam is unhappy about a family move that has traded their “fast, busy...

Review of Paradise Sands

Paradise Sands by Levi Pinfold; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-5362-1282-2    $18.99 Pinfold (The Black Dog, rev. 10/12) pre­sents another surreal picture book, this one with shades of such folktales as the Grimms’ “The Six Swans” and Andersen’s “The Wild Swans.”...
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