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Review of The Iguanodon’s Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again…and Again

The Iguanodon’s Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again…and Again by Sean Rubin; illus. by the author Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    48 pp. 3/24    9780063239210    $21.99 What did dinosaurs really look like? The best attempts to answer this question are constantly changing. Rubin shows how each...

Review of Orris and Timble: The Beginning

Orris and Timble: The Beginning by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Carmen Mok Primary    Candlewick    80 pp. 4/24    9781536222791    $16.99 e-book ed.  9781536237191    $16.99 Orris the rat lives a quiet, reclusive life nestled in the wall of an abandoned barn. He papers his hideaway with stories from discarded books, tends to...

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 Gifts from Georgia’s Garden: How Georgia O’Keeffe Nourished Her Art

Gifts from Georgia’s Garden: How Georgia O’Keeffe Nourished Her Art by Lisa Robinson; illus. by Hadley Hooper Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 3/24    9780823452668    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823457557    $11.99 Spare, poetic text and illustrations rich in color and detail provide a unique insight into a well-known artist. Beginning in well-trodden territory...

Review of The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices

The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices edited by Hena Khan Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    336 pp. 4/24    9780316450638    $17.99 e-book ed.  9780316450836    $9.99 Focused on a community center in the fictional town of Maple Grove, New Jersey, this powerful collection of short...

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 Something About the Sky

Something About the Sky by Rachel Carson; illus. by Nikki McClureIntermediate    Candlewick Studio    56 pp.3/24    9781536228700    $19.99This previously unpublished essay from “poet of science” Carson (1907–1964) is paired beautifully with McClure’s cut-paper and swirling ink-wash art. In 1956, a children’s television program asked Carson to respond to a child’s request...

Review of Max in the House of Spies

Max in the House of Spies [Operation Kinderspion]by Adam GidwitzIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    336 pp.2/24    9780593112083    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593112090    $10.99From the moment eleven-year-old Max Bretzfeld arrives in England as a Jewish evacuee from WWII Germany (accompanied by two immortal, opinionated, and invisible-to-others creatures, a kobold and a dybbuk), his overriding...

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...
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