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Review of Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp. 3/13    978-1-4521-1006-6    $16.99 A little girl, a pink flamingo, some decorative cherry blossoms, and singular lift-the-flaps contribute to a unique wordless picture book. On the title-page spread, a flamingo gracefully touches down en pointe. The next spread shows the […]

Review of Romeo Blue

Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone Intermediate     Levine/Scholastic     350 pp. 6/13     978-0-545-44360-9     $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-545-52070-6     $16.99 Romeo Blue is the best sort of sequel: one you didn’t know you wanted but are ever so grateful to have. Its predecessor, The Romeo and Juliet Code (rev. 3/11), ended with British ex-pat Flissy content in sleepy Bottlebay, […]

Review of Niño Wrestles the World

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Porter/Roaring Brook     40 pp. 6/13     978-1-59643-604-6     $16.99     g Pint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he’s already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready to […]

Review of Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure; illus. by Timothy Basil Ering Intermediate, Middle School     Candlewick     170 pp. 3/13     978-0-7636-5669-0     $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-7636-6369-8     $16.99 The early-nineteenth-century feral child who inspired Truffaut’s L’Enfant Sauvage as well as Mordicai Gerstein’s YA novel Victor and picture book […]

Review of Far Far Away

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Middle School, High School     Knopf     373 pp. 6/13     978-0-375-84972-5     $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-94972-2     $20.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-375-89698-9     $10.99 Sprightly, assured, and original, this story blends a small-town, middle-American, twentieth-century setting with the learned realms of the Brothers Grimm and their […]

Review of Flight 1-2-3

Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout; 
illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    40 pp. 4/13    978-1-4521-1662-4    $14.99 A counting book, an airport primer, an introduction to international signage, and a simple travel story — van Lieshout’s book packs a lot into its cleanly designed pages. Each spread features a numeral (from one to ten, then […]

Review of Better to Wish

Better to Wish [Family Tree] by Ann M. Martin Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    231 pp. 5/13    978-0-545-35942-9    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-53926-5    $16.99 The typical historical fiction set during the Great Depression is a story of financial hardship — but it’s not lack of money that’s the issue here, in this first of what will be […]