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Review of Poetree

Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds; illus. by Shahrzad Maydani Primary    Dial    32 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-399-53912-1    $17.99 To celebrate the end of winter, young poetry lover Sylvia writes a poem about spring and ties it to a birch tree in the park. The next day her poem is gone; in its place is another that […]

Review of Carl and the Meaning of Life

Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Viking    48 pp.    g 4/19    978-0-451-47498-8    $17.99 Carl is an earthworm, always moving under the ground, digesting leaves and “turning hard dirt into fluffy soil.” When a field mouse asks him why he does that, […]

Spring into nature

Spring is a season of rebirth, which makes it a great time to discover Mother Nature’s many wonders. These new picture books will inspire inquisitive preschoolers-and-up to venture outside and explore. The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj invites children to observe nature as a variety of creatures busily create homes to live in with their […]

Review of Home Is a Window

Home Is a Window by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illus. by Chris Sasaki Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 4/19    978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99 Ledyard offers a meditation of sorts on the sense of comfort and belonging that home should evoke, whether it’s a place we know well or a new home to which we’ve […]

Review of Another

Another by Christian Robinson; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    56 pp. 3/19    978-1-5344-2167-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2168-4    $10.99 For his solo picture book debut, Robinson (illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, rev. 3/15; School’s First Day of School, rev. 3/16; When’s My Birthday?, rev. 9/17; and more) offers a smart, sly, and […]

Review of Snowman − Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

Snowman − Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations by Laura Purdie Salas; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 2/19    978-1-58089-798-3    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-643-8    $9.99 This whimsical celebration of spring-time features a playful equation poem on every page. Take the titular “snowman – cold = puddle.” It’s a subtraction sentence — minus the usual […]

Review of ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market!

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market! by Raúl the Third; color by Elaine Bay Primary    Versify/Houghton    40 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-328-55726-1    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-06340-7    $9.99 Waking up when the rooster crows is not hard to do if the day ahead includes a trip to the mercado. Rooster Kooky Dooky’s cries (“¡Vamos!”) wake up Little […]

Review of The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko; illus. by Ruth Chan Primary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-368-00083-3    $17.99 The tables are turned in this mischievous comedy about the highs and lows of camping. As a camper van full of humans drives away from a house, two bears in the front yard come out of hiding: […]

Review of Hey, Water!

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-8234-4155-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4201-0    $17.99 A girl named Zoe explores water in this playful and informative book. Speaking directly to water (“Hey, water! I know you! You’re all around”), Zoe considers the role of water inside a home […]

Review of Lubna and Pebble

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour; illus. by Daniel Egnéus Primary    Dial    32 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-525-55416-5    $17.99 Wide-eyed Lubna befriends a pebble when she and her father arrive by boat at an unspecified refugee settlement she calls “a World of Tents.” She personalizes the small stone by drawing a happy face on it, telling […]