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Review of Ogilvy

Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood; illus. by T. L. McBeth Preschool, Primary    Godwin/Holt    40 pp. 5/19    978-1-250-15176-6    $17.99 Ogilvy, a wide-eyed, line-drawn bunny, is excited to make friends in a new town. But upon arrival, the rabbit’s sartorial choices are challenged; Ogilvy, clad in a knit article of clothing, is asked: “Is it a sweater or […]

2019 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of the 2019 Picture Book winners […]

Review of Moth: An Evolution Story

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas; illus. by Daniel Egnéus Primary    Bloomsbury    48 pp.    g 6/19    978-1-5476-0020-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0024-3    $13.29 “This is a story of light and dark. Of change and adaptation, of survival and hope.” In a shadowy (pre-industrial) wood, a peppered moth — its “speckled, freckled” wing patterns wonderfully detailed […]

Picture Books for Father’s Day 2019

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you are celebrating, here are some picture books to make Dad’s or Granddad’s day. Also be sure not to miss one of our faves of the year, My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, and their Five Questions interview that kicked off our […]

Review of The Fisherman & the Whale

The Fisherman & the Whale by Jessica Lanan; illus. by the author Primary    Simon    48 pp. 5/19    978-1-5344-1574-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1575-1    $10.99 In this dramatic wordless tale, a commercial fisherman and what appears to be his son collect fish in the large net thrown from their boat. They sail on — that is, until […]

Happy Anniversary: Stevie

Stevie by John Steptoe (1950–1989) was published by Life magazine and then by Harper & Row in 1969. It celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2019. I locate the beginning of what I’ve come to call #blackboylit — literature for children and young adults that centers the experiences of boys of African descent, written and illustrated […]

Review of Bear Came Along

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris; illus. by LeUyen Pham Preschool    Little, Brown    40 pp. 6/19    978-0-316-46447-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-46445-1    $9.99 This boisterous adventure is a story about discovery, the twists and turns a day can take, and the ways in which friendships can be forged when least expected — all in the […]

Reviews of 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke; illus. by Van Thanh Rudd Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 9/18    978-1-5362-0031-7    $15.99 A child in an unnamed “village where we live inside our mud-for-walls home” describes the diversions of daily life: “whooping and shrieking and laughing” on the sand hill, exploring the desert, and playing […]

Review of My Papi Has a Motorcycle

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke Peña Primary    Kokila/Penguin    40 pp.    g 5/19    978-0-525-55341-0    $17.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-525-55494-3    $17.99 Quintero’s picture-book text acts as an evocative love letter to her apá and to the interconnected web of Mexican immigrant working-class people who built her hometown of Corona, California. When Papi […]

Review of You Are New

You Are New by Lucy Knisley; illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    48 pp. 3/19    978-1-4521-6156-3    $17.99 Knisley chronicled her wedding in her 2016 adult graphic-novel memoir Something New; her latest, Kid Gloves (2019), is about pregnancy; and concurrently she has authored her first picture book — about a newborn baby. In lilting, lighthearted rhyme, […]