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Review of Julián Is a Mermaid

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 5/18    978-0-7636-9045-8    $16.99 The story begins on the front endpapers with a group of older women in a pool and a boy swimming underwater. The next spread (on the copyright and title pages) shows the child, Julián, walking […]

Review of People Don’t Bite People

People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler; illus. by Molly Idle Preschool    Atheneum    40 pp. 4/18    978-1-4814-9082-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9083-2    $10.99 In subversively lilting rhymed verse, Wheeler enumerates the reasons “people don’t bite people” and suggests alternatives: “It’s good to bite a biscuit. / It’s good to bite a plum. / It’s BAD to […]

Review of Warbler Wave

Warbler Wave by April Pulley Sayre with Jeff Sayre; photos by April Pulley Sayre Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-4814-4829-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4830-7    $10.99 From the author of Woodpecker Wham! (rev. 5/15) comes another science picture book featuring spectacular photographs and spare, precise text, this time focusing on the migrating group […]

Preschoolers’ life lessons

The ways of the world can be mysterious for preschoolers; it always helps to have a laugh. The following picture books teach age-appropriate life lessons without losing their sense of humor. In People Don’t Bite People, Lisa Wheeler enumerates (in subversively lilting rhymed verse) the reasons “people don’t bite people” and suggests alternatives: “It’s good […]

Review of Pup and Bear

Pup and Bear by Kate Banks; illus. by Naoko Stoop Preschool, Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 10/17    978-0-399-55409-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55410-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55411-7    $10.99 A comforting jacket illustration of a wolf pup safely nestled within a large polar bear’s protective embrace signals that this story focuses on a loving, if unconventional, […]

Cuteness overload

Aww! Who doesn’t love a hilarious or heartwarming story of human-animal (or interspecies) friendship? These new books for preschoolers starring unalike best buds fit the bill. A classic friendship story plays out in Amy Hest’s Buster and the Baby as a crawling baby and the family dog play a game of indoor hide-and-seek. Polly Dunbar’s […]

Review of This Is the Nest That Robin Built

This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 3/18    978-1-4814-3083-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-3084-5    $10.99 A celebration of bits and pieces, of 
process, and of creation, this picture book describes how a robin builds a nest, shown through collage art that mirrors […]

Review of Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura; illus. by Daniel Rieley Preschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 1/18    978-1-101-99696-6    $16.99 The book begins with a snapshot of penguin paradise: “Penguins on ice. / Penguins in the sea. Penguins love the sea!” But wait: “WHAT is this?” A ship has spilled its oil in the ocean. The cold, […]

Review of Bird Builds a Nest

Bird Builds a Nest [A First Science Storybook] by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Richard Jones Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-7636-9346-6    $16.99 Striking mixed-media illustrations, collage-like and muted with earth tones, depict a burnt-orange sun rising in the east and a bird perched on a tree branch, perfectly representing the opening sentence of […]

Review of Buster and the Baby

Buster and the Baby by Amy Hest; illus. by Polly Dunbar Preschool    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 12/17    978-0-7636-8787-8    $15.99 In a rhythmic text and lively art, a classic friendship story plays out through an extended game of hide-and-seek between a baby and a small white dog named Buster. Buster carefully determines the best hiding places […]