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Category: Book Reviews

BIG CAT

BIG CAT

BIG CAT. Written and illustrated by Emma Lazell. Pavilion. $16.95. A little girl and her grandmother are busy looking for Grandma’s lost glasses when a new cat arrives on the scene. Grandma, who can’t see without her glasses, thinks the new cat is “the cutest, prettiest, most handsome kitty cat,” not realizing that the cat...

June 20, 2019June 20, 2019
Sea Glass Summer

Sea Glass Summer

SEE GLASS SUMMER. Written by Michelle Houts. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick Press. $16.99. This lovely collaboration of illustration and text opens with a boy named Thomas staying with his grandmother at her island cottage. Grandmother gives Thomas a magnifying glass that used to belong to his grandfather. Together, they scour the shore looking closely...

May 22, 2019May 22, 2019
The Magic of Letters

The Magic of Letters

THE MAGIC OF LETTERS. Written by Tony Johnston. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. Neal Porter Books/Holiday House. $18.99. “We’re learning letters, but what do they do?” was the question author Tony Johnston’s grandson asked on the first day of kindergarten. This germ of an idea became THE MAGIC OF LETTERS, a lovely tribute to the power...

April 24, 2019April 24, 2019
CELEBRATE YOU

CELEBRATE YOU

CELEBRATE YOU. Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Illustrated by A. N Kang. Balzer + Bray. $17.99. On this special occasion, we’re just so filled with pride, and we’re thrilled, and we’re grateful, to be at your side. So we’ll pause for a moment to look back and ahead, to say a few things about YOU...

March 15, 2019March 15, 2019
CHICKEN TALK

CHICKEN TALK

CHICKEN TALK. Written by Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Katherine Tegen Books. $17.99. If you like CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, you’ll get a kick out of this new picture book by Patricia MacLachlan, author of SARAH PLAIN AND TALL. Farmer Otis, his wife Abby, and their children, Willie and Belle, love...

February 19, 2019February 19, 2019
I’LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME

I’LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME

I’LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME. Written by Kathryn Cristaldi. Illustrated by Kristyna Litten. Harper. $17.99. “I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown in a rocket ship made of glass and stone. I will love you till the cows come home.” Thus, Cristaldi...

January 23, 2019January 23, 2019
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BE BIG

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BE BIG

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BE BIG. Written and Photographed by Dave Engledow. Harper. $17.99. Dave Engledow takes photography to a new level in this creative story. Frustrated by not being big enough to ride the roller coaster, make her own breakfast, or help Grandma with the yardwork, the featured little girl does everything...

December 17, 2018December 17, 2018
FIRST STAR-A BEAR AND MOLE STORY.

FIRST STAR-A BEAR AND MOLE STORY.

FIRST STAR-A BEAR AND MOLE STORY. Written and Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Holiday House. $17.99. The latest in Will Hillenbrand’s Bear and Mole books is sure to please. Mole asks Bear to sleep under the sky so they can see the stars. They go on a camping trip, but Mole is afraid to be out...

November 15, 2018November 15, 2018
THE SNOWY NAP

THE SNOWY NAP

THE SNOWY NAP. Written and illustrated by Jan Brett. G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Ages 4-8. $18.99 Brett uses her classic, highly-detailed style, to illustrate this delightful prequel to THE HAT. The story again features Hedgie, the hedgehog, and is set in the Danish island of Funen, the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson. The featured farm...

October 24, 2018October 24, 2018
Dreamers

Dreamers

Dreamers. Written by Yuyi Morales. Neal Porter Books/Holiday House. Ages 4-8. $18.99 Winner of five Pura Belpre Awards and a Caldecott Honor, Yuyi Morales shares her immigrant experience bringing her baby son to America. Morales writes in simple, lyrical prose sprinkled with Spanish words. At first, her lack of English causes troubles and mistakes, the...

August 29, 2018September 26, 2018