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Don’t Worry, Little Crab

Don’t Worry, Little Crab

DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB. Written and illustrated by Chris Haughton. Candlewick Press. Ages 2-5. $17.99. This book is like WE ARE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT with an ocean setting. Little Crab and Very Big Crab decide to leave their tidal pool and go to the ocean. They pass through rocks (tic-a-tic tic-a-tic), more pools...

June 29, 2020June 29, 2020
SANDCASTLE

SANDCASTLE

SANDCASTLE. Written and illustrated by Einat Tsarfati. Candlewick. Ages 4-6. $17.99. Einat Tsarfati, an Israeli author-illustrator, is the new Martin Handford (WHERE’S WALDO?). SANDCASTLE opens with a little girl at the beach. Immediately, there is glorious detail for children to explore. Amongst the human sunbathers are a mermaid, a seal, and a coven of witches...

May 21, 2020June 12, 2020
That’s Good, That’s Bad

That’s Good, That’s Bad

THAT’S GOOD, THAT’S BAD. Written by Joan M. Lexau. Illustrated by Aliki. Prestel. Ages 3-7. $17.95. Originally published in 1963, this updated version of THAT’S GOOD, THAT’S BAD features digitally enhanced reproductions of Aliki’s original prints. She initially did her own color separation by printing each color on acetate film and layering the sheets. The...

April 23, 2020April 23, 2020
ONE HUG

ONE HUG

ONE HUG. Written by Katrina Moore. Illustrated by Julia Woolf. Katherine Tegen Books. Ages newborn-4. $14.99. “One hug, two hugs, sometimes three, Hugging makes us family!” Written in short rhyming verses, this delightful book is perfect for family hugging. It shows many ways hugs can happen, even hugs from the family pet: “Some hugs nuzzle...

February 25, 2020February 25, 2020
The Love Letter

The Love Letter

THE LOVE LETTER. Written by Anika Aldamuy Denise. Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Harper. Ages 4-8. $17.99. One snowy day, Hedgehog just can’t help feeling prickly. Then he finds something on the snowy ground. It is a love letter! Suddenly Hedgehog feels cheerful. He has a pleasant time with his friends Bunny and Squirrel, but...

January 29, 2020January 29, 2020
Sammy Claws, the Christmas Cat

Sammy Claws, the Christmas Cat

SAMMY CLAWS, THE CHRISTMAS CAT. Written by Lucy Rowland. Illustrated by Paula Bowles. Harper. $10.99. This is a fun book for the holidays written in rhyme that follows the rhyme scheme of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It is the story of Santa Claus’s cat, Sammy Claws. Sammy “liked nothing better than having a SNOOZE…in...

December 19, 2019January 29, 2020
The Word Pirates

The Word Pirates

THE WORD PIRATES. Written by Susan Cooper and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Holiday House. $18.99. Susan Cooper is a Newbery Medalist and author of The Dark is Rising series. She is also a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement from the Young Adult Services Library Association. In this funny pirate spoof,...

November 25, 2019November 25, 2019
ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

ROAR LIKE A DANDELION by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Harper. $17.99. Ruth Krauss was the beloved author of many children’s classics, including The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Roar Like a Dandelion was not previously published. It is an...

October 30, 2019October 30, 2019
The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

THE SCARECROW. Written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by the Fan Brothers. Harper. $18.99. “Autumn sunshine. Haystacks rolled. Scarecrow guards the fields of gold.” Ferry uses terse verse to tell this story of a lonely scarecrow who has done his job a little too well. Through the seasons, the animals stay away from him in...

September 26, 2019September 26, 2019
The Farmer

The Farmer

THE FARMER. Written and illustrated by Ximo Abadia. Holiday House. $17.99. Ximo Abadia is a Spanish author and illustrator of children’s books, graphic novels, and comics. This simple book features a joyous farmer as he goes about his chores to bring forth a new crop. Dressed in a black top hat, a blue and white...

August 22, 2019August 22, 2019