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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 BEAN, Jonathan. Building Our House. illus. by author. 48p. Farrar. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-38023-6. LC 2012004993.
PreS-Gr 2–A year-and-a-half-long adventure of building a cozy home in the countryside involves an entire family of four. The oldest child describes the construction of the house, expertly shown in appealing soft-colored illustrations that vary in size from full spreads to small vignettes. Water and electricity are shown being connected to a temporary home in a trailer so the family can live on the property while the work is being done. Friends and family help out from time to time during the creation of the small timber-frame home, but the girl’s parents perform the majority of work on their own (a third child arrives in the course of the story). Engaging pictures are reminiscent of Lisa Campbell Ernst’s charming illustrations and are based on the building of the author/illustrator’s childhood home. An author’s note includes Bean’s family photographs. Lovingly told, this captivating tale will help satisfy a child’s curiosity of what it takes to create a building from scratch.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 HENKES, Kevin. Penny and Her Marble. illus. by author. 48p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-06-208203-9; PLB $14.89. ISBN 978-0-06-208204-6. LC 2012000708.
PreS-Gr 2–In the latest installment in the series, the young mouse is pushing her doll’s stroller down the block when she spies a marble on her neighbor’s lawn. After furtively looking around, Penny drops it in her pocket and races home. At first she delights in her new treasure, enjoying how smooth it feels between her fingers and how fast it rolls across the floor, but then she is overcome with guilt for taking something that doesn’t belong to her. Henkes’s nuanced watercolor and ink illustrations capture the shame-filled mouse hiding behind curtains. As she continues to worry, she loses her appetite: “The oranges in the bowl looked like big orange marbles. The peas on her plate looked like little green marbles.” After a dream-filled night, Penny decides to put the marble back where she found it. When confronted by Mrs. Goodwin, Penny’s “cheeks were hot. She could not speak,” but her kind neighbor reassures her that she put the marble on the grass hoping someone would pick it up. Readers will empathize with Penny and her conflicted emotions. The short sentences with plenty of repetition and superb pacing make this title perfect for beginning readers. A treasure.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 MESHON, Aaron. Take Me Out to the Yakyu. illus. by author. 40p. glossary. S & S/Atheneum. Feb. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4177-4; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4178-1. LC 2011050907.
K-Gr 2–A young boy compares and contrasts the game of baseball as it is played and enjoyed by fans in the United States and in Japan. He has the good fortune of experiencing the action in both countries. “My American pop pop takes me to watch baseball at the stadium./My Japanese ji ji takes me to watch yakyu at the dome.” Everything from transportation to and from the ballpark to snacks, souvenirs, and the appropriate cheers is included, as well as differences in the actual play. A glossary of both baseball and “Other Fun Words” is appended, as is an informative author’s note outlining other differences. The bright and cheerful acrylic illustrations feature shades of blue for the U. S. and reds for Japan, making it easy to distinguish between the two. The pages are nicely designed with clean lines and no clutter. A lively and enjoyable read for baseball fans, and a great choice for those compare-and-contrast lessons.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 ROSENTHAL, Amy Krouse. Exclamation Mark. illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. 56p. Scholastic. Mar. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-43679-3.
Gr 1-5–Through a perfect pairing of clever design and tongue-in-cheek humor, Rosenthal and Lichtenheld effectively demonstrate the function of the exclamation mark (as well as the period and question mark) in this tale about a depressed punctuation mark that just doesn’t fit in. On an unadorned backdrop of lined paper, several periods and one exclamation mark are lined up in a row. Clearly, he stands out in a crowd. Like Elmer in David McKee’s classic tale, the exclamation mark struggles with his difference and tries to blend in. When the downcast punctuation meets a question mark who overwhelms him with inquiries, our hero finally finds his voice and tells the other to “Stop!” From there, he builds his confidence in making declarative statements and leaves the group “to make his mark.” Rosenthal shines in her play on words (“It was like he broke free from a life sentence”). Lichtenheld’s minimalist style is deceivingly simple; a curlicue or crumpled line, combined with an amazingly impressive circle with eyes and a mouth, is all that’s needed to convey emotion when the exclamation mark is “confused, flummoxed, and deflated.” This fun-to-read tale will find a ready home in language-arts lessons, reminding burgeoning elementary-age writers which punctuation personality belongs in which type of sentencewithout the tedium that accompanies traditional grammar lessons. This one is a must-have!!!–Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills, MI

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 SCHMID, Paul. Perfectly Percy. illus. by author. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-180436-6. LC 2011030447.
PreS-K–Percy is a porcupine with a problem. He loves balloons, but when he plays with them, they meet an unfortunate end. Big sister Pearl offers a creative, albeit “not very practical,” solution of sticking marshmallows onto his quills. Determined to find a better way, Percy “thought things all day. He thought thoughts through the night.” Inspiration strikes at breakfast, and the following page shows the prickly fellow sporting a cereal bowl on his head as he happily runs along with his favorite toy. The simple sentences are invitingly conversational in tone (“What’s a little porcupine to do?”). Schmid’s winsome charcoal and pastel illustrations show a charming, roly-poly character with dots for eyes and a tiny dash for a mouth. Percy’s features droop when he looks at his “trezr” chest full of deflated balloons, but a proud smile appears when he comes up with his own idea. A good choice for toddler storytimes.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 WELLS, Rosemary. Time-Out for Sophie. illus. by author. 32p. Viking. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-670-78511-7. LC 2012015263.
PreS–When Mama gives her young mouse a bowl of macaroni and cheese, the toddler tosses it on the floor. Sophie repeats the behavior with a second serving, earning a time-out. Then, while “helping” Daddy with the laundry, she throws the basket of folded clothing on the floor twice for another time-out. But when she grabs the glasses off Granny’s nose, the elderly mouse stops reading to Sophie and takes a time-out for herself with her eyes closed. Sophie gets the message, returns the spectacles, and is rewarded with a cozy read on the sofa. The last page shows her in the bathtub, creating more mischief, in typical toddler fashion. As in her “Max and Ruby” (Viking) and “Yoko” (Hyperion) books, Wells’s signature artwork is vivid and pleasingly simple, and the characters are endearing. Reminiscent of Noisy Nora (Dial, 1973), this is a charming addition.Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 WRIGHT, Joanna. Bunnies on Ice. illus. by author. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-404-2. LC 2012001187.
PreS-Gr 1–This budding champion (a white snow bunny) loves to ice skate so much that she patiently waits for perfect conditions.  When the other bunnies are doing summer things, she is planning what she will do when the snow falls. She proceeds to wait through the fall as she dresses her scarecrow with a pair of skates. Then when the snow arrives and the conditions seem right, she heads for the ice with her family as her support team. She boasts about all the maneuvers she hasn’t quite perfected yet, all while proclaiming her champion status. After a rigorous workout of not-so-perfect figure eights and leaps, she rewards herself with après skate indulgences, including hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and a warm bath. After her busy day, this little bunny goes to bed, ready to try again tomorrow. Wright has created a charming and determined character. The youngster’s fortitude and enthusiasm are admirable even if she isn’t as accomplished as she makes out to be. The dark-outlined illustrations are painted in soft hues. This sweet story about a bunny who is determined to follow her dream is a great addition.–Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | February 2013 DEFELICE, Cynthia. Nelly May Has Her Say. illus. by Henry Cole. 32p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. Mar. 2013.RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-374-39899-6. LC 2011018484.
PreS-Gr 3–Nelly May Nimble lives in a tiny house with her parents and her 12 brothers and sisters. One day she announces that it’s time to earn her own keep, so she ventures off to the hilltop home of Lord Ignasius Pinkwinkle to hire out her services. Lord Pinkwinkle agrees with one condition; the master of the house has special names for things, and Nelly must use those names when she speaks to him. At first, Nelly obliges, addressing Lord Pinkwinkle as “Most Excellent of All Masters,” and using his silly monikers, such as “long-legged limberjohns” for trousers and a “flaming pop-and-sizzle” for his fireplace. But when Lord Pinkwinkle’s “fur-faced fluffenbarker’s wigger-wagger” catches fire, Nelly has to wake him and announce the fire before the house burns down. Can she remember all those silly names before a catastrophe happens? Cole’s illustrations juxtapose Nelly’s homestead in the “Bottoms” and Lord Pinkwinkle’s “roof-topped castleorum” with deft humor and a folk styling that is sure to appeal to young readers. Nelly is spirited and clever, most surely not just another “fuzzy-dust-and-fooder” that his “Most Excellent Master” thinks she is. With one smart heroine and witty wordplay, this book, which is based on the English folktale “Master of All Masters,” will delight.–Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools

The following titles are reviewed in the February print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


ATINUKE The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird. illus. by Warwick Johnson Cadwell. 96p. Kane/Miller. 2012.pap. $5.99. ISBN 978-1-61067-052-4. LC 2010943436.

BAR-EL, Dan. Not Your Typical Dragon. illus. by Tim Bowers. 40p. Viking. Feb. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-01402-6.

BEISER, Tim. Miss Mousie’s Blind Date. illus. by Rachel Berman. 24p. Tundra. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-77049-251-6; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-77049-363-6. LC 2011938763.

BOUDREAU, Hélène. I Dare You Not to Yawn illus. by Serge Bloch. 32p. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5070-4.

BRANFORD, Anna. Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery. Bk. 2. illus. by Elanna Allen. 128p. (Violet Mackerel Series). S & S/Atheneum. Feb. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3588-9; pap. $5.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3589-6; ebook $5.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3590-2. LC 2011023703.

BREEN, Steve. Pug & Doug. illus. by author. 32p. Dial. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3521-7.

BROUWER, Sigmund. Justine McKeen, Pooper Scooper Bk. 3. illus. by Dave Whamond. 64p. (Orca Echos Series). Orca. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-1-55469-931-5; ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-45980-317-6. LC 2011942591.

CLARK, Leslie Ann. Peepsqueak Wants a Friend! illus. by author. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Feb. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-06-207804-9.

CLAYTON, Dallas. An Awesome Book of Love! illus. by author. 56p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-211666-6.

COCCA-LEFFLER, Maryann. A Vacation for Pooch. illus. by author. 32p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Feb. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9106-9.

COFFELT, Nancy. Uh-Oh, Baby! illus. by Scott Nash. 40p. S & S/Aladdin. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-9149-6; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-7166-5. LC 2010029299.

CORBETT, Susannah. One Cool Cat! illus. by David Roberts. 32p. Trafalgar Square. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4052-3035-3.

COVELL, David. Rat and Roach Rock On! illus. by author. 40p. Viking. Feb. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-670-01410-1. LC 2012015577.

DESMOND, Jenni. Red Cat Blue Cat. illus. by author. 40p. Blue Apple. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-248-5.

DOBBINS, Jan. A Farmer’s Life for Me. illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith. 24p. score. w/CD. Barefoot. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-84686-790-3. LC 2012014538.

DON, Lari, retel. Never Trust a Tiger: A Story from Korea. Bk. 2. ISBN 978-1-84686-776-7.
–––– The Tortoise’s Gift: A Story from Zambia. Bk. 1. ISBN 978-1-84686-774-3. LC 2011032859.
ea vol: illus. by Melanie Williamson. 48p. (Animal Stories). Barefoot. 2012. pap. $7.99.

EMPSON, Jo. Rabbityness. illus. by author. 32p. Child’s Play. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-84643-492-1.

HANNA, Virginie. Shelby the Flying Snail. tr. from French by Susan Allen Maurin. illus. by Amandine Piu. 32p.Auzou. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-2-7338-1946-3.

HANSEN, Justin Larocca. Monster Hunter. illus. by author. 32p. Sky Pony. 2012. Tr ISBN 978-1-61608-968-9.LC 2012015602.

HANSON, Warren. It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! illus. by Tricia Tusa. 32p. S & S/Beach Lane. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-1229-3; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3621-3.

HARLEY, Bill. Lost and Found. illus. by Adam Gustavson. 40p. Peachtree. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-628-4. LC 2011020972.

HARRINGTON, Janice N. Busy-Busy Little Chick. 32p. glossary. Farrar. Feb. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-374-34746-8. LC 2012004871.

HIMMELMAN, John. Katie and the Puppy Next Door. illus. by author. 32p. Holt. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9484-8. LC 2012006323.

HOBAN, Russell. Rosie’s Magic Horse. illus. by Quentin Blake. 40p. Candlewick. Feb. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6400-8.

HOWARD, Martin. Germs!: An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale! illus. by Colin Stimpson. 32p. Trafalgar Square. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-84365-119-2.

IS THAT YOU, WOLF? illus. by Steve Cox. 22p. Barron’s. 2012. BD $12.99. ISBN 978-0-7641-6560-3. LC 2012931805.

JONES, Allan. The Ice Gate of Spyre. Bk. 2. illus. by Gary Chalk. 160p. (Six Crowns Series).HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-06-200633-2; ebook $8.99. ISBN 978-0-06-209842-9. LC 2012022888.

JORDAN, Mary Ellen. Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie. illus. by Andrew Weldon. 24p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2013.Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-4400-6.

JUDGE, Lita. Red Hat. illus. by author. 40p. S & S/Atheneum. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4232-0; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4233-7. LC 2012002600.

KAPLAN, Michael B. Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It. illus. by Stéphane Jorisch. 32p. Dial. Feb. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3858-4. LC 2012014367.

KIMURA, Ken. 999 Frogs. tr. from Japanese. illus. by Yasunari Murakami. 48p. NorthSouth. Mar. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4108-6.

KIRK, David. Oh So Tiny Bunny. illus. by author. 40p. Feiwel & Friends. Feb. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01688-1.

KOOLEN, Maayken & Nickie Theunissen. The Kidnapping of Mona Lisa. tr. from Dutch. illus. by authors. 14p. Clavis. 2012. BD $16.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-139-9.

KRAUSE, Ute. Nick and the Nasty Knight. tr. from German by author. illus. by author. 32p. NorthSouth. 2012.Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4091-1.

LALLEMAND, Orianne. The Wolf Who Didn’t Want to Walk Anymore. tr. from French by Susan Allen Maurin. illus. by Eleonore Thuillier. 32p. Auzou. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-2-7338-2149-7.

LANGE, Willem. The White-Footed Mouse. illus. by Bert Dodson. 32p. Bunker Hill. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-59373-109-0.

LANGREUTER, Jutta. There’s No One I Love Like You. tr. from German by Rebecca Morrison. illus. by Stephanie Dahle. 32p. NorthSouth. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4126-0.

LARSEN, Andrew. Bye, Bye, Butterflies! illus. by Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli. 32p. diags. maps. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 2012. RTE $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55455-220-7. LC 20129011290.

LATIMER, Alex. Penguin’s Hidden Talent. illus. by author. 32p. Peachtree. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-629-1. LC 2011020996.

LODGE, Jo. Come and Play, Mr Croc: A Flap and Pop-Up Book. illus. by author. 18p. Trafalgar Square. 2012.Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-340-93118-9.

LUNDE, Stein Erik. My Father’s Arms Are a Boat. tr. from Norwegian by Kari Dickson. illus. by Oyvind Torseter. 32p. Enchanted Lion. Feb. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59270-124-7.

LYNN, Sarah. 1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom!: A Counting Book. illus. by Daniel Griffo. 32p. Amazon. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6162-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6163-0. LC 2011036696.

MACCARONE, Grace. The Three Bears ABC: An Alphabet Book. illus. by Hollie Hibbert. 32p. Albert Whitman.Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-7823-0.

MACLACHLAN, Patricia. Nora’s Chicks. illus. by Kathryn Brown. 40p. Candlewick. Feb. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-4753-7. LC 2012942387.

MAIER, Inger M. Ben’s Flying Flowers. illus. by Maria Bogade. 32p. Magination. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-4338-1132-6; Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-4338-1133-3. LC 2011040290.

MANUSHKIN, Fran. Big Brothers Are the Best. ISBN 978-1-4048-7137-3. LC 2011029604.
–––– Big Sisters Are the Best. ISBN 978-1-4048-7138-0. LC 2011029605.
ea vol: illus. by Kirsten Richards. 24p. (Siblings Are the Best Series). Picture Window. 2012. PLB $21.32.

MARTIN, David. Peep and Ducky. illus. by David Walker. 32p. Candlewick. Feb. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5039-1. LC 2012942391.

MARTIN, Don, Magy Martin, & Paige Krabill. They Call Me Fat Zoe: Helping Children and Families Overcome Obesity. illus. by Kathy Voerg. 48p. (A Let’s Talk Book Series). New Horizon Pr. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-0-88282-377-5. LC 2011928852.

MASSINI, Sarah. Trixie Ten. illus. by author. 32p. Holt. Feb. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9520-3. LC 2012011487.

MIYANISHI, Tatsuya. Mr. Reaper. tr. from Japanese. illus. by author. 32p. Vertical. 2012. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-935654-28-5.

MORA, Pat. The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe. illus. by Steve Johnson. 40p. Knopf. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86838-2; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96838-9; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-449-81706-3. LC 2011040784.

MULLARKEY, Lisa. TJ Zaps the Freeze Out: Stopping the Silent Treatment. Bk. 3. ISBN 978-1-61641-907-3.
–––– TJ Zaps the New Kid: Stopping a Social Bully. Bk. 1. ISBN 978-1-61641-905-9.
–––– TJ Zaps the One-Upper: Stopping One-Upping and Cell Phone Bullying. Bk. 2. ISBN 978-1-61641-906-6.
ea vol: illus. by Gary LaCoste. 80p. (TJ Trapper, Bully Zapper Series). further reading. glossary. websites. ABDO/Magic Wagon. 2012. PLB $27.07.

PEDERSEN, Laura. Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back. illus. by Penny Weber. 32p. Tilbury. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-88448-337-3. LC 2012024397.

REIDY, JeanAll Through My Town. illus. by Leo Timmers. 32p. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-785-7; PLB $15.89. ISBN 978-1-61963-029-1.

REYNOLDS, Aaron. Pirates vs. Cowboys. illus. by David Barneda. 40p. Knopf. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-85874-1.

RIVARD, Émilie. Really and Truly. tr. from French by Sarah Quinn. illus. by Anne-Claire Delisle. 24p. Owlkids.2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-40-1. LC 2011943507.

ROBERT, Na’ima B. Going to Mecca. illus. by Valentina Cavallini. 28p. glossary. Frances Lincoln. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-84780-153-1.

SCANLON, Liz Garton. Happy Birthday, Bunny! illus. by Stephanie Graegin. 32p. S & S/Beach Lane. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-0287-4; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4553-6. LC 2011018590.

SHERMAN, Caroline. A Dog’s Life. illus. by Donald Wu. 24p. Amazon. 2012. RTE $12.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6200-2; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6201-9. LC 2011048165.

SIMON, Norma. All Kinds of Friends. illus. by Cherie Zamazing. 32p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-0283-9. LC 2012017376.

SINGER, Marilyn. Tallulah’s Toe Shoes. illus. by Alexandra Boiger. 48p. Clarion. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-48223-1.

SLEGERS, Liesbet. Fall Leaves. ISBN 978-1-60537-122-1.
–––– Winter Snow. ISBN 978-1-60537-123-8.
ea vol: tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 12p. Clavis. 2012. BD $5.95.

SLEGERS, Liesbet. Happy Easter! tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 30p. Clavis. 2012. RTE $15.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-114-6.

SMYTHE, Theresa. Chester’s Colorful Easter Eggs. illus. by author. 24p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Feb. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9326-1.

SNYDER, Laurel. The Longest Night: A Passover Story. illus. by Catia Chien. 40p. glossary. Random/Schwartz and Wade. Feb. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86942-6; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96942-3; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98781-6. LC 2011011009.

SPECK, Katie. Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake. illus. by Paul Rátz de Tagyos. 64p. Holt. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9468-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4299-6399-2.

SPRINGSTUBB, Tricia. Phoebe & Digger. illus. by Jeff Newman. 32p. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5281-4. LC 2012942614.

STOEKE, Janet Morgan. Letting Go. illus. by author. 32p. (The Loopy Coop Hens Series). Dial. Feb. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3768-6.

THOMPSON, Lauren. Polar Bear Morning. illus. by Stephen Savage. 32p. Scholastic. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-439-69885-6.

TOLMAN, Marije & Ronald Tolman. The Island. tr. from Dutch. illus. by authors. 32p. Lemniscaat. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-9359-5419-4.

TRENC, Milan. Another Night at the Museum. illus. by author. 32p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-8948-6. LC 2011043473.

TRICE, Linda. Kenya’s Song. illus. by Pamela Johnson. 32p. Charlesbridge. Feb. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-57091-846-9; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-57091-847-6; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-589-3. LC 2012000787.

VAN GENECHTEN, Guido. Little Snowman Stan: Can’t We Share? tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 30p. Clavis. 2012. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-121-4.

WATSON, Tom. Stick Dog: A Really Good Story with Kind of Bad Drawings. illus. by author. 192p.HarperCollins/Harper. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-06-211078-7; ebook $8.99. ISBN 978-0-06-211079-4. LC 2012019093.

YUNGER, Joshua. Hippo and Monkey. illus. by author. 48p. Bunker Hill. 2012. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-59373-107-6.


ALBER, Merryl. And the Tide Comes In…: Exploring a Georgia Salt Marsh illus. by Joyce Mihran Turley. 32p. diags. maps. Taylor Trade. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-0-9817700-5-5.

AZIZI, Sara, retel. The Knight, the Princess and the Magic Rock: A Classic Persian Tale. illus. by Alireza Sadeghiam. 32p. Wisdom Tales. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-937786-01-4.

BELLISARIO, Gina. Let’s Meet a Firefighter. illus. by Ed Myer. ISBN 978-0-7613-9025-1; ISBN 978-1-4677-0802-9; ISBN 978-1-4677-1046-6. LC 2012022479.
–––– Let’s Meet a Librarian. illus. by Ed Myer. ISBN 978-0-7613-9027-5; ISBN 978-1-4677-0803-6; ISBN 978-1-4677-1047-3. LC 2012022460.
–––– Let’s Meet a Police Officer. illus. by Cale Atkinson. ISBN 978-0-7613-9024-4; ISBN 978-1-4677-0804-3; ISBN 978-1-4677-1048-0. LC 2012010393.

HEOS, Bridget. Let’s Meet a Construction Worker. illus. by Mike Moran. ISBN 978-0-7613-9023-7; ISBN 978-1-4677-0799-2; ISBN 978-1-4677-1043-5. LC 2012019101.
–––– Let’s Meet a Teacher. illus. by Kyle Poling. ISBN 978-0-7613-9026-8; ISBN 978-1-4677-0805-0; ISBN 978-1-4677-1050-3. LC 2012022481.
ea vol: 24p. (Cloverleaf Books-Community Helpers Series). further reading. glossary. index. websites. Millbrook. Feb. 2013. PLB $23.93; pap. $6.95; ebook $17.95.

BRAUNSTEIN, Leslie. I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog. illus. by Joshua S. Brunet. 28p. discography. w/CD.Imagine/A Peter Yarrow Bk. Feb. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4.

BURLEIGH, Robert. Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer. illus. by Raúl Colón. 32p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. websites. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. Feb. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-5819-2; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-81107.

CLAY, Kathryn. Farm Dogs. ISBN 978-1-4296-8651-8. LC 2011049861.
–––– Goats. ISBN 978-1-4296-8649-5. LC 2011049978.
ea vol: 24p. (Farm Animals Series). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone/Pebble Bks.2012. PLB $24.65.

DE CAPUA, Sarah. Serving on a Jury. ISBN 978-0-531-26042-5. LC 2012000628.
–––– Voting. ISBN 978-0-531-26043-2. LC 2012000628.
ea vol: 48p. (A True Book Series). bibliog. chron. glossary. index. photos. websites. Children’s Press. 2012. PLB $29.

DE LA BÉDOYÈRE, Camilla. Great White Shark. ISBN 978-1-60992-370-9.
–––– Hammerhead Shark. PLB $17.95. ISBN 978-1-60992-371-6.
ea vol: 24p. (Discover Sharks Series). photos. glossary. QEB. 2012. PLB $25.65.

FERRER, J. J. The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games: Stoopball, Jacks, String Games, Coin Flipping, Line Baseball, Jump Rope, and More. 192p. illus. index. Imagine. Feb. 2013. pap. $14.95. ISBN 978-1-936140-74-9. LC 2012015052.

FRANKEL, Erin. Dare! Bk. 2. ISBN 978-1-57542-399-9. LC 2012006159.
–––– Tough! Bk. 3. ISBN 978-1-57542-400-2. LC 2012006160.
–––– Weird! Bk. 1. ISBN 978-1-57542-398-2. LC 2012006157.
ea vol: illus. by Paula Heaphy. 48p. (The Weird Series). Free Spirit. 2012. RTE $15.99.

GOSMAN, Gillian. I Have an Ear Infection. ISBN 978-1-4488-7413-2. LC 2011051401.
–––– I Have Chicken Pox. ISBN 978-1-4488-7411-8. LC 2011049712.
–––– I Have Pinkeye. ISBN 978-1-4488-7410-1. LC 2011049574.
–––– I Have Strep Throat. ISBN 978-1-4488-7412-5. LC 2011050677.
ea vol: 24p. (Get Well Soon! Series). diags. photos. glossary. index. websites. Rosen/PowerKids Pr. 2012.PLB $22.60.

GRIMM, THE BROTHERS. Snow White and Rose Red: A Pop-Up Fairytale. illus. by Rachel Cloyne. 18p. Tango.2012. BD $19.99. ISBN 978-1-85707-881-7.

HARRIS, Trudy. The Royal Treasure Measure. illus. by Ivica Stevanovic. 32p. (Math Is Fun! Series). Millbrook.2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-6806-9. LC 2011045862.

HUGHES, Langston. Lullaby (For a Black Mother) illus. by Sean Qualls. 32p. further reading. photos.Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-36265-6.

KRULL, Kathleen. Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women. illus. by Carlyn Beccia. 48p. bibliog. further reading. maps. websites. Walker. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8027-9668-4. LC 2012016633.

KVATUM, Lia. Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear. 32p. further reading. maps. websites. National Geographic . 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4263-1051-5; PLB $25.90. ISBN 978-1-4263-1076-8.

LATHROP, Tom. The Misadventures of Don Quixote. illus. by Jack Davis. 32p. LinguaText. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-942566-58-1.

LEWIS, J. Patrick. World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of. illus. by Anna Raff. 40p. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5402-3. LC 2012942612.

MACAULAY, David with Sheila Keenan. Jet Plane: How It Works. illus. by David Macaulay. 32p. Roaring Brook/David Macaulay Studio. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-764-7; pap. $3.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-767-8. LC 2011962160.

MORSE, Benjamin. The Oldest Bedtime Story Ever. Bk. 1. illus. by author. 80p. (The Bible Beautiful Series). further reading. notes. Orson. 2012. Tr $30. ISBN 978-0-9858135-0-5.

MOULD, Chris. Fangs ‘n’ Fire: Ten Dragon Tales illus. by author. 96p. Trafalgar Square. 2012. pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4449-0616-5.

NOVESKY, Amy. Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys. illus. by Lisa Congdon. 32p. further reading. photos. websites. Cameron. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-937359-32-4.

PRELUTSKY, Jack. Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems. illus. by Carin Berger. 40p.HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-201464-1; PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-201465-8. LC 2011025993.

ROSEN, Michael. Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Silly Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles & Rhymes. illus. by Quentin Blake. 96p. Candlewick. 2012. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6248-6.

SAYRE, April Pulley. Here Come the Humpbacks! illus. by Jamie Hogan. 40p. Charlesbridge. Feb. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-405-0; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-406-7; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-586-2. LC 2012000785.

SHANNON, George. Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? illus. by Julie Paschkis. 32p. Holt. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9197-7. LC 2012010162.

STONE, Tanya Lee. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell. illus. by Marjorie Priceman. 40p. bibliog. photos. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Feb. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9048-2. LC 2011043528.

YIM, Natasha. Sacajawea of the Shoshone. illus. by Albert Nguyen. 32p. (Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses Series). bibliog. chron. maps. photos. reprods. Goosebottom. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-0-9845098-6-7. LC 2011941875.



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