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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013

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Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle (Raschka)
©2013 by Chris Raschka.

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 BUNTING , Eve. Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. 32p. Clarion. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-75267-9. LC 2012012192.
PreS-Gr 1–A small green duck has lost his new blue socks. He looks for them in his toy box and consults his friends the fox and the ox. He does not find them among other socks on the rocks, but his peacock friends help him find them. The short, repetitive rhyming sentences are a good fit for beginning readers, and the large trim size allows plenty of space for the watercolor and pencil illustrations to provide clues to solve the humorous mystery. This is a whimsical delight for children whose parents clamor for phonics-based books.–Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 DE SÈVE , Randall. Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball. illus. by Paul Schmid. 32p. Dial. Apr. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3578-1. LC 2012014355.
PreS-K–Peanut is delighted with her new, bright-blue ball. Her older sister wants to play with it too, but Peanut refuses to share her special toy. Undaunted, imaginative Fifi tries a variety of strategies to get it from her sister. She proposes some enticing pretend games. “Where is my crystal ball?” she asks and then suggests, “It’s bread dough and we’re bakers.” Finally, Fifi returns with a seal that can do tricks with the ball. Peanut agrees to share it, but Fifi is off on another fantastic adventure, imagining that she and the seal are flying through space. After a moment, Peanut picks up her ball and chases after her sister, calling out, “Hey Fifi, check out this cool planet.” The digital artwork reinforces the playful tone of the story. The thick black outlines and geometric shapes featured in the simple but eye-catching illustrations have a childlike charm and capture the unique personality of each little girl. This story offers a gentle lesson about sharing, sibling dynamics, and the power of imagination. Pair it with But Excuse Me That Is My Book (Dial, 2005) or another title in Lauren Child’s “Charlie and Lola” series.–Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 FLEISCHMAN , Paul. The Matchbox Diary. illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. 40p. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-46011. LC 2012942613.
Gr 1-4–An Italian-American immigrant shares his childhood memories with his great-granddaughter. The twist of this tale is that his memories have been kept in a “diary” of saved objects that commemorate the important events of his life. As a poor child who could neither read nor write, this now-elderly gentleman found a unique way to preserve his memories by saving the objects in matchboxes. Among the many items were a box of sunflower seed shells that counted the days from Naples to New York, a fish bone to remember the long days the entire family had to work in the canneries, and a ticket stub from his first baseball game. The journey unfolds prompted by the child’s curious questions. Her inquiries provoke the descriptive vignettes of an earlier time and yet frame the story through the eyes of a youngster of today. Ibatoulline’s sepia-toned illustrations beautifully express this immigrant’s tale from Italy to Ellis Island and the start of a new life. They also provide a wonderful contrast to the warm-colored illustrations that depict a loving, appreciative relationship between an elderly man and a young child. This lovingly crafted picture book tells an amazing story that is uniquely American. Through unsentimental, yet warm and touching dialogue, Fleischman successfully shares a powerful journey that captures the hardships, self-reliance, strength, and simple joys that characterized early immigrants. It provides an inspirational introduction to the immigration story that captures the humanity of the journey.–Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 LAGERCRANTZ , Rose. My Happy Life. tr. from Swedish by Julia Marshall. illus. by Eva Eriksson. 134p. Gecko. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-8775-7935-6.
Gr 1-3–Young Dani has what she considers a happy life, but she wonders if she will still be happy once she starts school. The butterflies subside when she meets Ella, and they are soon fast friends. When Ella moves away, Dani doesn’t think she’ll find happiness again, and she reflects on how unhappy she was when her mother died. The story unfolds in short chapters, with just a few sentences per page and large, plentiful, black-and-white drawings. The illustrations complement the narrative well, and will enable younger readers to feel a sense of accomplishment for tackling a lengthy chapter book. The few characters are well developed and the everyday happenings in Dani’s life feel genuine, such as friendship woes and childhood fears. The difficult subjects are handled gracefully, allowing children to realize that happiness comes and goes, and that everyone has hardships to face.–Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 MCKAY , Hilary. Lulu and the Dog from the Sea. Bk. 2. illus. by Priscilla Lamont. 112p. (Lulu Series). Albert Whitman. Mar. 2013. Tr $13.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-4820-2. LC 2012013697.
K-Gr 3–Cousins Lulu and Mellie are best friends. In this modern-day, seaside adventure, the girls are vacationing with Lulu’s parents and their beloved old dog, Sam. Having rented a cottage from a persnickety owner, the family hopes for the perfect week full of reading, kite-building, and marathon-training. However, a wayward stray bounds into their lives and turns their plans upside down (along with a few trash cans along the way). McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book. Children will delight in the story of how this thieving menace turns into a brave hero and loyal friend, wiggling its way into the hearts of the characters and readers alike. This book is just right for youngsters ready for chapters, with cheerful black-and-white illustrations on almost every other page. Younger children will also enjoy this story as a read-aloud. The plot is universal and the vocabulary hints of a European setting. Family members sticking together to overcome obstacles is the prevalent theme and the happy ending is hoped for, if not expected. This title should be a staple in any early-chapter-book collection.–Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 PANZIERI , Lucia. The Kindhearted Crocodile. tr. from Italian by Grace Maccarone. illus. by AntonGionata Ferrari. 32p. Holiday House. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2767-3. LC 2012025486.
PreS-Gr 2–This Italian import contains a smorgasbord of nods to children’s literature. A kind crocodile longs to be a pet and have a home with a family. Sadly, he merely inhabits the eponymous picture book in the children’s playroom. Pursuing his dream, he sneaks out beyond the confines of the book, and like the elves in the Grimms fairy tale, stealthily does all the housework. Nonetheless, he clearly perceives that families only want puppies and goldfish and each night slips back “between his covers.” (Little does he know that Madame Louis Bodot’s portrait hangs in this family’s living room.) The multicolored crocodile crawls out into the night onto pages turned pitch black with white delicate curlicue lines outlining the furniture, reminiscent again of Tomi Ungerer’s Crictor (HarperCollins, 1958). Masterful illustrations combine vibrant Jules Feiffer-like inkwork, acrylics, watercolor, bits and pieces of well-integrated colorful and printed papers, and even waxy crayon-layered rainbow textures. The tone is colloquial and the tale is recounted in a storyteller’s oratorical voice, sometimes addressing readers personally. Children are brought into the family’s decision making: Will they allow a crocodile in their home? Youngsters will delight in the drama and identify with everyone’s point of view, including the father’s, who “had as many doubts as the crocodile had teeth.” This well-written, imaginative, and accessible narrative will surely inspire more storytelling from enchanted readers.–Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 RASCHKA , Chris. Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle. illus. by author. 32p. Random/Schwartz and Wade. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-87007-1; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97007-8; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98732-8. LC 2012003172.
K-Gr 2–In his latest foray into childhood territory, Raschka explores the roles of adult and child in achieving one of the most challenging milestones of growing up–mastering a two-wheeler. The large, hand-lettered title framing the successful rider on the cover conveys the positive outcome, so the page turns are all about “how?” The story is narrated by an adult, presumably the father, but not limited to this relationship by text or image. The girl’s thoughts are all expressed visually. When the two are picking out a new bicycle and then watching other riders, the busy pages portray colorful examples, some surrounded by washes of watercolor, others set against the white background; all are connected with small strokes that animate the compositions. Clad in an enormous, blue-striped helmet, the child is watchful, then tireless, as she practices with training wheels. The narrator admits that taking them off is “a bit scary,” and the remaining scenes depict a brave girl in various stages of falling, trying, and being comforted and encouraged. In some close-ups, the heart on her shirt is askew, likely mimicking her actual pulse. Her legs, painted in thin, blue strokes, exhibit a fragile flexibility that expresses volumes. Raschka’s well-chosen words, spread over several pages, admonish: “Find the courage to try it again,/again, and again… until/by luck, grace, and determination,/you are riding/a bicycle!” The artist’s marvelous sequences, fluid style, and emotional intelligence capture all of the momentum and exhilaration of this glorious accomplishment.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 SPINELLI , Eileen. When No One Is Watching. illus. by David A. Johnson. 26p. Eerdmans. 2013. Tr $16. ISBN 978-0-8028-5303-5. LC 2012025506.
K-Gr 2–The nameless protagonist in this picture book is a wallflower around other people, but alone, she blossoms with exuberant play and a vivid imagination. Quirky and endearing with her wild mop of black curls, pink high-tops, and struggle with shyness, she will appeal to readers who know what’s budding inside them, but who aren’t quite ready to open up. The illustrations alternately show the little girl’s introverted behavior and her lone, free-spirited singing, dancing, stomping, and pretend-wrestling with wild animals. Spinelli’s narrative is simple, lyrical, and written from the first-person perspective, giving the sense that the child is sharing her secrets with a trusted friend. She is accompanied throughout by a charming cat whose actions and expressions mirror her own–perfect, given the feline tendency to be reserved between bursts of energy. In the end, readers are introduced to the girl’s shy friend, Loretta. They buoy one another when they are out and about, and they appreciate sharing quiet time, too. Johnson’s illustrations are dynamic, done in a palette of earthy colors and filling the pages with likable faces and activity. This is a wonderful book for reassuring a quiet kiddo that she is special, and that the world will be happy to know her, too, when she is ready to introduce herself.–Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 CATE , Annette Leblanc. Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard. illus. by author. 64p. illus. index. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-4561-8. LC 2012942416.
Gr 3-5–With its emphasis on looking at the birds near home–from suburbs to inner cities–this invitation to bird-watching is an engaging addition to any collection. By grouping birds by colors, shapes, behaviors, feathers, calls, habitat, migration, and more, the spreads highlight the multitude of avian features to be observed. Cate emphasizes the importance of observation and includes sketching instructions as a way to hone those skills on the individual aspects of a bird along with its species’ characteristics. Each page is filled with full-color illustrations. At first glance they may appear crowded and busy, but the detailed drawings are charming, lively, and fun. Humorous dialogue bubbles feature bird “thoughts” in accessible language. Comic human observations are also included: “Are those pesky birds pooping on my windowsill again?” Lots of fun–and informative.–Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 DONALDSON , Julia. The Highway Rat. illus. by Axel Scheffler. 32p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-47758-1.
PreS-Gr 2–Inspired by Alfred Noyes’s “The Highwayman,” Donaldson tells the tale of a swashbuckling rat with mask and cape who stops hapless travelers and takes their food at sword point. While he prefers chocolates, puddings, and cakes, he steals clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel, and even hay from his own horse. “The creatures who traveled the highway/grew thinner and thinner and thinner,/While the Highway Rat grew horribly fat/from eating up everyone’s dinner.” A brave duck in a red kerchief lures the thief to a distant cave, supposedly full of biscuits and buns. While he follows the echoes of his own voice deeper and deeper into the dark, the duck jumps on Rat’s horse and takes the stolen food back to her hungry friends. Eventually he emerges on the other side of the hill, becomes a reformed rodent, and finds work sweeping the floor at a cake shop. Scheffler’s rich, dark palette creates a brooding atmosphere just right for the Highway Rat’s dastardly deeds, and his cartoon-style characters are a wonderful tongue-in-cheek contrast. Humorous details abound, including Gruffalo cookies in the cake shop from this British duo’s The Gruffalo (Puffin, 2006). This well-paced, rollicking tale is a guaranteed storytime treat.–Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 GUIBERSON , Brenda Z. Frog Song. illus. by Gennady Spirin. 40p. bibliog. websites. Holt. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9254-7. LC 2011041940.
K-Gr 4–Guiberson has carefully chosen and researched 11 varieties of frogs whose habitats are scattered across six continents. In the spare text, she provides a transliteration of each species’ song and describes how its young are incubated and hatched. For example, the male Darwin’s frog scoops his tadpoles into his mouth and–after seven weeks of incubation–spits out his little froglets. On a spread at the end, the author notes where each frog can be found, its size, and an interesting fact or two. Each of Spirin’s exquisitely detailed, larger-than-life illustrations, created with tempera, watercolor, and pencil, provides a two-page close-up of a species in its native habitat, with a large, pale-hued area set aside to house the large-print text. There is just enough information to interest older children who can read the book themselves, but the realistic pictures and fascinating facts can be shared one-on-one with younger children as well. A thought-provoking author’s note mentions species-endangering changes in the environment caused by pollution, global warming, and paving of natural pathways. “A frog song is a celebration of clean water, plants, and insects to eat,” Guiberson cautions. A bibliography and list of outstanding informational websites are appended to this beautifully presented nature lesson.–Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 MARKLE , Sandra. The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration. illus. by Mia Posada. 32p. further reading. maps. websites. Millbrook. Apr. 2013. RTE $26.60. ISBN 978-0-7613-5623-3; ebook $19.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1051-0. LC 2012020915.
Gr 1-3–The bar-tailed godwit is an interesting bird. Born in June near the Cape Avinoff mud flats on Alaska’s southwestern mainland, the long-legged chicks are quickly able to catch worms, spiders, beetles, larvae, and tiny crabs and to walk and swim–all on their own. Throughout the summer, adult birds and their young spend much of each day eating, and, as autumn approaches, first the adult females, then the males, gather into flocks and begin their long migration to New Zealand. The mature young godwits follow in mid-October, instinctively flying more than 7000 miles over water (about eight days) without stopping. Two predators of the godwit–the Arctic fox and the peregrine falcon–are mentioned. Posada’s watercolor and paper collage illustrations show flocks of the wading shorebirds on the beach; in shallow water; in flight–close-ups and side views; overhead and head-on perspectives. They show brightly colored green and brown grasses; fluffy yellow pin-feathered chicks; and a predominance of grays, browns, and blues of birds, skies, and ocean. Appended are a page of additional facts; a simple map showing the birds’ flight path; and a brief list of book and website references. The book is well presented and fascinating and could be used as part of a geography lesson or to teach about animals’ unusual lifestyles. The large print, simple, straightforward vocabulary, and appealing format make it a good choice for a report or a simple research project for young nature lovers.–Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 | March 2013 WORTH , Valerie. Pug and Other Animal Poems. illus. by Steve Jenkins. 32p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-374-35024-6. LC 2010034300.
Gr 3-5–A vividly crafted collection of 18 animal poems with subjects ranging from pugs to geese to fireflies. As in Animal Poems (Farrar, 2007), the poet’s undeniable expertise is elegantly expressed in Jenkins’s collage art. Each entry is featured on a spread with a paper collage depiction of the animal that complements the singular focus and brevity of the free-verse selection. Each poem captures a brief moment or an unusual perspective: from the mysterious nature of the fox, to the quiet stillness of a dead mouse left on the doorstep, to the power and raw ferocity of the tiger. The art reflects the shifting moods of the work deftly, allowing both to compel readers. Whether read aloud or scanned silently, this lovely book shines with the same qualities as the previous collection. Poetry readers who are hungry for more might want to peruse The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, edited by J. Patrick Lewis (National Geographic, 2012), to continue the exploration of the creature kingdom.–Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library

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


ABBOTT & COSTELLO Who’s on First? illus. by John Martz. 40p. Quirk. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59474-590-4. LC 2012934522.

ASHMAN , Linda. Rain! illus. by Christian Robinson. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-73395-1. LC 2011042039.

AVERBECK , Jim. The Market Bowl. illus. by author. 32p. maps. Charlesbridge. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-368-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-591-6. LC 2012007491.

BADGER , H. The Jelly People. ISBN 978-1-921564-85-7.
––––. The Shrinking Race. ISBN 978-1-921564-86-4.
ea vol: illus. by C. Bennett. 96p. (Space Scout Series). Trafalgar Square. 2012. pap. $8.99.

BARNER , Bob. I Have a Garden. ISBN 978-0-8234-2527-3. LC 201104907.
MCCULLY , Emily Arnold. Sam and the Big Kids. ISBN 978-0-8234-2427-6. LC 201104907.
ea vol: illus. by author. 32p. (I Like To Read Series). Holiday House. Apr. 2013. RTE $14.95.

BARTON , Bethany. This Monster Cannot Wait! illus. by author. 32p. Dial. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3779-2. LC 2012017408.

BROWN , Tameka Fryer. My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood. illus. by Shane W. Evans. 32p. Viking. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-01285-5.

BROWNE , Anthony. One Gorilla: A Counting Book. illus. by author. 32p. Candlewick. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6352-0.

BROWNLEE , Sophia Grace & Rosie McClelland. Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie. illus. by Shelagh McNicholas. 40p. Scholastic/Orchard. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-50214-6.

BUTTON , Lana. Willow Finds a Way. illus. by Tania Howells. 32p. Kids Can. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-842-3.

BUZZEO , Toni. Just Like My Papa. illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. 32p. Hyperion/Disney. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-4263-8. LC 2011011153.

CASSIDY , Sara. Seeing Orange. illus. by Amy Meissner. 64p. (Orca Echos Series). Orca. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-1-5546-9991-9; ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-4598-0318-3. LC 2012938344.

COBB , Rebecca. Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement. illus. by author. 32p. Holt. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9507-4.

COLLINS , Pat Lowery. The Deer Watch. illus. by David Slonim. 32p. Candlewick. Apr. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-4890-9. LC 2012942667.

CORDEROY , Tracey. Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble. illus. by Joe Berger. 32p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. 2012. RTE $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5904-2.

COTTEN , Cynthia. The Book Boat’s In. illus. by Frané Lessac. 32p. Holiday House. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2521-1. LC 2012016548.

DALE , Penny. Dinosaur Zoom! illus. by author. 32p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. Apr. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6448-0. LC 2012942660.

DALEY , Michael J. Pinch and Dash and the Terrible Couch. illus. by Thomas E. Yezerski. 48p. Charlesbridge. 2013. Tr $12.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-379-4; pap. $5.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-380-0; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-592-3. LC 2011025704.

DAVICK , Linda. I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! illus. by Linda Davick. 32p. S & S/Beach Lane. Apr. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-6037-9; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-6038-6. LC 2012006994.

DOMINGUEZ , Angela. Let’s Go, Hugo! illus. by author. 40p. Dial. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3864-5. LC 2012003561.

DUNREA , Olivier. Jasper & Joop. illus. by author. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2013. Tr $9.99. ISBN 978-0-547-86762-5.

DUNREA , Olivier. Ollie’s Easter Eggs. illus. by author. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. BD $6.99. ISBN 978-0-547-85918-7.

DUVAL , Kathy. Take Me to Your BBQ. illus. by Adam McCauley. 40p. Hyperion/Disney. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-2255-5.

EGAN , Tim. Dodsworth in Tokyo. illus. by author. 48p. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2013. RTE $14.99. ISBN 978-0-547-87745-7.

FERGUS , Maureen. The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten. illus. by Mike Lowery. 32p. Kids Can. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-698-6.

FOLGUEIRA , Rodrigo. Ribbit! illus. by Poly Bernatene. 32p. Knopf. Apr. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98146-2; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98147-9; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98150-9.

FOREMAN , Michael. Oh! If Only . illus. by author. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1213-2; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1214-9.

FORMENTO , Alison. These Seas Count! illus. by Sarah Snow. 32p. websites. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-7871-1. LC 2012026187.

FOXLEY , Janet. Muncle Trogg and the Flying Donkey. Bk. 2. illus. by O’Kif. 198p. Scholastic/Chicken House. Mar. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-545-46527-4; ebook $14.99. ISBN 978-0-545-52065-2. LC 2012002713.

FULLERTON , Alma. A Good Trade. illus. by Karen Patkau. 32p. Pajama Press. 2012. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-0-9869495-9-3.

GOOBIE , Beth. Jason’s Why. 72p. Red Deer. 2012. pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-0-88995-484-7.

HALL , Algy Craig. Dino Bites! illus. by author. 32p. Boxer Bks. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-907967-50-4.

HELAKOSKI , Leslie. Doggone Feet! illus. by author. 40p. Boyds Mills. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-933-9. LC 2012949018.

HENNESY , Scott. The Cat’s Baton Is Gone: A Musical Cat-tastrophe. illus. by Joe Lanzisero. 32p. glossary. Hyperion/Disney. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-4583-7. LC 2012004539.

HIGGINS , Ryan. Wilfred. illus. by author. 32p. Dial. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3732-7.

HOPKINSON , Deborah. Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story. illus. by Steven Guarnaccia. 32p. photos. reprods. websites. Putnam. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25241-9. LC 2012009635.

HOURAN , Lori Haskins. I Will Keep You Safe and Sound. illus. by Petra Brown. 32p. Scholastic. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-19751-9. LC 2011045990.

HUGHES , Shirley. Bobbo Goes to School. illus. by author. 32p. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6524-1. LC 2012942410.

IDLE , Molly. Tea Rex. illus. by author. 40p. Viking. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-01430-9.

JAHANFORUZ , Rita. The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran. tr. from Hebrew. illus. by Vali Mintzi. 40p. Barefoot. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-84686-929-7; pap. $7.99. ISBN 978-1-84686-931-0.

JANSSENS , Axel. The Box. tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 30p. Clavis. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-134-4.

JARMAN , Julia. Two Shy Pandas. illus. by Susan Varley. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1141-8; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1146-3.

JOHNSON , Angela. Lottie Paris and the Best Place. illus. by Scott M. Fischer. 32p. S & S. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-689-87378-2. LC 2011011303.

KATZ , Karen. Now I’m Big! illus. by author. 32p. S & S/McElderry. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-3547-6. LC 2011047256.

KIRK , Daniel. Ten Things I Love About You. illus. by author. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25288-4. LC 2012011081.

KNOWLTON , Laurie Lazzaro. Pirates Don’t Say Please! illus. by Adrian Tans. 32p. Pelican. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-58980-982-6.

KÖNNECKE , Ole. Anton and the Battle. tr. from German by Catherine Chidgey. illus. by author. 32p. Gecko. Mar. 2013. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-8775-7926-4.

KULKA , Joe. My Crocodile Does Not Bite. illus. by author. 32p. Carolrhoda. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-8937-8; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0955-2.

KURTZMAN-COUNTER , Samantha, Abbie Schiller, & Ruby Vanderzee . Sally Simon Simmons’ Super Frustrating Day. illus. by Aaron Hawkins. 30p. The Mother Company. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-615-61033-7.

LANTHIER , Jennifer. The Stamp Collector. illus. by François Thisdale. 32p. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55455-218-4.

LAROCHELLE , David. How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans. illus. by Mark Fearing. 32p. Dial. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3766-2. LC 2012014361.

LONG , Loren. Otis and the Puppy. illus. by author. 40p. Philomel. Mar. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25469-7.

LYONS , Kelly Starling. Hope’s Gift. illus. by Don Tate. 32p. Putnam. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-16001-1. LC 2012014587.

MCDERMID , Val. My Granny Is a Pirate. illus. by Arthur Robins. 32p. Trafalgar Square. 2012. pap. $8.99. ISBN 978-1-4083-0927-8.

MACLACHLAN , Patricia. White Fur Flying. 128p. S & S/McElderry. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2171-4. LC 2011046125.

MCNIFF , Dawn. Mommy’s Little Monster. illus. by Kate Willis-Crowley. 32p. Scholastic/Chicken House. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-48057-4. LC 2012030539.

MARSHALL , Linda Elovitz. The Mitzvah Magician. illus. by Christiane Engel. 32p. Kar-Ben. 2012. pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-5656-1; RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-5655-4; ebook $13.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0063-4. LC 2011029818.

MEADOWS , Michelle. Piggies in Pajamas. illus. by Ard Hoyt. 32p. S & S. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-4982-4.

MEISEL , Paul. See Me Dig. illus. by author. 32p. (I Like To Read). Holiday House. 2013. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2743-7.

MIDDLETON , Julie. Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? illus. by Russell Ayto. 32p. Peachtree. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-690-1. LC 2012025716.

MILLARD , Glenda. And Red Galoshes: A Story About a Rainy Day. illus. by Jonathan Bentley. 24p. Trafalgar Square. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-921541-46-9.

MONROE , Chris. Cookie, the Walker. illus. by author. 32p. Carolrhoda. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-5617-2; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0951-4. LC 2012017626.

MURGUIA , Bethanie Deeney. Snippet the Early Riser. illus. by author. 40p. Knopf. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-58246-460-2; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-1-58246-461-9; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98169-1.

MURPHY , Mary. Quick Duck! ISBN 978-0-7636-6022-2.
––––. Slow Snail. ISBN 978-0-7636-6023-9.
ea vol: illus. by author. 14p. Candlewick. 2013. BD $6.99.

O’CONNELL , Rebecca. Baby Parade. illus. by Susie Poole. 24p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-0509-0. LC 2012017375.

PARKER , Mary Jessie. The Deep, Deep Puddle. illus. by Deborah Zemke. 40p. Dial. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3765-5.

PHILLIPPS , J. C. Monkey Ono. illus. by author. 40p. Viking. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-78505-6.

PRESS , J. The Doodles of Sam Dibble. illus. by Michael Kline. 128p. Grosset & Dunlap. 2013. pap. $4.99. ISBN 978-0-448-46107-6.

ROCHE , Suzzy. Want to Be in a Band? illus. by Giselle Potter. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86879-5. LC 2011023590.

SATTLER , Jennifer. Uh-Oh, Dodo! illus. by author. 32p. Boyds Mills. Apr. 2013. RTE $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-929-2. LC 2012947460.

SAUER , Tammi. Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever or Snack Time? illus. by Michael Slack. 40p. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-85285-0.

SCHAEFER , Carole Lexa. Monkey and Elephant Get Better. illus. by Galia Bernstein. 48p. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-4841-1. LC 2012942656.

SCHINDLER , S. D. Spike & Ike Take a Hike. illus. by author. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-24495-7. LC 2012010367.

SCHNEIDER , Josh. The Meanest Birthday Girl. illus. by author. 48p. Clarion. 2013. RTE $14.99. ISBN 978-0-547-83814-4.

SCOTT , Brandon James, adapt. The Pancake Express. illus. by Brandon James Scott. 36p. (Justin Time Series). Immedium. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59702-035-0.

SHEA , Bob. Cheetah Can’t Lose. illus. by author. 40p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-173083-2.

SHETH , Kashmira. Tiger in My Soup. illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler. 32p. Peachtree. Apr. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-696-3. LC 2012025539.

STAAKE , Bob. Bluebird. illus. by author. 40p. Random/Schwartz and Wade. Apr. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-87037-8; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97038-2; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98904-9. LC 2012007043.

STEVENSON , Steve. The Curse of the Pharaoh. Bk. 1. tr. from Italian by Siobhan Kelly. illus. by Stefano Turconi. 134p. (Agatha Mistery Series). Grosset & Dunlap. 2013. pap. $5.99. ISBN 978-0-448-46217-2.

STIER , Catherine. Barnaby the Bedbug Detective. illus. by Karen Sapp. 32p. further reading. websites. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2013. Tr ISBN 978-0-8075-0904-3. LC 2012013166.

STOUT , Shawn K. Penelope Crumb Never Forgets. Bk. 2. illus. by Valeria Docampo. 182p. (Penelope Crumb Series). Philomel. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25729-2.

SULLIVAN , Mary. Ball. illus. by author. 40p. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2013. RTE $12.99. ISBN 978-0-547-75936-4.

TAYLOR , Sean. Robomop. illus. by Edel Rodriguez. 32p. Dial. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3411-1. LC 2012012901.

TAYLOR , Thomas. The Pets You Get. illus. by Adrian Reynolds. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1143-2.

UMAN , Jennifer & Valerio Vidali. Jemmy Button. illus. by authors. 48p. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6487-9. LC 2012942662.

UNDERWOOD , Deborah. Part-time Princess. illus. by Cambria Evans. 40p. Hyperion/Disney. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-2485-6.

VAN GENECHTEN , Guido. Guess What? ISBN 978-1-60537-116-0.
––––. Guess Where? ISBN 978-1-60537-115-3.
ea vol: tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 16p. Clavis. 2012. Tr $9.95.

VAN ZEVEREN , Michel. That’s Mine! tr. from French. illus. by author. 32p. Gecko. Mar. 2013. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-8775-7927-1.

WALTERS , Eric. Prince for a Princess. illus. by David Parkins. 64p. (Orca Echos Series). Orca. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4598-0200-1; ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-4598-0319-0.

WELLS , Rosemary. Following Grandfather. illus. by Christopher Denise. 64p. Candlewick. 2012. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5069-8.

WHEELER , Lisa. The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Viscious Verses. illus. by Zachariah OHora. 40p. S & S/Atheneum. Apr. 2013. ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4234-4; Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-7595-3.

ZAPPA , Ahmet. Because I’m Your Dad. illus. by Dan Santat. 32p. Hyperion/Disney. Apr. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-4774-9. LC 2012002794.


AJMERA , Maya, Victoria Dunning, & Cynthia Pon. Healthy Kids. 32p. maps. photos. Charlesbridge. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-436-4; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-437-1. LC 2012000784.

ARNOLD , Caroline. Too Hot? Too Cold?: Keeping Body Temperature Just Right. illus. by Annie Patterson. 32p. diags. glossary. Charlesbridge. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-276-6; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-277-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-596-1. LC 2012000792.

BATES , Katharine Lee. America the Beautiful: Together We Stand. illus. by Bryan Collier, et al. 32p. Scholastic/Orchard. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-49207-2.

BODDEN , Valerie. Ants. ISBN 978-1-60818-230-5. LC 2011050282.
––––. Beetles. ISBN 978-1-60818-231-2. LC 2011050278.
––––. Termites. ISBN 978-1-60818-235-0. LC 2011050279.
––––. Ticks. ISBN 978-1-60818-234-3. LC 2011050287.
ea vol: 24p. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. (Creepy Creatures Series). Creative Education. 2013. PLB $25.65.

BORGESON , Grace. Douwlina: A Rhino’s Story. 32p. photos. Bright Sky Press. 2012. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-936474-63-9.

CASALE , Karen. Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book: Book Care Guidelines from the Library Secret Service. illus. by Cecilia Rebora. 32p. UpstartBooks. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-60213-061-6.

COOKE , Lucy. A Little Book of Sloth. 64p. photos. S & S/McElderry. Mar. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4557-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4558-1. LC 2012018737.

COY , John. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball. illus. by Joe Morse. 32p. bibliog. photos. Carolrhoda. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-6617-1; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-8723-7. LC 2011021235.

DAVIES , Nicola. Deadly!: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth. illus. by Neal Layton. 64p. glossary. index. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6231-8. LC 2012942414.

FLOOD , Nancy Bo. Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo. 48p. bibliog. photos. websites. Boyds Mills/Wordsong. Mar. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-893-6. LC 2012949009.

FORBES , Scott. China: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know. ISBN 978-1-74321-427-5.
SCOTT , Janine & Peter Rees. Australia: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know. ISBN 978-1-74321-422-0.
––––. Great Britain: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know. ISBN 978-1-74321-421-3.
ea vol: 96p. (Not-For-Parents Series). illus. index. maps. photos. reprods. Lonely Planet. 2012. pap. $14.99.

FOX , Kathleen. A Book Is Just Like You!: All About the Parts of a Book. illus. by John Wallace. 32p. glossary. UpstartBooks. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-60213-060-9.

GARCIA , Emmett “shkeme.” Sister Rabbit’s Tricks. illus. by Victoria Pringle. 40p. Univ. of New Mexico Press. 2013. pap. $18.95. ISBN 978-0-8263-5268-2. LC 2012017307.

GEORGE , Jean Craighead. The Eagles Are Back. illus. by Wendell Minor. 32p. websites. Dial. Mar. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3771-6. LC 2012005717.

HELD , George. The Yard Critters. Bk. 1. illus. by Joung Un Kim. 32p. (Neighbors Series). Filsinger & Co. 2012. RTE $20. ISBN 978-0-916754-25-9.

HELD , George. The Yard Critters Too. Bk. 2. illus. by Joung Un Kim. 32p. (Neighbors Series). Filsinger & Co. 2013. RTE $20. ISBN 978-0-916754-26-6. LC 2012937095.

HERRINGTON , Lisa M. Back-to-School Safety. ISBN 978-0-531-28967-9. LC 2012013372.
––––. Bicycle Safety. ISBN 978-0-531-28968-6. LC 2012013377.
––––. Car Safety. ISBN 978-0-531-28969-3. LC 2012013373.
––––. Fire Safety. ISBN 978-0-531-28970-9. LC 2012013375.
––––. Internet Safety. ISBN 978-0-531-28971-6. LC 2012013376.
––––. Stranger Safety. ISBN 978-0-531-28972-3. LC 2012013378.
ea vol: 32p. (Rookie Read About Safety Series). glossary. index. photos. websites. Children’s Press. 2012. PLB $23.

HODSON , Sally. Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas. illus. by Ann Jones. 32p. further reading. glossary. photos. websites. Dawn. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58469-171-6. LC 2011049431.

HOPKINS , Jackie Mims. Prairie Chicken Little. illus. by Henry Cole. 32p. Peachtree. Mar. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-694-9. LC 2012025540.

JOCELYN , Marthe. Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight. 64p. illus. photos. Candlewick. Mar. 2013. RTE $12.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5648-5. LC 2012942615.

KANER , Etta. And the Winner Is…: Amazing Animal Athletes. illus. by David Anderson. 32p. glossary. maps. Kids Can. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-904-8.

KELLY , David A. Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball. illus. by Oliver Dominguez. 32p. Millbrook. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-8092-4; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1052-7. LC 2012020917.

KERLEY , Barbara. The World Is Waiting. 32p. photos. National Geographic. Mar. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-4263-1114-7; PLB $26.90. ISBN 978-1-4263-1115-4.

LAWRENCE , Ellen. A Bird’s Life. ISBN 978-1-61772-595-1. LC 2012012472.
––––. A Chameleon’s Life. ISBN 978-1-61772-596-8. LC 2012012184.
––––. A Dragonfly’s Life. ISBN 978-1-61772-594-4. LC 2012019344.
ea vol: 24p. (Animal Diaries Life Cycles Series). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Bearport. 2012. PLB $23.93.

MCGRATH , Barbara Barbieri. The Little Gray Bunny. illus. by Violet Kim. 32p. Charlesbridge. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-394-7; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-395-4. LC 2012000788.

MACLACHLAN , Patricia & Emily MacLachlan Charest. Cat Talk. illus. by Barry Moser. 32p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Mar. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-027978-3.

MARKLE , Sandra. Snow School. illus. by Alan Marks. 32p. further reading. websites. Charlesbridge. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-410-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-593-0. LC 2012000790.

MOONEY , Carla. Explore Rivers and Ponds with 25 Great Projects. illus. by Bryan Stone. 96p. (Explore Your World! Series). further reading. glossary. index. websites. Nomad. 2012. pap. $12.95. ISBN 978-1-936749-80-5.

NORWICH , Grace. George Washington. ISBN 978-0-545-48435-0.
––––. Sacagawea. ISBN 978-0-545-40574-4.
ea vol: illus. by Anthony VanArsdale. 128p. bibliog. chron. glossary. index. maps. websites. (I Am Series). Scholastic. 2012. pap $5.99.

PATRICKGEORGE . A Crackle of Crickets: A Compilation of Insect Collective Nouns. illus. by author. 48p. Trafalgar Square. 2013. pap. $10.99. ISBN 978-1-908473-00-4.

PINBOROUGH , Jan. Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children. illus. by Debby Atwell. 40p. bibliog. photos. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-47105-1.

SELBERT , Kathryn. War Dogs: Churchill & Rufus. illus. by author. 48p. bibliog. chron. further reading. websites. Charlesbridge. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-414-2; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-598-5. LC 2012000794.

SKEAD , Robert. Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio. illus. by Floyd Cooper. 32p. bibliog. Carolrhoda. Apr. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-6619-5; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0954-5. LC 2012019709.

STRIKER , Susan. M Is for Mola: A Kuna Indian Alphabet of Quilted Folk Art. illus. by author. 32p. XLibris. 2012. Tr $21.99. ISBN 978-1-4771-0003-5.

TAVARES , Matt. Becoming Babe Ruth. illus. by author. 40p. bibliog. charts. Candlewick. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5646-1. LC 2012942357.

THURLBY , Paul. Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife. illus. by author. 32p. Candlewick/Templar. Mar. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6563-0.

WARD , Jennifer. What Will Hatch? illus. by Susie Ghahremani. 40p. Walker. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-8027-2311-6; PLB $13.89. ISBN 978-0-8027-2312-3. LC 2011046330.

WINTER , Jonah. You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! illus. by Terry Widener. 40p. charts. glossary. websites. Random/Schwartz and Wade. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86844-3; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96844-0; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98782-3.



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