April 24, 2018

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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Digger Dog (Bee) ©2014 by Cecilia Johansson

Digger Dog (Bee) ©2014 by Cecilia Johansson

redstarBarton, Byron. My Bus. illus. by Byron Barton. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062287366. LC 2013007869.

PreS-Gr 1 –Joe, a bus driver, takes readers on his route through the rolling hills to a little town. Full spreads with minimal text show him picking up dogs or cats at each stop. When the bus is packed with five dogs and five cats, it’s time to drop them off at either a boat, train, or plane. Happily, Joe still has one passenger left at the end of the trip: his own dog. The beautiful, bold colors produced in Adobe Photoshop are attractive, while the use of simple, childlike shapes and few words will make it easy for student to concentrate on the new skills of reading and counting. The large, square format is clean and inviting. This book is perfect for independent readers but can also be shared one-on-one or with a group. Parents can encourage youngsters to count the number of pets on or off the different types of transportation.–Diane McCabe, John Muir Elementary, Santa Monica, CA

redstarBee, William. Digger Dog. illus. by Cecilia Johansson. 36p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. Apr. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763661625. LC 2013943108.

PreS-K –Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it. Digger Dog and his animal friends, wearing hard hats and using construction equipment, are set against polka-dotted grounds; they stand out nicely in the mixed-media cartoon illustrations. Though the dirt is not all that dirty, with circles in shades of peach and pink over brown, the effect is engaging as readers eventually see much more of it as the fold-out pages enlarge to accommodate “the biggest digger in the whole world” and then reveal that the bone Digger Dog finally uncovers is only the (finger)tip of the iceberg. A fossilized dinosaur skeleton still lies undiscovered, making a trifecta of kid appeal: dogs, digging, and dinosaurs.–Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

redstarHarrison, Hannah E. Extraordinary Jane. illus. by Hannah E. Harrison. 40p. Dial. Mar. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780803739147. LC 2012009713.

PreS-Gr 1 –Jane is an ordinary dog, which under normal circumstances shouldn’t be cause for much angst. But as part of a circus troupe in which all of the other members of her family are extraordinarily graceful, strong, or brave, she feels the need to find her special talent. Unfortunately, she’s afraid of heights, is not all that artistic, “and then there was that whole balancing ball disaster.” Readers will notice that the ringmaster has a soft spot in his heart for Jane and understand how he could be perfectly content with her being “a really good dog.” Harrison’s detailed and expressive illustrations give the circus animals plenty of personality and lend an air of grandeur to their talents. The pages depicting Jane’s disaster-prone circus tricks and the resulting emergency room visit are particularly funny. In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one. Jane is exceptionally good at being herself, and for that, she is loved.–Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

redstarJudge, Lita. Flight School. illus. by Lita Judge. 40p. S & S/Atheneum. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442481770; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442481787. LC 2012046161.

K-Gr 2 –Little Penguin, who has the self-proclaimed “soul of an eagle,” wants to fly. Steering his motorboat into a dockside flight school for birds, he announces to the other feathery students and teacher that “[he] was hatched to fly.” Teacher and Flamingo are unconvinced, but they allow Little Penguin to take lessons anyway. Outfitted with goofy red googles, Little Penguin certainly has the will, if not the talent. Even after practicing for weeks and enthusiastically jumping off the dock with a loud “Geronimo!” he still flops deep into the ocean instead of soaring above. Brokenhearted, he sets sail for home. But then Flamingo has an idea. Tying feathers and a fishing line onto Little Penguin, Flamingo helps lift him skyward while Little Penguin does his best to “Flip, flap, flip, flap, flap.” Soon, he soars as he had always dreamed of doing. Alas, it doesn’t last. Unfortunately, even with the soul of an eagle, “he still has the body of a little round penguin.” Nevertheless, his dream achieved, Little Penguin leaves flight school one happy little bird. So happy, in fact, that he soon returns with another friend with his own dreams of flying–an ostrich with the “soul of a swallow.” Judge successfully balances the humor in the storytelling, the drawings, and the situations. Rendered in watercolor and pencil and situated on a bright yellow background, the illustrations perfectly fit this delightful and charming book.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA

redstarMarino, Gianna. Following Papa’s Song. illus. by Gianna Marino. 40p. Viking. Apr. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780670013159.

PreS-Gr 3 –Little Blue, a young humpback whale, is worried about his first long migration up the coast, and he is scared he will be separated from Papa in the big ocean. As with human families on adventures, Little Blue has many questions that need to be answered and needs to be reassured that everything will be fine. What will they see on their journey? Can Little Blue keep up? How will they know the way? What is down below in the dark areas? Little Blue continues to ask questions, the most pressing of which is “what if I get lost?” Papa reminds him to listen for his song as they travel. But can Little Blue hear Papa’s song? Stunning artwork takes readers into the lush, inviting waters filled with marine life swimming effortlessly across the pages. The blend of text and vivid mixed-media illustrations make this original story a heartwarming reminder of how children learn to trust and listen for papas’ songs in our lives. This is a story for all ages to enjoy. What a wonderful way to use science in the lower grades. A top choice for any library.–Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Preschool to Grade 4

Adl, Shirin. The Book of Dreams. illus. by Shirin Adl. 28p. Frances Lincoln. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847803832.

Allenby, Victoria. Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That. illus. by Tara Anderson. 32p. Pajama. Mar. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781927485521.

Amato, Mary. Dog Gone! Bk. 2. ISBN 9781606843970; ISBN 9781606845103; ISBN 9781606844045. LC 2013018297.

––––. Missing Monkey! Bk. 1. ISBN 9781606843963; ISBN 9781606845097; ISBN 9781606844038. LC 2013018251.

ea vol: illus. by Ward Jenkins. 128p. (Good Crooks Series). Egmont USA. 2014. Tr. $14.99. pap. $4.99. ebk. $4.99.

Arena, Jen. 100 Snowmen. illus. by Stephen Gilpin. 24p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2013. RTE $14.99. ISBN 9781477847039; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781477897034.

Arndt, Michael. Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia. illus. by Michael Arndt. 36p. Chronicle. Mar. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781452112343.

Baldacchino, Christine. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. illus. by Isabelle Malenfant. 32p. Groundwood. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554983476.

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. Snoring Beauty. illus. by Jane Manning. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780060874032. LC 2012050669.

Barnett, Mac. President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath. illus. by Chris Van Dusen. 32p. Candlewick. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763663179. LC 2013943103.

Boyer, Cécile. Run, Dog! tr. from French. illus. by Cécile Boyer. 48p. Chronicle. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452127088.

Boyle, Bob. Rosie & Rex: A Nose for Fun! illus. by Bob Boyle. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780062211316.

Branford, Anna. Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend. illus. by Elanna Allen. 128p. (Violet Mackerel Series). S & S/Atheneum. May 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781442494558; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781442494565; ebk. $5.99. ISBN 9781442494572. LC 2013013568.

Brenning, Juli. Maggi and Milo. illus. by Priscilla Burris. 32p. Dial. Apr. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780803737952. LC 2012018933.

Brown, Alison. Eddie and Dog. illus. by Alison Brown. 32p. Stone Arch. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781623701147; pap. ISBN 9781623701154.

BROWN, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Songs. 28p. w/CD. Sterling. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781454904465.

Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble. illus. by Nick Bruel. 128p. (Bad Kitty Series). Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 2014. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781596436718.

Büchner, Georg. Leonce and Lena. retold by Jürg Amann. tr. from German by David Henry Wilson. illus. by Lisbeth Zwerger. 64p. NorthSouth. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780735841413.

Cali, Davide. I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…. illus. by Benjamin Chaud. 44p. Chronicle. Mar. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781452125510.

Chernesky, Felicia Sanzari. Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting. illus. by Susan Swan. 32p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807511305.

Chorao, Kay. Ed and Kip. illus. by Kay Chorao. 32p. (I Like to Read Series). ebook available. Holiday House. Mar. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9780823429035. LC 2012045920.

Clay, Judith Thea’s Tree. illus. by Judith Clay. 28p. Karadi Tales. Mar. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9788181902979.

Cohen, Laurie. The Flea. tr. from French by Sarah Quinn. illus. by Marjorie Béal. 32p. Owlkids. Apr. 2014. Tr $`16.95. ISBN 9781771470568. LC 2013949119.

Cronin, Doreen. Boom, Snot, Twitty. illus. by Renata Liwska. 32p. Viking. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780670785759. LC 2013032618.

Côté, Geneviève. Starring Me and You. illus. by Geneviève Côté. 32p. (Piggy and Bunny Series). Kids Can. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781894786393.

Dale, Elizabeth. Off to Market. illus. by Erika Pal. 28p. Frances Lincoln. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847803382.

Davies, Nicola. The Lion Who Stole My Arm. illus. by Annabel Wright. 96p. photos. reprods. Candlewick. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763666200. LC 2013943082.

Dean, James. Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm. illus. by James Dean. 32p. HarperCollins. Mar. 2014. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780062198730.

Degen, Bruce. I Said, “Bed!” illus. by Bruce Degen. 32p. (I Like to Read Series). ebook available. Holiday House. Mar. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9780823429387. LC 2013009568.

dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona Does It Again. illus. by Tomie dePaola. 40p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9780399257810. LC 2012048224.

DiTerlizzi, Angela. Some Bugs. illus. by Brendan Wenzel. 32p. S & S/Beach Lane. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442458802; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781442458819. LC 2013006303.

Donofrio, Beverly. Where’s Mommy? illus. by Barbara McClintock. 32p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375844232; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780375944567. LC 2011050242.

Fleming, Candace. Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! illus. by G. Brian Karas. 40p. S & S/Atheneum. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781416954033; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781481400282.

Foreman, Michael. I Love You, Too! illus. by Michael Foreman. 32p. Andersen. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467734516; ebk. $12.95. ISBN 9781467734578.

Formento, Alison. These Rocks Count! illus. by Sarah Snow. 32p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807578704.

Forward, Toby. The Quayside Cat. illus. by Ruth Brown. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467734523; ebk. $12.95. ISBN 9781467734585.

Gardner, Sally. Operation Bunny. illus. by David Roberts. 192p. (Wings & Co. Series: Bk. 1). Holt. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780805098921.

Garland, Michael. Tugboat. illus. by Michael Garland. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Mar. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823428663. LC 2012040059.

Gomi, Taro. The Great Day. illus. by Taro Gomi. 40p. Chronicle. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452111254. LC 2013011767.

Gordon, Domenica More. Archie’s Vacation. illus. by Domenica More Gordon. 32p. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619631908; lib. ed. $18.89. ISBN 9781619631915.

Hale, Bruce. Clark the Shark Dares to Share. illus. by Guy Francis. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062279057.

Hamilton, Tim. The Big Fib. illus. by Tim Hamilton. 32p. (I Like to Read Series). ebook available. Holiday House. Mar. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9780823429394. LC 2013009705.

Harper, Charise Mericle. Alien Encounter. illus. by Charise Mericle Harper. 208p. (Sasquatch and Aliens Series: Bk. 1). Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Apr. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780805096217.

Heiligman, Deborah. Snow Dog, Go Dog. illus. by Tim Bowers. 30p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 9781477817247; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781477867242.

Hodgkinson, Leigh. Troll Swap. illus. by Leigh Hodgkinson. 32p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. Mar. 2014. RTE $15.99. ISBN 9780763671013. LC 2013943100.

Hood, Susan. Rooting for You: A Moving Up Story. illus. by Matthew Cordell. 32p. Hyperion/Disney. Mar. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781423152309.

Inglese, Judith. I Have a Friend. illus. by Judith Inglese. 40p. Satya House. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781935874225.

Jackson, Alison. When the Wind Blew. illus. by Doris Barrette. 32p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780805086881.

Kantorovitz, Sylvie. The Very Tiny Baby. illus. by Sylvie Kantorovitz. 32p. Charlesbridge. Mar. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9781580894456; ebk. $6.99. ISBN 9781607346357. LC 2012038697.

Kessler, Liz. Poppy the Pirate Dog’s New Shipmate. illus. by Mike Phillips. 64p. Candlewick. Apr. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763667511. LC 2013944005.

LaReau, Kara. No Slurping, No Burping!: A Tale of Table Manners. illus. by Lorelay Bove. 40p. Hyperion/Disney. Mar. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781423157335. LC 2012040795.

Lester, Helen. The Loch Mess Monster. illus. by Lynn Munsinger. 32p. glossary. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544099906. LC 2013017881.

Lodding, Linda Ravin. A Gift for Mama. illus. by Alison Jay. 32p. Knopf. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385753319; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780385753326.

Lord, Cynthia. Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! illus. by Derek Anderson. 40p. Scholastic. Apr. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780545462617.

Lum, Kate. Princesses Are Not Just Pretty. illus. by Sue Hellard. 32p. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781599907789.

McCully, Emily Arnold. Little Ducks Go. illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. 32p. (I Like to Read Series). ebook available. Holiday House. Mar. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9780823429417. LC 2013009559.

McMullen, Nigel. Let’s Dance, Grandma! illus. by Nigel McMullen. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780060507473.

McPhail, David. Bad Dog. illus. by David McPhail. 32p. (I Like to Read Series). ebook available. Holiday House. Mar. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9780823428526. LC 2012038836.

Magoon, Scott. Breathe. illus. by Scott Magoon. 40p. S & S/Paula Wiseman. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442412583; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781481405331. LC 2013017696.

Manceau, Édouard. Presto Change-o!: A Book of Animal Magic. tr. from French. 20p. Chronicle/Twirl. Mar. 2014. Board $16.99. ISBN 9782848019444.

Marentette, Meghan. The Stowaways. illus. by Dean Griffiths. 240p. Pajama. Apr. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781927485330.

Marko, Cyndi. Bok! Bok! Boom! illus. by Cyndi Marko. 80p. (Kung Pow Chicken Series: Bk. 2). Scholastic/Branches. Apr. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780545610643; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780545610636; ebk. $4.99. ISBN 9780545613927. LC 2013027608.

Marko, Cyndi. Let’s Get Cracking! illus. by Cyndi Marko. 80p. (Kung Pow Chicken Series: Bk. 1). Scholastic/Branches. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780545610629; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780545610612; ebk. $4.99. ISBN 9780545613910.

Milway, Alex. Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey. illus. by Alex Milway. 84p. Candlewick. May 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780763666156. LC 2013944029.

Morrison, Toni & Slade Morrison. Please, Louise. illus. by Shadra Strickland. 32p. S & S/Paula Wiseman. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781416983385; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442433106. LC 2012026303.

Myracle, Lauren. Non-Random Acts of Kindness. illus. by Jed Henry. 128p. (The Life of Ty Series: Bk. 2). Dutton. Apr. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780525422662. LC 2013032576.

Nichols, Jon & Tucker Nichols. Crabtree. illus. by Jon Nichols and Tucker Nichols. 32p. McSweeney’s McMullens. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781936365821.

Offill, Jenny. Sparky! illus. by Chris Appelhans. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780375870231; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780375970238; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780375988592. LC 2012047196.

Olin, Marilyn. Mom, Mac & Cheese, Please! illus. by Dunja Pantic. 28p. Sky Pony. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-62087-995-5. LC 2013012201.

Parenteau, Shirley. Bears in the Bath. illus. by David Walker. 32p. Candlewick. Apr. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763664183. LC 2013943106.

Perrin, Clotilde. At the Same Moment, Around the World. illus. by Clotilde Perrin. 36p. Chronicle. Mar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452122083.

Presnall, Judith Janda. Yukon: Sled Dog. illus. by Mark Elliott. 32p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9781477817315; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781477867310.

Preston-Gannon, Frann. How to Lose a Lemur. 32p. Sterling. Apr. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781454911319.

Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley. The Raven and the Loon. illus. by Kim Smith. 32p. Inhabit Media. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781927095508.

Rankin, Laura. Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day. illus. by Laura Rankin. 32p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. May 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781599900520; RTE $18.89. ISBN 9781619631625. LC 2013034315.

Reid, Aimee. Mama’s Day with Little Gray. illus. by Laura J. Bryant. 32p. Random. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780449810835.

Roberton, Fiona. Cuckoo! illus. by Fiona Roberton. 40p. ebook available. Putnam. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399164972. LC 2013014666.

Rockliff, Mara. The Grudge Keeper. illus. by Eliza Wheeler. 32p. Peachtree. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781561457298. LC 2012048880.

Roland, Timothy. Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey. Bk. 1. 2014. ISBN 9780545559775; ISBN 9780545559768; ISBN 9780545559782.

––––. Monkey Me and the Pet Show. Bk. 2. Apr. 2014. ISBN 9780545559812; ISBN 9780545559805; ISBN 9780545559836.

ea vol: illus. by Timothy Roland. 96p. (Monkey Me Series). Scholastic/Branches. RTE. $15.99. pap. $4.99. ebk. $4.99.

Roth, Sarra J. Not the Quitting Kind. illus. by Tracy Bishop. 32p. Peter Pauper Press. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781441314154.

Russell, Natalie. Lost for Words. illus. by Natalie Russell. 32p. Peachtree. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781561457397.

Russo, Marisabina. Sophie Sleeps Over. illus. by Marisabina Russo. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781596439337. LC 2013011277.

Sadler, Marilyn. Alice from Dallas. illus. by Ard Hoyt. 40p. Abrams. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781419707902. LC 2012036740.

Scheffler, Axel. Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog. illus. by Axel Scheffler. 32p. (Pip and Posy Series). Candlewick/Nosy Crow. Mar. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780763670689. LC 2013943092.

Sheehan, Kevin. The Dandelion’s Tale. illus. by Rob Dunlavey. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780375870323; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780375970320; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780375988905. LC 2012027440.

Simon, Annette. Robot Burp Head Smartypants! illus. by Annette Simon. 40p. Candlewick. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780763665821. LC 2013943079.

Singleton, Linda Joy. Snow Dog, Sand Dog. illus. by Jess Golden. 32p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807575369.

Sissung, Ingrid. The Hiccup. tr. from German by Connie Stradling Morby. illus. by Ingrid Sissung. 32p. Sky Pony. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781626363878.

Snyder, Laurel. Camp Wonderful Wild. illus. by Carlynn Whitt. 30p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781477816523; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781477866528.

Spagnol, Estelle Billon. Little Benguin. tr. from French by Grace Maccarone. illus. by Estelle Billon Spagnol. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Mar. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823429349. LC 2013008049.

Stower, Adam. SLAM!: A Tale of Consequences. illus. by Adam Stower. 32p. Owlkids. Mar. 2014. spiral $17.95. ISBN 9781771470070. LC 2013942848.

Swenson, Jamie A. Big Rig. illus. by Ned Young. 32p. glossary. Hyperion/Disney. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781423163305. LC 2013012223.

Swerts, An. Get Well Soon, Grandpa! tr. from Dutch. illus. by Jenny Bakker. 32p. Clavis. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781605371559.

Teckentrup, Britta. The Odd One Out: A Spotting Book. illus. by Britta Teckentrup. 32p. Candlewick/Big Picture. Mar. 2014. RTE $14.99. ISBN 9780763671273. LC 2013943095.

Twohy, Mike. Wake Up, Rupert! illus. by Mike Twohy. 32p. S & S/Paula Wiseman. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442459984. LC 2012047857.

Underwood, Deborah. Bad Bye, Good Bye. illus. by Jonathan Bean. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780547928524. LC 2013017616.

Vallat, Christelle. Celia. illus. by Stéphanie Augusseau. 36p. Peter Pauper Press. Mar. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781441315366.

Viorst, Judith. Lulu’s Mysterious Mission. illus. by Kevin Cornell. 192p. S & S/Atheneum. Apr. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781442497467; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442497481. LC 2013004350.

Waldron, Kevin. Panda-monium at Peek Zoo. illus. by Kevin Waldron. 40p. Candlewick/Templar. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763666583. LC 2013946621.

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Tales: Vintage Tales from Disney’s Most Popular Animated Short Films. 80p. illus. Universe. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-0-7893-2473-3. LC 2012950521.

Wargin, Kathy-jo. Otter Out of Water. illus. by John Bendall-Brunello. 32p. Sleeping Bear. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781585364312. LC 2013024889.

Wells, Rosemary. Stella’s Starliner. illus. by Rosemary Wells. 32p. Candlewick. Mar. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763614959.

Wenisch, Tanja. Friends Always. tr. from French. 32p. Magination. Mar. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781433816390; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781433816406. LC 2013021183.

Whelan, Gloria. Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine. illus. by Nancy Carpenter. 40p. further reading. websites. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. Apr. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781416927532; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781442458857.

Willis, Jeanne. Boa’s Bad Birthday. illus. by Tony Ross. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467734509; ebk. $12.95. ISBN 9781467734554.

Young, Judy. Digger and Daisy Go on a Picnic. Bk. 2. ISBN 9781585368433; ISBN 9781585368440. LC 2013024892.

––––. Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo. Bk. 1. ISBN 9781585368419; ISBN 9781585368426. LC 2013004090.

ea vol: illus. by Dana Sullivan. 32p. (I Am a Reader!: Digger and Daisy Series). Sleeping Bear. 2013. Tr. $9.99. pap. $4.99.

Young, Cybèle. Out the Window. illus. by Cybèle Young. 30p. Groundwood. 2014. Board $12.95. ISBN 9781554983704.

Yuly, Toni. Early Bird. illus. by Toni Yuly. 40p. Feiwel & Friends. 2014. RTE $15.99. ISBN 9781250043276.

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