February 24, 2018

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Gary Golio Jazzes It Up, Eve Bunting’s Moving Day Blues, and More | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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redstarAPPELT , Kathi . When Otis Courted Mama . illus. by Jill Mcelmurry. 40p. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780152166885.

PreS-Gr 3–Set in the southwestern desert, this adorable, humble tale of how a young coyote copes with divorced parents will win children’s hearts. The cadence of the story, with its soothing repetition, balances the new dual-home reality of so many children today with the old comfort of Home where a child feels “loved through and through.” The beautifully toned gouache brushwork and large swatches of color are reminiscent of Rothko’s work on one page while evoking classic Golden Book aesthetics on the next. White stands out like the stars in the desert night, and the eyelashes of these coyotes are long and lush or their cheeks blush. Cardell loves his daddy who can sing and play and cook jalapeño flapjacks like no other, but he has to share his “perfectly good daddy” with a stepmother and a baby stepbrother. He loves his “perfectly good mama,” but not the series of suitors that come a-courtin’ but are soon sent away. Then Otis arrives, and he makes Cardell feel “a grrr form in his throat.” He expects his mother to say, “We can do without Otis…but “Adiós, Otis” never came.” The complicated feelings of a child who must accept a new stepparent are woefully underrepresented in children’s literature. Turns out that Otis can spin a pretty good yarn that “settled on Cardell’s fur like a warm blanket. Even the moon seemed to smile.” Well, like Otis, this exquisitely told tale is a welcome addition to any collection. Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City

redstarBunting, Eve. Yard Sale. illus. by Lauren Castillo. 32p. Candlewick. Apr. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763665425. LC 2014939360.

PreS-Gr 1 –Opening on a yard full of items for sale, this picture book tackles the difficult discussion of transitioning to a smaller home or apartment. Callie, whose family is having the sale, watches as people slowly pick their way and prod through her family’s items and memories. A particular heart-wrenching moment comes as a woman offers five dollars instead of 10 for a headboard because it is covered in crayon marks. Callie reflects, “I wish I hadn’t put the crayon marks on there. They were to show how many times I had read Goodnight Moon.” Several other small heartbreaks occur for Callie. Her bicycle is sold, she must explain to her best friend why she’s leaving (“I don’t know. It’s something to do with money”), and she has to endure a well-intentioned woman asking, “Are you for sale?” While the topic is an extremely tough one, Bunting tackles it with her usual grace and poise. The clear and concise writing is a wonderful choice for the subject matter. The soft ink and watercolor illustrations with thick black lines portray the text excellently and without unnecessary additions. While the topic of moving is covered in a multitude of picture books, this one looks at it from a difficult perspective that most authors choose to avoid or gloss over. A vital purchase for collections everywhere.–Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI

redstarDavies, Matt. Ben Draws Trouble. illus. by Matt Davies. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596437951.

K-Gr 3 –The hero of Ben Rides On (Roaring Brook, 2013) is back, and though he still rides his beloved bicycle, it turns out that his other passion is drawing. Ben constantly doodles in his special sketchbook, even in math class. His interests are typical for most third graders—dinosaurs, monsters, motorcycles, dragons, and spaceships—he especially enjoys sketching his teachers and fellow students. Inevitably, Ben loses the sketchbook, and his classmates get their hands on it. Fortunately for Ben, his teacher recognizes Ben’s talent, and in a neat little plot twist, asks for his help making sets for the school play instead of taking him to the principal’s office. Davies’s signature cartoon style is as hilarious as ever, though it does make figuring out whether Ben’s own drawings are realistic or caricature somewhat challenging. This wonderful follow-up will especially appeal to young artists and fans of Ben’s previous adventure, but it’s a fun choice for everyone.–Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

redstarFerry, Beth. Stick and Stone. illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. 48p. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544032569.

PreS-Gr 1 –This stick and stone would never break a bone, as they’re too busy caring about each other. Round stone labels himself a “zero” and tall, skinny Stick is only a “one,” as they are solitary figures until they come together to form “a perfect 10.” Stick sticks up for Stone when bully Pinecone makes fun of the rock, and the two become close companions. Told in rhyming couplets, this warm and tender story of two BFFs is made even more enjoyable by the charming, textured tan and blue illustrations, highlighted with touches of green and red. The pictures range in size from double spreads to small vignettes and deftly convey the two companions’ harmonious relationship. Endpapers reveal Stick’s and Stone’s origins, and the text, suitable for beginning readers, sweetly expresses what it is to be and to have a good friend.–Maryann H. Owen, Children’s Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

redstarGolio, Gary. Bird & Diz. illus. by Ed Young. 26p. Candlewick. Mar. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763666606. LC 2013955678.

Gr 3 Up –This book’s capable creators capture the flavor of “Salt Peanuts,” a bebop classic associated with Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Golio has previously tackled the challenge of using words to present musicians as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and John Coltrane. The free verse is arranged to conjure speed and playfulness, and the imagery is amusing, i.e., Dizzy’s puffy cheeks are compared to a frog’s. The performance is presented as a game: “They take turns,/tossing notes back and forth like jugglers,/or play at the same time,/…Two hearts—one heartbeat.” As they race to the finale, “Bird keeps flying, and Dizzy—/well, he’s just plain dizzy!/They’ll never catch each other,/but that’s the point.” The ever-experimental Young uses gouache and bursts of orange and pink pastel strokes to form Gillespie and his hot trumpet, whereas Parker’s saxophone sounds are rendered in greens and blues. The golden brown paper is a subtle nod to the song’s title and an effective foil for the color. Accordion pages pull out into a long spread, with the first side establishing the performers and their relationship. A river of ink on the water-repellant paper forms a beaded curvy line—the music pulsing across the gutters, climaxing in a rainbow of percussion. On the reverse, the letters of “bebop” blast out, morphing into frolicking abstractions. A brief afterword creates a context for bebop and encourages listening. It also admonishes readers to “pick up your crayons and draw!” That charge will be irresistible.–Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library

redstarMorpurgo, Michael. Half a Man. illus. by Gemma O’Callaghan. 64p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763677473. LC 2014939339.

Gr 3 Up –Morpurgo has penned an extraordinary little book of pain and triumph. It is a fictionalized tale but is based on the heroic work of Dr. McIndoe, a pioneering plastic surgeon who treated severely burned soldiers during World War II. The narrator is Michael, a young boy whose grandfather is severely disfigured from burns sustained during the war. His grandfather lives a solitary and misanthropic life and only visits family during the holidays. These are tense and frightening times for the young boy, due in no small part to his mother exhorting him to never stare at his grandfather’s face, and it is always a relief when he leaves. When Michael begins spending summers with him on his remote island home, the two gradually form a loving and enduring bond. Michael now looks directly at his grandfather’s face, and this simple gesture is a balm to a soldier who had considered himself “half a man.” The text is lovingly illustrated by O’Callaghan in ink with a screen-printing technique that captures the story and the emotions brilliantly. The scenes where the grandfather describes his harrowing ordeal are made that much more potent with her haunting images. This title will resonate with a variety of readers, including children who are interested in World War II, fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder (Random, 2012), and is an outstanding choice for reluctant readers. With our returning wounded warriors of today, this is a timely and superb addition to all collections and not to be missed.–Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI

redstarSabuda, Robert. The Dragon and the Knight: A Pop-Up Misadventure. illus. by Robert Sabuda. 22p. S. & S./Little Simon. 2014. Tr $29.99. ISBN 9781416960812.

K-Gr 4 –The story line bursts off the pages—literally—in this fun and fast-paced frolic through the fairy tale realm. The first spread introduces a “small but gallant” knight (silver visor tightly closed) and a “terrible” fire-breathing dragon. The formal-sounding text is blocked from view by two much less decorous looking pop-up figures, giving readers an inkling that this is not a traditional recounting. Shouting, “Hey! Get back here!” the knight races after a dragon depicted with more mischief than menace. As each page turn takes the chase through a retelling of a traditional tale, blocks of flowing text erupt off the pages and onto the eye-popping paper sculptures; the story-specific narrative covers Cinderella’s ball gown, Snow White’s glass coffin, Aladdin’s magic carpet, Rapunzel’s tower, and more. The mad dash culminates with a giant-size 3-D, fire-breathing dragon “ROAR!” a few burned-out holes, and a perfectly roasted marshmallow (and the knight—a smiling red-tressed girl—requesting a repeat game of tag). An imaginative, entertaining, and handsomely executed book.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

redstarSavage, Stephen. Supertruck. illus. by Stephen Savage. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Jan. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781596438217.

PreS-K –Superpowers and vehicles collide in this tale of an unassuming garbage truck and his own alter ego. All city trucks have a mission; whether it’s rescuing broken down buses, or fighting fires, they all help to save the day. One blustery evening when the snow piles up, the bespectacled garbage truck sneaks away to transform into Supertruck. In secret, he plows all the falling snow overnight but vanishes the next morning without a trace. The city dwellers and other four wheelers are all safe thanks to the powers of Supertruck. Savage creates an appealing hero that echoes another beloved character with a secret identity. Kids will chuckle at the truck’s likeness to Clark Kent, and the minimal text will assist emerging readers in their own super abilities. Savage’s distinct, graphic portrayal of the snowy metropolis sets the scene, while his use of perspective and color gradients allow readers to experience the blizzard firsthand. A superb addition to any library or storytime collection.–Claire Moore, Darien Library, CT

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

Preschool to Grade 4

Agee, Jon. It’s Only Stanley. illus. by Jon Agee. 32p. Dial. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739079; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698176577. LC 2013042652.

Alldredge-Bell, Ellie. Luigi at the Opera. illus. by Stacey Williams-Ng. 32p. Little Bahalia. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780989668828.

Alter, Anna. Sprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories. illus. by Anna Alter. 112p. (Sprout Street Neighbors). Knopf. Apr. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780385755580; lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 9780385755597; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780385755610.

Andersen, Hans Christian. The Snow Queen. adapted by Natacha Godeau. tr. from French by Susan Allen-Maurin. illus. by Giorgio Baroni. 48p. Auzou. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9782733825303.

Asch, Frank. Pizza. illus. by Frank Asch. 32p. (A Frank Asch Bear Book). S. & S./Aladdin. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442466753; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442466777.

Ashford, Jeron. Winter Candle. illus. by Stacey Schuett. 32p. Creston. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781939547101.

Bailey, Ella. No Such Thing. illus. by Ella Bailey. 32p. Flying Eye Books. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781909263482.

Beliveau, Kathy. By the Sea. illus. by Denis Holmes. 32p. (The Yoga Game: Bk. 1). Simply Read Bks. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781927018491.

Berger, Carin. Finding Spring. illus. by Carin Berger. 40p. HarperCollins/Gree-nwillow. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062250193. LC 2014003155.

Biddulph, Rob. Blown Away. illus. by Rob Biddulph. 40p. HarperCollins. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062367242. LC 2014022227.

Burton, LeVar & Susan Schaefer Bernardo. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. illus. by Courtenay Fletcher. 32p. ebook available. Reading Rainbow. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780990539506.

Chast, Roz. Around the Clock! illus. by Roz Chast. 32p. S. & S./Atheneum. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781416984764; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442496897. LC 2013050716.

Child, Lauren. The New Small Person. illus. by Lauren Child. 32p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763678104. LC 2014939346.

Chin, Oliver. The Year of the Sheep: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. illus. by Alina Chau. 36p. Immedium. Jan. 2015. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781597021043. LC 2014008743.

Clark, M.H. T.L.C. illus. by Shahab Shamshirsaz. 36p. Compendium. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781938298424. LC 20149443682.

Coats, Lucy. Beast Keeper. illus. by Brett Bean. 144p. glossary. (Beasts of Olympus: Bk. 1). Grosset & Dunlap. Jan. 2015. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780448461939; ebk. $5.99. ISBN 9780698403468.

Cooper, Floyd. Juneteenth for Mazie. illus. by Floyd Cooper. 40p. Capstone. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781623701703; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9781479558193.

Cousins, Lucy. Count with Maisy: Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! illus. by Lucy Cousins. 32p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763676438. LC 2014939336.

Crum, Shutta. Uh-Oh! illus. by Patrice Barton. 32p. Knopf. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385752688; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780385752695; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385752701. LC 2013041017.

Dahle, Stephanie. Lily, the Little Elf Princess. illus. by Stephanie Dahle. 32p. NorthSouth Books. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735841772.

Danneberg, Julie. Field-Trip Fiasco. illus. by Judy Love. 32p. (Mrs. Hartwell’s Class Adventures: Bk. 5). Charlesbridge. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781580896719; pap. $6.95. ISBN 9781580896726. LC 2013049023.

Dara’s Clever Trap: A Story from Cambodia. adapted by Liz Flanagan. ISBN 9781782851035. LC 2013031137.
––––. The Princess of the Springs: A Story from Brazil. adapted by Mary Finch. ISBN 9781782851011. LC 2013031107.
ea vol: illus. by Martina Peluso. 48p. (Princess Stories). Barefoot Books. 2014. Tr. $7.99.

Davis, Jon. Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night. illus. by Jon Davis. 40p. ebook available. Houghton Harcourt. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544164666; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780544482562. LC 2013020191.

Dicmas, Courtney. Home Tweet Home. illus. by Courtney Dicmas. 40p. Doubleday. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385385350; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780375973512; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385385367.

DiPucchio, Kelly. Zombie in Love 2 + 1. illus. by Scott Campbell. 32p. S. & S./Atheneum. Jan. 2015. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781442459380. LC 2013035913.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight. illus. by Ralph McQuarrie. 64p. (Star Wars). Disney. 2014. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781484706688. LC 2014937079.

Dominguez, Angela. Knit Together. illus. by Angela Dominguez. 32p. Dial. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803740990; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698401761. LC 2014010766.

Droyd, Ann. If You Give a Mouse an iPhone. illus. by Ann Droyd. 40p. Penguin/Blue Rider. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9780399169267; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698179530.

Dumont, Jean-François. Edgar Wants to Be Alone. tr. from French by Leslie Mathews. illus. by Jean-François Dumont. 26p. Eerdmans. Feb. 2015. Tr $16. ISBN 9780802854575. LC 2014018605.

ElliotT, Zetta. Max Loves Muñecas! illus by Mauricio J. Flores. 80p. Rosetta Pr. 2014. Tr $7.00. ISBN 9781497353831.

Engler, Michael. Elephantastic! illus. by Joëlle Tourlonias. 32p. Peter Pauper. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781441308412.

Evert, Lori. The Tiny Wish. photos by Per Breiehagen. 48p. Random. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385379229; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780375973369. LC 2014012401.

Eyre, Lindsay. The Best Friend Battle. illus. by Charles Santoso. 160p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Mar. 2015. lib. ed. $16.99. ISBN 9780545620277; ebk. $5.99. ISBN 9780545620949; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780545620284.

Feeney, Tanya. Small Elephant’s Bathtime. illus. by Tanya Feeney. 32p. Knopf. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780553497212; lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 9780553497229; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780553497236. LC 2014004423.

Freedman, Deborah. By Mouse and Frog. illus. by Deborah Freedman. 40p. Viking. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780670784905; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698144958. LC 2014003078.

Gavin, Ciara. Room for Bear. illus. by Ciara Gavin. 32p. Knopf. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385754736; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780385754743; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385754750. LC 2013040226.

George, Kallie. Flare. illus. by Geneviève Côté. 44p. (Tiny Tails). Simply Read Bks. 2014. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781927018507.

Gleeson, Libby. Banjo and Ruby Red. illus. by Freya Blackwood. 32p. Little Hare. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781921541087.

Green, Poppy. A New Friend. illus. by Jennifer A. Bell. 128p. (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Bk. 1). ebook available. S. & S./Little Simon. Jan. 2015. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781481428323; Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481428330.

Grimm, The Brothers. King Thrushbeard. illus. by Irina Dobrescu. 32p. NorthSouth Books. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735841925.

Heos, Bridget. Mustache Baby Meets His Match. illus. by Joy Ang. 40p. Clarion. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544363755.

Hillenbrand, Will. Snowman’s Story. illus. by Will Hillenbrand. 32p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781477847879.

Hissey, Jane. Ruby and the Naughty Cats. illus. by Jane Hissey. 36p. Book House/Scribblers. 2014. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781909645967.

Hites, Kati. Winnie & Waldorf. illus. by Kati Hites. 40p. HarperCollins. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062311610.

Hoogstad, Alice. Monster Book. illus. by Alice Hoogstad. 32p. Lemniscaat. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781935954408.

Hurley, Jorey. Fetch. illus. by Jorey Hurley. 40p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442489691; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442489707. LC 2014009875.

Icinori. Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy. tr. from French by Nicholas Grindell. illus. by Icinori. 40p. Little Gestalten. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9783899557183.

Jennings, Patrick. Hissy Fitz. illus. by Michael Allen Austin. 128p. Egmont USA. Jan. 2015. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781606845967; ebk. $14.99. ISBN 9781606845974.

Jones, Gareth P. The Dinosaurs Are Having a Party! illus. by Garry Parsons. 32p. Andersen. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467763134.

Jules, Jacqueline. Sofia Martinez: My Family Adventure. illus. by Kim Smith. 96p. (Sofia Martinez). Picture Window. Feb. 2015. Tr $4.95. ISBN 9781479557905.

Kalluk, Celina. Sweetest Kulu. illus. by Alexandria Neonakis. 32p. Inhabit Media. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781927095775.

Kantorovitz, Sylvie. Zig and the Magic Umbrella. illus. by Sylvie Kantorovitz. 32p. Dial. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803739130; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698401723.

Kaplan, Michael B. Betty Bunny Loves Easter. illus. by Stéphane Jorisch. 32p. Dial. Feb. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803740617; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698401754. LC 2013023378.

Kraegel, Kenneth. The Song of Delphine. illus. by Kenneth Kraegel. 40p. Candlewick. Apr. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763670016. LC 2014945455.

Krug, Ken. No, Silly! illus. by Ken Krug. 40p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481400664; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481400671. LC 2013048776.

Krumwiede, Lana. Just Itzy. illus. by Greg Pizzoli. 40p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763658113.

Könnecke, Ole. You Can Do It, Bert! tr. from German by Catherine Chidgey. illus. by Ole Könnecke. 36p. Gecko Pr. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781927271032.

Li, Jian. The Sheep Beauty: A Story in English and Chinese. tr. from Chinese by Wert Yijin. illus. by Jian Li. 42p. Better Link Press. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781602209886.

Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The House That’s Your Home. illus. by Jane Dyer. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375858840.

Lolley, Sarah. Emily and the Mighty Om. illus. by Sleepless Kao. 32p. Simply Read Bks. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781897476352.

Lumbard, Alexis York. Pine and the Winter Sparrow. illus. by Beatrice Vidal. 28p. Wisdom. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781937786335.

McKee, David. Elmer and Butterfly. illus. by David McKee. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781467763264; ebk. ISBN 9781467763271.

Maclear, Kyo Julie Morstad. Julia, Child. 32p. Tundra. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770494497.

McPike, Elizabeth. Little Sleepyhead. illus. by Patrice Barton. 32p. Putnam. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399162404; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698173361. LC 2013040027.

Maloney, Brenna. Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! photos by Chuck Kennedy. 32p. Viking. Feb. 2015. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780670015498; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698150652. LC 2014015656.

Meddour, Wendy. How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel. illus. by Rebecca Ashdown. 28p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804327.

Miller, Pat Zietlow. Wherever You Go. illus. by Eliza Wheeler. 32p. Little, Brown. 2014. Tr $17. ISBN 9780316400022. LC 2013039354.

Moniz, Michael. The Cardinal & the Crow. illus. by Michael Moniz. 40p. Simply Read Bks. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781927018583.

Neubecker, Robert. Tales of the Time Dragon #2: Racing the Waves. 32p. (Tales of the Time Dragon: Bk. 2). Scholastic. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780545549035; pap. $3.99. ISBN 9780545549042. LC 2014000788.

Nordqvist, Sven. Findus Disappears! tr. from Swedish. illus. by Sven Nordqvist. 32p. (The Adventures of Pettson and Findus). NorthSouth Books. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735841840.

O’Neill, Gemma. Monty’s Magnificent Mane. illus. by Gemma O’Neill. 40p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763675936. LC 2014939340.

Parenteau, Shirley. Bears and a Birthday. illus. by David Walker. 32p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763671525. LC 2013957280.

Pearce, Clemency. Three Little Words. illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw. 32p. Doubleday. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780385370011; lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 9780375971839; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780375981685. LC 2014012963.

Pham, LeUyen. There’s No Such Thing as Little. illus. by LeUyen Pham. 48p. Knopf. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385391504; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780385391511; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385391528. LC 2014009037.

Plecas, Jennifer. Bah! Said the Baby. illus. by Jennifer Plecas. 32p. Philomel. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399166068; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698172678.

Posthuma, Sieb. Where Is Rusty? tr. from Dutch by Bill Nagelkerke. illus. by Sieb Posthuma. 32p. Gecko Pr. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781927271452.

Powell-Tuck, Maudie. Pirates Aren’t Afraid of the Dark! illus. by Alison Edgson. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251656.

Puchner, Willy. The ABC of Fantastic Princes. illus. by Willy Puchner. 64p. NorthSouth Books. Feb. 2015. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780735841987.

Quay, Emma. Rudie Nudie. illus. by Emma Quay. 24p. HarperCollins. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780733323355.

Regan, Dian Curtis. Space Boy and His Dog. illus. by Robert Neubecker. 32p. Boyds Mills. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781590789551. LC 2014943969.

Ross, Tony. I Feel Sick! illus. by Tony Ross. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781467757973.

Ross, Tony. Rita’s Rhino. illus. by Tony Ross. 32p. Andersen. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467763158.

Révah, Noémie. Mister Horizontal and Miss Vertical. illus. by Olimpia Zagnoli. 48p. Enchanted Lion. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592701612.

Salas, Laura Purdie. A Rock Can Be. illus. by Violeta Dabija. 32p. ebook available. glossary. Millbrook. Mar. 2015. lib. ed. $17.99. ISBN 9781467721103. LC 2014009377.

Serwacki, Kevin. Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas: Get Mooned. illus. by Chris Pallace. 320p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Mar. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780062299338.

Shyba, Jessica. Naptime with Theo & Beau. photos by Jessica Shyba. 32p. Feiwel & Friends. Feb. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250059062.

Simons, Paullina. I Love My Baby Because. illus. by Cassia Thomas. 24p. HarperCollins. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780008102111; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780007588374.

Spinelli, Jerry. Mama Seeton’s Whistle. illus. by LeUyen Pham. 40p. Little, Brown. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.00. ISBN 9780316122177. LC 2013037876.

Symes, Sally. Funny Face, Sunny Face. illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw. 32p. Nosy Crow. Mar. 2015. RTE $14.99. ISBN 9780763676063. LC 2014939344.

Taylor, Sean. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise. illus. by Jean Jullien. 48p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763675783. LC 2013957281.

Taylor, Sean. That’s What Makes a Hippopotamus Smile! illus. by Laurent Cardon. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804556.

Thiele, Bob & George David Weiss. What a Wonderful World. illus. by Time Hopgood. 32p. Holt. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627792547.

Wallace, Daniel. The Cat’s Pajamas. illus. by Daniel Wallace. 32p. Inkshares. 2014. Tr $18.00. ISBN 9781941758007.

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. Water! Water! Water! illus. by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. 40p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781477847305; ebk. $3.99. ISBN 9781477897300. LC 2013922872.

Ward, Lindsay. Henry Finds His Word. illus. by Lindsay Ward. 32p. Dial. Feb. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803739901; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698401747. LC 2013035183.

Weinberg, Steven. Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg! illus. by Steven Weinberg. 40p. S. & S. Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481403085; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481403092.

Willis, Jeanne. Elephants Can’t Jump! illus. by Adrian Reynolds. 32p. Andersen. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781467763165.

Willis, Jeanne. Supercat vs. the Fry Thief. illus. by Jim Field. 224p. (Supercat: Bk. 1). HarperCollins. Mar. 2015. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780007585960.

Young, Alexander Scott. The Wild Cats of Piran: Chronicle One. illus. by Moreno Christe. 144p. (The Wild Cats of Piran: Bk. 1). Young Europe. 2014. Tr $10.99. ISBN 9780990004301.

Graphic Novels

Colossal, Eric. Rutabaga The Adventure Chef. illus. by Eric Colossal. 128p. (Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Bk. 1). Abrams/Amulet. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781419713804; ebk. $9.95. ISBN 9781419715976.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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