Hornbeam All In: Three Small Stories About One Large Moose

S. & S./Beach Lane. (The Hornbeam Books). Dec. 2023. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781665924818.
Gr 1-4–From the team that brought you “Gooseberry Park” and “Mr. Putter and Tabby” comes a new set of friends ready to charm beginning readers. In this book told in three chapters, readers get to know Hornbeam the moose and his friends, Eureka the goose, Cuddy the cow, and Adorabelle the skunk. Eureka takes Hornbeam on a picnic, where Hornbeam is hoping for potato salad and ends up meeting a lot of relatives. Cuddy the cow helps out when Hornbeam’s heat goes out. Adorabelle introduces Hornbeam to the joys of swimming. The artwork perfectly connects young readers to the text; watercolor over ink drawings will be familiar to some readers of the other series. These new characters have so much personality and pizazz that readers will seek the earlier books out, too.
VERDICT An excellent new series of beginning chapter books.

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