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Review of Don’t Ask Cat

Don’t Ask Cat by Maryann Cocca-Leffler; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Albert Whitman    32 pp. 3/24    9780807517031    $18.99 Cat is a little too honest with friends, resulting in some hurt feelings, until straightforward feedback gets him to consider his words. The message is clear in this heartfelt story, and...

Review of ¡Fiesta!:

¡Fiesta!: by Duncan Tonatiuh Preschool    Abrams    24 pp. 4/24    9781419773303    $15.99 This is an inviting introduction to English and Spanish color names and Mexican/Mexican American celebrations. Each bilingual spread highlights an item of a different color (“enchiladas rojas,” “green popsicles,” “sombreros negros”) typically found at a fiesta, followed by a...

Review of How Many Javelinas? / Cuántos Jabalíes?

How Many Javelinas? / Cuántos Jabalíes? by April Lesher; illus. by Gabriela Vega Preschool    Lawley    32 pp. 4/24    9781958302989    $21.99 To keep track of her rollicking brood and eventually scare off a predator in this bilingual counting book, a mamá javelina calls her babies using a Spanish counting song “Dos...

Review of Marley’s Pride

Marley’s Pride by Joëlle Retener; illus. by DeAnn Wiley Primary    Barefoot    32 pp. 2/24    9798888590744    $17.99 Paper ed.  9798888590751    $9.99 Marley is somewhat apprehensive about attending crowded, noisy Pride in this reassuring, intersectional picture book. Full-bleed illustrations center a brown-skinned family and depict a diverse Pride celebration and. Back matter...

Review of When You Meet a Dragon

When You Meet a Dragon by Tanya Lloyd Kyi; illus. by Udayana Lugo Primary    Orca    32 pp. 4/24    9781459838642    $21.95 An encounter with a dragon serves as a thoughtful metaphor for the need to ask for help when something is wrong. Not-too-scary illustrations use varied perspectives. From the ">January 2024 issue...

Review of Purple Up!:

Purple Up!: by Sarah Lynn Scheerger; illus. by Leah Giles Primary    Albert Whitman    32 pp. 3/24    9780807566671    $18.99 This accessible picture book explains the concept behind Purple Up!, an annual day to honor children with family in the military. Friendly pastel-hued illustrations emphasize purple. An author’s note gives more information...

Review of The Little Regent

The Little Regent by Yewande Daniel-Ayoade; illus. by Ken Daly Primary    Owlkids    40 pp. 3/24    9781771475624    $18.95 This picture book is a fictional imagining of a young Yoruba regent—a daughter who serves as temporary ruler if her royal father dies without a son—who is eventually elected permanent ruler after she...

Review of The Noisy Puddle:

The Noisy Puddle: by Linda Booth Sweeney; illus. by Miki Sato Primary    Owlkids    32 pp. 3/24    9781771475310    $18.95 The sound of peepers in early spring leads two children to discover a world of life in a vernal pool. The detailed collage-looking illustrations, perfectly suited to the gently rhyming text, bring...

Review of The Rattlin’ Bog

The Rattlin’ Bog [Barefoot Singalongs] adapted by Jessica Law; illus. by Brian Fitzgerald Preschool    Barefoot    24 pp. 2/24    9798888590706    $16.99 Paper ed.  9798888590713    $9.99 Adapted from a cumulative Irish folk song, this picture book is also a delightful science lesson about the flora and fauna found in bogs. Jampacked, technicolor illustrations...
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