Showing posts from July, 2022

EARLY READER GRAPHICS: Geraldine Pu and Her Cat Hat, Too! & Sprinkles and Swirls: A Cool Day at the Pool

GERALDINE PU AND HER CAT HAT, TOO! written and illustrated by Maggie P. Chang Ready to Read Graphics Level 3 Simon Spotlight, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5344-8471-9 Source: publisher for review (Thanks!) Ages 6-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK Spunky, funny, and friendly Geraldine Pu gets ready for picture day in this second book in this Level 3 Ready-to-Read Graphics series! Geraldine Pu loves her cat hat, Mao Maotz. If only she felt the same way about her own hair! Then she finds out that picture day is happening at school, and there’s a strict no hats rule. Will Geraldine learn to love her hair and her unique style? Ready-to-Read Graphics books give readers the perfect introduction to the graphic novel format with easy-to-follow panels, speech bubbles with accessible vocabulary, and sequential storytelling that is spot-on for beginning readers. There’s even a how-to guide for reading graphic novels a

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: Old Wood Boat & Lily Leads the Way

OLD WOOD BOAT by Nikki McClure Candlewick Press, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5362-1658-5 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by & publisher.  ABOUT THE BOOK Old wood boat remembers the wind. Dilapidated and parted from the sea, she remembers and waits as her mast cracks and blackberry vines creep across her deck. But one day, a family tows her home. Scraped, scrubbed, sanded, and varnished, she is made beautiful and seaworthy again. After libations have been poured out, the family casts off, and old wood boat embarks on adventure once more. In this love letter to sailing, heralded artist Nikki McClure tells the story of a restored boat in timeless and reverent prose that perfectly accompanies her stunning cut-paper illustrations. At once delicate and bold, each page is masterful, rendered from a single sheet of black paper with precision and care that is sure to enthrall readers from coast to coast. Ra

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: I'll Go and Come Back & Somewhere

I'LL GO AND COME BACK by Rajani LaRocca, illustrated by Sara Palacios Candlewick Press, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0717-0 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK A tender, beautifully illustrated story about a girl in America and her grandmother in India, whose love stretches between languages and cultures—and across the world. When Jyoti visits her grandmother halfway around the world, she is overwhelmed by the differences between India and home. At first she feels lonely and out of place, but soon, despite a language barrier, she and Sita Pati are able to understand each other. They form a bond—looking at books together, making designs with colored sand, shopping at the market, playing games, eating chapatis, and sipping warm milk with saffron to bring sweet dreams. When it’s time to part, Jyoti doesn’t want to leave, but then she remembers that in Tamil, people d

GRAPHIC NOVEL: CatNinja--Wanted by Matthew Cody & Chad Thomas

WANTED CatNinja #3 : Wanted by Matthew Cody & Chad Thomas Epic Creations (Andrews McMeel Publishing), 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5248-7510-7 Source: publisher for review (Thanks) Ages 6-10 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK In Book 3 of the hugely popular Cat Ninja series, small-time crooks, sidekicks, and the wannabe supervillains who made our heroes who they are all get a chance to tell their stories––and their stories are hilarious! Cat Ninja: Wanted features Metro City's favorites and newcomers in tales that include a nearly cat-astrophic case of stolen identity, the not-so-villainous adventures of Master Hamster, and Adonis's first mission as one of the good guys. Enjoy six stand-alone stories, plus a five-part Cat Ninja special miniseries! The stories in Cat Ninja: Wanted teach readers that: People (and villains!) can change Everyone deserves a second chance You don't need superpowers

MIDDLE GRADE SPECULATIVE FICTION : Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Told Okogwu

ONYEKA AND THE ACADEMY OF THE SUN by Tola Okogwu McElderry Books, 2022 ISBN: 9781665912617 Source: publisher for review (Thanks!) Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK Black Panther meets X-Men in this action-packed and empowering middle grade adventure about a British Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers—perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers, The Marvellers, and Rick Riordan! Onyeka has a lot of hair­—the kind that makes strangers stop in the street and her peers whisper behind her back. At least she has Cheyenne, her best friend, who couldn’t care less what other people think. Still, Onyeka has always felt insecure about her vibrant curls…until the day Cheyenne almost drowns and Onyeka’s hair takes on a life of its own, inexplicably pulling Cheyenne from the water. At home, Onyeka’s mother tells her the shocking truth: Onyeka’s psycho-kinetic pow

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Pink is Not a Color by Lindsay Ward

PINK IS NOT A COLOR by Lindsay Ward Two Lions, 2022 ISBN: 978-1542026864 Source: Blue Slip Media for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover, summary, & illustrations provided by publisher, & Blue Slip Media. ABOUT THE BOOK Pink finds happiness right where she always knew it was in this colorful companion to the popular picture book This Book Is Gray. Pink loves her rosy world, from her pink toy dinosaur to her pet flamingo, Phil. But when she sees the Primaries and Secondaries getting ready for the Rainbow Extravaganza, she begins to wonder why she isn’t in the rainbow…and if that means she’s not really a color. Then she meets the Tints, and she’s even more confused. Luckily, a friend shows her the many ways she spreads joy—reminding Pink that she is truly one of a kind, rainbow or not. Featuring the world of colors introduced in This Book Is Gray—and a few new color concepts—this is a tale about appreciating who you are and realizing