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FANTASTIC FRIDAY: Unicorn Boy by Dave Roman

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  UNICORN BOY Unicorn Boy #1 written & illustrated by Dave Roman color by Heather Mann First Second, 2024 ISBN: 978-1-250-37317-5 Source: purchased eBook Ages 8-11 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK The first few years of Brian Reyes’ life were unremarkable―nothing weird about this kid, no sir. Then, one day, a bump appeared on his head, and it grew…and grew…and grew until it was a full-blown, sparkling, SINGING unicorn horn. That’s absolutely the last thing a shy kid like Brian wants, but destiny waits for no unicorn boy. Luckily, Brian has his reassuring pal Avery to keep him grounded as weird occurrences start stacking up, like Brian’s breakfast muffin talking to him, or a bizarre black cat offering him a business card. But when shadowy creatures from another realm kidnap Avery, Brian has to embrace his fate to rescue his best friend. In the pages of Unicorn Boy, Dave Roman has created a

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Butt or Face? Revenge of the Butts by Kari Lavelle

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  BUTT OR FACE? Revenge of the Butts by Kari Lavelle Sourcebooks Explore, 2024 ISBN: 9781728271200 Ages 6 and up Picture book nonfiction All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK Are you ready for round two of the hilarious guessing game picture book? Discover fascinating facts about animals while guessing if you're looking at a butt or a face! Butt or Face? Volume 2 continues the delightfully cheeky challenge with a whole new set of animals from all over the world. Examine a close-up photo of an animal and then guess whether you're looking at the top or the…um…bottom. The answer is revealed on the next page with a compete photo of the animal! Also included are factual animal details along with how these animals use camouflage or other trickery to engage with their home. Readers will discover animals like the alien butt spider who turns leaves into burrito-like hideaways, the leaf-tailed ge

FANTASTIC FRIDAY: Roar-Choo! by Charlotte Cheng & Dan Santat

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ROAR-CHOO! written by Charlotte Cheng, art by Dan Santat Rocky Pond Books, 2024 ISBN: 978-0-593-53175-4 Source: Purchased Ages 4-8 Picture book -- Speculative (fantasy) fiction; folklore All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK Patient, peaceful Phoenix tries to take care of rambunctious and cold-ridden Dragon, which leads to hilarious and sweet results (with vibrant illustrations by the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Beekle ). Everyone knows that dragons are fierce, capable of taking on the world! But this dragon can’t stop sneezing long enough to get a roar out. Even with friendly Phoenix insisting that Dragon get some rest, this powerful creature refuses to stop for any orange ginger tea or a drop of bone broth soup. It's only when Dragon realizes Phoenix has caught the same cold that they are both able to take the break they so badly need. This tale of helping your friends and valuing

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: All That Grows by Jack Wong

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ALL THAT GROWS words and pictures by Jack Wong Groundwood Books, 2024 ISBN: 978-1-77306-812-1 Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Jack Wong, a story of a boy who discovers that the more he learns, the more there is to know! On their neighborhood walks together, a boy learns from his older sister all about the plants they see — magnolias that smell like lemon cake, creeping weeds that used to be planted for decoration, and even how dandelion greens can be eaten with spaghetti! But what makes a plant a flower, vegetable or weed, anyway? How can his sister tell, and how does she know so much? The boy’s head spins as he realizes how vast the universe is and how much there is to learn … until he resolves to let his knowledge grow in its own way and time, just like the mysterious plants he has decided to nurture in the garden. Award-winning creator

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Everyone Starts Small by Liz Garton Scanlon & Dominique Ramsey

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EVERYONE STARTS SMALL written by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Dominique Ramsey Candlewick Press, 2024 ISBN: 978-1-5362-2615-7 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK Sun and Grass, Water and Tree, Fire and Rain—nature’s cycle of creation unfolds in a compelling lyrical text and striking illustrations. Sun grows beams and Grass grows blades and Cloud cannot contain herself. Spring rains change Water from a tumbling creek to a roaring river and bring Tree nutrients it needs to stretch toward the sky. As Sun’s rays intensify, the sprouts and fruits and insects of the forest grow and bloom and develop, all working together in harmony. Even Fire, whose work causes Tree to ache from the inside, brings opportunity for the next generation of flora and fauna. Paired with the vivid, organic imagery of Dominique Ramsey, Liz Garton Scanlon’s poetic tribute to our p

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Oh, Are You Awake? by Bob Shea, illustrated by Jarvis

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OH, ARE YOU AWAKE? written by Bob Shea, illustrated by Jarvis Candlewick Press, 2024 ISBN:  978-1-5362-2658-4 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK For anyone who has ever craved sleep—and anyone too full of energy to settle down—a comedy from Bob Shea, creator of the popular Dinosaur vs. series, and singular illustrator Jarvis. It’s sleepy time for Lion and Penguin. Correction: it should be sleepy time for Lion and Penguin, but Lion’s eyes aren’t tired, and his ears would like a story. Penguin, however, is tired and nods off into sweet candy dreams—until a noise wakes him. “Oh, are you awake?” asks Lion sweetly, seated before a drum set. “Let’s have that story, then!” “Not now. It is time to close your eyes and dream dreams.” And so it goes, with an ever-more-disgruntled Penguin trying to nod off while an exuberant Lion innocently practices his drumming, b

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures by Jason Payment

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EMBER AND THE ISLAND OF LOST CREATURES written & illustrated by Jason Pamment HarperAlley, 2023 ISBN: 978-0-06-306520-8 Source: purchased Graphic novel Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK From Treasure in the Lake ’s Jason Pamment comes a story of friendship and self-discovery, in a gorgeously illustrated world perfect for fans of Hilda and Over the Garden Wall . Fitting in can be hard, especially when you’re as small as Ember, a tiny boy living alone in a city of giants. But Ember’s luck changes when he meets Lua, a kindly sea turtle, who escorts him across the ocean to a school for little creatures on a wondrous island. ­Here, Ember learns that first days can be hard, too—especially when they involve bizarre, fantastical cave-dwellers, ferocious storms, and classmates that, from the very start, aren’t at all interested in making friends. As he struggles to adapt to this new wo

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Miss MacDonald Has a Farm by Kale Gwarjanski & Elizabet Vukovic

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MISS MACDONALD HAS A FARM written by Kalee Gwarjanski, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2024 ISBN: 978-0-593-56816-3 Source: Blue Slip Media/Publisher Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & illustrations provided by publisher through Blue Slip Media. Book summary provided by publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK In this female-forward spin on the traditional children's song "Old MacDonald", readers can join Miss MacDonald on her vegetable farm and see all the work that goes into growing healthy and delicious produce."Miss MacDonald has a farm,She loves things that grow!"E-I-E-I-GROW! With a "weed-weed" here and a "pick-pick" there, young readers can follow Miss MacDonald as she tends to her vegetable farm. It's a rollicking, rhyming read-aloud that ends in a community feast and celebrates themes of healthy eating, plant-based meals, local produce, gardening, seasons,

#MMGM: Hummingbird Season by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

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  HUMMINGBIRD SEASON by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic Bloomsbury Children's Book, 2024 ISBN: 9781547612741 Source: eARC from Netgalley Ages 8-10 Genre: Middle grade realistic fiction (recent history--Covid) All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK A poignant and necessary story about finding hope during difficult times, set in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Archie's life--and the whole world--is turned upside down by Covid-19. Suddenly there are no more Friday night dinners out, no more going to school, no more hanging out with friends . . . no leaving the house at all. Even though he's inside with his family all day every day, Archie can't help but feel more alone than ever before. While everyone else seems to be adapting to their new normal just fine, it's like Archie is permanently on mute, unable to find the words to describe how he feels--and sometimes, unable to fin

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Floof by Heidi McKinnon

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  FLOOF written & illustrated by Heidi McKinnon     Algonquin Young Readers, 2024 ISBN: 978-1-5235-2586-7 Source: publisher for review (Thanks!) Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK The text says one thing and the illustrations say quite another in this darling picture book where the cutest, floofiest cat has a very busy, very mischievous day! Floof is floofy. Floof has many hobbies. Floof has very important work to do and Floof also has a lot of friends. Floof is about to have a very busy day…   An irresistible new picture book for cat-lovers, cute-lovers, and anyone who has ever been a little bit mischievous!  REVIEW If you are looking for a fun, cute book about a cat, this one fits the bill. Floof is indeed very floofy; almost fill up the two-page spread floofy. Floof quickly proves to be a very typical sort of cat. Floof reads (naps), gardens (naps), and plays a (damaged) guitar.

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Ready to Soar by Cori Doerrfeld

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  READY TO SOAR written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld Dial Books for Young Readers, 2024 ISBN: 978-0-593-69672-9 Source: purchased Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary are provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK From the New York Times bestselling author of The Rabbit Listened , a story of learning to stay true to yourself, rather than what others want you to be. Riley made a paper airplane and couldn’t wait to let it soar. But just before the plane could take off—SQUAWK. An eagle swoops in and insists Riley’s plane could never fly. It’s much too small. So Riley makes it bigger! But just as this bigger paper airplane is ready to go, a parrot squawks that the plane is way too boring to fly. So Riley makes it fancier! Bird after bird offers advice, and Riley tries making the airplane faster longer, taller, and slimmer. When the plane crashes to the ground after all these changes, Riley finally meets a more supportive frie

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Home by Isabelle Simler, translated by Vineet Lal

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  HOME written & illustrated by Isabelle Simler, translated by Vineet Lal Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2024 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5620-3 Source: publisher for review (THANKS!) Ages 6 and up Picture book informational poetry All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK A spectacular tour through the dwellings of twenty-seven different animals, from a hermit crab’s secondhand shell to a beaver’s lakeside dam to a comet moth’s silk cocoon. Acclaimed creator Isabelle Simler presents a poetic journey through amazing animal homes across the world. In Europe, alpine marmots stay safe in underground refuges. In southeast Asia, Sumatran orangutans doze off in treetop bedrooms. In Mexico and the southwestern US, elf owls nest in holes in saguaro cacti. On every continent but Antarctica, honeybees mold wax into palaces for their queens. No matter where you travel, some creature is making an extraordinary pla

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: A Few Beautiful Minutes : Experiencing a Solar Eclipse by Kate Allen Fox & Khoa Le

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  A FEW BEAUTIFUL MINUTES: Experiencing a Solar Eclipse written by Kate Allen Fox, illustrated by Khoa Le Little, Brown and Company, 2023 ISBN: 978-0-316-41692-4 Source: ARC from Little, Brown & Company Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK A lyrical, exquisitely illustrated tribute to the solar eclipse. What happens during a solar eclipse? The sun vanishes. Light becomes dark. Day animals sleep, and night animals wake. The moon takes over the sky. People stop what they’re doing and together, they look up. The whole world changes for a few beautiful minutes. Celebrating the magic of this favorite wonder of the universe, A Few Beautiful Minutes encourages young readers to (safely) discover each stage of a solar eclipse—and to experience how this incredible phenomenon can connect us to one another. REVIEW This lovely combination of poetry, gorgeous art, and information presents young

#MMGM: Coyote Lost and Found by Dan Gemeinhart

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  COYOTE LOST AND FOUND by Dan Gemeinhart Henry Holt & Co, 2024 ISBN:978-1250292773 Source: eARC from Netgalley Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK It's been almost a year since Coyote and her dad left the road behind and settled down in a small Oregon town. . . time spent grieving the loss of her mom and sisters and trying to fit in at school. But just as life is becoming a new version of normal, Coyote discovers a box containing her mom’s ashes. And she thinks she might finally be ready to say goodbye. So Coyote and her dad gear up for an epic cross-country road trip to scatter the ashes at her mom’s chosen resting place. The only problem? Coyote has no idea where that resting place is―and the secret’s hidden in a book that Coyote mistakenly sold last year, somewhere in the country. Now, it’s up to Coyote to track down the treasured book . . . without her dad ever finding

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: The Noisy Puddle by Linda Booth Sweeney & Miki Sato

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  THE NOISY PUDDLE: A Vernal Pool Through the Seasons written by Linda Booth Sweeney, illustrated by Miki Sato Owlkids Books, 2024 ISBN: 978-1-77147-531-0 Source: purchased Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK A lyrical dip into the noisy, magical world of a vernal pool. In this vibrant and poetic informational picture book, two curious siblings observe the hidden world of a vernal a special kind of puddle habitat that pops up in the spring, dries up by summer, reappears in the fall, and freezes over in the winter—only to come back again in the spring. Young naturalists and future water stewards will be encouraged to listen, watch, and wait to witness the seasonal changes of the ever-changing puddle and its inhabitants. As readers follow along with the rhythmic text, they will be fascinated to discover many familiar and not-so-familiar creatures that make up the surprising web of inte

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Finding Grateful by Dianne White & Faith Pray

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FINDING GRATEFUL by Dianne White, illustrated by Faith Pray Chronicle Books, 2024 ISBN: 978-1-7972-1123-7 Source: publisher for review Ages 3-6 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK  A heartfelt picture book that celebrates embracing the moment and finding gratitude right here, right now. What does grateful look like? How does it feel? How do you find it? Even in the face of a challenge, you don’t need a You just need to pay attention to the little things—a smile, a hug, the smell of newly cut grass—that add up to a sense of presence and hope.   With evocative, lyrical prose, this warmly illustrated children's book is a reminder to pause, reflect, and take in the glimmers of positivity and connection that can be found amid even the most difficult circumstances. Both a timely meditation on finding gratitude in everyday moments and a timeless ode to the simple joy of truly being present, Find

YA POETRY: Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renee Watson & with fine art by Ekua Holmes

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  BLACK GIRL YOU ARE ATLAS written by Renee Watson, fine art by Ekua Holmes Kokila, 2024 ISBN: 978-0-593-46170-9 Source: publisher for review Ages 14 and up All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by the publisher through Goodreads.com. ABOUT THE BOOK A thoughtful celebration of Black girlhood by award-winning author and poet Renée Watson. In this semi-autobiographical collection of poems, Renée Watson writes about her experience growing up as a young Black girl at the intersections of race, class, and gender. Using a variety of poetic forms, from haiku to free verse, Watson shares recollections of her childhood in Portland, tender odes to the Black women in her life, and urgent calls for Black girls to step into their power. Black Girl You Are Atlas encourages young readers to embrace their future with a strong sense of sisterhood and celebration. With full-color art by celebrated fine artist Ekua Holmes throughout, this collection offers guidance a

GRAPHIC NOVEL: The Great Puptective by Alina Tysoe WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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  THE GREAT PUPTECTIVE The Great Puptective #1 written and illustrated by Alina Tysoe Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2024 ISBN: 9781665938242  Source: eARC & ARC from the publisher (THANKS!) Ages 6-9 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover, author art, & summary provided by the publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK A set-in-his-ways housecat has his routine upended by an enthusiastic new puppy with a nose for solving mysteries in this first adorable book in a graphic novel chapter book series perfect for fans of InvestiGators and Narwhal and Jelly. Truffles the cat is the only pet in the house and reigns in peace and quiet, only exerting himself to find the best place to take a nice, long nap—preferably in a spot of warm sunshine. Then Poppy the puppy bursts onto the scene. Poppy is loud, enthusiastic, excitable, and—worst of all—a puptective! She’s got an eye for crime and a nose to solve all mysteries that come her way…even though she’s not completely sure wha