Monday, May 31, 2021
Except Antarctica! by Todd Sturgell - ESSENTIAL
New in Town by Kevin Cornell - ADVISABLE
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Beaver and Otter Get Along...Sort Of by Sneed B. Collard III and Meg Sodano - ESSENTIAL
Every Day, Chemistry by Julia Sooy and Bonnie Pang - ESSENTIAL
Saturday, May 29, 2021
The Boy Who Loved Everyone by Jane Porter and Maisie Paradise Shearring - ADVISABLE
The Boy Who Loved Everyone by Jane Porter, illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press, 2021. $17. 9781536211238.
BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
On Dmitri's first day of preschool, he is eager to make friends. At every turn, Dmitri is telling kids and teachers that he loves them, but nobody responds to him with the same line. He is disappointed and suggests to his mom that he not go back the next day. Dmitri's mom helps him understand that people express their love in different ways--a smile, a hug, an invitation--and he feels better.
This is a sweet story and absolutely ideal for a Pre-K audience. The pictures are colorful in a basic way and the story is a good one for life lessons.
Three Lines in a Circle by Michael G. Long and Carlos Velez - ADVISABLE
I is for Immigrants by Selina Alko - ESSENTIAL
The New Kid Has Fleas by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Eda Kaban - ESSENTIAL
Friday, May 28, 2021
The 12 Days of St. Patrick's Day by Jenna Lettice and Colleen Madden - OPTIONAL
Welcome to California by Asa Gilland - ADVISABLE
Art with Heart by Rachel Alpine and Addy Rivera Sonda - ADVISABLE
Are You a Cheeseburger? by Monica Arnaldo - ADVISABLE
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Balletball by Erin Dionne and Gillian Flint - ADVISABLE
Finding Home by Esteli Meza - ADVISABLE
GIVE IT! by Cinders McLeod - ADVISABLE
Terrific! by Sophie Gilmore - OPTIONAL
Swing by Michael Hall - ESSENTIAL
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Dear Abuelo by Grecia Huesca Dominguez and Teresa Martinez - ADVISABLE
Neighbors by Kasya Denisevich - ADVISABLE
Shadow Hills by Jordan Quinn and Ornella Greco - ADVISABLE
Stink and the Hairy Scary Spider by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds - ADVISABLE
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
C is for Country by Lil Nas X and Theodore Taylor III - OPTIONAL
LillyBelle A Damsel NOT in Distress by Joanna Pastro and Jhon Ortiz - OPTIONAL
We Are All Equal by P. Crumble and Jonathan Bentley - ADVISABLE
Is Was by Deborah Freedman - ADVISABLE
Monday, May 24, 2021
Cozy by Jan Brett - ESSENTIAL
The Little Blue Bridge by Brenda Maier and Sonia Sanchez - ADVISABLE
When I Draw a Panda by Amy June Bates - ADVISABLE
Susan La Flesche Picotte, Pioneering Doctor by Diane Bailey - ADVISABLE
Susan La Flesche Picotte, Pioneering Doctor (Discovering History’s Heroes) by Diane Bailey, 127 pages. NON-FICTION/BIOGRAPHY. Aladdin (Simon), 2021. $19. 9781534463301
The End is Just the Beginning by Mike Bender and Diana Mayo - ESSENTIAL
Friday, May 21, 2021
Wild is the Wind by Grahame Baker-Smith - OPTIONAL
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Cassi is a little girl who helps a swift after it has injured it’s wing. When she releases the swift into the air, and the bird takes flight, the story follows the bird and describes all the many ways the wind has shaped the earth. Then the swift lands eight thousand miles away where a little boy watches it nest and hatch baby swifts who grow strong and then make their journey back to Cassi.
The illustrations are appealing with bright and attractive colors. I loved the imagination of shapes that the wind created with the water and clouds. A sense of wonder around the concept of wind is felt with the illustrations alone. The story line is all over the place and will be confusing to younger readers, which is sad because the illustrations are over the top gorgeous.
Reviewer, C. Peterson
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates! by Jan Carr and Juana Medina - ESSENTIAL
The Art of Words by Jan Carr and Joanna Bartel - ESSENTIAL
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Robert and the World's Best Cake by Anne-Kathrin Behl - OPTIONAL
Robert and the World's Best Cake by Anne-Kathrin Behl. PICTURE BOOK. NorthSouth Books, 2020. $18. 9780735844315.
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Robert is spending a lazy day off with his dad and decides he wants to invite people over to share the biggest cake ever. They start with making invitations, but the cards are accidentally blown out the window before Robert can deliver them. Nonplussed, Robert and his dad get to work and create a wonderfully large cake. Before they can dive in, the doorbell begins ringing as more and more neighbors and strangers show up for cake after finding an invitation blowing down the street. Robert and his dad take it in stride and simply decide they'll need even more cake!
The basic premise of this book is cute and I generally like the message you can get out of it. However, the illustrations and the actual cake in question here left me with, well, questions. Is it cake? Is it salt dough made to look like cake? If its the former how do they make it so fast and why can they "mound it up?" If its the latter, aren't we bound to have a whole apartment full of disappointed friends who came to eat cake? So many questions. This is clearly a book for younger readers who won't have these questions, but since the people reading the book aloud will, I'll only rank this one as optional. And now I want to eat cake.
Follow That Frog! by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell - ADVISABLE
More Than Fluff by Madeline Valentine - ESSENTIAL
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Almost There and Almost Not by Linda Urban - ADVISABLE
Almost There and Almost Not by Linda Urban, 211 pages. Atheneum Books, 2021. $18. 9781534478800
BUYING ADVISORY: EL(K-3), EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
11yo California Poppy is staying with her dad's aunt Monica while he finds work in Alaska. Aunt Monica puts California to the task of reading about a famous relative of theirs, Eleanor Fontaine, and learning about Eleanor's views on the proper art of letter-writing. As California settles into life with Aunt Monica, she also finds friends in the ghost of Eleanor (whom only California can see) and a ghostly dog who haunts the garden. As life gets more complicated again, California will find there are people--and ghosts--to count on.
The story here is definitely unique and a little bit quirky, but the ending really is sweet and worth recommending. I enjoyed seeing the growth in California as a character and found her voice as the narrator to be very well done. There's nothing mind-blowing to rave about, but this is still a very nice story that will appeal to upper elementary girls.
Wishes by Muon Thi Van and Victo Ngai - ESSENTIAL
The Ups and Downs of Gravity by David A. Adler and Anna Raff. - ADVISABLE
Monday, May 17, 2021
The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park and Robert Sae-Heng - ADVISABLE
Short Cuts by Molly Brooks - ESSENTIAL
Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin - ESSENTIAL
Soccer Player (Bizzy Bear) by Benji Davies - ADVISABLE
Sunday, May 16, 2021
The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton and Dave Mottram - ESSENTIAL
Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland - ESSENTIAL
Peekaboo Bear by Camilla Reid and Ingela P. Arrhenius - ESSENTIAL
Escaping Ordinary by Scott Reintgen - ADVISABLE
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Where Is Our Library? A Story of Patience and Fortitude by Josh Funk and Stevie Lewis - ESSENTIAL
Pockets Full of Rocks by Yair Engelberg, illustrated by MacKenzie Haley - ADVISABLE
Taking Up Space by Alyson Gerber - ADVISABLE
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Welcome! Kiss the Book Jr. is for board books, picture books, early readers, and chapter books. Also, any novels and non-fiction that we ag...