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Cover: Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

Booklist - Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

When Antigone “Tig” Ripley’s frenemy Will makes the ridiculous pronouncement that girls are too snarky and jealous to be in a band together (“Girl bands are gimmicks. They don’t work.”), she considers the gauntlet thrown down. With the help of her grandfather—a former 1960s rocker—Tig takes… View »

 
Cover: Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow

Kirkus Reviews - Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow

In Palermo’s picture-book debut, various animals against snowy backdrops tell readers whom else they know and how those animals go about surviving the winter. “Winter, winter, cold and snow; / Chickadee Chickadee, who do you know? / I know bear asleep in her den, / she might wake up when… ”/editorial_reviews/274">View »

 
Cover: Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts

Booklist - Schnitzel

Shaw warns readers of the perils of laziness in this retelling of Goethe’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” while Barry sets the eerie, gothic mood with his Gorey-esque, watercolor-and-ink illustrations, sparingly scattering color over gray-washed scenes. The tale begins in a dusty stone… View »

 
Cover: Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden

School Library Journal - Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden

It is spring, so Digger the dog and his big sister Daisy decide to plant a garden. Daisy plants lots of different seeds that will be good to eat, but Digger plants a surprise. Daisy’s seeds begin to sprout, but nothing appears to be growing in Digger’s spot. When the garden is ready with… View »

 
Cover: Norbert's Big Dream

Kirkus Reviews - Norbert's Big Dream

The expression “when pigs fly” is given a new twist as Norbert the pig dreams of swimming—not in just any pond, lake, or ocean, but the English Channel.Norbert trains day after day and dreams night after night until he feels ready. Despite the snickering, snorting, and squealing of the… View »

 
Cover: Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

School Library Journal - Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

Gr 4–6—This novel chronicles Tig Ripley’s quest to start an all-girl rock band named Pandora’s Box. The 13-year-old protagonist does not play an instrument, and she’s been brought up with Southern good manners. In spite of these obstacles, Tig wants to be the band’s drummer and leader. The… View »

 
Cover: Miss Colfax's Light

School Library Journal - Miss Colfax's Light

K-Gr 3—From 1861 to 1904, Miss Harriet Colfax tended the oil lamps and beacons of the Michigan City Lighthouse while living in the keeper’s house on the Lake Michigan shore with her friend and companion, Ann Hartwell. Harriet’s story begins in pictures, with a verso spread showing her… View »

 
Cover: Norbert's Big Dream

Publishers Weekly - Norbert's Big Dream

While most pigs are satisfied with lolling around in the mud and sucking down slop, Norbert has other ambitions: “Since he was a wee piglet, Norbert dreamed of swimming the English Channel,” writes Degman (Cock-a-Doodle-Oops!). Norbert “practice[s] his flutter kick” in the mud, “munche[s]… View »

 
Cover: B is for Beacon

School Library Journal - B is for Beacon

In this alphabet book, in which X marks the spot, each letter is represented by a poem that is paired with a few paragraphs of facts. Some letters stretch to make lighthouses a part of their domain (F is for Festivals, N is for November), but there is at least one illustration of a… View »

 
Cover: Catch a Kiss

Kirkus Reviews - Catch a Kiss

Mama and Izzie play at blowing kisses in the garden. Mama’s first kiss, a “tiny, round” one, alights on the tip of Izzie’s nose. Izzie catches the second, a “zigzag” one, in the crook of her elbow. But when Mama sends a triple-decker, Izzie’s able to catch only the first two, distressing… View »