Reviews

Cover: Four Seasons of Fun: Egg Hunts! Fireworks! Pumpkins! Reindeer!

Kirkus Reviews - Four Seasons of Fun

A rhyming look at all the fun to be had during a year of seasonal changes. An apple tree anchors the book, its branches visually portraying each of the seasons: “Glittering sunbeams make a golden crown / for a tree that is wearing a blossom gown.” Daigneault’s illustration here shows the… View »

 
Cover: A Tuba Christmas

Booklist - A Tuba Christmas

Even though—or perhaps because—everyone else in her family plays strings or reeds, for better or worse, Ava takes up tuba. At first it’s definitely “worse,” as her sibs give her a hard time, her parents suggest something more portable, like flute, and her initial bbbwwWWWAHHHHHs and… View »

 
Cover: My Red Velvet Cape

School Library Journal - Red Velvet Cape

Readers will feel Mateo’s excitement as well as his disappointment when he thinks he’s not going to get what he imagined. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are lively and cartoonish and the inclusion of a gender-neutral restroom and school posters in both English and Spanish are a nice… View »

 
Cover: Hanukkah Hamster

Kirkus Reviews - Hanukkah Hamster

Review: A new friendship born during the holiday season tugs on the heartstrings. December can be a hard month for those far away from their families. Edgar is a city cabbie kept busy driving passengers from one store to the next. After a nap in his back seat he discovers one more passenger: View »

 
Cover: A Tuba Christmas

Kirkus Reviews - A Tuba Christmas

Kirkus Reviews – Starred review…
Excerpt: The wonderfully diverse cast of characters, from Rodney, an African-American with locs, to Ava’s schoolmates and the musicians who make up the tuba band, demonstrates the book’s embrace of ensemble participation. Watercolors cheerily splash across th View »

 
Cover: The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat

School Library Connection - The Princess and the Cafe of the Moat

Doesn’t everyone want to be kind and helpful to others? The princess in this new fairy tale sure does! Everyone at the castle is always so busy that she feels left out, so she goes on mission to find a way to be useful. After a day of helping an old man, babysitting children, and bandaging… View »

 
Cover: Bully

School Library Journal - Bully

Life is pretty good for a bullfrog named Bully. He lives in a beautiful pond that is filled with fragrant water lilies. Some of the insects living in the pond find the taste of the flowers simply delicious and others enjoy their magnificent scent. Unfortunately, Bully wants the lilies all… View »

 
Cover: Mother Ghost:  Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

Kirkus Review - Mother Ghost

This collection of shivery Mother Goose rhymes is sure to put kids in the Halloween spirit. Opening with a spin on “Boys and Girls, Come out to Play,” Kolar sets kids up for the 12 to come: “Come with a whoop and come with a call; / Come with brave hearts or not at all.” All the favorites… View »

 
Cover: Hot Dog!  Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic

Booklist - Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt throws a Picnic

Eleanor Roosevelt was known for lots of things, but her love of hot dogs probably isn’t one of them. This book remedies that by taking a little-known incident from history and turning it into a delightful picture book. When King George and Queen Elizabeth decided to visit the U.S.—the first… View »

 
Cover: Dirty Birdies

Kirkus Review - Dirty Birdies

Five birds of different shapes and sizes count off and clean up. The first dirty birdie, with long, ostrichlike legs and yellow-spotted blue feathers, dirties itself in a mud puddle and then meets another birdie, a green, ducklike bird that’s splotched with paint. The number of “dirty… ”/reviews/354">View »