Reviews

Cover: Tip and Tucker Road Trip

Kirkus reviews - Tip and Tucker Road Trip

This beginning reader introduces children to two hamsters with quite different personalities. Part of the I Am A Reader line, this first outing for Tip and Tucker opens in a pet shop, where Mr. Lopez has come to purchase a pet. Tucker, a larger tan hamster, is excited and tries to get Tip… View »

 
Cover: Badger's Perfect Garden

Kirkus Reviews - Badger's Perfect Garden

There is no drought of picture books about animal friends making a garden. The hook in this one is the message that when plans go awry, there may still be a rainbow at the end. It is spring. Badger has dozens of jars of seeds that he saved from last summer to plant the “perfect garden.” His… View »

 
Cover: Soar High, Dragonfly

Kirkus Reviews - Soar High, Dragonfly

A circular account of a dragonfly’s life span told simultaneously as a narrative and a collection of scientific facts. The creative duo behind Good Trick, Walking Stick (2016) returns to the insect world. Readers follow the life cycle of a green darner dragonfly, from its mother laying eggs… View »

 
Cover: The Wild World of Buck Bray: The Wolves of Slough Creek

Kirkus Reviews - The Wild World of Buck Bray: The Wolves of Slough Creek

Middle schooler and television star Buck Bray is back for a third outing, this time bringing his intrepid detecting skills to Yellowstone National Park. He’s accompanied by his partner in crime prevention, Toni, the daughter of the cameraman who films the national park-related… View »

 
Cover: Bundle Up

Kirkus Reviews - Bundle

A cute, purple hippo models winterwear in a variety of colors and makes a snowman an offer it can’t refuse. This sweet and simple board book engages children on several levels, first by introducing colors and various winter garments, then by encouraging them to review those colors—reading… View »

 
Cover: Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee

Kirkus Reviews - Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee

An unexpectedly attractive addition to the standard picture-book travel guide. Lulu, a young fox, and her penguin companion, Pufferson, one day receive a letter from her aunt Fancy. Sending them tickets for the trip, her aunt encourages the duo to take the ferry to Milwaukee to join Lulu’s… View »

 
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 »