Good friends and familiar situations will make readers feel at home in this second volume of the series.

A NEW ARRIVAL

From the Sprout Street Neighbors series , Vol. 2

The Sprout Street neighborhood is shaken up by the arrival of a new resident.

Mili, short for Mililani, has just moved from Hawaii to Sprout Street. Mili is excited to move into the long-vacant apartment 2B and is eager to meet her new neighbors, but there are a few bumps to her transition. Violet is a little nervous because Mili might be more of an artist than she is. Emma wants to be Mili’s friend but realizes that Mili enjoys “me time.” Henry is worried when the neighborhood needs to decide whether to change the color of their building or not, and he finds himself on the other side of the color argument from Mili. And so it goes until all the neighbors realize that they can be themselves and be friendly with Mili at the same time. In the final chapter, Mili has some second thoughts about moving to the wintry climate. She indulges in a little self-pity but comes around when her friends have a New Year’s party, Hawaii-style. The six illustrated chapters are at just the right level for new readers looking for a little bit of a challenge. Alter is beginning to flesh out her animal characters in this second installation, so readers of the first book will enjoy finding out how they change and develop.

Good friends and familiar situations will make readers feel at home in this second volume of the series. (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-385-75562-7

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Oct. 14, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2015

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A fitting farewell, still funny, acute, and positive in its view of human nature even in its 37th episode.

HORRIBLE HARRY SAYS GOODBYE

From the Horrible Harry series , Vol. 37

A long-running series reaches its closing chapters.

Having, as Kline notes in her warm valedictory acknowledgements, taken 30 years to get through second and third grade, Harry Spooger is overdue to move on—but not just into fourth grade, it turns out, as his family is moving to another town as soon as the school year ends. The news leaves his best friend, narrator “Dougo,” devastated…particularly as Harry doesn’t seem all that fussed about it. With series fans in mind, the author takes Harry through a sort of last-day-of-school farewell tour. From his desk he pulls a burned hot dog and other items that featured in past episodes, says goodbye to Song Lee and other classmates, and even (for the first time ever) leads Doug and readers into his house and memento-strewn room for further reminiscing. Of course, Harry isn’t as blasé about the move as he pretends, and eyes aren’t exactly dry when he departs. But hardly is he out of sight before Doug is meeting Mohammad, a new neighbor from Syria who (along with further diversifying a cast that began as mostly white but has become increasingly multiethnic over the years) will also be starting fourth grade at summer’s end, and planning a written account of his “horrible” buddy’s exploits. Finished illustrations not seen.

A fitting farewell, still funny, acute, and positive in its view of human nature even in its 37th episode. (Fiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-451-47963-1

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2018

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A funny and timely primer for budding activists.

THE TREE AND ME

From the Bea Garcia series , Vol. 4

Problems are afoot at Emily Dickinson Elementary School, and it’s up to Bea Garcia to gather the troops and fight.

Bea Garcia and her best friend, Judith Einstein, sit every day under the 250-year-old oak tree in their schoolyard and imagine a face in its trunk. They name it “Emily” after their favorite American poet. Bea loves to draw both real and imagined pictures of their favorite place—the squirrels in the tree, the branches that reach for the sky, the view from the canopy even though she’s never climbed that high. Until the day a problem boy does climb that high, pelting the kids with acorns and then getting stuck. Bert causes such a scene that the school board declares Emily a nuisance and decides to chop it down. Bea and Einstein rally their friends with environmental facts, poetry, and artwork to try to convince the adults in their lives to change their minds. Bea must enlist Bert if she wants her plan to succeed. Can she use her imagination and Bert’s love of monsters to get him in line? In Bea’s fourth outing, Zemke gently encourages her protagonist to grow from an artist into an activist. Her energy and passion spill from both her narration and her frequent cartoons, which humorously extend the text. Spanish-speaking Bea’s Latinx, Einstein and Bert present white, and their classmates are diverse.

A funny and timely primer for budding activists. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-9)

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-7352-2941-9

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2019

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