A humorous dose of wordplay and righteous childhood indignation.

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WHO IS ANA DALT?

Visual thinkers, take note: You may need to read the title and part of this rabble-rousing story out loud to catch the clever central pun, but children everywhere will relate.

Who is Ana Dalt? “When I see something fragile, I want it so much! / But when I reach up to get it, someone always yells… // ‘DON’T TOUCH!’ / ‘Only ANA DALT should be touching that stuff.’ ” Time and again, the narrator, an overalls- and baseball-cap–wearing child with beige skin and dark, chin-length hair, is deterred. Want to explore a lawn mower or gardening tool? “That’s for Ana Dalt!” When a scary movie comes on…“This is for Ana Dalt” too. Ready to grab a fancy party snack? “ ‘THAT’S NOT YOUR TREAT!’ / ‘That’s for Ana Dalt.’ ” Frustration builds until the narrator is standing on a stool with fist raised in protest. “It’s time someone tells me where Ana Dalt’s at! // Has anyone told her it’s nicer to share? / Does she even know? Does she even care?” Realistic illustrations with attitude emphasize facial expressions to capture a full range of emotions, including curiosity, anger, fear, and the struggle for understanding. The protagonist’s parents appear to be an interracial couple, suggesting the child is biracial; a genial and hairy family dog accompanies the narrator throughout. Secondary characters present with various skin tones.

A humorous dose of wordplay and righteous childhood indignation. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4867-1810-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Flowerpot Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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In contrast to the carbs and desserts pictured, though sweet, this is unlikely to stick with readers.

BAGEL IN LOVE

A romance for carb (and pun!) lovers who dance to their own drummers and don’t give up on their dreams.

Bagel is a guy who loves to dance; when he’s tapping and twirling, he doesn’t feel plain. The problem is, he can’t find a partner for the Cherry Jubilee Dance Contest. Poppy says his steps are half-baked. Pretzel, “who was at the spa getting a salt rub…told him his moves didn’t cut the mustard.” He strikes out in Sweet City, too, with Croissant, Doughnut, and Cake. But just when he’s given up, he hears the music from the contest and can’t help moving his feet. And an echoing tap comes back to him. Could it be a partner at last? Yep, and she just happens to smell sweet and have frosting piled high. Bagel and Cupcake crush the contest, but winning the trophy? That “was just icing on the cake,” as the final sentence reads, the two standing proudly with a blue ribbon and trophy, hearts filling the space above and between them. Dardik’s digital illustrations are pastel confections. Sometimes just the characters’ heads are the treats, and other times the whole body is the foodstuff, with tiny arms and legs added on. Even the buildings are like something from “Hansel and Gretel.” However, this pun-filled narrative is just one of many of its ilk, good for a few yuks but without much staying power.

In contrast to the carbs and desserts pictured, though sweet, this is unlikely to stick with readers. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4549-2239-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: Sept. 18, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2017

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A validating and breathtaking next chapter of a Mother Goose favorite.

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AFTER THE FALL (HOW HUMPTY DUMPTY GOT BACK UP AGAIN)

Humpty Dumpty, classically portrayed as an egg, recounts what happened after he fell off the wall in Santat’s latest.

An avid ornithophile, Humpty had loved being atop a high wall to be close to the birds, but after his fall and reassembly by the king’s men, high places—even his lofted bed—become intolerable. As he puts it, “There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” Although fear bars Humpty from many of his passions, it is the birds he misses the most, and he painstakingly builds (after several papercut-punctuated attempts) a beautiful paper plane to fly among them. But when the plane lands on the very wall Humpty has so doggedly been avoiding, he faces the choice of continuing to follow his fear or to break free of it, which he does, going from cracked egg to powerful flight in a sequence of stunning spreads. Santat applies his considerable talent for intertwining visual and textual, whimsy and gravity to his consideration of trauma and the oft-overlooked importance of self-determined recovery. While this newest addition to Santat’s successes will inevitably (and deservedly) be lauded, younger readers may not notice the de-emphasis of an equally important part of recovery: that it is not compulsory—it is OK not to be OK.

A validating and breathtaking next chapter of a Mother Goose favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-62672-682-6

Page Count: 45

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2017

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