More an alliterative self-esteem builder than an exploration of systematic science, but its attractive rabbit protagonist is...

CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST FINDS A CURE

Another win for the scientific method, as the furry young researcher sets out to investigate a wave of malaise sweeping the forest, having already investigated space in Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished (2017).

What could be the cause of this sudden rash of upset stomachs and bowel issues? Kitted out in Farley’s genial cartoon illustrations with a white coat and a stethoscope just like her beloved grandpa, and inspired by his expressed belief that she is destined “to make a real difference in the world,” bunny Charlotte determinedly seeks an answer. Stubbornly pursuing a cure despite the dismissive attitudes of scientists called into consult, she persists. A round of interviewing patients, gathering specimens (“Next!” she calls, seated on a stool outside the outhouse), and dissecting data later, a pattern emerges—a “curious carrot connection.” Yes, everyone’s been nibbling on carrots…carrots, it turns out, infected with “Funky Forest Fungi.” A “customized carrot corrective” from her lab, plus a clinical trial to make sure the cure has taken, soon puts the forest residents back on their paws. Andros lays on the congratulations with a trowel at the end (“Charlotte realized she didn’t have to be the oldest or smartest,” etc.), but she closes with a glossary of such useful terms as “hypothesis” and “quarantine.”

More an alliterative self-esteem builder than an exploration of systematic science, but its attractive rabbit protagonist is a sweetie. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: March 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-544-81376-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2018

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A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends

WAITING IS NOT EASY!

From the Elephant & Piggie series

Gerald the elephant learns a truth familiar to every preschooler—heck, every human: “Waiting is not easy!”

When Piggie cartwheels up to Gerald announcing that she has a surprise for him, Gerald is less than pleased to learn that the “surprise is a surprise.” Gerald pumps Piggie for information (it’s big, it’s pretty, and they can share it), but Piggie holds fast on this basic principle: Gerald will have to wait. Gerald lets out an almighty “GROAN!” Variations on this basic exchange occur throughout the day; Gerald pleads, Piggie insists they must wait; Gerald groans. As the day turns to twilight (signaled by the backgrounds that darken from mauve to gray to charcoal), Gerald gets grumpy. “WE HAVE WASTED THE WHOLE DAY!…And for WHAT!?” Piggie then gestures up to the Milky Way, which an awed Gerald acknowledges “was worth the wait.” Willems relies even more than usual on the slightest of changes in posture, layout and typography, as two waiting figures can’t help but be pretty static. At one point, Piggie assumes the lotus position, infuriating Gerald. Most amusingly, Gerald’s elephantine groans assume weighty physicality in spread-filling speech bubbles that knock Piggie to the ground. And the spectacular, photo-collaged images of the Milky Way that dwarf the two friends makes it clear that it was indeed worth the wait.

A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends . (Early reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4231-9957-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: Nov. 5, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2014

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Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably...

LOST AND FOUND

A lad finds a penguin on his doorstep and resolutely sets out to return it in this briefly told import. 

Eventually, he ends up rowing it all the way back to Antarctica, braving waves and storms, filling in the time by telling it stories. But then, feeling lonely after he drops his silent charge off, he belatedly realizes that it was probably lonely too, and turns back to find it. Seeing Jeffers’s small, distant figures in wide, simply brushed land- and sea-scapes, young viewers will probably cotton to the penguin’s feelings before the boy himself does—but all’s well that ends well, and the reunited companions are last seen adrift together in the wide blue sea. 

Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this—slightly—less offbeat friendship tale. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-399-24503-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2005

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