Readers will find themselves wanting to hug a book after reading this story.

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THE BOOK WITHOUT A STORY

A lonely book experiences the joy of being loved by a child in this ode to libraries and reading.

Dusty is a library book with a singular problem: No one has read him, so he doesn’t know what he is even about. After the library closes for the evening, a delightful gaggle of books comes alive and schemes to help Dusty get noticed. Warm, dynamic colors throughout the library, soft moonlight, and anthropomorphic expressions on the books invite readers in with a quiet earnestness. Even when Dusty is finally picked up by a white child named Sophie, he is set on the table and forgotten as Sophie greets her friend Laila, who is black. Luckily, Sophie’s brother, Jake (also white), sits down at the table and discovers Dusty is a dinosaur book. A charming illustration on verso shows Jake surrounded by dinosaurs, a representation of how books can transport readers to dynamic places. Throughout, black text varies in size at times, and it is arranged thoughtfully to guide readers from verso to recto. Nameless characters in Jake’s home and in the library, including the librarian, have diverse skin tones but are all portrayed with similar body types. One nameless child in a wheelchair is also shown in ensemble.

Readers will find themselves wanting to hug a book after reading this story. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-61067-879-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Kane Miller

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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A culturally intricate slice of a lupine courier’s life.

¡VAMOS! LET'S GO TO THE MARKET

From the ¡Vamos! series

Little Lobo and his dog, Bernabé, journey through a Mexican mercado delivering diverse goods to a variety of booths.

With the aid of red words splattered throughout the spreads as labels, Raúl the Third gives an introduction to Spanish vocabulary as Little Lobo, an anthropomorphic wolf, leaves his house, fills his cart with objects from his warehouse, and delivers them to the market’s vendors. The journey also serves as a crash course in Mexican culture, as the images are packed with intertextual details such as food, traditional games, and characters, including Cantinflas, Frida Khalo, and Juan Gabriel. Readers acquainted with Raúl the Third’s characters from his Lowriders series with author Cathy Camper will appreciate cameos from familiar characters. As he makes his rounds, Little Lobo also collects different artifacts that people offer in exchange for his deliveries of shoe polish, clothespins, wood, tissue paper, paintbrushes, and a pair of golden laces. Although Raúl the Third departs from the ball-pen illustrations that he is known for, his depiction of creatures and critters peppering the borderland where his stories are set remains in his trademark style. The softer hues in the illustrations (chosen by colorist Bay) keep the busy compositions friendly, and the halftone patterns filling the illustrations create foregrounds and backgrounds reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein’s pointillism.

A culturally intricate slice of a lupine courier’s life. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-328-55726-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Versify/HMH

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2019

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THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES

            There are many parallel legends – the seal women, for example, with their strange sad longings – but none is more direct than this American Indian story of a girl who is carried away in a horses’ stampede…to ride thenceforth by the side of a beautiful stallion who leads the wild horses.  The girl had always loved horses, and seemed to understand them “in a special way”; a year after her disappearance her people find her riding beside the stallion, calf in tow, and take her home despite his strong resistance.  But she is unhappy and returns to the stallion; after that, a beautiful mare is seen riding always beside him.  Goble tells the story soberly, allowing it to settle, to find its own level.  The illustrations are in the familiar striking Goble style, but softened out here and there with masses of flowers and foliage – suitable perhaps for the switch in subject matter from war to love, but we miss the spanking clean design of Custer’s Last Battle and The Fetterman Fight.          6-7

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1978

ISBN: 0689845049

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bradbury

Review Posted Online: April 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1978

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