Next book


A touching tale that exudes love and warmth.

Author/illustrator Lee draws on childhood experiences in this South Korean import about a girl who gains a greater appreciation for her grandma.

Gee-eun, a Korean child, is introduced seeking comfort in her grandma’s arms as her mother leaves for work. Softly textured lines and colors are blended and smudged to invoke a sense of intimacy as Grandma, or Halmoni, distracts Gee-eun by making knife-cut noodles together. As they slurp the well-earned meal of kalguksu, they talk about how Halmoni raised Gee-eun’s mother when she was younger. The forthright, poignant narrative reveals that Gee-eun is worried about who will accompany her to the upcoming Family Sports Day in her parents’ absence. Halmoni answers in stride, telling stories of her athleticism and the nicknames she earned for her prowess. On the big day, children and their parents run in curved streaks of color across the pages as Halmoni and Gee-eun participate in the first race. “Halmoni, fast! Faster! Even Faster!” Yet Halmoni falls, and Gee-eun begins to sob. The disappointed pair walk through different neighborhoods in Korea that are saturated in warm colors, vivid shapes, and images as Halmoni offers a curry bun to Gee-eun to cheer her up. When they arrive home and Halmoni prepares a feast for the entire family, the experience is cemented as a fond memory. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A touching tale that exudes love and warmth. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-66250-825-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Amazon Crossing Kids

Review Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2022

Next book


A retro-futuristic romp, literally and figuratively screwy.

Robo-parents Diode and Lugnut present daughter Cathode with a new little brother—who requires, unfortunately, some assembly.

Arriving in pieces from some mechanistic version of Ikea, little Flange turns out to be a cute but complicated tyke who immediately falls apart…and then rockets uncontrollably about the room after an overconfident uncle tinkers with his basic design. As a squad of helpline techies and bevies of neighbors bearing sludge cake and like treats roll in, the cluttered and increasingly crowded scene deteriorates into madcap chaos—until at last Cath, with help from Roomba-like robodog Sprocket, stages an intervention by whisking the hapless new arrival off to a backyard workshop for a proper assembly and software update. “You’re such a good big sister!” warbles her frazzled mom. Wiesner’s robots display his characteristic clean lines and even hues but endearingly look like vaguely anthropomorphic piles of random jet-engine parts and old vacuum cleaners loosely connected by joints of armored cable. They roll hither and thither through neatly squared-off panels and pages in infectiously comical dismay. Even the end’s domestic tranquility lasts only until Cathode spots the little box buried in the bigger one’s packing material: “TWINS!” (This book was reviewed digitally with 9-by-22-inch double-page spreads viewed at 52% of actual size.)

A retro-futuristic romp, literally and figuratively screwy. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-544-98731-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: June 2, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2020

Next book


Cuándo quieras un perro feliz, look no further.

A young Latine boy finally gets to rescue the dog of his dreams, but training can be a challenge in two languages.

Like many children, José has been dreaming of having a pet of his own, specifically un perro, a dog. Like any good owner, José promptly begins training his new canine companion but soon realizes his rescue mutt, Feliz, knows only words in English. This is a problem because in José’s home everyone speaks both Spanish and English. José and Feliz must rise to the challenge; fortunately, treats and snuggles are great motivators. The narrative uses Spanish words and phrases throughout (“perros blancos,” “¡Yo quiero este!” “¡Sientate!”), usually with English context clues for understanding. This is complex vocabulary for an early reader, and the shifting in phonics from English to Spanish will be challenging for true beginners; the book is best suited for intermediate to advanced readers in dual-language classrooms or homes. Much like Feliz, however, it is sure to find a loving (and bilingual) home. Cheerful illustrations complement the text, helping readers make sense of the narrative. While José and his mother are darker-skinned, his father and sister are lighter-skinned. (This review has been updated for accuracy.)

Cuándo quieras un perro feliz, look no further. (glossary of Spanish-English words) (Early reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 25, 2023

ISBN: 978-0-593-52116-8

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2023

Close Quickview