Happily, there are more powwow adventures to come.



From the Powwow Mystery series , Vol. 2

An unusual picture book/chapter book/graphic novel hybrid offers readers a mystery set at a powwow in upstate New York.

Grama and Grampa are taking twins Marie and Jamie to the powwow, where they are greeted by other attendees from different cultural backgrounds who have come to enjoy the gathering. Grama and Grampa set up a table to sell Grama’s beaded bracelets. Marie and Jamie watch the dance competition with some local kids, who tell them about a creepy old house near the grounds. When a dog steals a burger from one of the nearby food stands and then vanishes in the direction of that old house, the kids decide to solve the mystery of the disappearing dog. In the old house they find the dog—and a fallen elder lying on the floor in need of help. Thus the twins’ curiosity and the dog’s attentiveness save the day. Abenaki author Bruchac collaborates with illustrator Deforest, who uses his experiences growing up in Navajo country to create bold and colorful comic-book–style illustrations of this contemporary Native American family and a diverse, happy gathering of powwow attendees. The flaw in this otherwise-wonderful tale is its ambiguity, as Bruchac doesn’t identify any of the Indigenous nations represented in the story, as is customary at a powwow. Though shaped like a picture book and running only to 32 pages, the story is broken into short chapters and aims for independent readers.

Happily, there are more powwow adventures to come. (Graphic/mystery hybrid. 7-10)

Pub Date: May 22, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4788-6869-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Reycraft Books

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2020

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This is rather a silly story, and I don't believe children will think it particularly funny. A paper hanger and painter finds time on his hands in winter, and spends it in reading of arctic exploration. It is all given reality when he receives a present of a penguin, which makes its nest in the refrigerator on cubes of ice, mates with a lonely penguin from the zoo, and produces a family of penguins which help set the Poppers on their feet.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1938

ISBN: 978-0-316-05843-8

Page Count: 139

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1938

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Even a brush with death (or a bad tooth) can’t reform this Bad Kitty. Good thing. We’d miss her! (Graphic/nonfiction hybrid....


From the Bad Kitty (chapter book) series

Bad Kitty isn’t eating? It must be a sign of the apocalypse…or worse.

Bad Kitty once ate a meatloaf the size of a car in 5 minutes, so if she’s not eating, something must be horribly wrong. It’s time for a visit to the vet—wait, where’d Bad Kitty go? First task: find the kitty. Then don the riot gear to get her into her cat carrier. When the vet (who knows just how to handle her) knocks Bad Kitty out with a shot, she visits the (kitty) Pearly Gates, where the feline St. Peter tells her she tormented Puppy too much to pass through. She’s given one day to do something nice for Puppy, or she will be sent to Puppydog Paradise (which is far from idyllic for cats). Can Bad Kitty rescue her afterlife with a kind act for her drooling nemesis? Is it all just a dream? After the homage to Looney Tunes that was Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble (2014), Bruel gives an appreciative nod to Tom and Jerry; it’s a lagniappe that Bad Kitty’s mobs of young fans may not notice, though their adults will probably get a few chuckles. Kids will just enjoy Uncle Murray’s fun facts (all about cat health and visits to the vet this time, of course) and Bad Kitty’s ornery behavior; both are as entertaining as ever.

Even a brush with death (or a bad tooth) can’t reform this Bad Kitty. Good thing. We’d miss her! (Graphic/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-59643-977-1

Page Count: 144

Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

Review Posted Online: Oct. 6, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2015

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