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ENDLESSLY EVER AFTER

PICK YOUR PATH TO COUNTLESS FAIRY TALE ENDINGS!

Some choices are hard but not this one: Pick it up!

Multiple reader options give the woodsy road to Grandma’s house any number of surprise twists and diversions.

First “you” choose either a hooded red cape or a (faux) wolf skin coat to wear and, in traditional choose-your-own-adventure fashion, flip ahead to one of two designated pages. From there, it’s on to encounters with big bad wolves, two sleeping princesses (one of whom you can opt to kiss), an unhappy lad named Jack who has lost both his goose and most of his clothes, a really angry little pig, a hunter with a rather too-ready axe, and/or a gang of similarly spun-around versions of familiar characters—all on the way to a set of endings, happy or…otherwise: “And though you turn to run away, there isn’t time for that. / You’re finished off in seconds, and you never hear the SPLAT.” In Santat’s country storyscapes the reader stand-in (named Rosie) has beige skin and dark hair; other human figures vary in skin tone. Snyder casts her storylines in sturdy, regular rhyme and concludes each with The End except for the last, which offers the more liminal thought that “whether you adventure far / or sit alone / or snooze, / the thing you must remember is // that every day… / you choose.” (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Some choices are hard but not this one: Pick it up! (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 19, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-4521-4482-5

Page Count: 92

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2022

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KONDO & KEZUMI VISIT GIANT ISLAND

From the Kondo & Kezumi series , Vol. 1

A story of friendship that is both lively and lovely

Two friends embark upon a high-seas adventure.

Kondo, a large lemon-colored creature with wide round eyes, spends his day on his island home with his best friend, tangerine-hued Kezumi. Together, they frolic on their idyllic isle picking berries (tall Kondo nabs the higher fruit while Kezumi helps to retrieve the lower) while surrounded by tiny “flitter-birds” and round “fluffle-bunnies.” One day, Kezumi finds a map in a bottle that declares “WE ARE NOT ALONE.” Inspired by visions of a larger world, Kondo and Kezumi fashion a boat from a bathtub and set sail. The pair visits fantastical islands—deliciously cheese-laden Dairy Isle, the fiery and fearsome Fireskull Island—until they eventually settle upon the titular Giant Island, where they meet Albert, a gigantic gray talking mountain who is—obviously—unable to leave. Enthralled by his new friends, Albert wants them to stay forever. After Albert makes a fraught decision, Kondo and Kezumi find themselves at a crossroads and must confront their new friend. Goodner and Tsurumi’s brightly illustrated chapter book should find favor with fans of Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen’s similarly designed Mercy Watson series. Short, wry, descriptive sentences make for an equally enjoyable experience whether read aloud or independently. Episodic chapters move the action along jauntily; the conclusion is somewhat abrupt, but it promises more exploration and adventures for the best friends. (This review was originally published in the June 1, 2019, issue. The book data has been updated to reflect changes in publisher and date of publication.)

A story of friendship that is both lively and lovely (Fantasy. 6-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-368-02577-5

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2020

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THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS

From the Adventures of Henry Whiskers series , Vol. 1

Innocuous adventuring on the smallest of scales.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965) upgrades to The Mice and the Rolls-Royce.

In Windsor Castle there sits a “dollhouse like no other,” replete with working plumbing, electricity, and even a full library of real, tiny books. Called Queen Mary’s Dollhouse, it also plays host to the Whiskers family, a clan of mice that has maintained the house for generations. Henry Whiskers and his cousin Jeremy get up to the usual high jinks young mice get up to, but when Henry’s little sister Isabel goes missing at the same time that the humans decide to clean the house up, the usually bookish big brother goes on the adventure of his life. Now Henry is driving cars, avoiding cats, escaping rats, and all before the upcoming mouse Masquerade. Like an extended version of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904), Priebe keeps this short chapter book constantly moving, with Duncan’s peppy art a cute capper. Oddly, the dollhouse itself plays only the smallest of roles in this story, and no factual information on the real Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is included at the tale’s end (an opportunity lost).

Innocuous adventuring on the smallest of scales. (Fantasy. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-6575-5

Page Count: 144

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: Sept. 18, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2016

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