A delight for all book lovers and friends of libraries.

SAVING ELI'S LIBRARY

Eli loves everything about his library.

There are friends of all ages who love it as much as he does. One uses the computer to chat online with her sister, who lives far away, while two others play chess. Eli enjoys Big Sam’s yoga class. The books are especially wonderful, and Miss Mudge’s storytime is the best of all. One stormy day Eli and his dad notice the nearby river roaring and rising as they drive to the library. People are stacking sandbags outside, and inside everyone is placing books on the highest shelves. All night Eli worries about his beloved library. The next day they discover high water outside the library and a muddy floor and ruined low shelves inside. But all the books that were placed on the high shelves are safe and dry. Eli, his dad, and all his library friends start the long weeks of cleanup, ending with a reopening parade. Young Eli is thoughtful, earnest, kind, and caring, and Horowitz narrates the tale of community spirit via his thoughts and observations, never allowing it to become overly sweet or preachy. Jackson’s expressive, gentle cartoon illustrations are perfectly in tune with the text, detailing characters’ every emotion. Eli and his dad present White; Miss Mudge and Big Sam are people of color; other library users are diverse.

A delight for all book lovers and friends of libraries. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-8075-1971-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020

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An invitation to wonder, imagine and look at everything (humans included) in a new way.

NOAH CHASES THE WIND

A young boy sees things a little differently than others.

Noah can see patterns in the dust when it sparkles in the sunlight. And if he puts his nose to the ground, he can smell the “green tang of the ants in the grass.” His most favorite thing of all, however, is to read. Noah has endless curiosity about how and why things work. Books open the door to those answers. But there is one question the books do not explain. When the wind comes whistling by, where does it go? Noah decides to find out. In a chase that has a slight element of danger—wind, after all, is unpredictable—Noah runs down streets, across bridges, near a highway, until the wind lifts him off his feet. Cowman’s gusty wisps show each stream of air turning a different jewel tone, swirling all around. The ribbons gently bring Noah home, setting him down under the same thinking tree where he began. Did it really happen? Worthington’s sensitive exploration leaves readers with their own set of questions and perhaps gratitude for all types of perspective. An author’s note mentions children on the autism spectrum but widens to include all who feel a little different.

An invitation to wonder, imagine and look at everything (humans included) in a new way. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 14, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-60554-356-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Redleaf Lane

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2015

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This effort gives partial information where children could have handled the full picture. Look to Julie Hannah and Joan...

IT'S RAINING!

Though Gibbons includes lots of facts about rain in her latest, some flaws limit its usefulness.

The explanation of the water cycle, though basic, is solid and accessible for children: “As the water vapor moves higher into the sky, the air becomes cooler and cooler. Water vapor soon turns into millions of water droplets. This is called condensation.” Gibbons then goes on to describe the types of rain clouds. Unfortunately, her trademark watercolor-illustration style does not differentiate these enough, nor does the text, to make this knowledge applicable. She next tackles the different ways rain falls: drizzle, shower, rain, rainstorm, thunderstorm, flash flood. While the bit about thunder and lightning may soothe nerves about this typical childhood fear, introducing the threat of broken windows and falling tree limbs from other storms may offset this. The final few pages address storm cleanup, acid rain, cleaner energy sources and the possibility of a rainbow. How this latter forms is left to the backmatter, whose many facts should have been supplied in the text itself, including tips on staying dry and safe and a list of supplies to have on hand in case of a storm. As in her other titles, text within the illustrations gives further information and/or defines vocabulary words.

This effort gives partial information where children could have handled the full picture. Look to Julie Hannah and Joan Holub’s The Man Who Named the Clouds, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye (2006), instead. (Informational picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-8234-2924-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2014

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