cover image When Mommy Was Mad

When Mommy Was Mad

Lynne Jonell. Putnam Publishing Group, $13.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-399-23433-0

This season, several series get new additions. Younger brother Robbie comes up with a plan to improve his mother's mood and saves the rest of the unsuspecting family in When Mommy Was Mad by Lynne Jonell, illus. by Petra Mathers. Framed in white, Mathers's colored-pencil vignettes once again use a minimalist approach to convey an array of emotions. (May)