Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a picture book about an elephant hunt, a YA novel that takes on a true crime classic, a book about a rogue goat, and a book set in WWII-era England.
How to Find an Elephant by Kate Banks, illus. by Boris Kulikov. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-374-33508-3. The backyard explorer created by longtime collaborators Banks and Kulikov doesn’t encounter his quarry until the final pages, but the elephant is not nearly as elusive as the boy thinks it is: readers can spot the grinning creature throughout this picture book, which earned a starred review from PW.
Through with the Zoo by Jacob Grant. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-10814-2. In this picture book, an unsatisfied goat chafes at the confines of the petting zoo he calls home.
Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes. Candlewick, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9072-4. The “heart-sinking” wail of air-raid sirens, sparse food rations, and the agonizing separation from loved ones permeate this YA novel set in suburban Liverpool during the winter of 1940–1941, when the city was bombarded by Hitler’s Luftwaffe.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-399-16789-8. Each spread of this contemplative picture book highlights aspects of this planet or life on it: the solar system, people and animals, the way time can seem to move slowly or quickly. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew. Candlewick, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9125-7. Mayhew (Red Ink) imagines a present-day Britain under Nazi rule. The protagonist develops feelings for a girl in a world where her relationship is forbidden; the book earned a starred review from PW.
I Won’t Eat That by Christopher Silas Neal. Candlewick, $15.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-7909-5. A beefy yellow cat narrates Neal’s picture book; he’s through with cat food, he says. After sending his kibble flying with a kick, he sets off in search of tastier fare and surveys other animals.
Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, illus. by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-36030-2. Perkins’s 1975 poem, originally written as song lyrics, features compact, rhythmic language that’s both avuncular and commandingly rhetorical. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Road to Ever After by Moira Young. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-1-1729-8. A boy named Davy David escapes his grim hometown with the elderly Miss Flint, racing to reach her childhood home before her 80th birthday. The book earned a starred review from PW.
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