Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a picture book about animals during election season, a galactic middle grade series-starter, a YA high fantasy inspired by the Spanish Inquisition, and a rhyming picture book about snacks.
Vote for Me! by Martin Baltscheit, illus. by Marc Boutavant. Eerdmans, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-8028-5543-5. In this picture book, a supremely confident lion always runs unopposed for president; one suspects that his postvote parties, where the animals get “as much cake and strawberry-coconut juice as they wanted,” play a part in his success.
Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox by Michael Buckley. Delacorte, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-525-64687-7. In this middle grade adventure—the first in the Finniverse series—several children form an unlikely alliance to help save the world after one fuses with an alien weapon that opens interstellar wormholes.
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova. Disney-Hyperion, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-368-02380-1. This YA duology opener from Córdova (the Brooklyn Brujas series), a Spanish Inquisition-inspired fantasy, beguiles with an ethnically diverse cast.
Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson, illus. by Tor Freeman. Penguin Workshop, $10.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-9329-6. “Ten fat sausages, sizzling in a pan” escape the stovetop for some short-lived freedom in this picture book that offers a comedic twist on the predictable nursery rhyme.
How to Disappear Completely by Ali Standish. HarperCollins, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-289328-4. Seamlessly blending childhood wonder with the slow lessons of maturity, Standish (August Isle) sketches a detailed portrait of 12-year-old Emma Talbot, a girl experiencing loss.
The Space Between Lost and Found by Sandy Stark-McGinnis. Bloomsbury, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-5476-0123-3. This middle grade novel follows protagonist Cassie’s memories of her mother juxtaposed against the present day, as her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease advances.
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson, illus. by Nina Mata. Bloomsbury, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-5476-0056-4. In this series opener, a loose reimagining of Ramona Quimby’s exploits, Watson (Some Places More Than Others) adroitly captures the uncertainty of growing up amid change through the eyes of an irrepressible black girl. The book earned a starred review from PW.
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