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Circle Under Berry
Carter Higgins. Chronicle, $15.99 (52p) ISBN 978-1-79720-508-3

Using hand-painted paper to create brilliantly hued, shape-based forms that appear against a clean white backdrop, Higgins economically examines ways to observe color, shape, pattern, and position. Soon, the elements begin to vary between shapes, colors, and animals (a frog, a guppy, a pig), drawing readers’ attention while achieving real grace as the items resolve into origami-like forms. more

Forty Winks: A Bedtime Adventure
Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Lita Judge. Abrams, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4197-4552-2

For the Winks, a family of 40 mice—two parents and 38 kids, each one named by DiPucchio—bedtime is adorably unwieldy. In one of Judge’s more inviting pencil and watercolor scenes, mice cover every inch of the floor and furniture, hanging on Mama’s every word. The book’s plentiful pleasure comes from being in the presence of a wonderfully rendered family that lives and loves large. more

The Welcome Chair
Rosemary Wells, illus. by Jerry Pinkney. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5344-2977-2

An inscribed cherrywood rocking chair becomes a symbol of refuge, comfort, and connection for generations of immigrants in this volume by two children’s book luminaries. If Wells paints America’s historical acceptance of others with an overly broad brush, she makes her vision of the country clear. Pinkney’s elegantly textured watercolor, pencil, and pastel pictures occasionally pull back into historical sweeps, more

Paradise on Fire
Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown, $16.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-316-49383-3

Inspired by real events, Parker Rhodes makes her entrée into climate fiction with the story of narrator Adaugo (Addy), a Black 15-year-old from the Bronx. Addy’s character-driven narrative offers a broad picture of her motivations—including a post-traumatic mindset that’s focused on survival. Parker Rhodes believably explores one Black city girl’s discovery of the wilderness around her. more

What About Will
Ellen Hopkins. Putnam, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-593-10864-2

In effective verse, Hopkins tells an honest and moving portrait of a family in flux as they navigate newfound emotional and physical distance. Hopkins tenderly portrays a younger brother learning to advocate for himself and those he loves by speaking up and asking for help. more

Maybe We’re Electric
Val Emmich. Poppy, $17.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-316-53570-0

New Jersey’s Thomas Edison Center might not seem like the best place to wait out a snowstorm, but two teens bond there after hours in Emmich’s quirky book about the power of honesty and forgiveness—and the temptations of internet anonymity. Emmich uses second-person interludes and Tegan’s emails to her father to show how much Tegan has on her mind; it makes for an effective slow reveal. more

August 3, 2021
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