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The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett - Book Review

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By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063084087
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

There are puns, pizza, moon dust, and a poetry writing/quoting worm to name a few things that this story has. Sent by Earth scientists and generals (with interesting colloquialisms) to stop the space rats from eating the moon, our hero cat must save the day. When there, they meet new friends (a toenail clipping robot and the Moon Queen to name a few) that will get them through danger and mayhem. Old fashioned villains, villains that want to be heroes but are only villains, spaceships, and food in tubes fill out the edges. Goofy humor that is more than punny are the words of the day. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Big Dreams, Small Fish by Paula Cohen - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781646141265
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Published: Levine Querido - March 1st, 2022

She is smart, she is clever, she has ideas! Shirley, when she's left in charge of the family store, has the best idea ever: if you purchase anything, you receive a surprise. That surprise is the gefilte fish the family cannot sell. But of course since the register does not see profits, the family does not think it was a good idea. Or was it? A fantastic story of family, community and having the ingenuity to take a chance on something (and the someones) you love. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


A Perfect Fit: How Lena “Lane” Bryant Changed the Shape of Fashion by Mara Rockliff - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780358125433
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Published: Clarion Books - April 12th, 2022

Did you know people could have been wearing Lena Bryant and not Lane Bryant clothing? Due to an honest mistake, Lena Bryant signed “Lane Bryant” to her bank application. And from there, history was made. And not just the history of a Jewish immigrant. Or of women. Or of fashion. But of how a nation looked at all of that. This amazing story is told with wonderfully beautiful illustrations that are a story within themselves. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Welcome to the Grief Club: Because You Don't Have to Go Through It Alone by Janine Kwoh - Book Review

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781523511716
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - February 1st, 2022

It might be hard to read about grief while going through the “immediate afterwards,” but this book helps with that. The chapters are short, and the simple illustrations give a lightness to what is happening. It is a chat between you and the author. It is not “how to grieve” but “how we grieve.” The author has “been there” and gives you tips on how to word your grief. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


A Is for Axolotl: An Unusual Animal ABC by Catherine Macorol - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250108104
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 29th, 2022

I wanted to hug Every. Single. One (okay, maybe not the water bear or the naked mole rat, and the thorny dragon might be a bit sharp) of the unique animals in this book. This alphabet book goes beyond alligators and finds fossa, axolotl, yeti crabs, and yes, water bears. Aimed at the alphabet book crowd (or collectors of alphabet books), this is a book for animal lovers of all ages. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel (The Rema Chronicles #1) by Amy Kim Kibuishi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338115130
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Published: Graphix - April 5th, 2022

Our young heroine, Tabby, is still dealing with the death of her beloved father a few years ago. Her mother seems “ready to move on” and forget, but Tabby can’t. When a mysterious stranger appears out of seemingly nowhere, Tabby is pulled into another world, where there is magic, mystery and danger. Can she survive long enough to learn the truth about her father’s death? And who or what is the odd ghostly figure that keeps appearing? A familiar fantasy, with a few new twists and turns. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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