The illustrations are cute, but the book doesn’t work as a lesson on either the weather or regulating bad moods.

MISTY THE CLOUD

A VERY STORMY DAY

When too many negative experiences pile up on the same day, a young cloud’s mood bursts into a storm.

Misty’s day starts with a rude awakening by a passing airplane and continues to go downhill. With news of each friend who is too busy to play (Wispy has schoolwork, Scud’s babysitting, and Kelvin’s getting new eyeglasses), Misty’s bad mood worsens until she just has to yell, resulting in flashes of lightning, crashes of thunder, and a downpour, which rains on the parade, or in this case, baseball game, of a human girl named Clare. Clare expresses her displeasure by stamping her feet and kicking over a block tower. In a contrived ending, Misty’s mom points out her daughter’s favorite sight—hot air balloons—Misty calms down and her friends come to watch, too, and Clare and her mom are able to get in some baseball practice outside. The animation-inspired illustrations are delightfully imaginative. The ethereal, fluffy, white cloud characters have clothes, skin, and hair tinted in light shades of pink, blue, and purple. Clare and her mother are White; teammates are diverse. Backmatter includes three weather-related activities, a brief verse about getting over a bad mood, and some weather facts from the Today show meteorologist author. These seem rather scattershot, however, and will likely go over the heads of children young enough to enjoy the story. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

The illustrations are cute, but the book doesn’t work as a lesson on either the weather or regulating bad moods. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 28, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-18038-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2021

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A jam-packed opener sure to satisfy lovers of the princess genre.

SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME

From the Diary of an Ice Princess series

Ice princess Lina must navigate family and school in this early chapter read.

The family picnic is today. This is not a typical gathering, since Lina’s maternal relatives are a royal family of Windtamers who have power over the weather and live in castles floating on clouds. Lina herself is mixed race, with black hair and a tan complexion like her Asian-presenting mother’s; her Groundling father appears to be a white human. While making a grand entrance at the castle of her grandfather, the North Wind, she fails to successfully ride a gust of wind and crashes in front of her entire family. This prompts her stern grandfather to ask that Lina move in with him so he can teach her to control her powers. Desperate to avoid this, Lina and her friend Claudia, who is black, get Lina accepted at the Hilltop Science and Arts Academy. Lina’s parents allow her to go as long as she does lessons with grandpa on Saturdays. However, fitting in at a Groundling school is rough, especially when your powers start freak winter storms! With the story unfurling in diary format, bright-pink–highlighted grayscale illustrations help move the plot along. There are slight gaps in the storytelling and the pacing is occasionally uneven, but Lina is full of spunk and promotes self-acceptance.

A jam-packed opener sure to satisfy lovers of the princess genre. (Fantasy. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 25, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-35393-8

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 27, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2019

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A deliciously sweet reminder to try one’s unique best.

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

  • New York Times Bestseller

  • IndieBound Bestseller

THE SMART COOKIE

From the Food Group series

This smart cookie wasn’t alwaysa smart cookie.

At the corner of Sweet Street stands a bakery, which a whole range of buns and cakes and treats calls home, including a small cookie who “didn’t feel comfortable speaking up or sharing” any ideas once upon a time. During the early days of gingerbread school, this cookie (with sprinkles on its top half, above its wide eyes and tiny, smiling mouth) never got the best grades, didn’t raise a hand to answer questions, and almost always finished most tests last, despite all best efforts. As a result, the cookie would worry away the nights inside of a cookie jar. Then one day, kind Ms. Biscotti assigns some homework that asks everyone “to create something completely original.” What to do? The cookie’s first attempts (baking, building a birdhouse, sculpting) fail, but an idea strikes soon enough. “A poem!” Titling its opus “My Crumby Days,” the budding cookie poet writes and writes until done. “AHA!” When the time arrives to share the poem with the class, this cookie learns that there’s more than one way to be smart. John and Oswald’s latest installment in the hilarious Food Group series continues to provide plenty of belly laughs (thanks to puns galore!) and mini buns of wisdom in a wholly effervescent package. Oswald’s artwork retains its playful, colorful creative streak. Although slightly less effective than its predecessors due to its rather broad message, this one’s nonetheless an excellent addition to the menu.(This book was reviewed digitally.)

A deliciously sweet reminder to try one’s unique best. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 2, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-06-304540-8

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2021

Did you like this book?

more