Another sweet story of friendship and family.

THE SECRET FOREST FRIENDS

From the Forest Friends series

Mayu goes back to the forest to meet her new forest friend in the summer.

Ever since she spent her winter vacation at her grandparents' house, second grader Mayu has been writing letters to her grandpa and her secret forest friend, Konta the fox. Now it's summer, and Mayu is spending another vacation at her grandparents' house near the forest. Excitedly, she writes letters to both her grandpa and Konta, sharing when she'll arrive. Mayu even plans to do her summer project on the different plants of the forest so she and Konta can play. Preparing for her trip, she goes hat shopping with her mother and even thinks of a gift for Konta. When her vacation finally arrives, she and Konta happily explore and find plants for her project together. One day Mayu loses a sandal in the river and can't walk back home. Konta must find the courage to venture out of the forest and call on Mayu's grandpa. This sequel to The Mailbox in the Forest, translated from Japanese, is another charming tale of everyday life, friendship, and intergenerational kinship. There are letters scattered throughout, written in different fonts. The adorable illustrations switch between black and white and full color. A blank letter template and Mayu's research on the forest flowers are included. Mayu and her family are Japanese.

Another sweet story of friendship and family. (Fantasy. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-940842-64-6

Page Count: 82

Publisher: Museyon

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2022

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Doubles down on a basic math concept with a bit of character development.

DOUBLE PUPPY TROUBLE

From the McKellar Math series

A child who insists on having MORE of everything gets MORE than she can handle.

Demanding young Moxie Jo is delighted to discover that pushing the button on a stick she finds in the yard doubles anything she points to. Unfortunately, when she points to her puppy, Max, the button gets stuck—and in no time one dog has become two, then four, then eight, then….Readers familiar with the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” or Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona will know how this is going to go, and Masse obliges by filling up succeeding scenes with burgeoning hordes of cute yellow puppies enthusiastically making a shambles of the house. McKellar puts an arithmetical spin on the crisis—“The number of pups exponentially grew: / They each multiplied times a factor of 2!” When clumsy little brother Clark inadvertently intervenes, Moxie Jo is left wiser about her real needs (mostly). An appended section uses lemons to show how exponential doubling quickly leads to really big numbers. Stuart J. Murphy’s Double the Ducks (illustrated by Valeria Petrone, 2002) in the MathStart series explores doubling from a broader perspective and includes more backmatter to encourage further study, but this outing adds some messaging: Moxie Jo’s change of perspective may give children with sharing issues food for thought. She and her family are White; her friends are racially diverse. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Doubles down on a basic math concept with a bit of character development. (Informational picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: July 26, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-101-93386-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: March 30, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2022

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The dynamic interaction between the characters invites readers to take risks, push boundaries, and have a little unscripted...

CLAYMATES

Reinvention is the name of the game for two blobs of clay.

A blue-eyed gray blob and a brown-eyed brown blob sit side by side, unsure as to what’s going to happen next. The gray anticipates an adventure, while the brown appears apprehensive. A pair of hands descends, and soon, amid a flurry of squishing and prodding and poking and sculpting, a handsome gray wolf and a stately brown owl emerge. The hands disappear, leaving the friends to their own devices. The owl is pleased, but the wolf convinces it that the best is yet to come. An ear pulled here and an extra eye placed there, and before you can shake a carving stick, a spurt of frenetic self-exploration—expressed as a tangled black scribble—reveals a succession of smug hybrid beasts. After all, the opportunity to become a “pig-e-phant” doesn’t come around every day. But the sound of approaching footsteps panics the pair of Picassos. How are they going to “fix [them]selves” on time? Soon a hippopotamus and peacock are staring bug-eyed at a returning pair of astonished hands. The creative naiveté of the “clay mates” is perfectly captured by Petty’s feisty, spot-on dialogue: “This was your idea…and it was a BAD one.” Eldridge’s endearing sculpted images are photographed against the stark white background of an artist’s work table to great effect.

The dynamic interaction between the characters invites readers to take risks, push boundaries, and have a little unscripted fun of their own . (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 20, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-316-30311-8

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2017

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