Illustrated by R. G. Roth.
Unpaged. Knopf. $16.99. (Ages 6 to 10)
By Anne Isaacs.
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.
Unpaged. Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. (Ages 5 to 9)
In this gorgeous sequel to the Caldecott Honor-winning “Swamp Angel,” the brave and resourceful Angelica Longrider, all of 16 years old, once again proves herself worthy to wear the boots of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill or John Henry. Zelinsky’s precise and witty illustrations, in American primitive style, match Isaacs’ text, which captures the outsize tone of the frontier, where the soil is “rich enough to open its own bank.”
It’s a Book
Written and illustrated by Lane Smith.
Unpaged. Roaring Brook. $12.99. (Ages 6 and up)
A mouse, a jackass and a monkey discover something flat and rectangular, with a hard cover and soft pages inside. “Do you blog with it?” the jackass wonders. No, and it can’t text or tweet, either. A spread in which the jackass reads this mystery object with growing delight “is one of the nicest sequences in recent picture books,” our reviewer, Adam Gopnik, said.
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!
Written and illustrated by Grace Lin.
43 pp. Little, Brown. $14.99. (Ages 6 to 9)
Ling and Ting are twins, but “we are not exactly the same,” they say. This pocketful of very short stories, Lin’s first early reader, is enlivened by inviting drawings in plum, cherry and lime, with soft-edged stripes and polka dots. In one chapter the girls react very differently to a haircut; in another their homemade dumplings bear marks of their effortless individuality.
The Little Prince
Written and illustrated by Joann Sfar.
Translated by Sarah Ardizzone.
Adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
110 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $19.99. (Ages 10 and up)
This graphic novel brings the classic fable to life with a new character: the pilot (a stand-in for the original author) who crash-lands on the Prince’s planet. Here we see Saint-Exupéry’s plane disappear over the waves, as it did in real life. “The Prince’s protracted nighttime goodbye . . . is newly touching, and harrowing,” Dan Kois wrote in his review.
This is the final installment in Collins’s engrossing “Hunger Games” trilogy, in which the future is a giant reality-television show and politics, war and entertainment have become indistinguishable. Katniss Everdeen, 17, the figurehead of a rebellion against the decadent Capitol, is a terrific heroine: part Pippi Longstocking, part girl with the dragon tattoo.
“There are many kinds of quiet: First one awake quiet; jelly side down quiet; don’t scare the robins quiet.” Underwood’s beautifully spare text follows this pattern throughout, accompanied by Liwska’s illustrations of animals (colored in an appropriately hushed palette). In one image, the animals, in a convertible, drive windblown through a snowstorm: “car ride at night quiet.”
And two more:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead (When the zookeeper gets sick, the animals get to take care of him!)
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (A novel about an eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl who, during a visit to see her mother in California, learns about family and the political events of the 1960s during an eventful summer.)