Hesson: Children’s Book Reviews for July 2022

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By The Fan Brothers

(Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)

When Lizzy goes to the park, she goes straight to the Cloud Seller. Although he has many large clouds, she buys a small ordinary one and calls it Milo. She takes good care of him until he grows too big. After a thunderstorm, she realizes she’s forgotten the most important rule; never confine a cloud to a small space. She releases him, but always waves when she sees a fluffy one, just in case. Black and white illustrations with a pop of color bring this fantastic story to life.

Love in the library

By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura

(Candlewick Press)

Set after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, in a War Relocation Center, this picture book will touch the hearts of readers during this time of troubled peace. We follow Tama whose love of books lands her a job in the library. As she struggles with the inconveniences of the camp and uncertainty about her future, she finds George. While the book adventures drag her along, George is a constant in her life and love blossoms. A moving story about bigotry, rights and the healing power of love.

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Hesson: Children's Book Reviews for July 2022

Watercress Watercress

By Gregory Maguire, illustrated by David Litchfield

(Candlewick Press)

When Dad doesn’t come back from collecting honey, Cress and his mom must move from their silent wren to the basement of Broken Arms’ dilapidated tree apartments. Beautifully illustrated with short chapters, young readers will come to love all the noisy, annoying, endearing creatures that live with them. As Cress faces heartbreak, loneliness and new dangers, he also makes lifelong friends. This charming animal lover story will be cherished and read over and over again.

Hesson: Children's Book Reviews for July 2022

A dragon used to live here

By Annette LeBlanc Cate

(Candlewick Press)

When Thomas and Emily run into Meg, a writer who lives in the basement, she reveals her former friendship with their mother and fills them with adventure stories. Eager to hear more, they accidentally start helping make the invitations to their parents’ big anniversary party. Meg tells them about a time when the dragon that previously owned the castle once kidnapped their mother. This humorous novel is filled with all things fantasy; a dragon, a damsel in distress, a knight, elves and many quirky characters. Black and white sketches bring it all to life.

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