I have been getting a lot of books in the mail lately, but most of them are for my work on the Walter Dean Myers Award committee, which means I can’t blog about them. Committee work is confidential! But here are two books I received from the publishers that I can talk about:
Noah Chases the Wind by Michelle Worthington (Redleaf Press) is about a boy who sees the world differently than most kids. He feels deeply and wants to understand the world around him. He asks questions, explores the world around him, and uses his imagination. An author’s note mentions children who experience the world in a unique way due to sensory processing challenges or autism, but I think that many curious young readers will relate to Noah’s gentle adventure in this picture book. I hope to see more books that help young readers value the perspectives of kids who experience the world differently than they do. Perhaps this book will help teachers or parents talk about differences with preschoolers or primary graders.
Pablo and Jane and the Hot Air Contraption by Jose Domingo (Flying Eye Books) is an unusual book that is part graphic novel, part seek-and-find to make one big adventure. The story begins with Pablo and Jane going to explore the old house on the hill that everyone says is haunted. They don’t find any ghosts exactly, but they do find a creepy old lab with a hot air contraption that zaps them into the monster dimension. The travel around the monster world, and on each spread readers have to find the missing parts Pablo and Jane need to fix the contraption and get back home. You may remember my fondness for seek and find books from this post about another Flying Eye book, and this book ratchets up the wacky adventure in a way that will hook kids who love scary, weird books with lots of details to pore over.
Thank you to Redleaf Press and Flying Eye Books for the review copies of these books.