Children’s Book Roundup: April 2023

  • April 10, 2023

Big new titles perfect for the littles.

Children’s Book Roundup: April 2023

Gustav Is Missing!: A Tale of Friendship and Bravery by Andrea Zuill (Random House Studio). “Little Cap needed a safe place because, in his opinion, the world held too many surprises…and was filled with highly suspect individuals. Frankly, the outside world was chaos.” And that’s why the cozy, snuggly home he shares with his best friend, Gustav the slug, is so important. But what happens when Gustav gets out of the yard? Well, Little Cap will have to muster his courage and set out into the scary world to find his pal, of course!

So You Want to Be a Frog by Jane Porter (author) and Neil Clark (illustrator) (Candlewick). Have you long dreamed of splashing in bogs, leaping on springy legs, and breathing through your lungs and your skin? Well, Fabio Frog is here to tell you all you’ll need to know to be a respectable amphibian, beginning with rule number one: “Start small and wriggle well. Believe it or not, I wasn’t always this good-looking. I started life as a teeny, tiny dot in a big blob of frog eggs. Then I grew into a little curl inside that blob of jelly.” Things only get more ribbiting, er, riveting from there!   

100 Mighty Dragons All Named Broccoli by David LaRochelle (author) and Lian Cho (illustrator) (Dial Books). “High on a mountain near a deep dark cave lived 100 mighty dragons. They were all named Broccoli. One blustery autumn day a tremendous wind blew half the dragons away. This left…50 mighty dragons, all named Broccoli.” When others leave to become pro surfers in Hawaii, and a couple more head for the Big Apple to start a heavy-metal band, how many dragons named Broccoli are left? You’ll have to do the math — and keep up with the count!

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