Children’s Book Roundup: August 2022

  • August 15, 2022

Big new titles perfect for the littles.

Children’s Book Roundup: August 2022

Beatrice Likes the Dark by April Genevieve Tucholke (author) and Khoa Le (illustrator) (Algonquin Young Readers). “Beatrice likes the dark dark dark and the dark dark dark likes her. She wears black pajamas and black socks and even black underwear, with little white bats. Beatrice’s younger sister, Roo, likes the light light light. And the light light light likes her.” The two girls may be so, so different, but they still love each other — and even howl at the moon together!

Octopus Shocktopus! by Peter Bently (author) and Steven Lenton (illustrator) (Nosy Crow). “One day, we found an octopus had come to live on top of us. Our neighbor Mrs. Antrobus said, ‘I don’t like that octopus! An octopus just looks all wrong. An octopus does not belong.’” Okay, so it’s kind of weird to have an enormous, eight-legged creature draped over your roof. But when the cephalopod helps clear the snow? Or pushes the car to make it go? Suddenly, everybody wants one on top of their house, too!

Something About Grandma by Tania de Regil (Candlewick Press). “One early morning in July, Grandma arrived from a long way away with a suitcase in hand. She was there to take Julia for their first summer together without Mom and Dad.” Where is the little girl going? To her grandmother’s house in a mountain town outside of Mexico City! It’s scary being away, but it’s also magical and hypnotic. Grandma always knows just what to do… (Also available in Spanish.)

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