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Dear Professor Whale

In nine short, charming chapters, Professor Whale plans another Whale Point Olympics.  Penguins, whales, and seals come together in the follow-up to Yours Sincerely, Giraffe.  Takabatake’s simple black and white drawings capture the essence of the animals. mjw
Title: Dear Professor Whale
Author: Megumi Iwasa
Illustrator
: Jun Takabatake
Publisher
: Gecko Press, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Cathy Hirano
Original Publisher
: Kaiser-sha Publishing Co.
Original Copyright
: 2003
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-06-9
Hardcover pages
: 104
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Fiction, chapter book
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Tokyo, Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan 
Subjects
: Humor, Marine life, Penguins, Seals, Whales

Get On Your Bike

William and Bobby are having an argument and William shouts, “Go on!  Just get on your bike and leave!”  So Bobby, a panda, gets on his bike and leaves.  He rides all through the busy town and country paying close attention to all the stop lights.  As he rides he cools down and sees how needless the argument was.  The prominent multimedia artwork really makes the book. Each double page spread is loaded with things to look at and Bobby, in his red and white hoodie, is not always easy to find. mjw
Title: Get On Your Bike
Author: Joukje Akveld
Illustrator
: Philip Hopman
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.  Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original Title
: Ga Toch Fietsen!
Original Publisher
: Em. Querido’s Kinderboeken Uitgervij
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978- 0-8028-5489-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Netherlands
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Author’s residence
: Netherlands
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Illustrator’s residence
: Netherlands
Subjects
: Bicycles, Conflict resolution, Emotions, Feelings, Pandas

Feather

 

Paulina lives with her dad and her three rough and clumsy, older brothers. She plays the piano and they call her Feather, but she is tough and tenacious. She takes up boxing so that she can stand up to her brothers. When she proves her point, she goes back to her beloved piano. Gorgeous poster-like illustrations show Feather’s home life and training. mjw
Title: Feather
Author: Remi Courgeon
Illustrator
: Remi Courgeon
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, New York
Copyright
: 20117
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Original Title
: Brindille
Original Publisher
: Editions Milan
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-210-7
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2017
Subjects
: Boxing, Housework, Music, Piano, Self-esteem, Siblings, Sports

The Wooden Camel

Young Etabo dreams of becoming a camel racer and beating his older brother in a camel race.  But the family must sell their camels and find work for his siblings because of the rising cost of water.  Inspired by the Turkana people of northwest Kenya, this story of love and hope is beautifully illustrated with exaggerated animals and dreamy landscapes. mjw
Title: The Wooden Camel
Author: Wanuri Hahiu
Illustrator
: Manuela Adreani
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-911373-12-4
Hardcover pages
: 32 
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Kenya
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Nairobi, Kenya
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Turin, Italy
Awards
: 2018 Children’s Africana Book Award Honor Book
Subjects
: Africa, Brothers and sisters, Camels, Camel racing, Imagination

Fishing With Grandma

fishing with grandmaGrandma and her two grandchildren go out on the lake for a fishing trip. She teaches them everything they need to know for a day of jigging in the ice for fish. They learn what to wear, what tools are needed, and how to use them. At the end of the day, they have caught enough Arctic char for a delicious dinner. Illustrations show Inuit fishing tools and a glossary with pronunciations explains Inuit terms. mjw
Title: Fishing With Grandma
Author: Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
Illustrator
: Charlene Chua
Publisher
: Inhabit Media Inc.  Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77227-084-6
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Nunavut
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Canada, Grandchildren, Grandmothers, Ice fishing, Multigenerational, Polar regions

The Fishing Lesson

 

A camera-wielding tourist wakes a fisherman who is napping in his boat.  He points out that if the fisherman went out more, he could catch more fish.  That would allow him to buy a proper motorboat.  He could then hire help, find the best fish, open a restaurant, and eventually relax in the harbor and nap in the sunshine.  The fisherman replies that is “exactly what he was doing just now.” He has his own ideas about what success looks like.  Funny, comic-like illustrations use panels in this adaptation of Boll’s fable about not letting work overtake one’s life. mjw
Title: The Fishing Lesson
AuthorHeinrich  Boll (1917-1985)
Illustrator
: Emile Bravo
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books For Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Bernard Friot
Original Title
: Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral
Original Publisher
: Verlag Kiepenheur & Witsch GmBH & Co. KG. Cologne, Germany
Original Copyright
: 1963
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5503-9
Hardcover pages
: 44
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Picture Book, Graphic Novel
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: Author has won the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature 
Subjects
: Contentment, Fishing

A Different Pond

 

This quiet story is about a young Vietnamese boy and his father who go fishing early in the morning in Minneapolis so that the family can have food to eat. They don’t fish for recreation. They bond as the father tells the boy about fishing in his homeland of Vietnam, as well as a bit about the war where he was a soldier. Beautifully illustrated in vividly colored, graphic novel panels, the book conveys a powerful message. Notes from both the poet-author and the illustrator are included. mjw
Title: A Different Pond
Author: Bao Phi
Illustrator
: Thi Bui
Publisher
: Capstone Young Readers. North Mankato, Minnesota
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1479597468
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Minneapolis
Author’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Author’s residence
: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2018 Caldecott Honor
Subjects
: Asian Americans, Fathers and sons, Fishing, Emigrants and immigrants, Poverty, Vietnam