16 Booklist January 1 & 15, 2017 www.booklistreader.com
the Mystical Crystals of Life in this hilarious,
video-game-esque adventure. Long mixes
rainbow-spattered double-page spreads with
comics-style panels packed to the gills with
magical creatures and whimsical details.
They All Saw a Cat. By Brendan Wenzel.
Illus. by the author. Chronicle, $16.99
(9781452150130). PreS–Gr. 2.
What does saw mean anyway? Employing a
nursery-rhyme refrain, Wenzel’s text features a
single cat that is seen from the often amusing
and always startling perspectives of a bird in
the sky, a fish in a bowl, a flea on the cat’s back,
and more. A thought-provoking treasure.
We Found a Hat. By Jon Klassen.
Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $17.99
(9780763656003). K–Gr. 2.
With dry wit and deadpan humor, Klassen
relates one more hat-related caper. Two turtles stumble across a cowboy hat only to find
that one hat isn’t enough for two. The narrative feels distinctly western, complete with a
dusty pink-and-brown desert setting—and, of
course, a sense of impending betrayal.
A Well-Mannered Young Wolf. By Jean
Leroy. Illus. by Matthieu Maudet. Eerdmans,
$16 (9780802854797). PreS–Gr. 2.
A young wolf goes hunting alone, quickly
catching a rabbit and politely offering a last
wish—only to have the rabbit break his promise to stay put. Humorous text blends with a
rich palette in this cockeyed tale of politeness
gone awry, with a twist ending to boot.
Woodpecker Wants a Waffle. By Steve
Breen. Illus. by the author. Harper, $17.99
(9780062342577). PreS–Gr. 3.
Benny the woodpecker wants waffles. Like,
really wants waffles. The rest of the forest
animals mock him, but Benny says he’s got
a plan, and it’s not at all what the animals—
or the readers—expect. Farcical, clever, and
From The Journey, written and
illustrated by Francesca Sanna.