Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
This little gem of a picture book is as beautiful as it is multifaceted--it shines as a fun read aloud for toddlers and as a jumping-off point for older kids to research animals and conservation (the back matter is not to be missed!). Wenzel expertly imbues each animal with its own personality, and the page turns are perfectly paced and delightfully interwoven. Hello Hello is a must-have for any animal lover's shelf!
Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel ($17.99*, Chronicle Books), recommended by Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.