Monster Trucks

August 29, 2017     /     Godwin Books, Henry Holt Books for Young Children

All monsters love the autumn air,
just right to sneak and spook and scare.
But other seasons of the year,
they shift into a different gear.

Monsters get to work―paving roads, plowing snow, hauling muck―with their monster trucks in this fun, rhyming picture book. With a gentle bedtime ending, this not-too-scary story is perfect for young monster and truck lovers.

Reviews

"On hiatus from their Halloween activities, various monsters “shift into a different gear” by taking on roadside work. Debut author Keller gets plenty of mileage from the titular pun, playfully matching monsters to appropriate truck" ―Publishers Weekly 

"Just the book for the perceptive kids who ask where all the Halloween monsters go the rest of the year. They drive monster trucks, of course, each one perfectly suited to the job and truck at hand." ―Kirkus Reviews on Monster Trucks

"A terrific read-aloud and a welcome addition to the truck (and monster) shelves." ―School Library Journal

"Humorous digital illustrations show colorful vehicles and nonscary monsters―they aren’t out to get anyone!―as they cheerfully go about their tasks, while the rhyming text bounces jauntily along, much like one of these vehicles might. For bedtime or for storytime, these monsters are here." ―Booklist 

"This is pitch perfect for kids who favor giggles over shivers, and the closing observation that tuckered-out monsters sleep in their own beds at night―not under yours―puts any lingering doubt to rest." ―The Bulletin

Sakura's Cherry Blossoms

February 20, 2018     /     Tundra Books

A warm, gorgeous exploration of a little girl's experience immigrating to a new country and missing her home and her grandmother, who still lives far away.

Sakura's dad gets a new job in America, so she and her parents make the move from their home in Japan. When she arrives in the States, most of all she misses her grandmother and the cherry blossom trees, under which she and her grandmother used to play and picnic. She wonders how she'll ever feel at home in this new place, with its unfamiliar language and landscape. One day, she meets her neighbor, a boy named Luke, and begins to feel a little more settled. When her grandmother becomes ill, though, her family takes a trip back to Japan. Sakura is sad when she returns to the States and once again reflects on all she misses. Luke does his best to cheer her up -- and tells her about a surprise he knows she'll love, but she'll have to wait till spring. In the meantime, Sakura and Luke's friendship blooms and finally, when spring comes, Luke takes her to see the cherry blossom trees flowering right there in her new neighborhood.

Sakura's Cherry Blossoms captures the beauty of the healing power of friendship through Weston's Japanese poetry-inspired text and Saburi's breathtaking illustrations.