The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Review by Logaine Navascués

Sometimes a picture book comes along that reframes the possibilities of the form itself. Jon Klassen has already demonstrated his ability to play with readers’ expectations with wit and irony in his iconic hat trilogy. In The Rock from the Sky, Klassen again challenges the inseparable nature of word and image intrinsic to the picture book, while also defying conventions of the format with its 96 pages and multi-chapter structure—five consecutive short stories in one volume!— proposing a reading that is both blunt yet mysterious, simple yet multilayered. … More The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Review by Logaine Navascués

Max doesn’t feel like a regular 11-year-old boy in his hometown of Santa María. His dad won’t let him join the other kids for fútbol practice in a nearby town—even though making it to the local team is Max’s greatest dream—because he’s worried something might happen to him. That he will also disappear, just as his Mother did when he was still a baby. … More Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Review by Ciara Javier

After losing his best friend Eddie in an accident, Tristan Strong is sent to his grandparents’ home in Alabama to heal from the loss. But on his first night there, Tristan encounters a sticky doll who attempts to steal Eddie’s journal, which contains folklores from both their grandmothers, and is Tristan’s last remaining connection to Eddie. … More Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia