DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS
TheLi.st cofounder Glynnis MacNicol sells her memoir, pop-up maestro
Matthew Reinhart signs with Disney, and more.
Carla Hayden is confirmed as librarian of Congress, New York libraries land a historic funding boost, and two significant developments
advance the open-access movement.
216 Soapbox by Betsy Burton
The bookseller and ABA president says that independent bookstores
are places of comfort.
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; Children’s 10 ; Category 11 ; Apple iBooks 12
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180 General Fiction
197 General Nonfiction
208 Picture Books
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Children’s Reviews Roundup
All That Man Is
Living for the City
; We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen. Candlewick, $17.99 (56p) ISBN 978-0-7636-
Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat stand
alone, but they also form a setup for this tale, in which two
turtles stumble upon a big white hat in the desert (“We found
a hat. We found it together”) and try it on in turn (“It looks
good on both of us”). Klassen’s artwork, spare and sly, tells a
different story. The hat does not look good. It looks silly, as if
the turtle’s head were stuck in a plastic bucket. “We must
leave the hat here and forget that we found it,” says the first
turtle, with fairness in mind. The other turtle’s gaze shifts left.
It wants that hat. Readers of the earlier stories will recognize
that look; it bodes ill. Klassen divides the book into three
distinct acts; in the second, as the turtles watch the sunset,
the second turtle’s eyes again stray toward the hat. Uh-oh.
In the third section, the first turtle settles down to sleep, and
the shifty-eyed turtle begins inching toward the hat, talking
all the while to the first turtle (“Are you all the way asleep?”).
Readers who think they know what’s coming will be wrong:
the conclusion doesn’t involve sharing, peacemaking, or violence. Instead, Klassen considers the instant at which a decision to act can break either way, depending on who’s tempted
and whether anyone else is watching. In contrast to the first
two books, which relied on a certain conspiratorial menace,
this one ends with a moment of grace and a sky full of stars.
All three stories are about justice. It’s just that justice doesn’t
always mean the same thing. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk,
Writers House. (Oct.)
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