The Weekly 411 (1/27/23)


© Laura Petrisin

Jan. 27, 2023 vol. 4

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Laura Petrisin.

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Chapter Book Giveaway

We're excited to feature the chapter book, Anzu the Great Listener, written and illustrated by Benson Shum (Roaring Brook Press 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: In this follow-up to Anzu the Great Kaiju, we follow sweet and well-intentioned Anzu as he learns a valuable lesson about patience and empathy in the face of sadness. Anzu the kaiju loves to tend to his bonsai. Whenever he feels overwhelmed or unsettled, it helps him pause and reminds him to just . . . breathe. One day, when Anzu hears crying in the distance, he’s eager to help! The flower-power that makes his bonsai bloom has a way of making others smile. But when Anzu’s flowers seem to lose their power, hurting more than they help, he’s not sure where to turn—until he remembers some valuable lessons he learned from his bonsai tree.


About the Author-Illustrator: Benson Shum is a children's book author and illustrator. The idea that an image or painting can evoke emotions and movement is what brought him to the world of picture books and animation. Benson uses watercolor, ink and digital tools to create his illustrations. His book, Anzu the Great Kaiju received a starred review from School Library Journal and both Anzu the Great Kaiju and Anzu the Great Listener was selected for the Kid's Indie Next List recommended by (ABA) American Booksellers Association. His book Alex's Good Fortune was also selected to be part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 2023. 

Aside from writing and illustrating, Benson is an Animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Frozen 2 and Encanto. Originally from Vancouver, BC, he now lives in sunny southern California.


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Middle Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the middle grade novel, My Name is Hamburger, by Jacqueline Jules (Kar-Ben 2022). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!


cover art by Mira Miroslavova


About the Book: In My Name is Hamburger, Trudie Hamburger is the only Jewish kid living in the small southern town of Colburn in 1962. Nobody else at her school has a father who speaks with a German accent or a last name that means chopped meat. Trudie doesn't want to be the girl who cries when Daniel Reynolds teases her. Or the girl who hides in the library to avoid singing Christian songs in music class. She doesn't want to be different. But over the course of a few pivotal months, as Trudie confronts her fears and embraces what she loves―including things that make her different from her classmates―she finally finds a way to say her name with pride.

About the Author: Jacqueline Jules is the author of fifty books for young readers including the Zapato Power series, the Sofia Martinez series, The Porridge-Pot Goblin, The Hardest Word, Picnic at Camp Shalom, Feathers for Peacock, Sarah Laughs, Never Say a Mean Word Again, and Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence. She grew up in southern Virginia. Visit her online at  

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  1. Congrats to both authors on the book releases!

  2. I'm looking forward to reading these books. Congratulations to the authors for their books releases!

  3. J. Jules’ book looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. I LOVE the squirrel reading a newspaper! So cute! Anzu and My Name is Hamburger both look wonderful! Congrats to all of you!

  5. I'm hoping to win a copy of Anzu. I would love to see what lessons he learns from a bonsai.

  6. Anzu is such a sweet character. Can't wait to read this newest book.


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