The last week of summer vacation is bringing out the back-to-school theme everywhere, including book reviews. This morning the San Francisco Chronicle bundles up a package for us, led off by a look at Danitra Brown: Class Clown, written by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Regan McMahon, an assistant book editor at the Chronicle, writes that Grimes's novel for intermediate readers
...explores the everyday experiences and feelings of two African American girls: the exuberant, bespectacled, totally comfortable with herself Danitra and her more introverted best friend Zuri, our narrator, who has a tough time dealing with the world but gets through each day with Danitra's help.
In the same piece, McMahon also reviews Judy Sierra's Schoolyard Rhymes: Kids' Own Rhymes for Rope Skipping, Hand Clapping, Ball Bouncing and Just Plain Fun, "with appropriately zany illustrations by Melissa Sweet."