{book} an antidote

Day Twenty-Seven: I’m Bored By Michael Ian Black  Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi  Simon & Schuster for Young Readers 2012 The potato was unexpected. I did not read the inside jacket copy. I didn’t even notice the back cover. Browsing shelves, I saw the front cover, remembered it’s popularity when it was released, and added itContinue reading “{book} an antidote”

{book} mother’s

Day Twenty-Six: My Mother’s Sari By Sandhya Rao  illustrated by Nina Sabnani NorthSouth 2006 Illustrated using mixed-media, My Mother’s Sari opens with the endpapers bearing instructions in how to don a sari. The photographed human model’s person painted over in the manner of the characters we will soon meet in the story. Whether it is inContinue reading “{book} mother’s”

{book} a present nostalgia

Day Twenty-Five: Wait! Wait!  By Hatsue Nakawaki Illustrated by Komako Sakai Translated by Yuki Kaneko Enchanted Lion Books 2013 Wait! Wait! is an ideal book for young children that gently follows their rhythms and preoccupations. With a text of few words, frequent repetitions, and delicate illustrations with which children will quickly identify, the book follows a youngContinue reading “{book} a present nostalgia”

{book} birth stories

Day Twenty-Four: The Baby on the Way  by Karen English Illus. Sean Qualls  Farrar Straus Giroux 2005 The Baby on the Way was not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be about a boy who is feeling anxiety about a new baby sibling on the way. And maybe Jamal is and maybeContinue reading “{book} birth stories”

{book} a red knit cap girl to know

Day Twenty-Three: Red Knit Cap Girl and Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue  by Naoko Stoop  Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown and Co 2012 and 2013 respectively I would start with “charming story,” but what captures my attention is the medium in which Naoko Stoop illustrates Red Knit Cap Girl: Acrylic, ink, and pencil on plywood. The gradationContinue reading “{book} a red knit cap girl to know”

{book} brotherhood

Day Twenty-Two: Oh, Brother! By Nikki Grimes  Illustration by Mike Benny Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins 2008 It’s bad enough that Xavier’s new stepbrother, Chris, has moved into Xavier’s room, but now it looks like he’s also trying to steal Mami by being the perfect kid. […] In twenty powerful poems, two strangers learn to become brothers. Nikki GrimesContinue reading “{book} brotherhood”

{book} lines

Day Twenty-One: The Line  by Paula Bossio  Kids Can Press 2013 (first publ 2011) A little girl stumbles onto a line … and endless possibilities for fun! With a twist and a shake of the line, it becomes a slide, a giant bubble or even a jungle vine. But what — or who — couldContinue reading “{book} lines”

{book} excused

I had thought to save Excuses, Excuses by Anushka Ravishankar for another time, having already shared two of her picture books this month. It suddenly seems apt as I’ve dropped off the map for the long weekend. I am also going to argue that this provides the opportunity to not only continue to revel in Ravishankar’sContinue reading “{book} excused”

for before facial hair & maybe after…

Day Nineteen: Big Bushy Mustache by Gary Soto, illus. Joe Cepeda Knopf Books, 1998 When teacher Mrs. Cortez tells the children to choose their costumes for an upcoming Cinco de Mayo reenactment, Ricky knows exactly what he wants to wear: the big bushy mustache. With the mustache, so much like his father’s, maybe no oneContinue reading “for before facial hair & maybe after…”

rumor has it

Day Eighteen: The Rumor  By Anushka Ravishankar, Illustrated by Kanyika Kini Karadi Tales 2009 The villagers in The Rumor are “prosperous and happy, but had nothing much to do most of the time”–so they told tales. In this cautionary tale that plays out like the game ‘telephone,’ what comes out of the mouth of the protagonist literallyContinue reading “rumor has it”