the dunderheads

Browsing the Library Juvenile Fiction w/ N and this was face out. Attractive cover and title, the daughter and I looked at each other, smiled, and borrowed it. The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, Illustrated by David Roberts Candlewick Press, 2009. Juvenile Picture Book: Ages 6-10. Miss Breakbone hates kids. Especially the “time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozingContinue reading “the dunderheads”

ruby’s wish & pecan pie baby

Does it feel like you have stumbled upon a Sophie Blackall fan site?!  It really is that I am just now getting her and Jacqueline Woodson’s Pecan Pie Baby from the Request/Hold at the Library. And so I picked up Ruby’s Wish while there. And what good timing as Pecan Pie Baby has recently receivedContinue reading “ruby’s wish & pecan pie baby”

3 Barefoot Books & Ceccoli

Continuing in appreciation for Nicoletta Ceccoli’s work, I picked up 3 of her picture books at the Library. All of which happen to be published by Barefoot Books who in turn, seem to provide a good catalog of books to browse. They employ authors/illustrators from all over the planet and have a sizable bilingual section.Continue reading “3 Barefoot Books & Ceccoli”

a nice choice

Blackout written and illustrated by John Rocco Disney/Hyperion Books, 2011. 40 pages, hardcover. ages 4-8. John Rocco is an Illustrator to follow. (here is my previous post on Rocco). I put a request in for his latest book at the Library and it finally came in. “Rocco’s sublime account of a city blackout reveals aContinue reading “a nice choice”

the secret footprints

The Secret  Footprints by Julia Alvarez Illustrated by Fabian Negrin Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. That it was Alvarez caught my eye when the daughter and I were browsing the 398s. I had never heard of ciguapas, and now I am just flat out captivated by the idea of their existence. ***************** As a little girlContinue reading “the secret footprints”

sugar and spice and

Hugging Hour! By Aileen Leijten Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers), 2009. I did a post on Illustrator John Rocco and came across his wife’s page and was taken with her work as well. I found Hugging Hour! at the Library. To Drool, it feels like her mom and dad have been gone an awfully longContinue reading “sugar and spice and”

ah, nicoletta

It has been some months since I featured one of my favorite Illustrators Nicoletta Ceccoli. The blog “7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast” posted on a new picture book by Ceccoli and they had this video where Ceccoli talks about her work. I immediately went to see if the Library has some picture books with Ceccoli’sContinue reading “ah, nicoletta”

Rocco’s Moonpowder

Once in a while I like to look at an Illustrator, sometimes following their Illustrations to find new reads. This is one such post. *********** introduced: For the Spring 2011 Edition of TalyaWren, our humble zine, the daughter interviewed one of her favorite authors Adrienne Kress whose book Alex and the Ironic Gentleman has remainedContinue reading “Rocco’s Moonpowder”

a Blackall connection (2)

Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite Illustrators, children’s books or no. When I try to think of just one word to describe her work: Vivacious comes to mind. Odd, I know, but it works. Her Illustrations are “attractively lively and animated.” She is one of those Illustrators whom I will read the book becauseContinue reading “a Blackall connection (2)”

a Blackall connection (1)

Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite Illustrators, children’s books or no*. When I try to think of just one word to describe her work: Vivacious comes to mind. Odd, I know, but it works. Her Illustrations are “attractively lively and animated.”** She is one of those Illustrators whom I will read the book becauseContinue reading “a Blackall connection (1)”