{comics} delilah and her lieutenant

or is it The Lieutenant and his Delilah…? Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (book 1) by Tony Cliff First Second Books, 2013. Tradepaper, 176 pages. first half sample. “Delilah Dirk is the heroine of a series of adventure comics set during the early 19th century. Each story is completely self-contained, and they’re suitable for readers ofContinue reading “{comics} delilah and her lieutenant”

{book} taking the case

Ivy + Bean: Take the Case (Book 10) by Annie Barrows + Sophie Blackall (illus) Chronicle Books, 2013. Hardcover, 126 pages. Modeling herself after a classic film noir detective from her mother’s favorite film, Private Investigator Bean “laughs at danger! […] And she and her assistant, Ivy, are ready, willing, and able to solve anyContinue reading “{book} taking the case”

{book} bound-picture-page-funny-tale-carrier

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Skottie Young (as this is the U.S. edition) Harper (HarperCollins) 2013. hardcover.   While mum is off at a conference presenting her paper on lizards, dad is tasked with minding the kids’ schedules, heating pre-made casseroles, and groceries–like the milk supply. Mum isn’t gone long and theContinue reading “{book} bound-picture-page-funny-tale-carrier”

meet annelore parot’s kokeshi

Day Twenty-Four: Kokeshi Kimonos Book  by Annelore Parot Chronicle Books, 2011. “With a padded cover and slickly designed pages, this interactive book introduces traditional kokeshi dolls, popular in Japan. Rendered in manga style, the dolls wear kimonos; readers are invited to help one kokeshi select her kimono, assist another as she samples new hairstyles, and liftContinue reading “meet annelore parot’s kokeshi”

{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano illustrated by Sophie Blackall Viking (Penguin) 2013. 9 Reasons to Read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield #1  The Premise: Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels.  One day, Alexander has an astonishingContinue reading “{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield”

food pyramids

Day Twelve: Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, Illus by Dan Santat Chronicle Books, 2013. Natalya had gotten to my stack of picture books from the Library first. So I ask her every day after: which picture book should I read/review next? Carnivores. Her answer is always the same, sometimes adding: have you even read it yet?!  I did,Continue reading “food pyramids”

{book} a rebel alliance

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger Amulet Books, 2013 hardcover, 208 pages + folding instructions. Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized testContinue reading “{book} a rebel alliance”

{book} the rithmatist

The Rithmatist (bk 1) by Brandon Sanderson Illustrations by Ben McSweeney Tor, 2013 hardcover, 370 pages. SFF, ages 12 & up. More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’sContinue reading “{book} the rithmatist”

{book} gustav gloom and the people taker

Gustav Gloom and The People Taker (bk1) by Adam-Troy Castro Illustrated by Kristen Margiotta Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin) 2012. hardcover, 226 pages. Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders andContinue reading “{book} gustav gloom and the people taker”

{film+book} howl’s moving castle

of note: in my desire to compare book and film, I have to spoil the book a bit, but only a bit. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) is inarguably one of Studio Ghibli’s finest and best-known films. Its direction/screenplay is by the masterful Hayao Miyazaki. We have seen it countless times, enjoying the unusual story of aContinue reading “{film+book} howl’s moving castle”