knock for yourself…

Day Fifteen: Knock! Knock!: My Dad’s Dream for Me By Daniel Beaty, illus. Bryan Collier Little, Brown for Young Readers 2013. Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleeptill he gets right next to the bed.And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”Continue reading “knock for yourself…”

gorgeously rendered

Day Eleven: Nasreddine By Odile Weulersse, Illus. Rébecca Dautremer Translated by Kathleen Merz Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2013 Orig. Flammarion 2005 (Fr)  “No matter what Nasreddine tries, it seems that someone always finds something to disapprove of. Nasreddine is a legendary character popular in stories told throughout the Middle East, and this clever story will bringContinue reading “gorgeously rendered”

{book} once begun

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball Pantheon Books, 2014. 232 pages “The following work of fiction is partially based on fact.” Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the “Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until aContinue reading “{book} once begun”

{comics} good literature

Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt, and artist Isabelle Arsenault translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books, 2013. orig. Jane, le renard & moi (Les Éditions de La Pastèque, 2012) Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies — HélèneContinue reading “{comics} good literature”

{book} the power & in just one body (of work)

Of note: my writing about an excellent short story collection equates to a long post. But I do give you a few paragraphs (up to the asterisks) before ~brief remarks on each of the stories. The Thing Around Your Neck : a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Alfred A Knopf, 2009. Hardcover,Continue reading “{book} the power & in just one body (of work)”

{picture book} simply & painfully beautiful

My Father’s Arms are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde; illus. Øyvind Torseter translated from Norwegian by Kary Dickson Enchanted Lion Books 2012 orig. Eg Kan Ikkje Sove No published by Det Norske Samlaget (2008) It’s never been so quiet. Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father’s arms. Feeling the warmth andContinue reading “{picture book} simply & painfully beautiful”

{book} love

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster, 2013. Hardcover, 295 pages. for the older crowd. I told Sean that I’ve seen nothing but “Must Read” attached to Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project  as I held up the bright red book. It appeared on a crazy number of “Best of” lists as 2013 wasContinue reading “{book} love”

{book} there is more than this

More Than This by Patrick Ness Candlewick Press, 2013. Hardcover 472 pages in 4 parts More Than This is hard to talk about without giving too much away. I can’t even ‘tag’ the post w/ a genre as it would prove too suggestive. So I will do my best to keep this spoiler-free because itContinue reading “{book} there is more than this”

{television} finding miss fisher

It is 1920s Melbourne and the sophisticated Miss Phryne Fisher is fearless in the face of injustice as a lady detective and woman. The Australian television drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was one of our favorite finds of 2013. Created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and based on novels by Kerry Greenwood, itsContinue reading “{television} finding miss fisher”

when you haven’t Peter Pan…

Day Thirty: Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin Random House, 2013. Furred, finned, or feathered, your dream animal is waiting. Snuggle up. Open this book. And get ready to go to your dreams. (jacket copy) I own two of Emily Winfield Martin’s art prints (so far) from her TheBlackApple shop on Etsy,Continue reading “when you haven’t Peter Pan…”