{film} the hobbit

The Unexpected Journey, as expected. fyi: spoiler-free as I refrained (for now) from delving too deep into details of story development, etc. Thanks to The Tattered Cover, I won tickets a couple months back for an advanced viewing of The Hobbit. Natalya went with me last night as Sean’s work deadlines kept him coming homeContinue reading “{film} the hobbit”

{book} starry river of the sky

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin Little, Brown & Co., 2012. hardcover, 289 pages w/ illustrations by Grace Lin. The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a choreContinue reading “{book} starry river of the sky”

{film} jiro dreams of sushi

I was reluctant to see David Gelb’s documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) despite the ratings and ravings for the simple fact that I do not care for sushi. I really do not like fish in general. It sounds like a lame excuse, but there you go. And then my friend Tim said I reallyContinue reading “{film} jiro dreams of sushi”

{book} nora the mind reader

DAY 31 Nora the Mind Reader by Orit Gidal illustrated by Aya Gordon-Noy translated from Hebrew by Annette Appel Enchanted Lion Books, 2012 (orig. 2011) ages 4-8 The last is certainly not the least in this case. I love this one! A clever, sensitive story that explores the difference between what people say and thinkContinue reading “{book} nora the mind reader”

{book} this is not my hat

DAY 30 This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen Candlewick Press, 2012. ages 3 & up I know I reviewed a Jon Klassen illustrated picture book, but I couldn’t resist this follow-up to I Want My Hat Back, a favorite of 2011. I was skeptical though. I mean, I Want My Hat Back wasContinue reading “{book} this is not my hat”

{book} a monster calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press, 2011. hardcover, 206 pages (ages 12+) I had been warned and still I read it before bed. I had been warned that hankies would come in handier than a well-lit room. That terror subsides for grief,Continue reading “{book} a monster calls”

{book} kel gilligan’s daredevil stunt show

DAY 29 Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley Illustrated by Dan Santat Abrams Books, 2012. We have nearly all of The Sisters Grimm series (trade paper). Natalya owns all of the N.E.R.D.S. books published in the series (hardcover). Needless to say, Michael Buckley is a name we are familiar with and when IContinue reading “{book} kel gilligan’s daredevil stunt show”

{book} chrysanthemum

DAY 20 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books, 1991. Ages 4-8. This picture book is easily among the 5 most read stories of Natalya’s early childhood, and we read a lot, even then. What makes a picture book that successful in our household? Several things, but a key ingredient is that I have to likeContinue reading “{book} chrysanthemum”

{book} the little bit scary people

Day: 04 the little bit scary people by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger Hyperion Books, 2008. ages 3-6. I had a stack of picture books to read while snuggling into my sweater out-of-doors at a local café. Leaves were on the ground, neighborhood chihuahuas had their jackets, cyclists had their scarves, and there airContinue reading “{book} the little bit scary people”

{book} girlchild

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. Hardcover, 271 pages. borrowed from Library. When I’d first heard of Girlchild, I left with the impression that it would be a story set in a harsh landscape with a resilient and quirky young protagonist—ala Susan Patron’s Lucky or Kate DiCamillo’s India Opal. But this isContinue reading “{book} girlchild”