{giveaway} the day after thirty

This post is not to inform you that I turned 30 yesterday. This is one of those “wrap-up” posts I usually put off until it’s just too awkward to attempt. In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been celebrating Picture Book Month here at omphaloskepsis. I spent November’s 30 days to share at least one picture book a day.Continue reading “{giveaway} the day after thirty”

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…”

a quiet flight & a tree

Day Twenty-Nine: The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett Simon & Schuster, 2013. * A little boy. A lost airplane. An idea takes root… (jacket copy) This text-less picture book begs for a quiet moment in which imagination might take flight.  And yet, it also invites proper sound effects and zooming about with ourContinue reading “a quiet flight & a tree”

a greatness of oliver jeffers’

Day Twenty-Eight: The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers Philomel Books, 2008. * “There was a time in the forest… when everything was not as it should have been.” As branches began disappearing from their tree-homes, the local inhabitants began to suspect something amiss. After turning on one another and finding airtight alibis, they beginContinue reading “a greatness of oliver jeffers’”

traveling by gourd to grandma’s house

Day Twenty-Seven: Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, illus. Susy Pilgrim Waters a Neal Porter Book (Roaring Brook Press) 2013 “On her way to visit her daughter on the other side of the jungle, Grandma encounters a hungry fox, bear, and tiger, and although she convinces them to waitContinue reading “traveling by gourd to grandma’s house”

a lemonade stand in winter?

Day Twenty-Six: Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins, illus. G. Brian Karas Schwartz & Wade, 2012. I’ll start with the less positive spin: “A Lemonade Stand in a Snowstorm? No one will be on the street! No one will want cold drinks! But Pauline and her little brother,Continue reading “a lemonade stand in winter?”

an ezra jack keats day

Day Twenty-Five: Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury w/ an Introduction by Anita Silvey Viking, 2002. “This beautiful collection brings together nine of [Jack Ezra Keats’s] best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book The Snowy Day and Caldecott Honor book Goggles!, plus Whistle for Willie,Peter’s Chair, Apt. 3, and others. Also included is artwork from an unfinished pictureContinue reading “an ezra jack keats day”

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”


Day Twenty-Three: Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake by Kate Klise and (illus) M. Sarah Klise Henry Holt and Company, 2012. “Larry is a little lamb with a larger-than-life grandmother. She talks loudly, carries a heavy sewing machine, and has big plans to take Larry to Tanzania and the South Seas when he grows up.Continue reading “grandmothers”

meet ignacious

Day Twenty-Two: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007. “A hilarious, irreverent book introduces Iggy Peck, who has been building fabulous creations since he was two. But when his new second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge.”–publisher’s comments. Traumatized at an earlyContinue reading “meet ignacious”