things I love about this picture book

Day Seventeen: All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham Balzer + Bray, 2010. All the Things I Love About You reads like love letter from a mother to her young child, in which she tells him all the ways she loves him. LeUyen Pham dedicates the book especially: “For all those many mamasContinue reading “things I love about this picture book”


Day Eight: Chloe by Peter McCarty Balzer+Bray, 2012 Chloe has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters. She’s in the middle and she loves it—especially when they all gather for family fun time. But when Dad brings home a surprise one evening, Chloe finds she is not in the middle anymoreContinue reading “mid-CHLOE-dle”

{book} extra yarn

DAY 27 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. Illustrations by Jon Klassen. Balzer+Bray, 2012. ages 4-8. I’ve not heard a bad thing about this book and spying it on the shelf (face-out, front and center, on a little table display) I had to see what the fuss was all about. Yeah, it’s pretty good–and not onlyContinue reading “{book} extra yarn”

after Fox Street

Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb Illustrations by Heather Ross. Balzer+Bray, 2011 Hardcover, 256 pages. Juvenile Fiction (ages 8-12) This is the story of what happened after Fox Street. Mo Wren knew that eventually she, her dad, and her sister, Wild Child Dottie, would have to move from beloved Fox Street. She just neverContinue reading “after Fox Street”

colin meloy’s Wildwood

Wildwood by Colin Meloy w/ illustrations by Carson Ellis Balzer+Bray, 2011 Hardcover, 541 pages (w/ full-color plates). Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her baby brother is abducted by a murder of crows. And then things get really weird. You see, on every map of Portland, Oregon, there is a big splotch ofContinue reading “colin meloy’s Wildwood”

{book} fox street

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb Illustrations (cover/map) by Heather Ross Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins), 2010. 218 pages, hardcover. Saw many a great review*, so requested it from the Library. “Springstubb centers her story around Fox Street, a dead-end road where a cast of diverse, blue-collar characters eke out existences. To Mo WrenContinue reading “{book} fox street”