no shambling zombies here

Day Ten: Zombelina by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Molly Idle Walker Books (Bloomsbury), 2013. Even the undead have dreams and Zombelina’s family would see hers realized. They decide to enroll her in ballet lessons with living girls, one of whom seems to have a delightfully weak stomach. Zombelina practices her way through the demi-plies and chassesContinue reading “no shambling zombies here”

{book} mister creecher

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley Bloomsbury (2011). The most successful read is to go in without synopsis or review; that said, it is still really good anticipating a few things as well. Billy is a street urchin, a pickpocket, and a petty thief. Mister Creecher is a giant of a man whose appearance terrifies everyoneContinue reading “{book} mister creecher”

{book} freckleface strawberry

DAY 15 Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore illustrated by LeUyen Pham Bloomsbury, 2007. I reviewed sequels Strawberry Freckleface before and was pleased to find that the Library happened to have the first on the shelf to read. Whichever book in the series you pick up first, just be sure to pick up the others. TheseContinue reading “{book} freckleface strawberry”

{illustrator} LeUyen Pham (pt 2)

Yesterday I posted a bit of what I learned about LeUyen Pham. Today I am looking at a few of the picture books she illustrated. A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). Marilyn Singer, a renowned poet, offers 18 poems involving outdoor play withContinue reading “{illustrator} LeUyen Pham (pt 2)”

{book} the magic half

Fairy tales and science fiction* make the odd pairing in The Magic Half. Magic makes the time-travel easier—at least to explain, anyway. And The Magic Half may be a nice introduction to time-travelling for the younger set; as well as serve as a reminder of the perils of being a sibling, an orphan, and/or livingContinue reading “{book} the magic half”

tales of terror from the black ship

Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestly Illustrations by David Roberts Bloomsbury, 2008. Hardcover, 243 pages I will never look at snails the same way again. –Thank You Chris Priestly for adding another neurosis, and Thank You Carl V. for the book recommendation. I am not one who boasts a fearlessness whenContinue reading “tales of terror from the black ship”