{book} open mic

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins Candlewick, 2013. (ages 12 & up) hardcover, 127pages w/ “About the Contributors.” Library loan. As Mitali Perkins observes in her “Introduction,” “humor has the power to break down barriers and cross borders. Once you’ve shared a laugh with someone, it’s almostContinue reading “{book} open mic”

{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”

means of transport

Day Eighteen: Journey by Aaron Becker Candlewick Press, 2013. A lot of notice has been taken of this picture book, so naturally I was skeptical. I discovered that perhaps, this time, there is something to all the brouhaha. Journey really is brilliant–not groundbreaking brilliant, but just story-telling goodness sort of brilliant, which is not the easiest thing toContinue reading “means of transport”

{book} blink & caution

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones Candlewick Press, 2011. Hardcover, 343 pages. teen/ya fiction. Blink & Caution is a great title, and I was not disappointed that the story and the characters so named were worth the intrigue. Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads – and risk an unexpected connection.Continue reading “{book} blink & caution”

{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”

I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen Candlewick Press, 2011 Hardcover, 40 pages. The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011. The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal saysContinue reading “I Want My Hat Back”

the storm in the barn

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press, 2009. Hardback, full color, 208 pages. When I saw Illustrator Matt Phelan had a graphic novel out, I had to have a look. Found this copy at the Library. In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: localContinue reading “the storm in the barn”