{picture book} wonder-full

Just in time for a baby shower gift, one of my favorites (I have a print on my wall) came out with a new book: not that I wouldn’t have gifted the recently released board book version of Dream Animals (my review). The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin  Random House, 2015….

{book} the power & in just one body (of work)

Of note: my writing about an excellent short story collection equates to a long post. But I do give you a few paragraphs (up to the asterisks) before ~brief remarks on each of the stories. The Thing Around Your Neck : a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Alfred A Knopf, 2009. Hardcover,…

{book} ruby’s magic madness

Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004. Hardcover, 105 pages incl. “Ruby’s Fantastic Glossary and Pronunciation Guide” Library borrow. Ages 6-10. Most days the best thing about being Ruby is everything. Like when she’s the star of her own backyard magic show [“Ruby’s Magic…

{comic} questions

Who is AC? by Hope Larson, illustrated by Tintin Pantoja. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. hardcover, 176 pages. 12 & up. borrowed from the Library because you know I am a big fan of Hope Larson’s work. “Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just as…

{book} of all possible worlds…

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord Ballantine Books|Del Rey, 2013. hardcover, 303 pages. Library borrow. A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they…

{comic} the art of shadows

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge Amulet (Abrams), 2013. Trade Paper, 192 pages including “soundtrack,” author’s “inspiration board” for book, & recipe for “Blue Crush Cookies. ages 12 & up. Laura Lee Gulledge’s debut Page by Paige (2011) involved not only a great story about moving to a new place, finding new friends, romantic drama,…

{comics} delilah and her lieutenant

or is it The Lieutenant and his Delilah…? Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (book 1) by Tony Cliff First Second Books, 2013. Tradepaper, 176 pages. first half sample. “Delilah Dirk is the heroine of a series of adventure comics set during the early 19th century. Each story is completely self-contained, and they’re suitable for readers of…

{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 it…

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,…

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 picture…

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 lift…

{film} alambrista

notes from film class {film history II}: Alambrista! (1977) Written/directed/photographed by Robert M. Young, who is one of the creators of American Independent Film. This is his first feature film. He wrote w/ Michael Roemer and directed photography for the remarkable Nothing But a Man (1964). The film stars: Domingo Ambriz (Roberto), Trinidad Silva (Joe), Linda…