{book} cinder

Cinder (bk 1: Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer Fiewel&Friends, 2012 Hardcover, 387 pages. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder,Continue reading “{book} cinder”

{book} wooden bones

Wooden Bones by Scott William Carter Simon & Schuster, 2012. hardcover, 148 pages. juvenile fiction ages 8-12. of note: my link to Powell’s shares a synopsis with Goodreads that is a bit of a spoiler. I was happy to pick this up off the shelf with the below copy to intrigue without given “oh, no”Continue reading “{book} wooden bones”

{comic} the eternal smile

The Eternal Smile : Three Stories by by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim First Second Books, 2009. Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim are authors and artists who’ve teamed up in this collection of three short stories, or three individual comics. The three pieces find commonality in their use of cultural influences, like fairytales,Continue reading “{comic} the eternal smile”

{film} mirror mirror

Not even half-way through the film and I knew I would have to see Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror (2012) again. Why? The costumes and sets. I found myself distracted—in a good way. The silliness of story was a bonus. The film experience felt like a taste of theater, an odd juxtaposition in a dollar theaterContinue reading “{film} mirror mirror”

Ivy and the Meanstalk

Ivy and the Meanstalk by Dawn Lairamore Holiday House, 2011 hardcover, 227 pages. Juvenile Fiction. Having saved her kingdom from the dastardly designs of a scheming prince in Ivy’s Ever After, fourteen-year-old Princess Ivy and her dragon friend, Eldridge, have little time to rest on their laurels, for Ardendale is once again being threatened. Many years agoContinue reading “Ivy and the Meanstalk”

the boy with the cuckoo-clock heart

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu translated from French by Sarah Ardizzone Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Hardcover, 172 pages. Ages: Adults I checked this out from the library based on its premise. I had not seen the cover everyone rightfully raves about (see below). ******************** FIRSTLY: don’t touch the hands of yourContinue reading “the boy with the cuckoo-clock heart”

3 Barefoot Books & Ceccoli

Continuing in appreciation for Nicoletta Ceccoli’s work, I picked up 3 of her picture books at the Library. All of which happen to be published by Barefoot Books who in turn, seem to provide a good catalog of books to browse. They employ authors/illustrators from all over the planet and have a sizable bilingual section.Continue reading “3 Barefoot Books & Ceccoli”

…in a Ship of Her Own Making

“Am I to save Fairyland, then? Did you choose me to do that? Am I a chosen one, like all those heroes whose legs were never broken?” The Green Wind stroked her hair. She could not see his face, but she knew it was grave. “Of course not. No one is chosen. Not ever. NotContinue reading “…in a Ship of Her Own Making”


Foiled by Jane Yolen Illustrated by Mike Cavallaro First Second, 2010 160 pages, tradepaper Continuing my odyssey through the First Second catalog A quirky, fast-paced urban fantasy by esteemed author Jane Yolen Aliera Carstairs just doesn’t fit in. She’s always front and center at the fencing studio, but at school she’s invisible. And she’s fineContinue reading “foiled”

the secret footprints

The Secret  Footprints by Julia Alvarez Illustrated by Fabian Negrin Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. That it was Alvarez caught my eye when the daughter and I were browsing the 398s. I had never heard of ciguapas, and now I am just flat out captivated by the idea of their existence. ***************** As a little girlContinue reading “the secret footprints”