{picture book} simply & painfully beautiful

My Father’s Arms are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde; illus. Øyvind Torseter translated from Norwegian by Kary Dickson Enchanted Lion Books 2012 orig. Eg Kan Ikkje Sove No published by Det Norske Samlaget (2008) It’s never been so quiet. Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father’s arms. Feeling the warmth andContinue reading “{picture book} simply & painfully beautiful”

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 liftContinue reading “meet annelore parot’s kokeshi”

after the quake: stories by haruki murakami

After the Quake: stories by Haruki Murakami Translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin Edition read: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Contents: ufo in kushiro; landscape with flatiron; all god’s children can dance; thailand; super-frog saves tokyo; honey pie. I had yet to read anything by the highly esteemed Murakami and Sean was looking for a new(toContinue reading “after the quake: stories by haruki murakami”


 The Color of Earth; The Color of Water; The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa; translated from the Korean by Lauren Na) First Second editions, 2009. (originally The Story of Life on the Golden Fields, Volumes 1, 2, & 3, 2003) Found perusing the First Second site, and borrowed from the Library. In aContinue reading “Three”

Stassen’s Deogratias

Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen translation/introduction by Alexis Siegel First Second Books, 2006. (originally published in French by Dupuis in 2000) 96 pages, tradepaper Pulled from my list of First Second books that looked intriguing (and was available at the Library) “We are in Rwanda in the days leading to a swiftContinue reading “Stassen’s Deogratias”