{comics} exquisite corpse

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu originally: Cadavre exquis (Gallimard 2010) ARC via Netgalley w/ free and fairly regarded gratitude to First Second Books. Anticipate their English translation (by Alexis Siegel): May 2015. – Zoe isn’t exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn’t recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment…and into hisContinue reading “{comics} exquisite corpse”

{comic} revealed

Hidden : A Child’s Story of the Holocaust Written by Loïc Dauvillier; Illustrated by Marc Lizano Color by Greg Salsedo; Translated from the French by Alexis Siegel First Second Books, 2014. Ages 6-10; Grades 1-5.  Encouraged to talk about her evident sadness, a grandmother shares her memories long hidden about her experience as a childContinue reading “{comic} revealed”

{comics} good literature

Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt, and artist Isabelle Arsenault translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books, 2013. orig. Jane, le renard & moi (Les Éditions de La Pastèque, 2012) Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies — HélèneContinue reading “{comics} good literature”

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”

{comic} blue is the warmest color

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger Arsenal Pulp Press, English edition, 2013. published in France, 2010, by Glenat Editions as Le blue est une couleur chande. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems “normal” enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in herContinue reading “{comic} blue is the warmest color”

press here

Press Here by Hervé Tullet Chronicle Books, 2011 Originally published in France in 2010 by Bayard Editions under the title: Un Livre. Hardcover, Children’s/Juvenile Picture Book—really, for all ages. Press Here is magical—and a delight for any age. The daughter, who is not only a very cool tween, but a TAG reader of books well-aboveContinue reading “press here”

[film] L’Illusionniste

Few backdrops are prettier than those found in Sylvain Chomet’s British-French animated film The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste, 2010). I am already planning to re-watch this lovely comedy/drama so as to not have to mind the mostly silent characters’ expressions and gestures; which, admittedly, have a captivation all their own. Here are links to both Roger Ebert’sContinue reading “[film] L’Illusionniste”

the city of lost children

“Once upon a time there was an inventor so gifted that he could create life. A truly remarkable man.[…] Since he had no wife or children he decided to create them in his laboratory. He started with a wife and fas into the most beautiful princess in the world. Alas, a wicked genetic fairy castContinue reading “the city of lost children”

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”