{book} brotherhood

Day Twenty-Two: Oh, Brother! By Nikki Grimes  Illustration by Mike Benny Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins 2008 It’s bad enough that Xavier’s new stepbrother, Chris, has moved into Xavier’s room, but now it looks like he’s also trying to steal Mami by being the perfect kid. […] In twenty powerful poems, two strangers learn to become brothers. Nikki GrimesContinue reading “{book} brotherhood”

{book} bound-picture-page-funny-tale-carrier

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Skottie Young (as this is the U.S. edition) Harper (HarperCollins) 2013. hardcover.   While mum is off at a conference presenting her paper on lizards, dad is tasked with minding the kids’ schedules, heating pre-made casseroles, and groceries–like the milk supply. Mum isn’t gone long and theContinue reading “{book} bound-picture-page-funny-tale-carrier”

beware: today is chu’s day

Day 15: Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illus by Adam Rex Harper (HarperCollins), 2013. “When Chu sneezed, bad things happened.” This is the first line of the story, and I’m hooked. What sort of bad things happened? As the story progresses I add: and how bad could it possibly be? Why are this cute littleContinue reading “beware: today is chu’s day”

the dangerous alphabet

Day Four: The Dangerous Alphabet written by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Gris Grimly HarperCollins, 2008. I’m not sure how the rule works, but surely there must be so many alphabet books per so many Picture Books. I am going to share at least two. You’re welcome. Every child should become expert on the alphabet andContinue reading “the dangerous alphabet”

{book} jinx

Jinx by Sage Blackwood Harper (HarperCollins), 2013 Hardcover, 360 pages. In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magnus. […] But in the Urwald, aContinue reading “{book} jinx”

{book} a one and only

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate cover and illustrations by Patricia Castelao Harper (HarperCollins), 2012. hardcover, 304 pages. ages 8-12. The One and Only Ivan is highly recommended by more than a few respectable book bloggers. I knew I would have to read it despite a few personal concerns. (yes, I know, I’mContinue reading “{book} a one and only”

{book} the faceless ones

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (bk3) by Derek Landy Harper (HarperCollins), 2009. Hardcover, 422 pages. If you’ve read the other Skulduggery books by Derek Landy (and you really should have read them by now), you’ve seen it all before: Some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and ValkyrieContinue reading “{book} the faceless ones”

{book} dinosaur bob

DAY 10 Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo by William Joyce A Laura Geringer Book (HarperCollins), 1988,1995. My friend Marie recommended this one. It was a favorite of her and her son’s when he was small. I borrowed the newer edition of Dinosaur Bob from the Library which boasts of “seven newContinue reading “{book} dinosaur bob”

{book} crazy hair

DAY 09 Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean HarperCollins, 2005, 2009. I was looking to reread The Wolves in the Wall, but they only had Crazy Hair available on the Library shelf. Was I disappointed? no. When I think of Illustrators a child should experience at least once in their young picture book career, Dave McKeanContinue reading “{book} crazy hair”

{illustrator} david small

 Stitches It has been a while since I highlighted an illustrator and that is just what I am going to do. Do you follow “7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast?” I do. They deal primarily with illustrated books and their illustrators and David Small was being talked about the other week, February 7th. Jules was looking at theContinue reading “{illustrator} david small”