binding…and beautiful

Day Three: This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. James Ransome  Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin group), 2013. This is the Rope has one of the prettiest picture book covers: the warm colors, the brush work, the suspended movement. In the little girl’s hands is the legacy to which the title alludes.Continue reading “binding…and beautiful”

{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 ofContinue reading “{comics} delilah and her lieutenant”

{comic} days like these

Days Like This Written by J. Torres Illus. by Scott Chandler Oni Press, 2003. I slipped this one off the Library shelf, my eye caught by a cover with three young black women on it. 1960s isn’t a fascination for me as a general rule, music included, but I was curious. That it is J.Continue reading “{comic} days like these”

the storm in the barn

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press, 2009. Hardback, full color, 208 pages. When I saw Illustrator Matt Phelan had a graphic novel out, I had to have a look. Found this copy at the Library. In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: localContinue reading “the storm in the barn”

Kat, Incorrigible

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011; Hardcover, 295 pages. Nineteenth Century England is not the place to be practicing magic. In this prim and proper world, twelve-year-old Katherine Ann Stephenson is at a loss: Her sister, Elissa and Angeline, have recently entered Society and now gossip incessantly in whispers; herContinue reading “Kat, Incorrigible”