{book} open mic

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins Candlewick, 2013. (ages 12 & up) hardcover, 127pages w/ “About the Contributors.” Library loan. As Mitali Perkins observes in her “Introduction,” “humor has the power to break down barriers and cross borders. Once you’ve shared a laugh with someone, it’s almostContinue reading “{book} open mic”

{film} an imagination realized

Natalya was admittedly anxious about seeing the Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). She adores James Thurber’s 1939 short story as much as the rest of us, and we were all wondering, in our household anyway, what is the story Walter Mitty without his wife in the picture? Yet, a basis is foundContinue reading “{film} an imagination realized”

{comic} jack and jane

The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means, MK Reed, & Joe Flood (illus) First Second, 2013. tradepaper, 180 pages. Jane thinks Jack is the bee’s knees…but the cute girl network disagrees. (back copy) Jane is brand new to Brookport (think author hometowns Brooklyn and Portland), living with an old friend and documentary filmmaker Wendy, andContinue reading “{comic} jack and jane”

{book} taking the case

Ivy + Bean: Take the Case (Book 10) by Annie Barrows + Sophie Blackall (illus) Chronicle Books, 2013. Hardcover, 126 pages. Modeling herself after a classic film noir detective from her mother’s favorite film, Private Investigator Bean “laughs at danger! […] And she and her assistant, Ivy, are ready, willing, and able to solve anyContinue reading “{book} taking the case”

{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”

{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano illustrated by Sophie Blackall Viking (Penguin) 2013. 9 Reasons to Read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield #1  The Premise: Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels.  One day, Alexander has an astonishingContinue reading “{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield”

food pyramids

Day Twelve: Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, Illus by Dan Santat Chronicle Books, 2013. Natalya had gotten to my stack of picture books from the Library first. So I ask her every day after: which picture book should I read/review next? Carnivores. Her answer is always the same, sometimes adding: have you even read it yet?!  I did,Continue reading “food pyramids”

{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong  Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks 01: First Second, 2013.  started: online.  Reasons I picked this up despite my general disinterest in ever entering High School in any form ever again: Faith Erin Hicks, First Second books, there is a rumor it is really funny. Having read it now, I’veContinue reading “{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better”

{book} frankenstein takes the cake

DAY 25 Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex Harcourt, 2008. I saw Adam Rex’s name, so…I had to show it to Natalya every three minutes (and that was me being restrained). Finally, N set the Isabel Allende book she’d been reading in Spanish and humored me only to be completely sucked into the readContinue reading “{book} frankenstein takes the cake”