Tales of Mystery & Madness

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness Illustrated by Gris Grimly Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon&Schuster), 2004 Hardcover, 135 pages. Juvenile Fiction (ages 11 & up) A sweet little cat drives a man to insanity and murder… The grim death known as the plague roams a masquerade ball dressed in red… A dwarfContinue reading “Tales of Mystery & Madness”

Every Thing On It

SPIDER A spider lives inside my head Who weaves a strange and wondrous web Of silken threads and silver strings To catch all sorts of flying things, Like crumbs of thoughts and bits of smiles And specks of dried-up tears, And dust of dreams that catch and cling For years and years and years…. ~ShelContinue reading “Every Thing On It”

colin meloy’s Wildwood

Wildwood by Colin Meloy w/ illustrations by Carson Ellis Balzer+Bray, 2011 Hardcover, 541 pages (w/ full-color plates). Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her baby brother is abducted by a murder of crows. And then things get really weird. You see, on every map of Portland, Oregon, there is a big splotch ofContinue reading “colin meloy’s Wildwood”

the true meaning of smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (author, illustrator) Hyperion Books for Children, 2007. hardcover, 425 pages. It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When herContinue reading “the true meaning of smekday”

the dunderheads

Browsing the Library Juvenile Fiction w/ N and this was face out. Attractive cover and title, the daughter and I looked at each other, smiled, and borrowed it. The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, Illustrated by David Roberts Candlewick Press, 2009. Juvenile Picture Book: Ages 6-10. Miss Breakbone hates kids. Especially the “time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozingContinue reading “the dunderheads”

3 Barefoot Books & Ceccoli

Continuing in appreciation for Nicoletta Ceccoli’s work, I picked up 3 of her picture books at the Library. All of which happen to be published by Barefoot Books who in turn, seem to provide a good catalog of books to browse. They employ authors/illustrators from all over the planet and have a sizable bilingual section.Continue reading “3 Barefoot Books & Ceccoli”

a nice choice

Blackout written and illustrated by John Rocco Disney/Hyperion Books, 2011. 40 pages, hardcover. ages 4-8. John Rocco is an Illustrator to follow. (here is my previous post on Rocco). I put a request in for his latest book at the Library and it finally came in. “Rocco’s sublime account of a city blackout reveals aContinue reading “a nice choice”

sugar and spice and

Hugging Hour! By Aileen Leijten Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers), 2009. I did a post on Illustrator John Rocco and came across his wife’s page and was taken with her work as well. I found Hugging Hour! at the Library. To Drool, it feels like her mom and dad have been gone an awfully longContinue reading “sugar and spice and”

ah, nicoletta

It has been some months since I featured one of my favorite Illustrators Nicoletta Ceccoli. The blog “7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast” posted on a new picture book by Ceccoli and they had this video where Ceccoli talks about her work. I immediately went to see if the Library has some picture books with Ceccoli’sContinue reading “ah, nicoletta”

Rocco’s Moonpowder

Once in a while I like to look at an Illustrator, sometimes following their Illustrations to find new reads. This is one such post. *********** introduced: For the Spring 2011 Edition of TalyaWren, our humble zine, the daughter interviewed one of her favorite authors Adrienne Kress whose book Alex and the Ironic Gentleman has remainedContinue reading “Rocco’s Moonpowder”