{book} Jellyfish & Grief & Marvelous Writing

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin Little, Brown & Co., 2015 Advanced Reader’s Copy thanks to Publisher & NetGalley in exchange for a fair/honest review. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent worldContinue reading “{book} Jellyfish & Grief & Marvelous Writing”

{book} imagine Beekle

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat (Little, Brown & Co. 2014) On a magical island, a creature is born and left to imagine the friend made especially for them. Nameless, the creature waits in increasing despair while the others meet their matches. The creature in Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle isContinue reading “{book} imagine Beekle”

{book} a red knit cap girl to know

Day Twenty-Three: Red Knit Cap Girl and Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue  by Naoko Stoop  Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown and Co 2012 and 2013 respectively I would start with “charming story,” but what captures my attention is the medium in which Naoko Stoop illustrates Red Knit Cap Girl: Acrylic, ink, and pencil on plywood. The gradationContinue reading “{book} a red knit cap girl to know”

knock for yourself…

Day Fifteen: Knock! Knock!: My Dad’s Dream for Me By Daniel Beaty, illus. Bryan Collier Little, Brown for Young Readers 2013. Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleeptill he gets right next to the bed.And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”Continue reading “knock for yourself…”

laszlo and the dark

Day Nineteen: The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illus by Jon Klassen Little, Brown & Co. 2013. When you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.–Nietzsche “Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.”* Seriously, how chilling is that? And I didn’t even have to use the Vincent Price voice to excite goosebumps.Continue reading “laszlo and the dark”

sighting (citing) monsters

Day One: Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger, Illustrated by Dan Santat Little, Brown and Company, 2013. hardcover. All books should be read cover to cover, but Crankenstein (Little, Brown Company 2013) as written by Samantha Berger and Illustrated by Dan Santat really is a must. The book is a complete production and the subject–that dread state–crankiness. The inside jacket copyContinue reading “sighting (citing) monsters”

{book} the tale I told Sasha

DAY 18 The Tale I Told Sasha by Nancy Willard Illustrated by David Christiana Little Brown and Company, 1999. Natalya still keeps a few picture books from her younger years on her bookshelf. I decided to just pick the first one to come to hand (the shelves are a mess at the moment). The TaleContinue reading “{book} the tale I told Sasha”

{book} dumpling days

One of the first things Natalya said when she finished the book, “I’m hungry!” Isn’t she always these days? But then, I started reading this just before bed and as I set it half-finished on my headboard I thought, “I’m hungry!” I’m not sure which is yummier about the read, the description of all theContinue reading “{book} dumpling days”

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Little, Brown & Co, 2011. Hardcover, 418 pages. Young Adult Fiction. (a National Book Award Finalist) Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’sContinue reading “Daughter of Smoke & Bone”

clara lee and the apple pie dream

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han w/ pictures by Julia Kuo Little, Brown, and Books, 2011. 150 pages, hardcover. Selected from the Concenter List, borrowed from the Library, and highly anticipated after recently reading Han’s Shug. The Apple Blossom Festival is coming up, and eight-year-old Clara Lee has been thinking aboutContinue reading “clara lee and the apple pie dream”