{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange

Day Twenty-Nine: Ellington Was Not a Street Written by Ntozake Shange Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Simon & Schuster for Young Readers [text: 1983] 2004 The narrative of Ellington Was Not a Street comes from Ntozake Shange’s poem “Mood Indigo” (from A Daughter’s Geography, 1983). The poem, excerpted for the picture book, is a reflection of and tribute toContinue reading “{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange”

an ezra jack keats day

Day Twenty-Five: Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury w/ an Introduction by Anita Silvey Viking, 2002. “This beautiful collection brings together nine of [Jack Ezra Keats’s] best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book The Snowy Day and Caldecott Honor book Goggles!, plus Whistle for Willie,Peter’s Chair, Apt. 3, and others. Also included is artwork from an unfinished pictureContinue reading “an ezra jack keats day”

{comics} womanthology: the past & present

I’ve a few sections more…and I’m debating hosting a giveaway.  I cannot (presently) afford the cost/shipping of Heroic, but there are installments of Space that look doable. I’ve birthday money that may persuade me to at least makes sure a copy of Heroic ends up in your local (public or school) library… Yes? No? WouldContinue reading “{comics} womanthology: the past & present”

{comic} are you my mother?

Alison Bechdel wrote about her and her father in Fun Home (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). She is back to write a book about her and her mother. While you could probably enjoy Are You My Mother? without having read Fun Home, I think this latest memoir works better with a familiarity with the former (also, Fun HomeContinue reading “{comic} are you my mother?”

{book + tv} the beauty, the sorrow & the abbey

The British television series Downton Abbey peaks all sorts of interests in its viewer-ship. I, for one, am obsessed with the costuming. And then there are the sets. I have also, like many others, taken an interest in the variety of perspectives woven into the show. Not only the ones between and within the classes, butContinue reading “{book + tv} the beauty, the sorrow & the abbey”

bake sale

Bake Sale by Sara Varon First Second Books, 2011; Hardcover, 158 pages (including recipes) Calling all Foodies, your graphic novel is here! Many of the book recs put the ages 9-12, but lovers of the cupcake trend and bakers in general will own Sara Varon’s Bake Sale regardless of age. Things appear to be going well forContinue reading “bake sale”

getting to smile

“Handsomely illustrated and cleverly written by Telgemeier, Smile is a simple, fast-paced, yet unforgettable story that will resonate with anyone who survived those tumultuous teen years. Younger readers will likely relate to Raina’s tribulations at school and home, and those who are facing the dreaded braces will certainly feel grateful they didn’t have to liveContinue reading “getting to smile”

the House that Mark built (1)

note: I am linking this review to the RIP V Challenge page so I will try valiantly to avoid spoilers. The spoilers will return tomorrow, with part 2. **** House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Pantheon Books, 2000, 2nd Edition (2-Color version) 709+ pages of text and other things. “Victoria Lucas once said, There’sContinue reading “the House that Mark built (1)”