{picture book} Max the…adorably funny

  Max the Brave by Ed Vere Puffin Books, 2014 (UK). Sourcebooks, 2015 (US) This is Max. Max the Brave, Max the Fearless, Max the Mouse-catcher…But, in order to be a Mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is, so off he goes to find out. With that cover and jacket copy, Mo Willem…

{picture book} wonder-full

Just in time for a baby shower gift, one of my favorites (I have a print on my wall) came out with a new book: not that I wouldn’t have gifted the recently released board book version of Dream Animals (my review). The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin  Random House, 2015….

{picture book} Hatke’s creatures

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke First Second 2014. When Julia’s house finds a new place to settle, she puts a sign out for lost creatures to combat her own sense of loneliness. But now a new conflict has arisen and a list of chores is her solution. Ben Hatke, whom we have…

{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 is…

{illustrator} yuyi morales

I occasionally share an illustrator who has caught my eye. See the above “picture book list” for other illustrators highlighted on this blog. For ’30 Days of Picture Books’,“Day Six” features three books and an Illustrator’s Spotlight! Day Thirty:  Little Night; Just in Case: A Trickster Tale & Spanish Alphabet Book; and  Nino Wrestles the World . —————————— Yuyi Morales is an author,…

{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 to…

{book} card carrying

Day Twenty-Eight: The Midnight Library By Kazuno Kohara  Roaring Book Press 2014 “Once there was a library that opened only at night.” The Midnight Library’s hours are dusk to dawn and its serves an adorable population of animals. The librarian? A young girl assisted by three owls. The picture book has a fairy tale opening, “Once…

{book} an antidote

Day Twenty-Seven: I’m Bored By Michael Ian Black  Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi  Simon & Schuster for Young Readers 2012 The potato was unexpected. I did not read the inside jacket copy. I didn’t even notice the back cover. Browsing shelves, I saw the front cover, remembered it’s popularity when it was released, and added it…

{book} mother’s

Day Twenty-Six: My Mother’s Sari By Sandhya Rao  illustrated by Nina Sabnani NorthSouth 2006 Illustrated using mixed-media, My Mother’s Sari opens with the endpapers bearing instructions in how to don a sari. The photographed human model’s person painted over in the manner of the characters we will soon meet in the story. Whether it is in…

{book} a present nostalgia

Day Twenty-Five: Wait! Wait!  By Hatsue Nakawaki Illustrated by Komako Sakai Translated by Yuki Kaneko Enchanted Lion Books 2013 Wait! Wait! is an ideal book for young children that gently follows their rhythms and preoccupations. With a text of few words, frequent repetitions, and delicate illustrations with which children will quickly identify, the book follows a young…

{book} brotherhood

Day Twenty-Two: Oh, Brother! By Nikki Grimes  Illustration by Mike Benny Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins 2008 It’s bad enough that Xavier’s new stepbrother, Chris, has moved into Xavier’s room, but now it looks like he’s also trying to steal Mami by being the perfect kid. […] In twenty powerful poems, two strangers learn to become brothers. Nikki Grimes…

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.”…