{picture/book} rules of summer

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan. Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic) 2013.  “Never break the rules. Especially, if you don’t understand them.”–back cover copy. Rules of Summer, in its most simplified description, is about two brothers’ summer adventures. The story is told by Shaun Tan so there is the surreal and the incredible wordless impact ofContinue reading “{picture/book} rules of summer”

{book} birth stories

Day Twenty-Four: The Baby on the Way  by Karen English Illus. Sean Qualls  Farrar Straus Giroux 2005 The Baby on the Way was not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be about a boy who is feeling anxiety about a new baby sibling on the way. And maybe Jamal is and maybeContinue reading “{book} birth stories”

{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”

{book} lines

Day Twenty-One: The Line  by Paula Bossio  Kids Can Press 2013 (first publ 2011) A little girl stumbles onto a line … and endless possibilities for fun! With a twist and a shake of the line, it becomes a slide, a giant bubble or even a jungle vine. But what — or who — couldContinue reading “{book} lines”

{book} excused

I had thought to save Excuses, Excuses by Anushka Ravishankar for another time, having already shared two of her picture books this month. It suddenly seems apt as I’ve dropped off the map for the long weekend. I am also going to argue that this provides the opportunity to not only continue to revel in Ravishankar’sContinue reading “{book} excused”

for before facial hair & maybe after…

Day Nineteen: Big Bushy Mustache by Gary Soto, illus. Joe Cepeda Knopf Books, 1998 When teacher Mrs. Cortez tells the children to choose their costumes for an upcoming Cinco de Mayo reenactment, Ricky knows exactly what he wants to wear: the big bushy mustache. With the mustache, so much like his father’s, maybe no oneContinue reading “for before facial hair & maybe after…”

rumor has it

Day Eighteen: The Rumor  By Anushka Ravishankar, Illustrated by Kanyika Kini Karadi Tales 2009 The villagers in The Rumor are “prosperous and happy, but had nothing much to do most of the time”–so they told tales. In this cautionary tale that plays out like the game ‘telephone,’ what comes out of the mouth of the protagonist literallyContinue reading “rumor has it”

counting to tree

Day Seventeen: One, Two, Tree! By Anushka Ravishankar and Sirish Rao Illustrated by Durga Bai Tara Books 2004 . . . . . . . . . . Durga Bai draws from the Gond tradition of painting to illustrate in bright and warm colors a tree increasingly crowded with creatures. Told in rhyme, One, Two, Tree! is aContinue reading “counting to tree”

bringing art to life

Day Sixteen:  Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look and Illus. Meilo So Schwarz & Wade Books 2013 When an old monk attempts to teach young Daozi about the ancient art of calligraphy, his brush doesn’t want to cooperate. Instead of characters, Daozi’s brush drips dancing peonies and flying Buddhas! Soon others are admiring his unbelievable creationsContinue reading “bringing art to life”

Hush & Peek

Day Fourteen: Hush! A Thai Lullaby and Peek! : A Thai Hide-and-Seek  both by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade. —————————————— Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, Illustrated by Holly Meade. Scholastic 2000 Lilting verse and bold, whimsical pictures tell the story of one mother’s efforts to quiet the animals – from the smallest mosquito to the great big elephantContinue reading “Hush & Peek”