a fortunate find

Day Two: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas By Natasha Yim, Illustrated by Grace Zong Charlesbridge 2014.  “One Chinese New Year, Goldy Luck’s mother asks her to take a plate of turnip cakes to the neighbors. The Chans aren’t home, but that doesn’t stop Goldy. She tries out their rice porridge, their chairs, and their beds—with disastrousContinue reading “a fortunate find”

sweetness

Day One:  Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes, illustrated by Sanjay Patel Chronicle Books, 2012. Includes “Authors’ Note” wherein some pronunciation help is provided. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especiallyContinue reading “sweetness”

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”

meet annelore parot’s kokeshi

Day Twenty-Four: Kokeshi Kimonos Book  by Annelore Parot Chronicle Books, 2011. “With a padded cover and slickly designed pages, this interactive book introduces traditional kokeshi dolls, popular in Japan. Rendered in manga style, the dolls wear kimonos; readers are invited to help one kokeshi select her kimono, assist another as she samples new hairstyles, and liftContinue reading “meet annelore parot’s kokeshi”

{illustrator} Leigh Hodgkinson

I occasionally share an illustrator who has caught my eye. See the above “book list,” bottom of the page for other illustrators highlighted on this blog. For ’30 Days of Picture Books’ which is to celebrate Picture Book Month, “Day Sixteen” features two books and an Illustrator’s Spotlight! Day Sixteen: Limelight Larry AND Boris and the WrongContinue reading “{illustrator} Leigh Hodgkinson”

{illustrator} Molly Idle

I occasionally share an illustrator who has caught my eye. See the above “book list,” bottom of the page for other illustrators highlighted on this blog. For ’30 Days of Picture Books’ which is to celebrate Picture Book Month, “Day Nine” features two books and an Illustrator’s Spotlight! Day Nine: Tea Rex AND Flora and the FlamingoContinue reading “{illustrator} Molly Idle”

a Southern noodlehead

Day Five: Epossumondas Written by Coleen Salley, Illustrations by Janet Stevens Harcourt, 2002. Renowned storyteller Coleen Salley and Caldecott Honor illustrator Janet Stevens team up for this outrageous twist on the Southern story of the noodlehead who takes everything way too literally. (Or is that Epossumondas just pulling his mama’s leg?)–publisher’s comments I’m not sure it is possibleContinue reading “a Southern noodlehead”

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”

{illustrator} alex latimer

I will occasionally share an illustrator who has caught my eye. See the above “book list,” bottom of the page for other illustrators highlighted on this blog. {jellyfish by alex latimer via; love this} Today I want to share Alex Latimer whose Penguin’s Hidden Talent (Peachtree 2012) was  Day 19 of last year’s “31 DaysContinue reading “{illustrator} alex latimer”

{book} late night reading?

Bedtime Is Canceled by Cece Meng, Illus. Aurelie Neyret Clarion Books, 2012. ages 4-8 The note read: Bedtime is canceled. Maggie thought of it. Her brother wrote it. A journalist read it. This was big news. He reported it. Before they knew it, the whole city discovered that bedtime had officially been canceled, so no one went to sleep! (publisher’sContinue reading “{book} late night reading?”