{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”

{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 itContinue reading “{book} an antidote”

{book} cello girls

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell w/ illustrations by Terry Fan Simon & Schuster, 2013. Hardcover, 277 pages. newly owned, juvenile fiction (8-12). ‘On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.’ Sophie may have survived a shipwreck as a baby, but herContinue reading “{book} cello girls”

{book} love

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster, 2013. Hardcover, 295 pages. for the older crowd. I told Sean that I’ve seen nothing but “Must Read” attached to Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project  as I held up the bright red book. It appeared on a crazy number of “Best of” lists as 2013 wasContinue reading “{book} love”

a quiet flight & a tree

Day Twenty-Nine: The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett Simon & Schuster, 2013. * A little boy. A lost airplane. An idea takes root… (jacket copy) This text-less picture book begs for a quiet moment in which imagination might take flight.  And yet, it also invites proper sound effects and zooming about with ourContinue reading “a quiet flight & a tree”

breaking bunny

Day Twenty: Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett w/ pictures by Matthew Myers Simon & Schuster, 2013 breaking bad bunny Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest–who, in the originalContinue reading “breaking bunny”

{book} speaking of paradise

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman Scribner (Simon&Schuster) 2012. hardcover, 224 pages. purchased at a Library sale some time back with a vague memory of reading a positive review from a trusted source. Please:  If you are not a reader of short stories as a general rule, bear with me onContinue reading “{book} speaking of paradise”

{comic} her permanent record

Amelia Rules! Her Permanent Record (#8) by Jimmy Gownley Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon&Schuster), 2012. I’m not entirely sure how Amelia Rules! has stayed as small as it has. Early on it was on every short list of comics to recommend the juvenile set. Goodreads does not even have the eighth and final installmentContinue reading “{comic} her permanent record”

{book} vessel

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon&Schuster), 2012. Hardcover, 424 pages. teen fiction, fantasy. Every 100 years the gods enter their chosen vessels in order to help their tribes regain the kind of footing that humans and nature have caused to slip. This is the only way the gods can intervene usingContinue reading “{book} vessel”

{comic} french milk

French Milk by Lucy Knisley Touchstone Book (Simon & Schuster), 2008 tradepaper edition. 194 pages. When I saw French Milk on the comic book shelves at the library I remember I had meant to read it at some point. I recalled there being some raving, and there it was on the cover: “Wonderful…Read it and youContinue reading “{comic} french milk”