{book} taking the case

Ivy + Bean: Take the Case (Book 10) by Annie Barrows + Sophie Blackall (illus) Chronicle Books, 2013. Hardcover, 126 pages. Modeling herself after a classic film noir detective from her mother’s favorite film, Private Investigator Bean “laughs at danger! […] And she and her assistant, Ivy, are ready, willing, and able to solve anyContinue reading “{book} taking the case”

a mighty good picture book

Day 13: The Mighty Lalouche by Mathew Olshan and illus by Sophie Blackall Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013 “One hundred and a few-odd years ago, in Paris, France, there lived a humble postman named Lalouche” (1). When he is let go from the postal service and needing work, he finds that the skills that madeContinue reading “a mighty good picture book”

{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano illustrated by Sophie Blackall Viking (Penguin) 2013. 9 Reasons to Read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield #1  The Premise: Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels.  One day, Alexander has an astonishingContinue reading “{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield”

{book} ivy+bean make the rules

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (bk 9) written by Annie Barrows  illustrated by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2012. Hardcover, 127 pages. Ivy + Bean is a series for young grade-schoolers that I just cannot resist following, even now that Natalya has “outgrown” them. And yet, who was that blue-haired young lady giggling from behindContinue reading “{book} ivy+bean make the rules”

ivy+bean: no news is good news

Ivy + Bean : No News is Good News (book8) by Annie Barrows w/ Illus. by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2011 Hardcover,127. Juvenile Fiction, Ages 6-10. Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it s for low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size.Continue reading “ivy+bean: no news is good news”

ruby’s wish & pecan pie baby

Does it feel like you have stumbled upon a Sophie Blackall fan site?!  It really is that I am just now getting her and Jacqueline Woodson’s Pecan Pie Baby from the Request/Hold at the Library. And so I picked up Ruby’s Wish while there. And what good timing as Pecan Pie Baby has recently receivedContinue reading “ruby’s wish & pecan pie baby”

links, parentheses, and exclamation points

Sean at his Cyclebabble posted “The Meaning of Bicycles: L (part 2)” yesterday. I would be the L mentioned there. This time there is a pic of me at 18, cold and likely zoning out as off to my right Tobias is telling a story I’ve heard twice (no, the drinks came later, I wasContinue reading “links, parentheses, and exclamation points”

a Blackall connection (2)

Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite Illustrators, children’s books or no. When I try to think of just one word to describe her work: Vivacious comes to mind. Odd, I know, but it works. Her Illustrations are “attractively lively and animated.” She is one of those Illustrators whom I will read the book becauseContinue reading “a Blackall connection (2)”

a Blackall connection (1)

Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite Illustrators, children’s books or no*. When I try to think of just one word to describe her work: Vivacious comes to mind. Odd, I know, but it works. Her Illustrations are “attractively lively and animated.”** She is one of those Illustrators whom I will read the book becauseContinue reading “a Blackall connection (1)”