{book} jinx

Jinx by Sage Blackwood Harper (HarperCollins), 2013 Hardcover, 360 pages. In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magnus. […] But in the Urwald, aContinue reading “{book} jinx”

{book} the girl(s) who…

“What if the Green Wind came and found an old lady complaining of gout? Well, of course September would go with him anyway—she would not hesitate if she were eighteen or eighty! But old women faced certain dangers in Fairyland, such as breaking a hip while riding a wild velocipede, or having everyone do whatContinue reading “{book} the girl(s) who…”

{book} ico: castle in the mist

ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe very nicely translated by Alexander O. Smith Haika Soru published by VIZ Media, 2011 (orig. 2008) based on “ICO” an award-winning video game for the PS2 (Sony Computer Entertainment, 2001) & now PS 3. Tradepaper, 370 pages. 13 & up A boy with horns, marked for death.Continue reading “{book} ico: castle in the mist”

{book} wooden bones

Wooden Bones by Scott William Carter Simon & Schuster, 2012. hardcover, 148 pages. juvenile fiction ages 8-12. of note: my link to Powell’s shares a synopsis with Goodreads that is a bit of a spoiler. I was happy to pick this up off the shelf with the below copy to intrigue without given “oh, no”Continue reading “{book} wooden bones”

{book} starry river of the sky

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin Little, Brown & Co., 2012. hardcover, 289 pages w/ illustrations by Grace Lin. The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a choreContinue reading “{book} starry river of the sky”

{comic} vogelein: old ghosts

Vögelein: Old Ghosts by Jane Irwin Fiery Studios, 2007 Though three hundred years have passed since Alexi’s death, Vögelein finds herself still haunted by the unkept promise she made to her first Guardian. Now the clockwork faerie must confront her past with the help of Mason, an itinerant musician whose spirit bears a striking resemblanceContinue reading “{comic} vogelein: old ghosts”

{book} frankenstein takes the cake

DAY 25 Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex Harcourt, 2008. I saw Adam Rex’s name, so…I had to show it to Natalya every three minutes (and that was me being restrained). Finally, N set the Isabel Allende book she’d been reading in Spanish and humored me only to be completely sucked into the readContinue reading “{book} frankenstein takes the cake”

{book} goldilocks and just one bear

DAY 24 Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson Nosy Crow, 2012 Alright, so I hadn’t intended another Goldilocks story but this one was staring out from the shelf at me. And I was curious about the “one bear” part. And I sort of read it and really really liked it so how couldContinue reading “{book} goldilocks and just one bear”

{book} goldilocks & the 3 dinosaurs

DAY 21 Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs as retold by Mo Willems Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins), 2012. ages 3-7. This was one of two books that had me laughing out loud in an otherwise hushed book store. After three dinosaurs prepare the house and then go “someplace else,” Goldilocks “barges” into their house and nearly becomesContinue reading “{book} goldilocks & the 3 dinosaurs”

{book} crazy hair

DAY 09 Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean HarperCollins, 2005, 2009. I was looking to reread The Wolves in the Wall, but they only had Crazy Hair available on the Library shelf. Was I disappointed? no. When I think of Illustrators a child should experience at least once in their young picture book career, Dave McKeanContinue reading “{book} crazy hair”