{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 maybe…

knock for yourself…

Day Fifteen: Knock! Knock!: My Dad’s Dream for Me By Daniel Beaty, illus. Bryan Collier Little, Brown for Young Readers 2013. Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleeptill he gets right next to the bed.And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”…

gorgeously rendered

Day Eleven: Nasreddine By Odile Weulersse, Illus. Rébecca Dautremer Translated by Kathleen Merz Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2013 Orig. Flammarion 2005 (Fr)  “No matter what Nasreddine tries, it seems that someone always finds something to disapprove of. Nasreddine is a legendary character popular in stories told throughout the Middle East, and this clever story will bring…

{book} once begun

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball Pantheon Books, 2014. 232 pages “The following work of fiction is partially based on fact.” Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the “Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until a…

{television} Miss Fisher’s second series

“Our glamorous lady detective, The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, swans into early 1929 Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.” No need to imagine my delight with the second series return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2013) if you’ve read my ravings about series one or have seen the Australian television…

{comics} good literature

Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt, and artist Isabelle Arsenault translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books, 2013. orig. Jane, le renard & moi (Les Éditions de La Pastèque, 2012) Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies — Hélène…

{book} the power & in just one body (of work)

Of note: my writing about an excellent short story collection equates to a long post. But I do give you a few paragraphs (up to the asterisks) before ~brief remarks on each of the stories. The Thing Around Your Neck : a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Alfred A Knopf, 2009. Hardcover,…

{picture book} simply & painfully beautiful

My Father’s Arms are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde; illus. Øyvind Torseter translated from Norwegian by Kary Dickson Enchanted Lion Books 2012 orig. Eg Kan Ikkje Sove No published by Det Norske Samlaget (2008) It’s never been so quiet. Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father’s arms. Feeling the warmth and…

{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 was…

{book} there is more than this

More Than This by Patrick Ness Candlewick Press, 2013. Hardcover 472 pages in 4 parts More Than This is hard to talk about without giving too much away. I can’t even ‘tag’ the post w/ a genre as it would prove too suggestive. So I will do my best to keep this spoiler-free because it…