Monday, September 29, 2014
Get on! There's plenty of room!
Recently I received a copy of ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson, pictures by Axel Scheffler. (First published in 2001.) Donaldson is an expert storyteller. Her website states that she really enjoys writing in verse, and her enjoyment shows.
ROOM ON THE BROOM is a musical romp, perfect for story time or quiet inspection. Scheffler's illustrations are simple and rich at the same time. I loved the details in the landscapes, and the bug-eyed characters, especially the not-too-scary red dragon. Great fun.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe.
She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade.
She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade.
THE SMALLEST GIRL will resonate with anyone who has felt ignored. Day after day tiny Sally McCabe surveys the schoolyard without a single person seeing her. Little do they know that Sally possess special powers—not the standard type of super powers, but the powers of observation and compassion. She goes unnoticed until the day she raises her voice in the lunchroom: "I'm tired of seeing this terrible stuff. Stop hurting each other! This is enough!"
The message of the book is front and center. Roberts's rhyme adds some bounce, and Robinson's simple colorful shapes and faces add humor and a sophisticated sense of style.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
0399257438 (ISBN13: 9780399257438)
Monday, September 22, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Sarah S. Brannen
Age Levels: 4-7
Madame Martine lives a solitary life of safe routine. And that’s how she likes it, until the day she adopts a bit of chaos in the form of a “very small, very wet, very dirty dog.” When the adorable mutt gets away from her, the chase leads to the top of the Eiffel Tower—a place Martine has avoided (believing it was a tourist-trap and “a waste of time”). A luminous panorama of Paris at dusk changes Martine's thinking.
Straightaway, the cover of Madam Martine conveys Sarah Brannen’s finesse with watercolors. The city at twilight, the intricate metal work of the Eiffel Tower, and even a simple yellow bedspread have a translucent, delicate quality. Brannen’s light touch is perfect for telling this sweet story of an old woman’s new appreciation for life in Paris.
To see more of Sarah S. Brannen's work visit http://sarahbrannen.yellapalooza.com.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Saturday, September 06, 2014
slideshow link: How the Meteorite Got to the Museum
Learn more about Jessie Hartland at www.jessiehartland.com
slideshow: How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum
slideshow: How the Sphinx Got to the Museum
(True story, my husband's signature is inside this Sphinx.)
Friday, September 05, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Illustrationmundo.com no longer exists: http://www.n8w.com/news/vuvapt8798vei1wtk076ifq61p51cl
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Author and illustrator Zack Rock has a terrific new book coming out today, 'Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum', published by The Creative Company...
…check out Zack's blog here and read an interview with him over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast...
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
'Julia, Child' is yet another terrific book by author Kyo Maclear and beautifully illustrated by Julie Morstad. The book, as Kyo says, is "A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up, and mastering the art of having a good time, “Julia, Child” is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child — a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter"…
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Monday, August 04, 2014
Read more about The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-once-was-jazz-musician-saturn-180952112/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist
Sunday, August 03, 2014
I love the work of Christian Robinson. It's full of joy, colour and wit. Check out his latest book, 'Gaston' (written by Kelly DiPucchio) with its timely tale about a bulldog and a poodle who 'learn that a family is about love, not appearances'...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Published by Shabaviz Books in Iran, 'Speed' is written by Kambiz Kakavand and beautifully illustrated by Reza Yousefzadeh. I'd love to see more creative abstraction like this in children's illustrations…
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Beautiful illustration by Iranian artist Ali Reza Golduzian. See more of his illustrated books at the wonderful resource, The International Children's Digital Library, with Goldouzian's books here…