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YOURS SINCERELY, GIRAFFE by Megumi Iwasa Illustrated by Jun Takabatake

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe is a brilliantly crafted short chapter book for young readers by Japanese author Megumi Iwasa.  Her clear text combined with Jun Takabatake’s line drawings are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s work in books like Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back and A Giraffe and a Half. Giraffe lives on the African savanna.  He is … Continue reading

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley…LOVELACE nominee 2017-18

I originally read The War That Saved My Life two years ago when it was first published in 2015 and so I am excited to see it show up on the Lovelace nominee list for 2017-18! The War That Saved My Life is Ava’s story.  When we meet Ava she is nine years old, living … Continue reading

FORGET ME NOT by Ellie Terry

I just finished Forget Me Not, read it in one sitting and couldn’t wait to share it! Forget Me Not is a brilliant debut from new author Ellie Terry.  The story is written from the perspectives of Calliope (Calli), a young girl who loves astronomy, has moved to new towns (and schools)many more times than … Continue reading

FALLING INTO THE DRAGON’S MOUTH by Holly Thompson

Jason Parker lives in Japan with his parents, who teach at a university, and his younger sister, Cora.  He is in the 6th grade although he’s a year older than his Japanese classmates, having had to repeat a grade when his family moved to Japan. When I started Falling Into the Dragon’s Mouth I thought … Continue reading

EMMANUEL’S DREAM: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson Illustrated by Sean Qualls…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

Emmanuel’s Dream is a biographical picture book about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, introduced to the reader like this: In Ghana, West Africa, a baby boy was born: Two bright eyes blinked in the light, two healthy lungs let out a powerful cry, two tiny fists opened and closed, but only one strong leg kicked. The people … Continue reading

RHODA’S ROCK HUNT by Molly Beth Griffin Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

Rhoda’s Rock Hunt was a delightful surprise for me!  Rhoda’s experiences–both her fascination with rocks and her delight in finding them–mirror my own experience as a child on vacation during summers in northern Minnesota.  I wish Rhoda’s Rock Hunt had been around eight years ago when my daughter was constantly adding to the LOADS of rocks in … Continue reading

HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca Gomez Illustrated by Dan Santat

Simply, phenomenal!  Hensel & Gretel:  Ninja Chicks is my favorite in this picture book series so far!  In this version of the Hansel & Gretel fairy tale, Mama has been taken by the evil fox at large in their community.  Hensel & Gretel see the sign advertising the Three Pigs Dojo “Get Empowered, Not Devoured” (read … Continue reading

GHETTO COWBOY by G. Neri…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Ghetto Cowboy is one of the Lovelace nominees this year that has surprised me–in a great way!  As Ghetto Cowboy opens 12-year-old Cole is being driven by his mother from their home in Detroit to Philadelphia–where his father lives.  Although we are never given the specific details of Cole’s behavior which impelled his mother to … Continue reading

IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA by Muon Van…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

In a Village By the Sea was an unexpected treasure for me!  Both the text and the illustrations are built around the basic “house that Jack built…” story structure: In a fishing village by the sea there is a small house.   In that house high above the waves is a kitchen.   In that kitchen… … Continue reading

WATER IS WATER by Miranda Paul…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

I have to confess that I did not have high expectations for a book about the water cycle.  Water is Water thoroughly engaged and impressed me!  It begins–as all the best ideas and concepts do–with a question, a wonderment: Drip.  Sip.  Pour me a cup.  Water is water…unless So begins a book of curiosity..unless…what if?  … Continue reading