April picture book reviews of the week

Back again with MORE reviews of the week. In April Roger and Elissa chose three picture book reviews to feature on our website.

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer    Deadly!    The Dark by Lemony Snicket

On April 3 we posted Roger’s review of Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer, 
illustrated by Josée Mass. This follows (heh) Singer’s Mirror Mirror where she introduced the reverso form. I’m not sure this book has much Caldecott potential, but Josée Mass solves the problems the reverso form poses with finesse. If you don’t know either of these books, do check them out. This is a tricky poetry form, but it would be cool if it were to catch on.

Next, we posted Danielle Ford’s review of a sort-of picture book: Deadly!: The Truth About the Most 
Dangerous Creatures on Earth by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Neal Layton. Again, this is a fine book but might not be on anyone’s Caldecott lists. Layton’s cartoon illustrations are spot-on for the text, though.

Finally, there’s a review of a book I feel sure we’ll be talking about a lot more once our blog starts up for real in September. On April 24 we posted Cindy Ritter’s review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen.

There. Now we are almost caught up!

Alice Hoffman About Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty best-selling titles for adults, including Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Her latest novel for children is Nightbird (Lamb/Random), reviewed in this issue.


  1. Palmer Sloan says:

    My students loved this book. It was an especially big hit with the pre-k and kindergarten crowd. They squirm as Lazlo listens to the dark in the night and looks around his house all by himself. They like how the dark helps Lazlo get over his fear by showing him where the light bulbs are in the drawer in the basement. They love comparing the illustration of Lazlo with his flashlight dreading the setting sun to the final illustration without his flashlight relaxed about the coming dark. I have to read it again and again.

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