What’s (new) with computer art? And Crankenstein and a pretty great Unicorn.


I started having the conversation about using computers to create or enhance picture book illustrations back when this was what my computer looked like. It was already clear how quickly technology was advancing. I sure thought that by now our thinking about computers and picture books would have advanced further than it has. At first, […]

The quiet Train

Train by Elisha Cooper

As in most train books, Elisha Cooper talks about the great size of trains and the sounds they make. But Cooper doesn’t make a big effort to sell the excitement of trains. Rather, he seems to be standing back and observing closely, never giving in to the obvious. This is a book for kids who already […]

The Tortoise & the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

There is no question that the Caldecott committee will be taking a good, long look at Jerry Pinkney’s Tortoise & the Hare. Past winners always deserve special notice, and this is a companion to his other nearly-wordless Aesop offering and 2010 Caledecott winner, The Lion & the Mouse. Not to mention his five Caldecott honor awards […]

Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Here’s a wordless book with flaps from Chronicle Books, which is one of those good publishers outside the mainstream NYC publisher location. Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo keeps things simple with lots and lots of white space and a limited (mostly pink, yellow, and soft black) palette. The plot is simple: girl sees flamingo, girl […]

More Ruzzier: Bear and Bee


On Wednesday, Martha posted about Sergio Ruzzier’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? (written by Eve Bunting). Ruzzier has another book getting some award buzzzz this year: Bear and Bee. Ruzzier’s pen-and-ink line is distinctively his: simultaneously elegant and casual, they add a sense of motion, even to basic horizon lines. His playful, shaky […]

Fun and games with Hervé Tullet

The Finger Circus Game

We recently pulled these three books by Hervé Tullet out of a box of review copies. You won’t see them reviewed in the Magazine or Guide, but we think they are worth noticing, especially for fans of Tullet’s 2011 Press Here. (The Guide doesn’t review toy books or board books, even though most of Tullet’s […]

May picture book reviews of the week

water in the park

     On May 6, we posted Elissa Gershowitz’s review of Water in the Park: A Book About Water & the Times of the Day by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. Loosely based on Prospect Park in Brooklyn, this is a book I want to come back to when we start posting for Calling Caldecott […]

April picture book reviews of the week

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

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

March picture book reviews of the week

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

Continuing with our Review of the Week catch-up, here’s the only picture book featured in March: Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough, 
illustrated by Debby Atwell. I’m thinking this isn’t likely to be a Caldecott contender, but it’s definitely of interest to those of us in the children’s lit field. Love her or hate […]

My First Day – review of the week from January

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As a past Caldecott honoree, Steve Jenkins will surely be on the committee’s radar this year. Here’s Danielle Ford’s review of the week of his January 2013 book, My First Day.