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Martha V. Parravano

About Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.

Review of Binny Bewitched

Binny Bewitched by Hilary McKay; illus. by Tony Ross Intermediate, Middle School    McElderry    233 pp.    g 6/17    978-1-4814-9102-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9104-4    $10.99 McKay continues to display her extraordinary gifts (for language, nuance, humor; for capturing human nature and family dynamics) in this third book about the endearingly imperfect […]

The birds and the bees…and the arachnids and more!

Four entertaining nonfiction picture books provide young readers with solid scientific information about the birds and the bees — and other insects and arachnids, too! — in friendly, accessible formats. In Eileen Christelow’s humorous, informative Robins!: How They Grow Up, two young robins reminisce about the events of their (very recent) youth. The details covered […]

Dear Robin

Dear Robin: It’s time. Despite your grace and courage in facing the coming reality, I’m not ready, will never be ready. But it’s time to say what needs to be said. I want to thank you for so many things. For me, personally and professionally, you have been a role model, a compass, and an opener of doors. […]

Readers, meet Triangle

Reposting a previous Review of the Week from our website today… A new Mac Barnett/Jon Klassen collaboration is always of interest for picture book connoisseurs. This one? Well, you can tell from the wordless cover that it’s somewhat of a departure from their previous books — and you probably can’t tell, but the binding is different, too: […]

On the Radar

It’s the third Thursday of the month; time to tantalize you all with some covers of picture books sure to be on 2018 Caldecott committee members’ radars. (Whether or not these books make it onto members’ suggestion lists or into their “yes” piles—or, eventually, are chosen for that most selective of all categories, their nominations list—is […]

“Does photographic illustration get its due?”

It’s the off-season, folks! So this HUGE question will not be addressed here and now. (Sorry for the bait-and-switch.) However, I wanted to draw your attention to the fact that, over on 100 Scope Notes, Travis Jonker is on the case. Last week he showcased a bunch of new fiction picture books whose medium is […]

Egg

This book is both exactly what you’d expect from the cover — and totally different. A heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty and persistence, with a surprising and subversive twist. A book of few words, but tons of fun to read aloud. A color palette that remains constant even as the story takes an unexpected turn. A picture book for the very, […]

Review of Anywhere Farm

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root; illus. by G. Brian Karas Primary    Candlewick    32 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-7499-1    $16.99    g “For an anywhere farm, / here’s all that you need: / soil / and sunshine, / some water, / a seed.” Root’s upbeat Green Eggs and Ham–esque rhyming text details all the places […]

On the Radar

Herewith a few tantalizing covers for anyone who is looking forward with anticipation to this year’s Caldecott crop — I know these illustrators’ names are on all your radars…     The cover of the Julie Fogliano/Christian Robinson book draws us in with its unusual shape and the childlike simplicity of its type and image; the […]

A Different Pond

So, I apologize in advance for any frustration this entry may cause. Today’s featured book won’t be published until … August. Sorry about that! I do try to talk about books that everyone can access — but this one just now crossed my desk and I can’t help but give it some attention. I’m not usually all about the cover, but when I […]