Jonathan Bean’s Building Our House came out way back in January, so everyone probably knows by now that the book is based on a true story: the author’s parents (the ultimate DIYers) built the Bean family homestead from scratch while living in a trailer and raising three small children (!). Here are things I appreciate [...]
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Water, water everywhere. We learn early on (on the copyright page) that this is an homage to Tresselt and Duvoisin’s White Snow, Bright Snow and to Zolotow and Rey’s The Park Book. The fact that most of you have heard of the first while the latter has faded into the past points out something important: that [...]
Dear Patient Readers, Martha and I have come up with a plan for the next few months of your our lives. It involves a lot of words like gutter, back matter, typeface, design, saturated, and stylized. Some of those words we actually understand. We have mapped out our time, knowing that Lolly will jump in as soon [...]
Hi everyone; Martha Parravano here. All the (much-appreciated) suggestions in the comments on Robin’s last post bring me to a question I’ve wanted to ask for a long time. I have been evaluating and reviewing picture books for twenty-five years. But in doing so I consider the whole book — the interdependence of text and [...]
Since January, Lolly, Martha, and I have been collecting picture books that might be talked about come Caldecott time. Our first challenge is to make a list that pleases us. Just us. Some of the two dozen titles are there because they will be fun to argue about; some because one of us was wowed [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]