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 […]

Mr. Wuffles!

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First off, let me say that I am not a dyed-in-the-wool Wiesner fan. Sometimes I don’t understand his storytelling, and sometimes I find his art a little too perfect, maybe even a little cold. So it will surprise some of my children’s book friends (who might or might not have heard me rant about Wiesner […]

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 […]

Journey

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Way back in September, we started the blog with a few possible titles and asked for suggestions. The exclamation points started flyin’ when Aaron Becker’s Journey was not on the list. Outrage! Horror! Well, sometimes books don’t make it to the hinterlands of not-New York and not-Boston, and I had some scrambling to do. I’m so […]

The New York Times Best Illustrated List

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The New York Times List of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013 was released today, and here it is:   Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick) Ballad, written and illustrated by Blexbolex, translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick (Enchanted Lion) Jane, The Fox and Me, written by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by […]

Daisy Gets Lost (but hopefully not by the Caldecott committee)

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Is it just me, or are there are an unusually large number of wordless/nearly wordless picture books worthy of Caldecott consideration this year? So far we’ve discussed Bluebird, Inside Outside, and Flora and the Flamingo. Upcoming contenders include Aaron Becker’s Journey, Jerry Pinkney’s Tortoise and the Hare, and David Wiesner’s Mr. Wuffles!. So many, in […]

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 […]

Niño Wrestles the Caldecott Committee: a guest post by KT Horning

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Ladies and gentlemen, señores  y señoras, now presenting Niño Wrestles the World. See how artist Yuyi Morales brilliantly combines two aspects of popular culture—comic-book style and  Lucha Libre (WWF with más drama y más flare). Watch her twist reality and fantasy as little Niño, in his red mask and tighty whities, takes on competitors in his […]

The Multi-talented Brian Pinkney

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Brian Pinkney’s art was some of the first I saw this year. Busy-Busy Little Chick chirped at me from the booth at ALA last summer, and I was smitten. While Little Chick might not be as sparkly and complicated as some of the other books we have talked about this year, it still is worthy of discussion. […]

More Ruzzier: Bear and Bee

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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 […]