Review of Tricky Vic

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Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the 
Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli; illus. by the author Intermediate   Viking   48 pp. 3/15   978-0-670-01652-5   $17.99 Amidst the current plethora of picture-book biography role models, it’s nice to see a book about a con artist. “Ah, yes. But an artist all the same.” […]

Book & Me | Comic #6

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

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Review of Dear Hank Williams

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Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt Intermediate   Holt   220 pp. 5/15   978-0-8050-8022-3   $16.99   g On the first day of school, September 1, 1948, eleven-year-old Tate P. Ellerbee learns that her class will be writing to pen pals, with her teacher explaining that “new worlds will unfold in front of you, and you’ll see your […]

Book & Me | Comic #5

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

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Review of My Bike

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 My Bike by Byron Barton; illus. by the author Preschool   Greenwillow   40 pp. 4/15   978-0-06-233699-6   $16.99 This latest installment in Barton’s transportation series (My Car, rev. 11/01; My Bus, rev. 3/14) may be the best one yet. Which is saying a lot. With bright primary colors, simple bold shapes, and the briefest of texts, Barton […]

Book & Me, Week 1

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

In case you missed them, here are the first four entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: Introduction to the series by Charise Mericle Harper Introduction by Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz #1: “I’m a book!” “I made him!” #2: “I don’t think the cat likes me…” #3: “Do you remember the […]

Marcia Brown

by Janet A. Loranger Thirty-seven years ago, Marcia Brown published her first picture book for children: The Little Carousel.* On June 28, 1983, she received her third Caldecott Medal for Shadow. Those years from 1946 to 1983 have encompassed one of the most distinguished careers in American children’s books. That her latest book has received […]

Book & Me | Comic #4

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

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Transformers: How Did Snow White Survive in That Glass Coffin?

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I often write novels based on fairy tales, folktales, myths, and religious stories. They attract me for three reasons. They have stood the test of time, and I want to harness that power. Their plots grip me so hard I can barely breathe. They challenge me: how do I interest readers in a story they […]

My Goals as an Illustrator

by Marcia Brown When recently I was invited to speak on my goals as an illustrator, I was reminded that twenty years ago I was asked to give a talk and write a paper on this same subject. As I reread that paper, I saw that most of my ideas have not changed very much […]