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Folklore and poetry | Class #5, fall 2016

Folklore and poetry

For our class on November 16, we are reading four books and one article. I like combining these two genres because both need to be read aloud in order to really appreciate them. Folklore has to have a strong voice, as it comes from an oral tradition where storytellers have individual styles, just as today’s […]

A Kick in the Head | Class #5, 2015

A Kick in the Head

This is one of those books for kids that tends to be an eye-opener for most adults, too. Who knew there were this many poetry forms out there?! Notice how the book could be enjoyed by just reading the poems. OR, if you want to learn more, you can see what the form is and […]

Review of The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening

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The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening by Chris Raschka; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 5/14    978-0-7636-5806-9    $15.99    g Jazz pioneer and self-proclaimed space case Sun Ra (born Herman P. Blount) gets a portrait as bemusing and sparkly as the man himself in this fantastical tribute. Raschka begins […]

A Kick in the Head

A Kick in the Head

This is one of those books for kids that tends to be an eye-opener for most adults, too. Who knew there were this many poetry forms out there?! Notice how the book could be enjoyed by just reading the poems. OR, if you want to learn more, you can see what the form is and […]

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 […]

Review of When Lions Roar

when lions roar

When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris; illus. by Chris Raschka Preschool     Orchard/Scholastic     32 pp. 10/13     978-0-545-11283-3     $16.99     g A young child (of indeterminate gender) is frightened by loud noises on a trip to the zoo — from screeching monkeys and booming thunder to yelling parents and blaring sirens, each one simply described using the […]

Studio Views: My Next Medium

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My favorite medium, my ideal medium, is the one I haven’t used yet. Or, maybe, it’s the one that I’m contemplating using, toying with using, in my next book, Lordy! I think to myself, Lordy!, in my next book, I’m going to CUT LOOSE! In my next book. With my next medium. See, the thing […]

Chris Raschka: The Habits of an Artist

Chris Raschka

Chris wakes up at five o’clock in the morning and prepares breakfast according to plan: Monday — eggs; Tuesday — cereal; Wednesday — oatmeal. At six thirty he wakes our son, Ingo, and after breakfast they eventually leave the house together. Ingo turns east to cross Central Park to go to school and Chris walks […]

A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy

The Caldecott Committee tends to like wordless books. In my year, we gave an honor book award to The Red Book. In the past ten years, four winners were wordless or nearly wordless. Plus Raschka is a past winner. I have no doubt this will be on the current committee’s list for discussion. Do you […]