Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman; illus. by the author Preschool Abrams Appleseed/Abrams 32 pp. 4/15 978-1-4197-1464-1 $14.95 Vegetables are usually not funny. Underpants often are. Vegetables in underwear? Guaranteed preschool hilarity. A head of broccoli gets things started on the copyright and dedication pages with a striptease down to his red skivvies. A similarly […]
Who says ABC books are just for babies? Why can’t you mix up some colors using just your finger, no paint? The following concept books defy conventions — and expectations. In Mix It Up!, Hervé Tullet follows the same format as in his hugely entertaining Press Here, but this time the play is focused on […]
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate Philomel 112 pp. 10/14 978-0-399-16791-1 $26.99 Each letter of the alphabet gets its own little story in this picture book that is much more than a simple set of ABCs. Whimsical, funny, occasionally tragic, and highly entertaining, this collection of (sometimes) interlocking […]
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky Preschool, Primary Greenwillow 48 pp. 10/14 978-0-06-229003-8 $17.99 g Irrepressible Moose (Z Is for Moose, rev. 3/12) is up to his old tricks, trying to force his way into another concept book. This time the subject is shapes, and at first we seem to […]
Can a concept book win the Caldecott? I’m pretty sure none have yet. No alphabet books, counting books or color books. What about this one — a color book about just one color? Putting it that way makes Green sound too simple. Trust Seeger to add layers of complexity and meaning, but with a light […]
>The post about judging people–I mean, getting to know people–by the books they read on the subway and keep upon their shelves sent me back to the books-by-the-foot mavens, who this month are offering a special for would-be wizards.
>Marc Aronson and I have been talking about Boys Books a lot, and about how boys can be confounded by adult definitions of what constitutes worthwhile reading: usually it means a book, often it means fiction, and when it does include nonfiction, it had better look a lot like a novel. But I am loving […]
>The new issue of the Horn Book is out; online articles include Lolly Robinson’s guide to alphabet books and Madelyn Travis’s profile of Michael Rosen (the British one), including a gorgeous poem of his about reading: . . . Some of these things you may have never seen before. But now you know them. Some […]