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A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider

In the words of E. B. White, “Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth.” I think White would be pleased with Barbara Herkert’s and Lauren Castillo’s collaboration, A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White. Through lyrical prose […]

Twenty Yawns

Having won a 2015 Caldecott honor for Nana in the City, Lauren Castillo will surely be on the Caldecott committee’s radar. This is a very different book in theme and even in palette, but once again she does here what she does best: keep the focus tightly on the child’s experience, and get it just right. […]

Nana in the City

This is a JUST RIGHT kind of book. Just the right size; just the right tone; just the right scope of experience/adventure for the audience. How does Lauren Castillo accomplish this just-rightness in the art? 1) Through the use of color. In the beginning she communicates the noise and smells and sheer overwhelming-ness of the big […]