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This Is Not a Picture Book!

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Words and pictures. Pictures and words. What makes a book a book, at least in the mind of a young child? Ask any little kid and they will not hesitate to tell you that it’s the pictures. Anyone who has read this blog for more than a year knows that I agree with my young […]

Two Mice

two mice

This little book packs a whole lotta wow per square inch. It took me some time to see everything it has to offer, but now that I have, I’m totally sold. (Philip Nel raved, too; Two Mice “exemplifies the elegant efficiency of the picture book” and “unfolds with perfect economy.”) Before we even open the book, there’s much to remark on. […]

A Letter for Leo

letter for leo

I have been looking forward to this book since I (and my class of second graders) fell in love with Sergio Ruzzier’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? last year. Let’s take a look at it the way I learned to do on the Caldecott committee. I like to savor a book when I […]

Studio Views: For the Fear of Failure

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I don’t like to experiment. I know it sounds timid and uninspiring, but I’m just being honest: I don’t like to experiment because I am afraid of failure. But at least two times in my life — at the very beginning of my artistic life — I found enough courage and determination to take risks. […]

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 […]

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?

have you seen my new blue socks

Here is a book that knows how to visually establish conflict and character right off the bat. On the very first double-page spread (after the title spread), we meet a sad little green duck wearing big chunky lace-up shoes. The only other thing on this sea of white space is the text, in oversized type: “I have […]

May picture book reviews of the week

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     On May 6, we posted Elissa Gershowitz’s review of Water in the Park: A Book About Water & the Times of the Day by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. Loosely based on Prospect Park in Brooklyn, this is a book I want to come back to when we start posting for Calling Caldecott […]

Tweak Tweak

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With Lolly under the weather, I will hop in and present this perfect story of maternal love and toddler curiosity. It’s a simple, funny, never-cloying story of one absolutely adorable elephant and her mother. While out on a walk, joined trunk to tail, Little Elephant asks questions. “If you want to ask me a question, […]