Mr. Wuffles! and Journey: Compare and Contrast

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What does a wordless picture book about an imaginary world have in common with a mostly wordless book about a cat’s encounter with aliens?  Whether these two books – Journey and Mr. Wuffles! – have anything in common is an interesting question, but that is exactly what the Caldecott committee will have to consider. It might not be these […]

The Tortoise & the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

There is no question that the Caldecott committee will be taking a good, long look at Jerry Pinkney’s Tortoise & the Hare. Past winners always deserve special notice, and this is a companion to his other nearly-wordless Aesop offering and 2010 Caledecott winner, The Lion & the Mouse. Not to mention his five Caldecott honor awards […]

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 […]

Inside Outside

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Inside Outside was published last April; I’m hoping many of you have seen it by now. In his illuminating interview with its creator, Lizi Boyd, Roger called Inside Outside a “lo-fi busybox of a book: sixteen wordless spreads of a child’s play and projects indoors and out, linked by the passing of the seasons and […]

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 […]