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ABC, easy as 123

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 […]

Review of Once Upon an Alphabet

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 […]

Review of Circle, Square, Moose

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 […]

Review of I Can Do It Myself

I Can Do It Myself by Valorie Fisher; 
photos by the author Preschool, Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 7/14    978-0-449-81593-9    $17.99    g Tiny poseable dolls help young children celebrate the many concepts they need to learn. Fisher (Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five, rev. 7/11) includes the basics for preschoolers and kindergartners: […]

Green

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 […]

Dot-dot-dash — Concept Books With a Twist

Three new concept books for preschool and primary ages play with the book form and go out of their way to keep kids involved: Dot; Press Here; and Follow the Line to School.

>"The Harry Potter Look"

>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.

>I like timetables, too.

>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 […]

>March/April 08 Horn Book

>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 […]

>Paper or Plastic?

>Claire has a new list of concept books up for your edification.