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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

The eponymous Adrian Simcox in Marcy Campbell’s debut picture book Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse is bullied because of his poverty. Some have likened this book to Eleanor Estes’s classic chapter book The Hundred Dresses. I know many readers regard Dresses as a text that fosters empathy, but I can’t shake my own reading of […]

The Book of Mistakes

Less a story than a book about an idea, the central message of Corinna Luyken’s debut, The Book of Mistakes, appears as paratextual coda on the back of the jacket: “Set your imagination free.” According to Caldecott criteria, the Caldecott is “not for didactic intent,” but Luyken delivers her message as a masterful celebration of […]

Review of The Book of Mistakes

Luyken, Corinna The Book of Mistakes 56 pp. Dial 2017. ISBN 978-0-7352-2792-7 (3) K–3 “It started / with one mistake”: a drawing of a girl’s head has mismatched eyes. “But the glasses — they were a good idea”: the eyes are now masked by glasses. The pattern of mistakes followed by cover-ups continues, becoming a […]