The whole house sank.Up became down.Bright became dim.Glad became gloom. It’s difficult to write about Virgina Wolf without resorting to hyperbole. Picture books about siblings are a dime a dozen, but it’s obvious as soon as you start reading this one that it’s special . . .
Stravinsky inspired Nijinsky. Nijinsky inspired Stravinsky. Together they decided to dream of something different and new. When I was about four or five years old, I was taken to see The Nutcracker, and like any kid, I promptly fell in love with ballet, pirouetting my way through the house for weeks afterwards. But instead of […]
As an avowed word junkie, I always love finding alphabet books written for older kids. I firmly believe that learning the ABCs is just a first step, and that finding ways to keep kids interested in letters and words beyond that is crucial.
“Elephants don’t watch TV, and they certainly don’t eat chocolate chip cookies.” I’m not a fan of preachy books, or those that revolve around teaching kids a lesson, but I do have a soft spot for a great story that encourages the sort of character traits that reinforce independent thinking, creativity, and imagination. What Elephant? […]
Before the day is out, Pecorino will furmuzzle a man with a long mustache, wamboodle himself down into a tuba, and cause the most Brobdingnagian blast of a note that anyone has ever heard. It’s all in a day’s work for Pecorino. How does one even begin to describe the best things about the story […]
Eugene was in the middle. This is his story. In the name of forthrightness, I should state at the beginning of this review that as a middle child myself, I have a bit of an innate bias in favour of Richard Scrimger’s tale of the trials and tribulations of young Eugene, stuck between two sisters.
We have rascals and robbers and cheaters and pinchers And fibbers and squealers and rotters and stinkers. But out of them all there is nobody meaner Than Englebert Sneem and his Dream Vacuum Cleaner This story cracks me up. Daniel Postgate is generally a pretty reliable author, but with Engelbert Sneem (published in the U.S. […]
“Lulu, it seems to me that you’ve opened up a knock’em sock’em wibble-wobble word warp!” Kids love this book! I say that before anything else because, all else aside, it is one of the best reasons to buy this book. Double Trouble in Walla Walla will have your kids in absolute fits of giggles.
If you had looked over the Bay of Naples that night, you would have seen the King’s velvet breeches and the King’s silk shirt and the King’s golden waistcoat and the King’s embroidered cloak all flying across the sea. And where do you think they landed? As much as I adore many of today’s bold, […]
All other considerations aside, the story of Owen the hippopotamus and his adoptive mother/friend Mzee—a 130-year-old giant tortoise—will always be a striking and beautiful one simply because it is both extraordinary and true.