Oh, seldom seen and never heard was Quentin Fenton Herter Third. BUT . . . Quentin Fenton had a Shadow: never good and always bad! Oh, he was bad as bad can be, was Quentin Fenton Herter Three. I just love a book that dares to be different, not just for the sake of difference […]
A woman once worked for Hieronymus Bosch— she handled his cooking, his cleaning, his wash. She baked and she swept while his paintings, she feared, grew increasingly wild and decidedly weird. In Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch we are presented with the disconcerting notion of what life would have been like in the household of […]
No comforters, plush pillows Sheets of silk or velveteen Could bring a golden slumber To Her Majesty, the Queen When the Queen of Trouble’s insomnia pushes her to the breaking point, will anyone in the kingdom have a solution so she can finally get a good night’s sleep?
“No shame can come to such as you,” said one of the peris [to Wali Dad]. “Thought your clothes are poor, in your heart you are a king.” Although my absolute favourite picture books tend mostly to be the funny or silly ones, throughout my life I’ve always been enchanted as well by folk tales. […]
Arrowville was never slow—a constant go, go go! In a manic panic people hustled to and fro. Every pointed person had a pointed point of view, and every point in Arrowville was always just askew. With Arrowville, author/illustrator Geefwee Boedoe has created a keen, insightful story about prejudice while maintaining a sense of playfulness that […]
One of the things I love best about picture books is how widely they vary. Although the general format may be the same, the range of styles, artwork, stories, etc. is almost unlimited, which is important because the imaginations and tastes of young children are just as varied.
Professor Flugel was building a splendid new bird feeder . . . Little does Professor Flugel know, however, that the splendid new bird feeder of which he is so proud is going to turn his life upside down.
Once upon a time there was a little boy whose name was Salvador, though everyone called him Salvi. Dali and the Path of Dreams, much like James Warhola’s Uncle Andy’s, is remarkable in its ability to convey complex ideas about an artist and his art to very young children.
Mend-It McGregor, everyone called him, because he could mend most anything that needed mending, they said, from fishing rods and fairy wands to top hats and rubber ducks. Inventor Hector McGregor leads the sort of life we can all envy. He loves his work, has a wonderful family and a happy home, and spends his […]
“Try to do as little as possible.” This was Dodsworth’s motto. This is a fabulous story about inspiration, curiosity, and trying new things. It is the story of Dodsworth, a lazy mole who gets by in life doing as little as possible. Dodsworth is not necessarily unhappy, but isn’t particularly happy either. He just sort […]