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 . . .
“Rain!” “Rain!” A single word, in two different voices, prompts a heart-warming exploration of optimism vs. cynicism in Linda Ashman’s Rain! I’ll admit it: I have a particular fondness both for intergenerational picture books and crotchety old people (at least, in writing—maybe not so much in real life). I’m not at all a fan of […]
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 […]
When we think of great stories for children, we tend to think of the uplifting, the exuberant, the silly and cheerful. But one thing I’ve learned over time is that sometimes the most important characteristic of a successful story is that it reflects the familiar, whether joyful or not.
Mr. Frimdimpny never laughs or smiles or giggles . . . and he HATES it when other people do! So he makes up rules . . . Of course, while Mr. Frimdimpny, previously the narrator of James Stevenson’s Don’t Make Me Laugh, may be able to maintain his solemn disposition at all times, adults and […]
You can tell me to be good And I’ll sincerely try You can tell me to eat spinach And I won’t blink an eye You can tell me anything you want And I’ll do as you say But not today No, not today For TODAY IS MY DAY. What kid doesn’t wish that just […]
On a grubby little hill, in a dreary little funk, Mrs. Biddlebox rolled over on the wrong side of her bunk. Everybody has bad days, and to young children they can seem even worse. Luckily, Mrs. Biddlebox has the perfect solution: She rolls up all the elements of that lousy, miserable day, bakes them into […]