Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

This edition of The Fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm is a commemoration in honor of the tales’ 200th anniversary. Twenty-seven tales are inside, with artwork inspired over centuries by the stories. There’s an interesting review and perspective on this collection over at the publisher Taschen‘s site. In addition to the stories, this collection holds […]

Owl Moon

{written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr} I think it’s well documented in these parts that rowdy read alouds steal my heart the most when it comes to picture books, but this one… Jane Yolen has rare rivals when it comes to a mastery of language and creating rich imagery with words. It was […]

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page This is one of those books that was constantly checked out of my little library in Virginia. How can you blame the kids? The cover is both creepy-crawly and funny, and the guts of this book are filled to the brim with pictures and facts about animals and their […]

An ABC Of What Art Can Be

{written by Meher McArthur; pictures by Esther Pearl Watson; designed by Catherine Lorenz} This little gem came straight from the home of Van Gogh’s Irises: The Getty. If you are an art teacher {ahem, essbee…} or an art lover {ahem, YOU!}, you should probably get your hands on this book. It’s a jaunt through the […]

The King’s 6th Finger

How about that cover? How about that King? How in the world did that SIXTH finger sprout on his hand? Why is he so distressed? His eyes are full of shock and despair! His tiny crown covers 5 lonely strands of hair! He has a 5 o’clock shadow! Squiggles! Hand drawn typography! Rich color! It’s […]