Monthly Archives: April 2012

Operation Alphabet

Operation Alphabet is the brainchild of art director Al MacCuish. It’s illustrated by Luciano Lozano and designed by Jim Bletsas. Their favorite words are diplodocus, shelter, and ‘toodle-oo, buckeroo‘ respectively, so, you know, they rule for having favorite words. Mine is eyeball. True story. I can’t give away too much because the book warned me […]

Extra Yarn WINNER!

Drum roll {of extra yarn} please….. Congratulations to TINA CHO! Yay, Tina! Email me at with an address, and this treat will be on its way!


by Kathryn Otoshi Looking for a picture book on numbers, counting, and value? This is it. Looking for a picture book on feeling unimportant, finding friends, and celebrating differences? This is it. Zero’s illustrations sing over crisp black and white pages. The lines that create Zero’s shape are a beautiful, glistening silver. So much about her […]

Extra Yarn

Saturday. Burbank. Unwind Yarn. A genius author/artist combo in my neighborhood? One that I have proclaimed love for on multiple occasions? It was perfect. {Cake pops wrapped in yarn. Adorable!} And the dynamic duo: illustrator Jon Klassen, and author Mac Barnett. {I have been to Mac’s website plenty of times, and only now realize the […]

A Long Way From You – Book Trailer

How about a book trailer? I recently had the privilege to read (!) a sweet contemporary YA about love and friendship and dreams and art and Texas and New York City and it was just absolutely delightful. Kitsy Kidd is the kind of girl I would have madly wanted to befriend in high school. The […]

The Loud Book

words by Deborah Underwood, pictures by Renata Liwska A fun companion to The Quiet Book, The Loud Book celebrates all things NOISY. Such a straightforward book calls for fairly straightforward type layout. Belly Flop Loud Thunderstorm Loud Candy Wrapper Loud Spilling Your Marbles In The Library Loud And so on. Enter: the title page. And […]


by French illustrator, Blexbolex. I wonder if I could get away with going by one name. CARTER. Ehh. Doesn’t quite sound as cool. Seasons is a true treasure of a book. While it is a bit hefty for a traditional picture book, it is certainly more than the concept book it appears to be at […]

17 Things I’m Not Allowed To Do Anymore

Words by Jenny Offill, Pictures by Nancy Carpenter First of all…how hysterical is this cover? I LOVE the shadow of dear old Mom covering a little girl who is gleefully squeezing glue all over the place. Covers like this make me want to dive inside. Who IS she? What else does she try to do […]