Monthly Archives: January 2014

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (and an interview with illustrator Christian Robinson)

written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Published 2014 by Chronicle Books.) Have you seen the buzz flitting about this book yet? Allow me to flit a bit more. It’s a spectacular collaboration, a spotlight on an unforgettable lady. I have to believe that Patricia Hruby Powell’s dance background fueled the sparkle in […]

The Red Shoes

by Gloria Fowler, illustrated by Sun Young Yoo published 2008, by Ammo Books The slightest clunk in some of the words is swept up in the utter beauty of the illustrations in The Red Shoes. It’s an interpretation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson story, and I love its elegant take on girl power. Just […]

Abe Lincoln’s Dream

by Lane Smith published 2012, by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Check out this trailer. It sets up the book’s mood and pace with flawless grace. Lane Smith has done something really special here. It’s an evocative look at a legacy. A look back and a look forward. Steps taken and hope to […]

Winners! Winner!

Do you know John Schumacher and Travis Jonker, the super-librarians? Both of their blogs are in my morning-coffee-check-in-routine, and they are in awards crunch time right now, so send them a little sparkle. Mr. Schu is serving on the Newbery committee, and Mr. Jonker on the Caldecott. Eager to hear the fruits of their work […]

The Tiny King

by Taro Miura first U.S. edition published 2013, by Candlewick Press Here’s a sweet and funny story. Candlewick sent me a review copy of The Tiny King in the waning weeks of 2013. My eye was already eager for it thanks to this Calling Caldecott post about international illustrators, so it was a bit of […]