Monthly Archives: April 2015

Beastly Verse

by JooHee Yoon (Enchanted Lion, 2015) (click to enlarge) This book is something. A mashup of poetry and pictures, washes of color and words. (click to enlarge; this is an example of a spread that folds out to reveal an entirely new and more expansive illustration.) Some thoughts from JooHee on the art and creation […]

Once Upon a Cloud

by Claire Keane (Dial Books, 2015) Here’s one to hand to any kid that still can’t get enough of Frozen. And when you do, give them a little wink-nudge that this book’s creator worked on what Elsa and Anna’s world looked like. And she worked on Tangled. And then they will see the lush purple […]

Blog Tour: The Water and the Wild

by K.E. Ormsbee, illustrated by Elsa Mora (Chronicle Books, 2015) From the publisher: A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best […]

Best Books Ever on the Let’s Get Busy podcast

I’m just going to go ahead and assume you are all listening to Matthew Winner’s Let’s Get Busy podcast, but if you aren’t: get over there. Matthew’s a librarian at an elementary school in Maryland, and he’s created the most spectacular hangout online for authors, illustrators, and other members in the kidlit crew. He’s smart and funny […]

Enormous Smallness

  by Matthew Burgess and Kris Di Giacomo (Enchanted Lion, 2015) This book is the author’s debut picture book, and as a poet and creative writing teacher he found a perfect venue for these words. And here’s a great look at the illustrator’s work over at This Picture Book Life. (If you haven’t seen Brief […]