Monthly Archives: May 2016

Presenting . . . The Undies!

  It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Stripped off the dust jacket to expose the naked underbelly of that brand new picture book. Peeked underneath the taped-on-Mylar of library books, desperate for an Easter egg or two. Sighed with delight and intrigue when we catch a glimpse of that unexpected story. When the case cover […]

Jill & Dragon

by Lesley Barnes (Tate, 2015) You’ve got to see this book. And you’ve got to stick around for some extras from Lesley Barnes, its author and illustrator. It begins on the endpapers. Once upon a time there lived a terrible dragon. And then on the title page, we can guess that we’ve just seen a snippet […]

Grandad’s Island

by Benji Davies (first published in the US by Candlewick, 2016) This is a book about a boy named Syd. And if you go through the backyard and past the knotty tree, this is a book about Syd’s Grandad. He’s a Grandad who has a big metal door in the corner of his attic. A […]

Be Glad Your Dad…(Is Not an Octopus!) + An Interview with Sara Jensen

by Matthew Logelin and Sara Jensen; illustrated by Jared Chapman (Little, Brown, 2016) Once upon a time, I started this blog. It worked fine and looked nice until it didn’t anymore, and that’s when a superhero named Sara Jensen came to the rescue of this damsel in distress. She’s the genius behind the Book Party […]