12 Days of Picture Books with Penguin Young Readers

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Well, don’t ask me twice!

I’m excited to join forces with Penguin Young Readers to celebrate one of my favorite parts of the season: more time to read. Check out what they’ve come up with here, a site where you can create custom lists of favorites for all ages of readers. I’m a huge fan of this one, this one, and this one. And whoa, check the cover on this one!

And the good news for you is that Penguin is running a pretty spectacular series of giveaways over on Facebook. Go see!

Today’s feature (and Facebook giveaway!) is the wham-bam-what-just-happened Robo-Sauce, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.

Robo-Sauce

Now, I’ve seen lots of books. And lots of design elements in those lots of books. And I have never ever ever seen something like this.

Here’s a thing that’s true: robots are awesome. Kids love robots. Now, if only there was something that would allow said kid to turn anything they see or touch or smell or feel into a robot. Good thing there is that something, and it’s called Robo-Sauce. (Recipe included.)

B A N G !

F L A S H !

B O O M !

It works.

It works so well that everything our hero touches turns into a robot. Everything, including the very book that he’s a part of. Really.

Robo-Sauce

Crazy, chaotic, and the most wacky and original thing I’ve ever seen inside (and outside) a picture book.

Don’t miss it! (Or the 12 Days of Picture Books with Penguin Young Readers!)

And for more behind the scenes of Robo-Sauce, check out Matthew Winner’s interview with Adam Rubin on the Let’s Get Busy podcast.

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Firebird

Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014)

Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

When you open a book to sweeping, fiery endpapers, it’s almost as if you can hear the symphony begin. The author, Misty Copeland, is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. The illustrator, Christopher Myers, is a Caldecott Honoree for Harlem and the son of the legendary Walter Dean Myers.

We are in stellar storytelling hands.

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(image here // Copeland dancing the Firebird)

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(image here // Copeland dancing the Firebird)

Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers’s art captures the lines and shapes of a dancer’s movement. Intricate, suspended, and dizzying.

Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

Misty Copeland’s words are fire and poetry to a timid youngster’s soul.

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I adore the anticipation in this spread, the dancer waiting for the curtain to rise, and I imagine a lump in her throat and a belly full of as many swoops as the folds in the curtain.

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Each page turn reveals a composition that is even more striking than the last. This is a pairing of musicality, movement, and a jaw-dropping array of colors and feelings. The way her words and his pictures create an animated harmony is exactly how music and movement do the same in the ballerina’s world.

A perfect pas de deux.

Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

For more on Misty Copeland, take a look at this. She is a lovely storyteller, both in her books and with her body.

 

 

Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

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Review copy provided by the publisher.