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inspector brunswick

An eyebrow goes missing from the portrait of the Admiral at the museum and Inspector Brunswick is on the case.  Thank goodness Brunswick has a clever assistant.

Inspector Brunswick: The Case of the Missing Eyebrow was written by Chris Lam Sam, illustrated by Angela Keoghan and published by Tate.


interview at tee and penguin

For a look at what our bookshelves really look like (and to read some thoughts on what we do to foster a love of reading and literacy at home), head over to an interview Tee and Penguin did with me on their blog.  Thanks for having me, Sarah and Taryn!

P.S. I’m starting a new series called #whataverysreading.  I’ll post a stack of what she’s been reading lately every couple of weeks or so and would love to hear what other chapter books and middle grade books everyone is into these days.


harry and clare's amazing staycation

With no travel plans for spring break except for a long week at home, siblings Harry and Clare go on an expedition to Mars, ride "a Pasta Linguini racer around an indoor course in the supermarket," narrowly escape the grips of the Abominable Snowman and go on a treasure hunt through the jungle.  And they nosh on volcano sticks and asteroid burgers along the way.  Needless to say, they make the best of just being together.  We love how the story speaks so naturally to the dynamics of sibling relationships as well as kids' beautiful and expansive imaginations and boundless creativity.

Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation was written by Ted Staunton, illustrated by Mika Song and published by Tundra Books.


before & after

The latest bit of genius from Jean Jullien: a board book of juxtaposed ‘before’ and ‘after’ images, playful as always, imbued with the intuitive humor and wit he's known for.  

Before & After was written and illustrated by Jean Jullien and published by Phaidon.


illustoria: the outside-in issue

Magazines connect us to writers and illustrators in ways that picture books can't—be it through hearing about an author's background in an interview with them or seeing a different kind of visual storytelling from an illustrator.  In the newest issue of Illustoria, writers and artists were asked "what comes to mind for them when they think 'outside-in."

Also just in time for #WomensHistoryMonth, we love how the current issue features many amazing women writers and artists—Lisa Brown, Nina Chakrabarti, Amy Novesky, Elizabeth Haidle, Ruth Kneass, Britt Browne, Yuliya Gwilym, to name but a few.  The latest installment of Literary Giants As Kids is all about Beatrix Potter's childhood.  In her words, "There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story.  You never quite know where they'll take you."

We also get to hear Amy Novesky's thoughts on writing, her creative process, inspirations, current projects and how she was "bookish and daydreamy" as a kid.  Avery hasn't read the wordless comics yet, but I know she'll be intrigued by their narrative.  Lots of quirk, lots of surprises, but most of all, so much inspiration to soak up, for me and my kids.

Cover art by Lisa Brown.