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Entries in children's books (467)

Wednesday
Feb072018

search-and-find alphabet of alphabets

This is neither your average search-and-find nor is it your run-of-the-mill abecedarian primer.  It’s a complete A to Z filled to the brim with things to find from birds to creepy-crawlies to inventions.  Yellow things is the penultimate group before readers’ last stop at the zoo.  On certain pages, look out for the extra things you’re asked to spot—with a few more surprises in store throughout.  heaps of new words to learn—including unusual ones—make this book a really engaging one.  This one would be a hit with little alphabetarians learning those 26 all-important symbols of the English language.  Categorically clever. 

Search-and-Find Alphabet of Alphabets was written and illustrated by Allan Sanders and published by Wide Eyed Editions.  Out soon on March 1!

Sunday
Feb042018

bloom

A biography of Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli by one of our favorite author/illustrator teams.  As a child, from the very start, Elsa is expected to conform to conventional, canonical ideals of beauty.  But as she gets older, her views of beauty become more expansive and she realizes that “ideas are everywhere.”  She finds inspiration in her environment and everything around her.  Her vision as an artist grows from there.  Her love for fashion design is sparked at the age of twenty-two on a brief trip to Paris.  Kyo Maclear’s beautiful words and Julie Morstad’s gorgeous art tell the story of this forward-thinking artist.  Julie Morstad’s palette is all at once dreamy, modern and unexpected.  Kyo’s narrative is smart, sharp and above all, breathes life and inspiration into its readers, young and old.  Don’t miss this one!

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli was written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad and published by HarperCollins in the US and Tundra Books in Canada.  Out very soon on February 6.

Wednesday
Jan242018

love

We made a simple craft inspired by Matt De la Peña and Loren Long’s new book LOVE, a book about everything that can be love.  To make heart-shaped pencil toppers, all you need are pencils and pipe cleaners.

1. Bend a pipe cleaner in half.  Wind it around the top of a pencil a couple of times.  Pull both ends of the pipe cleaner to make sure it’s wrapped around the pencil tightly.  

2. Bend and shape the rest of the pipe cleaner into the shape of a heart.  Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to finish off the heart. 

You can watch the book trailer for LOVE here, and find out about Matt and Loren’s upcoming book tour dates here.

Tuesday
Jan232018

bolivar

Wow.  WOW.  First of all, Sean Rubin, you had us at “Bolivar.”  The name, the iconic typeface, the cover, the promise of a great story.  And then you blew us away with your first couple of double page spreads and their sweeping urban skyline.  We lingered over these opening scenes and heard the unmistakable sounds of New York; we heard the noisy din of cars, traffic, people walking the sidewalks en masse, and then we were drawn into the quiet quotidian life of...a dinosaur in New York.  A dinosaur named Bolivar.

Bolivar has an apartment on 78th Street, and he lives on corned beef sandwiches and tonic water with lime (like most dinosaurs).  His interests include used books and old records.  And The New Yorker of course.  Everyone in the city is too busy to notice him except for his next door neighbor Sybil.  After months of spying on him, she finally corners him in front of the recycling bins where their long-awaited meet cute takes place.

Writer/illustrator Sean Rubin on how the story came about — “I realized that if a dinosaur lived in New York City, no one would notice him, but then I began to wonder, what would his life be like? The story really came from trying to answer that question.”

BOLIVAR is a special book and a brilliant debut.  Its written and visual narratives come together seamlessly to tell this tremendous tale which is also a beautiful and meaningful tribute to New York City.  Do yourself a favor and get a copy—for you and for everyone you know.

Written and illustrated by Sean Rubin and published by Archaia | BOOM! Studios.

Sunday
Jan212018

the littlest viking

Though he’s the littlest in his tribe, Sven is fierce and is always up for anything.  What he loves best is a good yarn and his forte is storytelling.  He’s used to ruling the roost until a baby sister makes inroads into his world.  Suddenly there’s crying all the time and the little warrior princess cannot be soothed.  But Sven has an idea.

We are longtime fans of Isabel’s work and her use of color and pattern really sings in this one.  Her palette of verdant greens reminds us of Scandinavia’s warmer season with some ruddy counterpoints thrown in to represent the fiery but sweet temperament of Sven’s little sister.

The Littlest Viking was written by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Isabel Roxas and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers.