Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star […]
Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule and Kelsey Garrity-Riley (illustrations)
This picture book gives younger readers a very accessible look at some of the struggles women faced in the past (and continue to do so in some parts of the world) where equality between the sexes is concerned. Though the story is lighthearted in tone as befitting the audience, the two or so pages of information at the back give a much deeper look at suffragette issues which will work as the perfect springboard for those kids who want to know more.
I see this book being used in classrooms to supplement lessons in fun ways. The art is pretty and the prose has a vigor to it that works well with the subject and themes under discussion. I enjoyed this one immensely.
My Magical: Unicorn (illustrations by Yujin Shin
For kids who love unicorns, this book is an amazing treat. Even those who don’t will enjoy this little boardbook immensely. The push/pull slide makes the reading experience interactive. The illustrations are bright and attractive. The prose is fun and simple to understand. A perfect bedtime book.
Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes by Eva Chen and Derek Desierto (illustrations)
A cute picture book that evokes women from contemporary times as well as women from the past through the shoes they wear. The pb presents an interesting way to look at remarkable figures throughout time and will appeal to girls interested in fashion. The prose is simple and the illustrations vivid. This book could make for a wonderful way to spend time and then move on to craft work–recreating your blank canvas shoes to affect your own personality.
The Song of Spring by Hendrik Jonas
I loved this one! The little bird is lonely and wants a friend but he has forgotten the song of spring. After a few false starts, he finally gets it right but by taking the long way, he gains some unexpected friends. The tone is bright and chirpy (forgive the unintended pun) and the illustrations are gold. Kids will have a riot with this one.
New York: Day and Night by Aurelie Pollet & Vincent Bergier
The format of this one is interesting. The prose is a bit dry and not very inviting but the visual aspect of this picture book offers a lot to the reader. I believe older readers will benefit more from this as they will be able to analyze the differences between light and shadow but an adult reading this together with their child works too.
The Tallest Tree House by Elly MacKay
Elly MacKay’s art is out of this world. I enjoy her soft colours and the dreamy nature of the worlds she creatures. The Tallest Tree House is no different. Pip and Mip are fairies competing to see who can build the tallest tree house. One of them plans and the other one doesn’t. Following this, you can see how the book can seem like a parable and get didactic. Fortunately, the pretty art saves it from being too severe in tone. I enjoyed this and so did my niece. The mushroom hair wins everything.
Little Red Reading Hood and the Misread Wolf by Troy Wilson and illustrated by Ilaria Campana
This skewed retelling of the fairytale is witty in tone but falters slightly due to its repetitive prose. However, my review is from an adult perspective and kids might think entirely differently. The art is pretty and witty in tone, imparting a whole lot of story on its own. I enjoyed it mostly.
Little Juniper Makes it Big by Aidan Cassie
This is adorable. Juniper, the raccoon, is tired of being small, but no matter what she does, she cannot seem to grow faster. When she meets Clove, a friend who is smaller than her, she sees a solution to her problems because Clove seems to have figured out how to get around (get cookies) despite being small.
Juniper learns some lessons and comes to some realizations all by herself. The book is beautifully told with outstanding art. Kids will love this book, perhaps almost as much as I do.
Fantastic news! The Folio Society has chosen Howl’s Moving Castle for their book illustration competition. The longlist has been posted, and voting is open until February 25th, 2019. I highly recommend looking at the art. The 25 longlisted artists have a variety of styles and takes on events and characters, and it is fascinating to […]
Note: There won’t be any King of Scars spoilers, but I cannot make that promise for the rest of Bardugo’s Grishaverse books. … if you loved a thing, the work was never done. – p.445, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo My first introduction to Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse was through Six of Crows, which I […]
Okay, I want to keep this short and simple, but I did cry while reading Rukhsana Ali on an airplane so I probably won’t succeed. Let’s just get right into it, shall we? Rukhsana is a Bangladeshi-American teenager who lives a sort of double life when it comes to the fact that she’s a lesbian. She […]
Lady Helen trilogy was released by Viking from 2016 onward with an installment every year. You will find reviews for books one and two on this website. It is very difficult to review the third installment in a trilogy without giving things away so I have decided to review the series as a whole. Goodman’s research […]
I…don’t really know how to talk about this book. Okay, let me try again. The Travelling Cat Chronicles is precisely the chronicles of a cat who travels with his companion (or owner, whatever you prefer) ostensibly to find a new home for the cat but the journey is, in actuality, a farewell in the most final sense of […]
I am an avid no, I used to be an avid Murakami fan. I have read fifteen of the books he has written and own all of them. I was in my early twenties the first time I read a book by him and I didn’t get the subtleties in his prose or the quiet drama […]
The Book Wars has been experiencing technical difficulties for the past month and almost a half but we are back on track now. The future has infinite possibilities and, most importantly, the books promise to be amazing. We hope you will hang around and discuss books with us. See you soon!
The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton Hardcover, 32 pages Published September 25th 2018 by Tate Source: Publisher This picturebook follows Joe who discovers seed and the amazing secrets and possibilities contained within each one. He grows one and then another and then more, sharing the results of his gardening with the people in the apartment building […]
This autumn, Christopher Healy, author of the Hero’s Guide books—which made me chuckle uncontrollably in public—released the first novel in an all-new rollicking Middle Grade series: A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot. It’s 1883—the Age of Invention! In the back of an unassuming New York City pickle shop, twelve-year-old Molly Pepper […]