I once read a book that talked about books as objects. I am reading another which talks about objects as material memory. How many memories are captured by physical books? What seconds of your life are being recorded by the words and pages you read? When you pick up a book to read it once again, does a particular page bring to mind the past you who read those same words? Do certain words bring to mind certain memories?
These are things to ponder about. Beautiful books are definitely one of the more positive sides to having physical books. I have had people trying to guilt me for owning a large number of books. They call it a library of dead trees instead of a library full of vibrant lives kept within the covers of various books. Books are always beautiful but there is something to be said for books that are almost art in the pictures they contain, in the quality of their pages, and the firmness of their covers.
Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Chronicle Books
Ann Shen’s collects legendary ladies in a beautifully bound book that will be at home on your coffee table or on your shelf. I must point out that the little notes at the bottom of each page that start off “Call on (goddess name) if you want (something something) sat ill with me. You can’t simply call upon a god in a religion you don’t belong to and know nothing off simply when you want, I don’t know, peace.
Faith works a bit differently than that. This is, of course, my opinion.
Tales of India: Folktales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu with Illustrations by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Chronicle Books
This book contains exactly what it says it does in the title. Folktales from all those places in India. The thing is as a modern reader, I often was left feeling horrified by the way animals and women are treated in these tales. The book is certainly beautiful though. The full page colour art prefacing each tale is gorgeous as well.
Girls Who Code: Baby Code + Art + Play + Music written by Sandra Horning and art by Melissa Crowton Source: Publisher These are undeniably cute. However, babies are not going to be impressed by this book. In fact, one of my nephews chewed the edge of this book and then lobbed it at my head. […]
Hardcover, 304 pages Published February 20th 2018 by Algonquin Books Source: Publisher I have been a fan of Kelly Barnhill’s since I read The Witch’s Boy which was a marvelous feat of imagination. Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories is no different. The anthology features stories written in different styles; it celebrates a vibrant and diverse cast of characters. “Mrs. Sorensen […]
Hardcover, 256 pages Published May 22nd 2018 by Grand Central Publishing Source: Publisher I wasn’t aware of Franchesca Ramsey and her viral video until I read this book so if you haven’t heard of Franchesca Ramsey before now, do yourself a favour and Google her. Well, That Escalated Quickly details Franchesca’s accidental foray into activism. It all […]
Hardcover, 40 pages Published May 8th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher This book is really quite darling. The accompanying prose is spare but the illustrations more than make up for it. There is something so endearing about the time the little girl spends with her father who is drawn as a […]
The Judy Moody series by Megan Mcdonald is about the titular character, Judy Moody, a third grader, who has a mood for every occasion and then some. These books are super popular and a staple of many childhoods. And now, the series is being relaunched (or is the correct word, reinvented?). I will be making my way […]
Here are some quick reviews of picturebooks! Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt [bwwpp_book sku=’97805476339090000000′] This one is, perhaps my favourite, out of the lot I’m reviewing today. The art is beautiful, the prose piquant, and the overall effect dazzling. The book exists in pulses, beating especially at important moments […]
Hardcover, 288 pages Published March 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Source: ARC from Publisher Official copy: Book advocate Colby Sharp presents more than forty beloved, award-winning, diverse and bestselling authors and illustrators in a creative challenge! Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; […]
Anna and Johanna by Geraldine Elschner Hardcover Published February 20th 2018 by Prestel Junior This was cute but overall not as engaging as one would expect a picturebook targeting kids to be. I feel like this pb would work fantastically in context say in art class but on its own, it flails. The Sister Book/ The […]
Hardcover, 208 pages Published September 19th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams Source: Publisher Fact: What initially attracted me to this novel was the cover. What can I say? Covers work their magic on me. Elizabeth and Zenobia has a certain old school charm that you will recognize if you read Enid Blyton or The Chalet School during your […]