Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay


DRAWN TOGETHER
by Minh Lê
Illustrated by Dan Santat

(This week’s #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Jamie Michalak.)

What it’s all about …
When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to frustration and silence -- until they discover they share a love of drawing. 

Why I love it …
WOW. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. This book! I love this book! Drawn Together is a stirring picture book about the power of art and storytelling. The boy and his grandfather's struggle to communicate will tug at your heartstrings. But then you're quickly swept up in their epic and action-packed shared creation, breathtakingly illustrated by Dan Santat. 

Sample illustration …


From Drawing Together by Minh Lê. Illustration copyright 2018 by Dan Santat.

Why will kids love it?
Many children will relate to the initial silence between the boy and his grandfather, and the unexpected adventure will knock kids off their feet.

Why will grown-ups love it?
It's easy for both kids and grown-ups to get lost in Dan Santat's dazzling and imaginative illustrations. This cover will likely be wearing a shiny sticker one day.

Where to find/buy …

Or at a school or library near you!

About the Author
Minh Lê is a writer, but like his grandfather, is a man of few words. He is the author of Let Me Finish! A first-generation Vietnamese-American, he went to Dartmouth College and has a master's in education from Harvard University. Visit Minh at minhlebooks.com or on Twitter @bottomshelfbks

About the Illustrator
Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as The Cookie Fiasco, After the Fall, and others. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, The Replacements. Visit him at dantat. com

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay




OFF & AWAY
by Cale Atkinson

(This week’s #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Jamie Michalak.)

What it’s all about …
Jo lives on an island with her dad, who delivers every message in a bottle to its right home. But when he comes down with a severe sea cold, Jo must face her fear of the sea and cast off by herself to get the job done!

Why I love it …
The detailed, energetic illustrations alternate between warm, humorous, and just the right amount of scary that kids love. 

Sample illustration …
From OFF & AWAY. Illustration copyright 2018 by Cale Atkinson.

Why will kids love it?
Sure to elicit both giggles and gasps, this picture book adventure is a thrilling ride of a read-aloud.

Why will grown-ups love it?
Grown-ups can share this picture book about overcoming fears with their favorite littles who might need a boost of courage.

Where to find/buy …

Or at a school or library near you!

Author-Illustrator bio
Cale Atkinson is an author, illustrator, and animator whose picture books include To the Sea and Explorers of the Wild. He lives and works in Kelowna, British Columbia. Visit him online at www.cale.ca or on Twitter @2dCale.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BLOG STOP! If You Want To Fall Asleep

We are thrilled to celebrate the release of IF YOU WANT TO FALL ASLEEP by friend of the cottage Jackie Azúa Kramer! And guess who's back? NINA from MAMABELLY LUNCHES WITH LOVE! Scroll down to the link below to view Nina's special Literary Lunch for Little Mouse.


IF YOU WANT TO FALL ASLEEP
by Jackie Azúa Kramer
illustrated by Lisa Brandenburg

What it's all about...
It's bedtime and Little Mouse isn't sleepy. Mama makes suggestion after suggestion of helpful things Little Mouse can do to fall asleep—but nothing is working.

Why we love it...
It's a classic, clever, imaginative, cumulative tale, perfect for reading sweet little mice to sleep.

Some of our favorite lines...
If you want to fall asleep
and you're staring at the ceiling. . .
Count stars in the sky.
Not one or two or three,
but each star, near and far.
And when you float among the stars,
remember wishes:
birthday wishes, secret wishes,
dream wishes.

And wait for dozing.

A few of our fave illustrations...







All images (c) Lisa Brandenburg 2018

What's the kid-appeal?
Kids will relate to Little Mouse's dilemma, enjoy all of Mama's imaginative solutions, and pore over the oh-so-darling illustrations in this book.

What's the grownup appeal?
Every parent has heard the words, "but I'm not sleepy," from their kiddos at bedtime. This lyrical bedtime book is a classic way to calm down, giggle, snuggle, and invite kids to let their imaginations carry them off to sweet slumber.

Where to find/ buy If You Want to Fall Asleep
Indie Booksellers
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Or at a school or library near you!

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Many lives ago Jackie Azúa Kramer was an actor, singer and school counselor. Now Jackie wiles away her time writing children's picture books. What ties these all together and remains a constant are her dreams and imagination. Jackie's picture books, THE GREEN UMBRELLA (NorthSouth Books) illustrated by Maral Sassouni chosen by CBC Bank Street College - 'Best Children's Books of the Year' and 2017 Parents' Choice Award Silver Medal. Coming soon: THE BOY AND THE EIGHT HUNDRED POUND GORILLA (Candlewick 2020), THAT'S FOR BABIES (Clavis, TBD) and MILES WON'T SMILE (Clavis, TBD). She loves to read all kinds of books. But she has a sweet spot for stories that remind her that there’s a big world to go and explore. Jackie hopes one day her books will make someone feel that way, too. Learn more at http://www.jackieazuakramer.com.

Lisa Brandenburg is a Dutch illustrator who graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts, Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2000. Lisa has a wide range of artistic interests and she seizes the chances and challenges that come along with a new project. She generally uses a mix of techniques and plays with colors and composition. Her work can be slightly melancholic, is both child- & adult-friendly and has a touch of humor. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Learn more at http://www.lisabrandenburg.nl/





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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on ReviewsDay!


TERRIFIC TONGUES!
by Maria Gianferrari
illustrated by Jia Liu

(This week's #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Anika Denise.)

What it's all about...
A nonfiction ode to tongues! From woodpeckers to frogs to bats — who knew animal tongues could be so much fun? Readers can imagine what it would be like to have a tongue like a sword, a straw, and party blower, among other cool comparisons.

Why I love it...
Because it's packed full of great info but is not bogged down by its facts. Terrific Tongues moves along lickety-split! It's funny, interesting, and the illustrations are marvelous.

Favorite lines...
If you had a 
tongue like a washcloth.
you might be an. . .

OKAPI!

An okapi's tongue is like a 
washcloth. Okapi tongues 
are so long that okapis can use them to 
wash their eyes and ears.

A few of my fave illustrations...





What's the kid-appeal?
Little kids love learning weird and interesting facts. Facts about tongues? Fascinating! In an easy-to-digest, playfully-illustrated format, readers can discover all sorts of tasty tongue tidbits such as: a giant anteater flicks its tongue 160 times a minute.

What's the grownup appeal?
It works beautifully as a read-aloud, and it's also a great choice for kids who like their STEM lessons served up silly.

Where to find/ buy Terrific Tongues
Indie Booksellers
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Or at a school or library near you!

MARIA GIANFERRARI is the author of both fiction and nonfiction picture books, including the Penny and Jelly books, Coyote Moon, and Hello Goodbye Dog. She lives in Virginia. Visit mariagianferrari.com.







JIA LIU received her MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art. Terrific Tongues! is her debut picture book. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit jia-liu-t7ay.squarespace.com.








Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay



Hello Lighthouse
by Sophie Blackall

(This week's #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.)

What it's all about...
On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse, which withstands the elements and the passage of time as it beams its light out to sea. All the while, its keeper works and writes, and changes await.

Why I love it...
Being a New England gal, I have a thing for lighthouses, and Sophie Blackall's latest masterpiece is the ultimate tribute.

Sample illustration...





What's the kid-appeal?
Fascinating illustrations and a detailed narrative reveal the inner workings of the lighthouse and the ins and outs of its keeper's daily life.


What's the grownup appeal?
Like a certain lighthouse, this story's classic, comforting feel offers a steadfast refuge and a happy, hopeful beacon.


Where to find/buy Hello Lighthouse
Indie Booksellers
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Or at a school or library near you!

Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of many picture books, including Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, winner of the Caldecott Medal. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay



EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE
by Carter Higgins
Illustrated by Emily Hughes


(This week’s #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Jamie Michalak.)

What it’s all about …

This beautifully illustrated story gives whimsical instructions on how to build a treehouse and what to do once you have.

Why I love it …
This book had me at "treehouse." But then it went and included ALL KINDS OF TREEHOUSES! Like garden treehouses and pirate ship treehouses and high-up-in-the-sky treehouses and (gasp) library treehouses!

Favorite lines ...

You can spill secrets and

whispers in a treehouse

cause the wind keeps them

snug with a rustle

which is a hush you can feel

in your bones

that's how you know it's safe.

Sample illustration …
From WHAT YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE by Carter Higgins. Illustration copyright 2018 by Emily Hughes.

Why will kids love it?

Kids can imagine trying out the different treehouses and choosing their favorite.

Why will grown-ups love it?
Treehouses are for everyone. Even grown-ups dream about escaping the real world and creating a space all their own. Also, some might enjoy how this book calls to mind Andrew Henry's Meadow and the art of Gyo Fujikawa.

Where to find/buy EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE …

Indie Booksellers
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Or at a school or library near you!

Carter Higgins is the author of This Is Not a Valentine and A Rambler Steals Home. She has worked as both a motion graphics designer and a librarian. She lives in Los Angeles, California.






Emily Hughes is an internationally recognized author and illustrator. She is the author-illustrator of The Little Gardener and Wild, and the illustrator of Charlie & Mouse. Emily was born in Hawaii and now lives and works in the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay



The Great Dictionary Caper
by Judy Sierra
illustrated by Eric Comstock

(This week's #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.)

What it's all about...
The words have escaped the dictionary! Before Noah Webster and Peter Mark Roget set things straight, check out the onomatopoeia marching band, the showy action verbs, the tangoing homophones, and more!

Why I love it...
In my house, we're big fans of irreverent books that shake up the order of things, and of course, WORDS — so we think Judy Sierra's playful text and Eric Comstock's graphic, lively illustrations are, dare we say, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Sample illustration...




What's the kid-appeal?
Kids will love knowing that words need to break for recess sometimes, just like they do!


What's the grownup appeal?
Great examples of homonyms, antonyms, rhyming words, propositions, and other parts of speech (also defined in a handy glossary at the back) allow for some learning amidst the wonderful wordplay.


Where to find/buy The Great Dictionary Caper
Indie Booksellers
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Or at a school or library near you!

Judy Sierra is the author of many award-winning books for children including the bestsellers Antarctic Antics, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey; Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown; and The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School, illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Her books have received seven Children's Choice Award from the International Reading Association, two Aesop awards from the American Folklore Society, and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Prize from the Association of Booksellers for Children. She lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at JudySierra.net.

Eric Comstock's first picture book was the debut Charlie Piechart adventure, Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice by Marilyn Sadler. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas. Visit him online at ericcomstock.us.