Monday, February 9, 2015

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by Lindsay Ward

This week's pick is from Cottager Anika Denise

What it's all about…
One snowy morning, an egg (snowball) flies through the air and lands in Blue's nest. Blue is concerned. Egg is so very cold! Blue searches the city to find Egg's Mama Bird. But when no birdy claims little Egg, Blue cares for Egg herself. She takes Egg ice-skating, and sledding, and keeps Egg safe over the cold winter night. Then Spring comes, and well. . . we won't spoil it.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf…
Having just come off a trip to New York City with my daughter, this book was a perfect choice. Lindsay Ward's illustrations of wintry city scenes and iconic city landmarks are as delicate and charming as the story itself.

Our favorite lines…
"Blue knew they wouldn't make it in time if she tried to carry Egg, so she decided they would do what anyone would: take the subway uptown."

Our favorite illustration. . .

Why kids will love it…
Children will easily understand and appreciate the joke, as well as Blue's cheery determination in the face of the inevitable.

Why grown-ups will love it…
Beautiful art + a sweet story with a plucky protagonist and gentle humor = perfect wintertime picture book reading. 


  1. This story sounds adorable! I hope you had a great trip to NYC with your daughter. Thanks for sharing :) ~ Jess

    1. It was a great trip! We even went ice-skating, just like Blue and Egg. :)

  2. Picture books with plucky protagonists and gentle humour are the most fun! This looks enchanting and sweet.

    1. I agree! And Lindsay has a another coming out on 2/24 titled HENRY FINDS HIS WORD. I got a sneak peek this past weekend. It's great! Thanks for reading and commenting, Claudine!