Monday, May 23, 2016

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by Maria Gianferrari 
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

This week's pick is from cottager Jamie Michalak.

What it's all about ...
Moon rises, as Coyote wakes in her den, a hallowed-out pine in a cemetery.... So begins Maria Gianferrari's riveting picture book, masterfully illustrated by Bagram Ibatouliine, about a suburban coyote stalking prey to feed her hungry cubs.  

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf … 
Coyote Moon takes children along on the coyote's nightly adventure, offering kids a rare peek at what might happen in their own neighborhood while they're fast asleep.

My favorite lines …
Twigs crack.
Rabbit freezes.
Ears twitch.
Coyote lunges.
Rabbit leaps.
Shadows blur. 

My favorite illustration …
From COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.

Why kids will love it …
Children love learning about nocturnal animals. After reading this story, they'll find a "Coyote Facts" section. (Did you know that coyotes can leap up to twelve feet to pounce on prey? Whoa!) 

Why grown-ups will love it …
Drama, action, thrills, and chills ... Coyote Moon is a delicious read-aloud!


  1. Wow! What a thrill to "click" on the site & see this today!! And the sun is shining too--what more could I ask?

    Thanks, Jamie!! :)

  2. Thanks for writing such an enjoyable read-aloud! Yip-yip-hooray!