Book #237: Louis The Fish

Louis the fish -- beaten by meat

Does 1980 count as a vintage book? Probably not. But here’s an old one by two children’s book giants: Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski. Poor Louis, a child born of butchers who were born of butchers, detests meat. When he turns seven, his parents give him a giant salami. When he turns thirteen he gets […]

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Book #236: The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy -- cover

This is the story of the little kid — we all know him — who is ignored in the class. He’s quiet.  He sits at his desk and draws. Nobody picks him to be on their team for kickball. When a new boy, Justin, joins the classroom, the children make fun of him for his […]

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Book #235: Outfoxed

Outfoxed -- cover

Here’s a nutty piece of tomfoolery by New Yorker cartoonist Mike Twohy, published last year. Someday I’m going to collect picture books that focus on the relationship between foxes and chickens; I’ve seen a number of them just this year. This one is pretty funny and made Ray laugh out loud, the twist of the […]

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Book #234: Lucky Ducklings

Lucky Ducklings -- into grate

My spouse, Lynn, picked today’s book, and both she and Ray loved it, so here we are. Based on a real event, Lucky Ducklings tells the story of the day a mother duck accidentally lead her babies, Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe, over the storm drain, where they successively fell in. How can […]

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Book #233: Jacob’s New Dress

Jacob's New Dress -- towel dress

The book feels a little bit like bibliotherapy, and sure it’s a single-message kind of book, but it’s well-written, too, with engaging illustrations. This isn’t some carelessly self-published piece that someone slapped together in their spare time. Nor is it sugar-coated for the masses. Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. His parents are […]

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Book #232: Brimsby’s Hats

Brimsby's Hats -- hat tree

Here’s a very lovely and strange new book by a guy named Andrew Prahin, who lives in London. It’s about a hat maker who has a very good friend. The hat maker makes very nice hats and the friend makes very nice tea. They visit every day for years, until one day the tea maker […]

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Book #231: The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen -- cover

We’ve been watching a lot of Disney’s Frozen around here, so I thought it might be a good idea to read the original tale to our son. Please check back for this review… Previous

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Book #230: Mother Mother I Feel Sick Send for the Doctor Quick Quick Quick

Mother Mother I Feel Sick -- stovepipe doctor

Marvelous! Check back for this review.   Previous

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Book #229: Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual

Aviary Wonders -- feathers

Here’s a new book that comes at our environmental situation with a real twinkle in its eye. It’s a futuristic catalog of bird parts that a customer living in 2031 and beyond can use to assemble a bird of their own. Nutty, right?  Pretend customers can assemble birds that have been extinct for years, — […]

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Book 228: Scraps, Notes from a Colorful Life

Scraps -- why?

Seems I’m not going to be able to rest until I tell you about this new one from Lois Ehlert, which I just love. Lois Ehlert has illustrated thirty-five picture books and won just about all the awards. Her topics of choice seem to mostly involve nature, and her colors are big and bold and […]

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No Sugar: Day 8 — Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga -- fat woman

This past Saturday I went to a hot yoga class.  Rebecca (the PTO president otherwise known as Ram) picked me up just as Lynn finished telling me that I couldn’t wear such close-fitting tights and That Shirt out in public, so I quickly changed into something Lynn brought back down from our closet. Which, by […]

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Book #227: Frogs in Clogs

Frogs in Clogs -- wigs

This one is by Sheila White Samton and was published in 1995. School Library Journal wrote, “The sometimes chortling expressions and occasionally lilting text provide humor, but not enough to save this picture book from mediocrity.” Well ain’t we fancy, School Library Journal. I think this book is hilarious and bizarre and will probably be […]

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Book #226: Papa is a Poet

Papa is a Poet

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Book #225: Weeds Find a Way

Weeds Find a Way

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Book #224: Where’s Mommy

Where's Mommy

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Day 4 No Sugar

Sugar 3

I feel better, although at around three in the afternoon I admit I did eat eleven pounds of raw carrots. I knew I was feeling different, by the way, because the president of the PTO called and we had a friendly conversation that ended with my agreeing that Lynn will run for the school board […]

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Book #223: The Surprise Party

The Surprise Party -- cover

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Book #222: Sleep Like a Tiger

Sleep Like a Tiger -- the dog

I just wrote about another book by this same illustrator this week, but this one was too good to pass up. How did I miss Sleep Like a Tiger?  This lovely piece joins my Top Twenty Best Children’s Books Ever list.  That is, if I ever get a chance to break down these hundreds of […]

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Day 2 No Sugar

No Sugar 2

If you’re just checking in, I’m going to cut out all terrible foods in my life starting yesterday. I’m going to do it kind of gradually, though, because I can’t get rid of refined sugar and white bread all in the same week, even if they are sort of the same foods. I get that. […]

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Book #221: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom -- all letters down

I was going to write about Louis Ehlert’s new book, entitled *Scraps, when I realized I hadn’t addressed her modern classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Everybody who knows little kids likely knows this famous book, but in case you don’t, it’s worth mentioning. Louis Ehlert is so well-known I figure I may as well start […]

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Day 1 No Sugar

No Sugar

I have to cut it out.  All of it.  I weigh many metric tons and I feel terrible, but most importantly, I look terrible.  Wait, reverse that. Yesterday I ate like 7 chocolate-covered salted caramel marshmallows.  I was so low, as they say, I had to take off my shoes to watch television. I couldn’t […]

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Book #220: Red Sings from Treetops a year in colors


Someone wrote this nice thing about Red Sings from Treetops at this website: Observation, discovery, connection . . . Red Sings From the Treetops embodies everything poetry is meant to be. The vivid words of poet Joyce Sidman — which are fresh even when writing about the oldest of concepts, color — and the gloriously hue-soaked pictures of illustrator […]

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Book #219: Dare the Wind

Dare the Wind -- cover

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Book #218: I Stink

I Stink -- cover

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