It is the week of Halloween and our street is already verging on disgusting with all the creepy, crawly decor. I’m not much of a Halloween fan, especially of the gross and terrifying stuff. But I do like hanging out with friends, eating fun treats, wearing great costumes, and clever decorations. I love themed things. So today I want to do a group pairing with a ghostly theme perfect for Halloween. Two of them aren’t technically Halloween books, but ghosts are always appropriate for the occasion and so I think they work. Join me in reading three lovely books celebrating one of the famous characters of the holiday. Let’s read three books about ghosts!Continue reading “Let’s Read Three: Ghost Books”
This book looks excellent and the trailer just makes me laugh. I also keep thinking of the digger kids from that old TV show Recess. Anyone else remember that? I can’t wait to spend time with this new collaboration from these two awesome picture book makers. Check out Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, just published in October by Candlewick.
Or perhaps this post should be called the books I noticed and loved in 2012, as this is definitely not an all-inclusive list of the great books that came out last year. Whatever the title, I feel it necessary and enjoyable to point out a few of my favorite children’s books that 2012 offered. Some I’ve reviewed and will link to, and a couple others I intend on reviewing more in depth in the next few weeks. So here we go – 15 books to enjoy from 2012. Continue reading “Notable Children’s Picture Books From 2012”
“I’m bullish about the future of the picture book. I love good picture books with strange stories, shaggy stories, books full of mysteries and surprises. These books are still being written. But they need to be read, and loved, and faced out on a bookshelf so you can see their beautiful covers.”
This book has been on my mind ever since it came out last year, so I figured it needed a proper review. This is Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by the amazing Jon Klassen, 2012.Continue reading “Book Review: Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen”