Category: Book Reviews

Win the Holiday Gift-Giving Season with These Books from Folio Society

Know someone who loves great art and classic works of literature? Check out the Folio Society’s holiday offerings. Two in particular that we adore are the new editions of Alice in Wonderland and The Velveteen Rabbit. Be sure to check out Barbara’s interview with Alice illustrator Charles van Sandwyk over on the Fine Books Blog to get

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Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos Debut TV Series on PBS That’s Anything But “Ordinary”

Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos talk to Abby about their new television series on PBS and their goal of making history exciting.

Jennifer Morla’s Career-Spanning, Kickstarter-funded Autobiography Makes a Splash

Jennifer Morla is a legend in her own time: for forty years, her shadow has loomed large over the world of graphic design, and now she is discussing her work in a wide-ranging monograph recently published by the San Francisco-based nonprofit literacy center, Letterform Archive. 

Counting Crows…and Robins, Jays, and Chickadees

Bird Count, by Susan Edwards Richmond, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, Peachtree Publishers; $17.95, ages 4-8. October 2019. Fall birdwatching is more challenging now that mating season is over–the bright plumage of some birds gives way to more muted tones–but scouting them out is excellent preparation for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. In Susan

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The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Rehabilitation and redemption are possible, and in the right homes, both animals and humans can forge lifelong bonds of love and friendship, as masterfully told in Artemis Fowl series author Eoin Colfer’s latest, The Dog Who Lost His Bark (Candlewick, $16.99, 144 pp, ages 7-10). Here, we meet a young pup whose lot in life is filled with sadness; sold

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Brave Flies and Barking Spiders Featured in New Series by Kyle Sullivan

HOBGOBLIN AND THE SEVEN STINKERS OF RANCIDIA by Kyle Sullivan (Hazy Dell Press. 168 pp. $15.95). Ages 6-8.            Are you somebody that likes fart jokes and happy endings? If so, then this is the book for you! Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia, the first book of the Hazy Fables series, is the

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Fish Tales at Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival

  Martha’s Vineyard’s reputation as a haven for writers and poets is well-documented–Dorothy West, Art Buchwald, David McCullough, and Judy Blume represent a few who have called the island home–and since 2005 the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival has brought authors from far and wide to celebrate reading and writing. Originally conceived as a biannual event,

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Maira Kalman Retrospective Opens This Month at High Museum

© MAIRA KALMAN, COURTESY OF JULIE SAUL GALLERY Kalman’s illustration for Stay Up Late. Author-illustrator Maira Kalman’s bibliography is an impressive one. In addition to creating whimsical covers for the New Yorker, Kalman claims dozens of books to her credit: she debuted in 1985 with the picture book debut, Stay Up Late, and since then titles have included instant

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Cotsen Library Publishes Massive Dual-Volume Catalogue

  Turn to any page of the recently published, two-volume, folio-size Catalog of the Cotsen Children’s Library: The Nineteenth Century  — say, page 24 of volume II — and the bibliographical detail accompanying each entry and illustration are case studies in thoroughness. In my case, page 24 reveals a charming, full-page, illustration of Theodore Léfèvre’s Bébé saurait bientôt

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