Covid PSA from the Princess in Black

Having a hard time explaining the new normal to your youngsters? Striking the right balance between informative without causing panic is essential, and Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham–the children’s book trio behind the bestselling The Princess in Black series–recently completed a child-friendly coronoavirus public service announcement to help make that task a littleContinue reading “Covid PSA from the Princess in Black”

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; soldContinue reading “The Dog Who Lost His Bark”

Fairy Tales Transformed

The Singing Bones, by Shaun Tan; Arthur A. Levine, $24.00, 192 pages, ages  14 and up.  Australian artist Shaun Tan has made his name creating surreal, slightly peculiar works of art with the ultimate goal of encouraging dialogue and social engagement–Tan worked on the science-fiction animated film WALL-E, for example–and in The Singing Bones he tackles the Grimm brothers’ literaryContinue reading “Fairy Tales Transformed”

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s gift-giving season, and there’s not a moment to lose! We present a rundown of the year’s best gifts for children from 1 to 92. The Nursery Rhyme Book, by Andrew Lang; The Folio Society, $59.95, 280 pages, all ages.  Acclaimed Scottish folklorist Andrew Lang (1844-1912) scoured the world of children’s literature to compile volumesContinue reading “Holiday Gift Guide”

Lucy, by Randy Cecil

Lucy, by Randy Cecil; Candlewick Press, $19.99, 144 pages, ages 4-8. Lucy is a homeless dog living on the streets of Bloomville, and every morning she trots to an apartment building where she waits on the stoop for little Eleanor to drop a piece of string from her window to play with the pup. Meanwhile,Continue reading “Lucy, by Randy Cecil”

Election Day Quick Picks

So many wonderful titles appear in the fall and winter months that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. To wit, here are four fantastic titles sure to brighten your day, no matter who wins at the ballot box: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, by Lisa Papp; Peachtree Publishers, $16.95, 32 pages,Continue reading “Election Day Quick Picks”

Imagining the ABCs

@Candlewick An Artist’s Alphabet, by Norman Messenger; Candlewick Press, $17.99, 48 pages, all ages.  Alphabet books are especially popular this time of year, and one particular standout is Norman Messenger’s latest offering, An Artist’s Alphabet. Each letter is illustrated by an irreverent illustration. At first glance, the artwork may be confusing–why are cats standing inContinue reading “Imagining the ABCs”

In It to Win It

@Candlewick @alison_murray_ Hare and Tortoise, by Alison Murray; Candlewick Press, $16.99, 32 pages, all ages. In Alison Murray’s cheeky retelling of Aesop’s classic fable, Hare (Leapus swifticus) can barely stand still, while Tortoise (Slow and steadicus) could mimic a stone until the end of time. Of course, there is a race, and while we allContinue reading “In It to Win It”

Living Legends

@twomurrows @candlewick The Whale, by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow; Candlewick Press, 32 pages, $17.99. It’s puzzling that the world’s largest mammals are also the most difficult to see, yet the thrill to observe them has gripped the minds of ocean-goers for centuries. In this mostly wordless picture book by debut author-illustrator duo Ethan andContinue reading “Living Legends”