Children’s Books Holiday Round-Up

Here’s a few of our favorite new books to give to your loved ones this holiday season: The Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith, Folio Society; $59.95, 208 pages, all ages. Smith’s 1957 classic children’s story gets the Folio treatment in this lavish update, complete with a black and white spotted slipcover. Illustrated by award-winningContinue reading “Children’s Books Holiday Round-Up”

Help Comes in All Sizes

Welcome to our newest reviewer, Abigail Constance Richter, a New York third grader excited to share great new children’s books with you. This first review was inspired by the brave and selfless hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida, reminding us that anyone can lend a helping hand. Bulldozer Helps Out, by Candace Fleming, illustratedContinue reading “Help Comes in All Sizes”

(Children’s) BookNotes, April 6, 2016

Taxidermy and Trump make the news this week in the world of children’s books. The Bruce Museum’s latest exhibit is wild about animals and art: What do you do when you spot a Trump in the wild? The Donald gets the picture-book treatment, just in time for the Republican National Convention:

 Under the Sea “Octopus’s Garden,” by Ringo Starr, illustrations by Ben Cort; Aladdin Books, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 1-6. Beatles fans have had much to celebrate recently – February marked the fiftieth anniversary of the group’s stateside arrival at Idlewild (JFK) Airport, heralding a massive sea change in pop music.  A large piece of EdContinue reading

Sweet summer reading

As the heat of July gives way to August, what better way to fill in that sweet down time between lounging at the beach and an evening chasing fireflies than with a great book.  Below is a quick run-down of a few of the best titles available right now.  Joe and Sparky go to School, byContinue reading “Sweet summer reading”

Great new board books for babies

More often that we’d like, books for babies have moveable parts that don’t stay attached. Sometimes they are so beautiful that you wouldn’t want to share them with tiny, nimble hands. Or perhaps the book is sturdy, but the content is flimsy. The following list meets the demanding criteria for the youngest readers, and theContinue reading “Great new board books for babies”

Alphabets, Pigs, and Irish Rabbits

This week we’re looking at a technical workbook from Princeton Architectural Press, persistent piglets who won’t go to sleep, and an Irish translation of a classic children’s book.  “Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, & Make your Own,” by Tony Seddon; Princeton Architectural Press, $19.95, 160 pages, ages 12-up. (Available April 9, 2013)Continue reading “Alphabets, Pigs, and Irish Rabbits”

Omnia vincit amor

“Boot and Shoe,” by Marla Frazee; Simon & Schuster, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 3-6.   Two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee introduces us to Boot and Shoe, an inseparable pair of pups who share everything – a bed, a food bowl, even a communal arboreal latrine. The majority of their time is spent on oppositeContinue reading “Omnia vincit amor”