Friday, October 24, 2014

Being followed by a shadow

MOONBEAR'S SHADOW by Frank Asch. Aladdin, 2014.

How to get rid of
A pesky shadow. Is it
Even possible?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Me & Dog

ME & DOG by Gene Weingarten with illustrations by Eric Shansby. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Hos dog thinks he's king
But everyone makes mistakes
But he loves me still.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wonder, Part Two

FLORA AND THE PENGUIN by Molly Idle. Chronicle Books, 2014.

Flora and Penguin
Dance across the ice getting
To know each other.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I am breaking from my usual "blaiku" form to let you know of a couple of terrific books for the holidays in time to buy them for gifts.

HERE COMES SANTA CAT by Deborah Underwood with illustrations by Claudia Rueda. Dial, 2014.

Cat worries that he has not been a nice cat. Will Santa forget him? The expressions on Cat's face are perfect fodder against the questions and comments posed by our outside-the-book narrator as Cat learns the important lesson of the season. HERE COMES EASTER CAT is a perfect companion.

THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett. Putnam, 2014.

A new book from Brett is always a treat. As usual, there is much going on in the illustrations especially the panels that frame each double page spread. Who is the animal that brings gifts each year to the animals? There are plenty of clues for careful readers.

Wordless Wonder, Part One

DRAW by Raul Colon. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

No words just pictures
But plenty enough to read
As a young boy draws

Monday, October 20, 2014


IVAN: THE REMARKABLE TRU STORY OF THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA by Katherine Applegate with illustrations by G. Brian Karas. Clarion Books, 2014.

"In leafy calm/ In
Gentle arms,/ a gorilla's
life began. Must. Read.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rabbi and the Buttons

RABBI BENJAMIN'S BUTTONS by Alice McGinty with illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. Charlesbridge, 2014.

Buttons pop from vest
As Rabbi enjoys each meal
His vest is ruined.