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Monthly Archives: June 2012

A frustrated grade school artist slumps over a blank piece of paper at the end of art class.  “I just CAN’T draw!” she tells her teacher. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you,” her wise teacher replies.  This simple statement sparks a journey of creative discovery for our heroine, beautifully rendered in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and tea by Reynolds.

Gorgeous scratchboard art to swoon over from the author/illustrator of the classic Corduroy.  Earl’s mom thinks he’s been spoiled by a little girl who feeds him acorns each day.  It’s time he set out and find some grub on his own!  But will he know how to get his paws on some?

Danny is thrilled to see dinosaurs at the museum, he loves them!  He’s downright stunned when the dino takes him up on his offer to play with him.  They set off to have a hundred millions years worth of fun, all rolled up in a day.

I know everyone loves Willem’s “Don’t Let the Pigeon…” books, but me, I’m way more fond of this and several of his others I’ve posted on the blog.  From the book jacket:

“6½ stories about 2 surprising friends. Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.  Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books.  Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.  But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise?  The result might be unexpected indeed.”

The cover pretty much says is all.  Very clever and highly silly pairings of animals and their unlikely clothing await inside.

A groovy Mother Goose with blue hair and hip sunglasses rides atop her gander over gawking city dwellers in grid-locked traffic. A beatnik cat in “Hey, Diddle, Diddle” busks for coins as he plays his fiddle on a city bench. Mary’s Lamb hails a cab to trail her bus to school.

The rhymes are timeless and untouched, but Yaccarino’s off-kilter take and stylized cartoon drawings make it completely fresh and modern. Saturated colors fill the pages nicely with just enough clean white backgrounds to balance them. Yaccarino uses a blend of well-known classic rhymes mixed with more obscure ones, also interweaving people from all ethnicities throughout the book. A must for Mother Goose lovers.

You don’t say, giant squid??  Look out for that whale!!

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