Category Archives: picture books

Picture Book Parade: Somewhere out there (really out there)

Today’s round of picture books comes from the land of out there… a land of whimsy and silliness, where bears look to “find themselves” in enchanted forests; where goons in tombs fish in black lagoons; where gnomes compete for the best beard style; babies … Continue reading

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2015 Favorites

It’s time once again for the year-end review!  Since I’ve been reading a lot of short stories this year, I’ve given them their own section. Favorite Books –  Click each cover to see my review.                       Select Favorite … Continue reading

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Folk and fairytale addendum

Two local libraries had displays of picture books retelling folk and fairytales, so of course I had to get on that! Baba Wagué Diakité.  The Magic Gourd.  New York: Scholastic, 2003. In a time of drought and famine, Brother Rabbit keeps … Continue reading

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Picture Book Parade, the Third

Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein.  Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box.  Illus. James E. Ransome.  Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2015. It’s interesting how timely this story still is, with voting rights being discussed in Congress and in the … Continue reading

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Board Book Bonanza

Back in August, Rachel Smalter Hall of BookRiot offered a list of titles for the very newest readers – “A Bookish Parent’s Guide to Baby’s First Library.”  With titles like Moby Dick: an Ocean Primer and The Game of Let’s Go, the list inspired … Continue reading

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Nursery Rhyme Redux

Three years ago, before Fairy Tale Comics, there appeared in the folklore-themed-comicsphere… What I love about this collection is that the illustrators treat the rhymes like little stories, following the original words but interpreting them in different ways.  It’s “not a parody … Continue reading

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Like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc or Aphrodite… another 90s music post (fairy tale edition!)

This round of Guess the _____ Via the 90s Song Title is brought to you by: You can see the answers here. _____________________ 1.  “Stop!” by Jane’s Addiction 2.  “I Wanna Dance All Night,” by DJ Play feat. Ladivia 3.  “Lollipop (Candyman),” by Aqua 4.  “You Owe It … Continue reading

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“Scary ghost stories and tales of the glories…”: New Year’s folk and fairy tales

I just wrote my first post over at IB! Here’s a preview: _____________________ … Note:  there will be SPOILERS. *  *  *  *  * “The Fire New Year” – A poor man and woman are celebrating the New Year, making do with what … Continue reading

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2013 Hall o’ Faves

Edit 01-06-14:  Cannot. Believe. I left out the Sherlock Holmes stories (Vol. 2 of the Barnes & Noble ed.; I read Vol. 1 in 2012). Cannot. Believe it. (Shut up, Naruto.) Edit:  Oops! Missed one. Sorry ’bout that, October Daye … Continue reading

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Nostalgic Review: shorts edition

Ever since I started the Nostalgic Review feature, I’ve been meaning to do a post on my favorite/most-clearly-remembered short stories from grade- and high-school English classes.  Remember those awesome lit textbooks you always wished you could keep after the semester … Continue reading

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