|from The Hinky Pink, illustrated by Brian Floca|
I can just hear your whoops of delight at my latest finds.
The first treasure:
Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock
There are so many reasons to love Barbara McClintock's illustrations in this hide and seek book.
It's about a forgetful boy and his exasperated sister who journey through the streets of Paris.
We get to see essential sights of Paris in such an old Masters, classic way.
I love the muted colors, the spirit, the intricate details that pull the reader into the book.
My tiny sample clippings don't even do it justice.
This is a drool-worthy book.
The general publishing world must agree, as Barbara McClintock's done a second Adele and Simon book, Adele and Simon in America, and is working on a third, Adele and Simon in China.
Here is my second treasure:
The Hinky Pink, written by Megan McDonald (author of Judy Moody and Stink books),
and illustrated by Brian Floca (of the Poppy series).
This story is spunky and clever, a fairytale with the right amount of twist.
The illustrations are light, lovely, and playful, and they capture Italy in such a charming way that I want to live there in Brian Floca's illustrations. I really do.
The words and pictures are perfect.
I love this book.
It's all in the packaging, you see.
It's why I need just the right mug to hold my coffee.
Styrofoam cup coffee tastes weak and gristy.
Gristy (that's coffee gristle, the kind you wish you hadn't swallowed. or chewed.)
I'm a sucker for a well-packaged book.
When choosing library books for the kids,
I hunt for nice design, clever art,
restrained word count, and uniqueness.
As a writer, books are not just my reading pleasure,
they are a responsibility.
I need to trumpet
great authors and illustrators
so their books can be discovered and loved.
What induces you to choose a book?
Is it the cover?
the jacket flap?
Here is one more golden find:
This insanely clever Peter and the Wolf paper puppet show, offered as a download
by illustrator Sarah Jane Wright:
|Sarah Jane Wright|
Thank you, Sarah Jane Wright, Barbara McClintock, Megan McDonald and Brian Floca!