Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ryan G. Van Cleave interviewed agent Steven Chudney. 

Read the interview on Ryan's blog, Only Picture BooksIt's very informative. I learned things about my agent I never knew. Thank you, Ryan!

Cover of Our Favorite Day, by Steven's client, author and illustrator, Joowon Oh.

Scout's Heaven

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Story of Bodri

by Hédi Fried (Author), Stina Wirsén (Illustrator)

 In The Story of Bodri, Hédi Fried remembers her home and her beloved dog. But her happy childhood, playing with her best friend Marika and their dogs, takes a devastating turn. Nazis invade her country and soon Hédi and her family are rounded up and put on a train. Illustrations show Hédi and her sister in a Nazi concentration camp. 

Though the story is simply told, I recommend the book for older kids and adults. 

It does end on an up note when loyal Bodri is reunited with Hédi. Hédi and her sister survive and "go on telling everyone about what happened."  

The illustrations, with their watercolor effect, are gorgeous and haunting. 

Watch a short book trailer...

  • Thank you to  Eerdmans Books for the review copy

  • ISBN-10 : 0802855652
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0802855657

Monday, March 01, 2021

The Bear and the Duck

by May Angeli


Duck crash-lands in a thicket and is rescued by Bear, just up from hibernation. Bear feeds Duck and the two become friends. The story is simple and told with subtle humor (translated from French).  Handsome woodcuts in limited color are reminiscent of 1950s and 60s picture books. It's a lovely story about the seasons and enduring friendship.


You can see May Angeli at work here:


Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.


For a story time about unlikely friendships, hibernation, and the seasons, pair The Bear and the Duck with Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Rizzoli Bookstore speed painting from Jenny Kroik on Vimeo.

The Christmas Feast

by Nathalie Dargent; illus. by Magali Le Huche; trans. from French
 8/20    978-0-8028-5537-4  

This is a Trickster tale about a fox, a weasel and a wolf who steal a turkey for a Christmas feast. The clever turkey quickly takes charge. It’s set up like an Aesops fable (maybe it is?), wryly told, with great personalities, facial expressions, and details. The turkey becomes a friend who turns the house into a cheerful home. There’s a nice little twist at the very end that, if you prefer a cozy ending, you can ignore. (Or maybe not.) Highly recommended.

Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Highlights Book of Things to Do

Yesterday I received a review copy of The Highlights Book of Things to Do. Highlights is famous for explaining the world in a manageable, comforting way, and this book is no exception.

It's is a hefty 384-page collection of practical information (like measurements and conversion tables), relationship advice (how to make up with a friend), recipes, and surprising things you can make (like a battery out of a lemon). The illustrations are delightful. I love Jannie Ho’s lesson on how to draw comics.
Small, creative activities can make us happy and inspire us in profound ways. My advice? Leave this book on the coffee table, available for needed inspiration.