Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Haiku Year

Tom Gilroy, Anna Grace, Jim McKay, Douglas A. Martin, Grant Phillips, Michael Slope
2004
157 pgs.
$13.95
Capture the moment in an instant of enlightenment.

Seven friends made an agreement to write a haiku every day for a year. Many are in the original, Japanese format - three lines, 5-7-5 syllable pattern. And many take on the looser "Western style" that Jack Kerouac called "POPS" -- little three lined poems aiming towards a kind of zen enlightenment.

Even "Amanda called"
on a scrap of paper
lightens my day

geese overhead
the radiators'll be
tapping soon

left outside in the rain
even plastic flowers
fade

Talking to himself
he makes me feel at home
in this Starbucks.

Bright sun
through filthy windows
shiny winter gloom

How do I say
goodbye when you're not even
here to hear it

Lonely rainy day
hoping to run into
someone I know

With just my finger
I wrote of our love
in the snow.

I'm not sure what the plant on the cover or its significance is....I didn't purchase this because it was all dirty and scuffed up, so I sat in the cafe at Borders and read it. Then I tried it out. It would take a lot of determination to write every day. And sticking to the regimented 5-7-5 format would take a long, long time if you DID find that impetus to write a haiku a day. I'd love to try it, capturing a moment from my day every day. I really enjoyed the concept AND the poetry!

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Best Book to Read - Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom

Illustrator: Michael Garland
2008
Rating: 4
$14.99

Hooray! It's a trip to the library today.
We line up as we get off the bus.
We've been specially invited. Our class is excited!
The librarian is welcoming us.

Same kind of rhyme and rhythm as my all-time favorite, Taxi Dog. The librarian shows them different genres of books, proving there's a book that will appeal to everyone; Obedience Training by Professor Barker, Make it Yourself by Martha Muffins, Blast Off! by Ricky Rocket.

Michael Garland's illustration are colorful and the faces are fun and full of expression. And he made me chuckle aloud - near the end of the story, all of the children are standing together, showing the cover of the book they chose to check out. Among the many that the librarian shared with the kids are a few others - first I reckognized the cover of a real book, Dinner at Magritte's--illustrated by...Michael Garland, then noticed he's stuck in others he's illustrated as well. I love this clever touch!

These author sisters - they call themselves "The Write Sisters" - have collaborated on other books about reading, too. Might be fun to check out. And as I write this, I remember that I had dinner one night while at a children's literature conference at Cambridge with a Susan Bloom, who I believe wrote a book about children's lit. Coincidence? I'll have to look it up!

Chicken Little - Rebecca & Ed Emberley

For: Kids
2009
Rating: 4.5
$16.95
Endpapers: Bright yellow

Cute and funny.
Great, clever vocabulary.

"Chicken Little was not the brightest chicken in the coop." When an acorn hits him on the head, he runs for his life. One by one he bumps into, then adds to his flock; Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, Loosey Goosey, and Turkey Lurky until they run into Foxy Loxy....who invites them all in to a long dark "cave" (his mouth) to hide. Luckily, the last page, which happens to open out, ends with AH CHOO -- and the yummy fowls take off in another direction.

Rebecca Emberley and her dad, Ed, created this book - Ed lives in Massachusetts and Rebecca in Maine, which was interesting to discover.

This lookes like it must be cut-paper collage - another great model!

For another blog review see: Blog from the Windowsill

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Three Pigs - David Wiesner

2002 Caldecott Award
Published: 2001
Rating: 4
$16.00
Endpapers: light brown

We start out with the well-known tale of the three little piga - but as the wolf starts to blow the house of bricks, the pigs all escape from the page of the book and some of the pages fall out! Deciding to explore, they turn one of the pages into a paper airplane, climb on to it, and take off --- and crash. They run through other fairy tales, helping a dragon who's about to be slayed, escape. He joins them in their search for home until they find the pages and climb back inside. Ahh! The story is now able to end, and when the wolf tries to blow the brick house in, he encounters the dragon!

Cute pigs. Cute story.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed - Mo Willems

For: Kids
Published 2009
Rating: 2
$16.99
Endpapers: Sign saying: No Shirt/No shoes/Service (on front) Why not? (on back)

I'm not exactly sure what my reaction is to this book. Okay, Mole rats are suppoed to be naked and Wilbur likes to be dressed. He's very cute trying to decide which outfit to ear. True, he marches to his own drummer. This is always good. When asked WHY he likes to be dressed he ask, "Why not?"

Why not, indeed. Grand-pah calls a meeting and arrives dressed, so some mole rats decide to try it too, and some don't.

Okay....another book to share with my Animal Farm-ers?

Cutish illustrations, but this seems like a lame book. It's probably just me - I was never gah-gah over Knuffle Bunny, either.

Next time I read it I may love it, but today I don't.

Picture Book Illustrators A-K

Agee, Jon
.....Little Santa, 2013
Akib, Jamel
.....Tan to Tamarind, 2009
Albert, Michael
.....An Artist's America, 2008
Alcorn, Stephen
.....Home to Me (Hopkins) 2002
Alemagna, Beatrice
.....The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy, 2014

Aliki
.....Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry (2008)
Alko, Selina
.....Greetings from the 50 States (Keenan) 2008
Allen, Elanna
.....Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot (Branford)
Alley, R. W.
.....Travel Game, The (Grandits) 2009
Amir, Amin
.....Wiil Waal (Moriarty) 2007
Anderson, Derek
.....Hot Rod Hamster (Lord) 2010
.....Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, 2008

Andreasen, Dan
.....Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever (Numeroff) 2010
Armstrong, Shelagh
.....If America Were a Village (Smith) 2009
Armstrong-Ellis, Carey
.....The Twelve Days of Springtime (Rose) 2009
Arnosky, Jim
.....Man Gave Names to All the Animals (Dylan) 2010
Arsenault, Isabelle
.....Migrant (Trottier), 2011

Atkinson, Cale
.....If I Had a Gryphon (Vansickle) 2016
Atwell, Debbie
.....Miss Moore Thought Otherwise (Pinborough) 2013
Avril, Lynne
.....The Pirate of Kindergarten (Lyon) 2010
Axelsen, Stephen
.....What REALLY Happened to Humpty?: From the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective (Ransom) 2009
Azarian, Mary
.....When the Moon is Full (Pollock) 2001
Ballesteros, Carles
.....Dia de Los Muertos (Thong) 2015
Bang, Molly
.....Day Leo Said I Hate You (Harris) 2008
Banyai, Istvan
.....Tap Dancing on the Roof (Park) 2007
Barasch, Lynne
.....Owney, The Mail-Pouch Pooch, 2008
Barbour, Karen
.....The Ancestors Are Singing (Tony Johnston) 2003
Barrett, Angela
.....The Night Fairy (Schlitz) 2010
Barsony, Piotr
.....The Stories of the Mona Lisa: An Imaginary Museum Tale About the History of Modern Art, 2012
Bartlett, Alison
.....Growing Frogs (French) 2000
Barton, Patrice
.....Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine (Wortche) 2011

Bates, Amy
.....The Brothers Kennedy, (Krull) 2010
.....Dog Who Belonged to No One (Hest) 2008
.....Hilary Rodham Clinton (Krull) 2008
Beard, Alex
.....The Jungle Grapevine, 2009
Beingessner, Laura
.....If the Shoe Fits (Whipple) 2002
Bell, Jennifer A.
.....My Pen Pal, Santa (Stanton) 2013
Bendis, Keith
.....Calvin Can't Fly (Berns) 2010
Bennett, Erin Susanne
.....Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom (Stroud) 2005
Benny, Mike
.....The Listeners (Whelan) 2009
Benoit, Renee
.....A Year of Borrowed Men (Barker) 2016
Berry, Holly
.....Colorful Dreamer, The Story of Henri Matisse (Parker) 2012
Biedrzycki, David
.....Dory Story (Pallotta) 2000
Biggs, Brian
.....Brownie & Pearl Step Out (Rylant) 2010
Bisaillon, Josee
.....Book Speak! (Salas) 2011
.....Benno and the Night of Broken Glass (Wiviott) 2010
Blackall, Sophie
.....Wild Boars Cook (Rosoff) 2008
Blackwood, Kristin
.....A Tale of Two Daddies (w/Mike Blanc) (Oelschlager) 2010
Blanc, Mike
.....A Tale of Two Daddies (w/Kristin Blackwood) (Oelschlager) 2010
Bloch, Serge
.....The Underwear Salesman (Lewis) 2009
Boiger, Alexandra
.....Thanks a Lot, Emily Post! (Huget) 2009
Bootman, Colin
.....Finding Lincoln (Malaspina) 2009
Booth, George
.....Nit-Pickin (VanLaan) 2008
Bouler, Olivia
.....Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf, 2011
Bowen, Betsy
.....Dhegdheer, A Scary Somali Folktale (Hassan) 2007
Bowers, Tim
.....First Dog's White House Christmas (Lewis & Zappitello) 2010
.....First Dog (Lewis & Zappitello) 2009
Breen, Steve
.....Violet the Pilot, 2008
Brett, Jan
.....The 3 Little Dassies, 2010
Bridy, Dan
.....Christopher Newport, Jamestown Explorer (Solomon) 2013
Bright, Alasdair
.....Big Whopper (Giff) 2010
Brown, Calef
.....Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude (Winter) 2008
.....Hallowilloween, 2010
Brown, Craig
.....Mule Train Mail, 2009
Brown, Marc
.....Born to Read (Sierra) 2008
Brown, Peter
.....The Curious Garden, 2009
Brown, Rod
.....We Trouble the Waters, 2009
Brunkus, Denise
.....Sloppy Joe (Keane) 2009
.....Junie B. Jones & the Stupid Smelly Bus (Park) 1992

Bryan, Ashley
.....Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry (2008)
.....My America (Spivey) 2007

Burckhardt, Marc
.....Momma Loves Her Little Son (Cash) 2009
Burke, Jim
.....All Star! Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever (Yolen) 2010
.....Naming Liberty (Yolen) 2009
Burton, Virginia Lee
.....Katy and the Big Snow, 1943
Byrd, Robert
.....Good Masters, Sweet Ladies (Schlitz) 2007
Cabrera, Cozbi A.
.....Stitchin' and Pullin' a Gee's Bend Quilt (McKissack) 2008
Cairns, Julia
.....The Spider Weaver (Musgrove) 2001
Cardinale, Christopher
.....Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush (Urrea) 2010

Carpenter, Nancy
.....M is for Mischief (Ashman) 2008
.....My Uncle Emily (Yolen) 2009
.....Imogene's Last Stand (Fleming) 2009
Carson, Ellis
.....The Composer is Dead (Snicket) 2009

Casson, Sophie
.....The Artist and Me (Peacock) 2016
Castillo, Lauren
.....Big Cat Pepper (Partridge) 2009
Catalanotto, Peter
.....Sleepsong (Lyon) 2009
Catrow, David
.....Too Much Kissing (Katz) 2010
.....The Middle-Child Blues (Crow) 2009
Catusanu, Mircea
.....The Strange Case of the Missing Sheep, 2009
Cecil, Randy
.....Little Red Cowboy Hat (Lowell) 1997
Cepeda, Joe
.....Peeny Butter Fudge (Morrison & Morrison) 2009
Chan, Yee Von
.....Finding Christmas (Evans) 2017
Chapman, Robert
.....A Gift for Abuelita (Luenn) 1998
Chayka, Doug
.....Four Feet, Two Sandals (Williams/Mohammed) 2007
Chen, Yong
.....A Gift, 2009
Chesworth, Michael
.....Creaky Old House (Ashman) 2009
Chien, Catia
.....The Longest Night: A Passover Story (Snyder) 2013
Chin, Jason
.....Redwoods, 2009
Christensen, Bonnie
.....Magic in the Margins (Nikola-Lish) 2007
Christiansen, Lee
.....Looking for Jaguar (Katz) 2005
.....Water Hole Waiting (Kurtz & Kurtz) 2002
Christie, R. Gregory
.....Brothers In Hope (Williams) 2005
Chung, Chi
.....Lucky New Year! 2008
Clemenson, Katie
.....Magic Box, 2009
Clement, Rod
.....Grandpa's Teeth, 1997
Cole, Henry
.....Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, 2008
Collier, Bryan
.....America the Beautiful: Together We Stand, 2013
.....Barack Obama, Son of Promise, Child of Hope, 2008
.....Our Children Can Soar, 2009
Collins, Ross
.....Dear Vampa, 2009

Colon, Raul
.....Lookup! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer, 2013
.....America the Beautiful: Together We Stand, 2013


Comport, Sally Wern
.....Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay (Hood) 2016
Cook, Scott
.....Ling Cho and His Three Friends (Pacilio) 2000
Cooke, Jim
.....Heroes and She-roes (Lewis) 2005
Coplestone, Jim
.....Seven for a Secret (Anholt) 2006
Cordell, Matthew
.....Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (Sternberg) 2011
Cordova, Amy
.....What Can You Do with a Rebozo? (Tafolla) 2008
Coverly, Dave
.....The Very Inappropriate Word (Tobin) 2013
Cox, Steve
.....The Marvelous Toy (Paxton) 2009
Cummings, Pat
.....Ananse and the Lizard, 2009
Cyrus, Kurt
.....20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street (Lee) 2013
.....Tadpole Rex, 2008
Dabija, Violeta
.....Water Can Be... (Salas) 2014
Dalton, Pamela
.....Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Paterson), 2011
Daly, Jude
.....Chirchir Is Singing (Cunnane) 2011
Daly, Niki
.....What's Cooking, Jamela? 2001
Das, Amrita
.....Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit, 2013
Davenier, Christine
.....I Heard It from Alice Zucchini (Havill) 2006
deGroat, Diane
.....Charlie and the Christmas Kitty (Drummond) 2012
.....Charlie, The Ranch Dog (Drummond) 2011
DeMarcken, Gail
.....Clever Ali (Farmer) 2006
Denise, Christopher
,,,,,Following Grandfather (Wells) 2012
.....Knitty Kitty (Elliot) 2008
Denos, Julia
.....Grandma's Gloves (Castellucci) 2010
DePalma, Mary Newell
.....The Perfect Gift, 2010
Deutsch, Barry
.....Hereville, 2010
Dewdney, Anna
.....Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop, 2012 Board Book

Diaz, David
.....Maya's Blanket / La Manta de Maya (Brown) 2015
.....Me, Frida (Novesky) 2010
.....El Barrio (Chocolate) 2009
.....Let There Be Peace on Earth (Jackson & Miller) 2009
.....Ocean's Child (Ford & Holland) 2009
Dillon, Leo & Diane
.....Our Children Can Soar, 2009
Dobson, Bert
.....Kami and the Yaks (Stryer) 2007
Domi.
....Napi Goes to the Mountain (Ramirez) 2006
Dominguez, Angela
.....Carmen Learns English (Cox) 2010
Doner, Kim
.....On a Road in Africa, 2008
Donovan, Jane Monroe
.....Small Medium & Large, 2010

Dooling, Michael
.....Walking to School (Bunging) 2008
.....Anne Hutchinson's Way (Atkins) 2007
Dorman, Brandon
.....Halloween Night (Murray) 2008
Dressen-McQueen, Stacey
.....Boxes for Katje, 2003
Dronzek, Laura
.....Birds (Henkes) 2009
Dunbar, Polly
.....Bubble Trouble (Mahy) 2008
Durand, Delphine
.....Chicken of the Family (Amato) 2008
Ehlert, Lois
.....Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, 2008
Eitan, Ora
.....Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O'Keeffe (Lasky) 2009
Eliopoulous, Christopher
.....I am Lucille Ball (Meltzer) 2015
.....I am Rosa Parks (Meltzer) 2014
Emberley, Michael
.....Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don't) (Bottner) 2010

Emberley, Rebecca & Ed
.....Chicken Little, 2009
.....There Was an Old Monster, 2009
English, Sarah Jane
.....Secrets in Stone: All About Maya Hieroglyphs (Coulter) 2001


Enright, Vicky
.....Read Anything Good Lately? (Allen&Lindaman) 2003
Estrada, Paul (Barcelona)
.....Pippo the Fool (Fern) 2009
Evans, Jane W.
.....My Brother Charlie (Peete & Peete) 2010
Evans, Leslie
.....Winter Trees (Gerber) 2008
Fan, Terry & Eric (Brothers)
.....The Night Gardener 2016
Fancher, Lou (with Steve Johnson)
.....Silver Seeds (Paolilli & Brewer) 2001
.....The Boy on Fairfield Street (Krull) 2004
Faria, Rosana
.....Black Book of Colors (Cottin) 2006
Farley, Brianne
.....Secret Tree Fort, 2016
Farnsworth, Bill
.....The Anne Frank Case (Rubin) 2009
Faulkner, Matt
.....A Taste of Colored Water, 2008
Feiffer, Jules
.....The Odious Ogre, (Juster) 2010
.....The Birthday Ball (Lowry) 2010
.....Some Things are Scary, 2000
Felix, Lucie
.....Apples and Robins, 2013 France/ 2016 US
Felstead, Cathie
.....Earthspeak:  Poems from the Ground Up (Peters) 2003
Fernandes, Eugenie
.....One Hen (Milway) 2008
Fisher, Valorie
.....Ellsworth's Exraordinary Elecric Ears, 2003
Floca, Brian
...The Hinky Pink (McDonald) 2008
Florian, Douglas
.....Autumnblings, 2003
Foley, Greg
.....Willoughby and the Lion, 2009

Ford, A. G.
.....Desmond and the Very Mean Word (Tutu) 2013
.....Goal! (Javaherbin) 2010
.....First Family (Hopkinson) 2010
Fotheringham, Edwin
.....A Home for Mr. Emerson (Kerley) 2014
.....What to Do About Alice? (Kerley) 2008
Fraser, Betty
.....Llama Who Had No Pajama (Hoberman) 1998

Frazee, Marla
.....Santa Claus The World's Number One Toy Expert, 2005
.....A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, 2008 CALDECOTT HONOR
.....All the World (Scanlon) 2009 CALDECOTT HONOR
.....The Boss Baby, 2010
.....The Farmer and the Clown, 2014
Futran, Eric (photographer)
.....Somewhere Today (Thomas)
Gall, Chris
.....Substitute Creature, 2011
.....There's Nothing to Do on Mars, 2008
Galouchko, Annouchka Gravel
.....The Walking Stick, 1998
Gammell, Stephen
.....My Friend, The Starfinder, 2008
.....I Know an Old Teacher (Bowen) 2008
Garland, Michael
.....Best Book to Read (Bertram & Bloom) 2008
Gerstein, Mordicai
.....Dear Hot Dog, 2011
.....A Book, 2009
.....Applesauce Season, 2009
Ghayka, Doug
.....Yasmin's Hammer, 2010
Gibbon, Rebecca
.....The Great Spruce, (Duvall) 2016
Gibson, Barbara L.
.....Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories (Penn) 2009
Gilchrist, Jan Spivey
.....In the Land of Words (Greenfield) 2004
Glasser, Robin Preiss
.....Fancy Nancy's Favorite Fancy Words, 2008
.....Fancy Nancy: Splendiforous Christmas, 2009
Gliori, Debi
.....Stormy Weather, 2009
Goldin, David
.....BAXTER, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher, 2010
Gonzalez, Thomas
.....14 Cows for America (Deedy) 2009

Good, Karen Hillard
.....The Very Best Pumpkin (Moulton) 2010
Goode, Diane
.....America the Beautiful, Together We Stand, 2013
.....President Pennybaker (Feiffer) 2008
Gourley, Robbin
.....Forest Has a Song (Vanderwater) 2013)
.....Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie, 2009
Graham, Bob
.....Vanilla Ice Cream, 2014
Grandpre, Mary
.....The Noisy Paintbox, 2014
.....America the Beautiful: Together We Stand,  2013
Gravett, Emily
.....The Rabbit Problem, 2009
Greenstein, Elaine
.....The Mitten Tree (Christiansen) 1997/2009
Grifalconi, Ann
.....Julio's Magic (Dorris) 2005
.....The Bravest Flute, 1994
Grimly, Gris
.....Dangerous Alphabet (Gaiman) 2008
Guarnaccia, Steven
......Knit Your Bit, (Hopkinson) 2013
Guback, Georgia
.....Luka's Quilt , 1995

Gudeon, Karla
.....Passover (Ziefert) 2010
.....One Red Apple (Ziefert) 2009
Gustavson, Adam
.....Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice (Reich) 2017
.....The Yankee at the Seder (Weber) 2009
.....A Very Improbable Story (Einhorn) 2008
Hall, Amanda
.....In Andal's House (Whelan) 2013
.....The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Markel) 2012
Hall, Marcellus
.....City I Love (Hopkins) 2009

Halperin, Wendy Anderson
.....Thank You, World (McGinty) 2007
.....Turn! Turn! Turn! (Seeger) 2003
.....Visit, The (Lindbergh) 2005
Halpin, Abigail
.....The Year of the Book (Cheng) 2012

Hargis, Wes
.....When I Grow Up (Yankovic) 2011
....Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride (Koehler-Pentacoff) 2009
Harley, Avis
.....The Monarch's Progress, 2008
Harper, Lee
.....Snow! Snow! Snow! 2009
Henderson, McDavid
.....The Jacket (Clements) 2002
Hendrix, John
.....America the Beautiful: Together We Stand, 2013
.....John Brown: His Fight for Freedom, 2009

Henkes, Kevin
.....Egg , 2017
.....Little White Rabbit, 2011
.....My Garden, 2010
.....Old Bear, 2008
Heo, Umi
.....A is for Asia (Lee) 1997
Hodson, Ben
.....Twas the Day Before Zoo Day (Ipcizade) 2008
Hogan, Jamie
.....Nest, Nook & Cranny (Blackaby) 2010
Hogrogian, Nonny
.....Cool Cat, 2009
Holderness, Grizelda (what a great name!)
.....Story of Queen Esther (Koralek) 4
Holmes, Jeremy
.....Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems, 2014 (Lewis & Florian)
Holyfield, John
.....Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend (Ramsey & Stroud, 2011)
.....The Hallelujah Flight (Bildner) 2010
Horowitz, Dave
.....Twenty-six Princesses, 2008
Hoyt, Ard
.....The Hair of Zooey Fleefenbacher Goes to School, 2009
Hu, Ying-Hwa & Cornelius VanWright
.....Snow in Jerusalem, 2001
Hurd, Thacher
.....Bad Frogs, 2009
Hyman, Trina Schart
.....A Child's Calendar, 1965/1999 CALDECOTT HONOR

Ibatouline, Bagram
.....Animal Hedge, newly illust 2003 (Fleischman)
.....The Scarecrow's Dance (Yolen) 2009
.....Crow Call (Lowry) 2009
.....The Matchbox Diary (Fleischman) 2013
Isadora, Rachel
.....Over the Green Hills, 1992
Jacobsen, Laura
.....A Party in Ramadan (Mobin-Uddin) 2009
Jaeggi, Yoshiko
.....Sona and the Wedding Game (Sheth) 2015
James, Steve
.....Dewey, There's a Cat in the Library (Myron & Witter) 2009
Jarvis
.....Pick a Pine Tree (Toht) 2017

Jeffers, Oliver
.....A Child of Books, 2016
.....This Moose Belongs to Me, 2012
.....The Heart and the Bottle, 2010
.....Great Paper Caper, 2008
Jepson, J. Beth
.....Dare to Dream: Change the World, 2012
Johnson, Layne
.....Christmas Kitten: Home at Last (Pulver) 2010
Johnson, Steve (with Lou Fancher)
.....Silver Seeds (Paolilli & Brewer) 2001
.....The Boy on Fairfield Street (Krull) 2004
Joyce, William
.....Billy's Booger, 2015
Jutte, Jan
.....Roawr! (Joosse) 2009
Karas, G. Brian
.....A Hat for Mrs. Goldman, 2016
.....As An Oak Tree Grows, 2014
.....Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money (Jenkins) 2012

Katz, Karen
.....The Colors of Us, 1999
.....Can You Say Peace? 2006
.....My First Ramadan, 2007
.....Sleepy ABC, 2010
Keats, Ezra Jack
.....Regards to the Man in the Moon, 1981/2009

Kellogg, Steven
.....Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, 2008
.....The Pied Piper's Magic, 2009
.....Snowflakes Fall (MacLachlan) 2013
Kemly, Kathleen
.....A Mother's Song, (Lawler) 2010
King-Chai, Sharon
.....Snail Mail: With Pull-Out Postcards, 2016
Kirk, Daniel
.....Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure, 2012
.....Ten Things I Love About You, 2013
.....Library Mouse, 2007
.....Library Mouse, A Friend's Tale, 2009

Kiwak, Barbara
.....My Name is Bilal (Mobin-Uddin) 2005
Klassen, Jon
.....This Is Not My Hat (Klassen) 2012
.....The Dark,(Snicket) 2013
.....Cats Night Out (Stutson) 2010

Kleven, Elisa
.....Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story, 2013
.....The Weaver (Hurd) 2010
.....Wish (Thong) 2008
Klinger, Shula
.....Best Friends Forever, A World War II Scrapbook (Patt) 2010
Koren, Edward
.....Theloneus Monster's Sky-High Pie (Sierra) 2006
Kornacki, Christine
.....The Sparkle Box (Hardie) 2012
Kosinski, Colleen Rowan
.....Lilla's Sunflowers, 2016
Krommes, Beth
.....House in the Night (Swanson) 2008 CALDECOTT WINNER
.....Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow (Sidman) 2006
Krudop, Walter Lyon
.....At Ellis Island (Peacock) 2007
Kulikov, Boris
.....Boy Who Cried Wolf (Hennessy) 2006
Kurki, Kim
.....National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds 9014

POETRY BOOKS

ADULT
Gilroy, Grace, McKay, Martin, Phillips, Roth, Stipe - The Haiku Year

Young Adult/Upper Middle School

Kids
Ashman, Linda - M is for Mischief (5)
Ashman, Linda - Stella, Unleashed (5)
Blackaby, Susan - Nest, Nook & Cranny (5)
Brown, Calef - Hallowilloween (3.5)
Esbensen, Barbara Juster - Swing Around the Sun
Fletcher - A Writing Kind of Day (4)
Florian, Douglas - Autumnblings (4.5)
Frank, John - How to Catch a Fish (4)
..........A Chill in the Air (4)
Gerstein, Mordicai - Dear Hot Dog (4)
Greenfield, Eloise - In the Land of Words (5)
Harley, Avis - The Monarch's Progress (3)
Havill, Juanita - I Heard it from Alice Zucchini (4)
Hoberman, Mary Ann - The Llama Who Had No Pajama ()
Hopkins, Lee Bennett - City I Love (Hall) 4
.....................Got Geography!  (Stanton) 4
Iyengar, Malathi Michelle - Tan to Tamarind (Akib) 4
Janeczko, Paul & J. Patrick Lewis - Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku (4)
Johnston, Tony - The Ancestors Are Singing (4)
Katz, Alan - Too Much Kissing (3.5)
Katz, Susan - Looking for Jaguar (4)
Larios, Julie - Yellow Elephant, A Bright Bestiary (Paschkis) 4
Lewis, J. Patrick - The Underwear Salesman (Bloch) 3.5
...............Please Bury Me in the Library (Stone) 3.5
............... Heroes and She-Roes (Cooke) 5
Lewis, J. Patrick & Douglas Florian - Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems (Holmes) 4.5
Locker, Thomas - Cloud Dance (5)
McKissack, Patricia C. - Stitchin' and Pullin" a Gee's Bend Quilt (5)
Mora, Pat - Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! (Lopez)
Paolilli, Paul & Dan Brewer - Silver Seeds (Johnson & Fincher) 5
Park, Linda Sue - Tap Dancing on the Roof (Sijo poems)
Paschkis, Julie - Flutter & Hum (5)
Peters, Lisa Westberg - Earthshake:  Poems from the Ground Up, (3)
Perry, Andrea - The Snack Smasher and other reasons why it's not my fault (3)
Pollock, Penny - When the Moon is Full: A Lunar Year (Azarian) 5
Prelutsky, Jack - In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden (Mathers) 3
Prelutsky, Jack - rbanovic (4)
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse - The Wonder Book (Schmid) 3.5
Ruddell, Deborah - Today at the Blue-Bird Cafe (Rankin) 3.5
Salas, Laura Purdie - Book Speak! (5)
.....Water Can Be... (Dabija) 4.5
Schertle, Alice - Button Up! (4)
Schmidt, Annie M. G. - A Pond Full of Ink (2 - but I think it's the translation that I don't like) US/2014
Sidman, Joyce - This is Just to Say (5)
Sidman, Joyce - Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow (Krommes) 2006
Singer, Marilyn - First Food Fight This Fall (and Other School Poems) 2008
Singer, Marilyn - Mirror Mirror (Masse) 2010
Updike, John - A Child's Calendar (5)
Vanderwater, Amy Ludwig - Forest Has a Song (4.5)
........... Everyday Birds (5)
Viorst, Judith - What are you Glad about?  What are you Mad about? 2016 (2)
Whitehead, Jenny - Holiday Stew (5)
Wolf, Sallie - The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound, 2010 (4.5)
Worth, Valerie - Peacock and Other Poems (Babbitt) 2002

Kid's Anthologies
Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry (Bill Martin, Jr., ed) 5
Dare to Dream: Change the World - Jill Corcoran, editor
Green Poems - Jill Bennett
Home to Me (Lee Bennett Hopkins, ed) 4
Sky Magic (Lee Bennett Hopkins, ed) 4

The Complete Book is One Poem
Gilchrist, Jan Spivey -My America (4)
Lyon, George Ella - Sleepsong (4)
Salas, Laura Purdie - Water Can Be...
VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig - Everyday Birds (5)

The Composer is Dead - Lemony Snicket

Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Music Composed by Nathaniel Stookey
2009
Rating: 4
Endpapers (back of covers): Silhouttes of composers

When the composer is found dead, the inspector is called in to interview all the usual suspects - the members of the orchestra. He starts with the strings, proceeds to the woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Their excuses were all plausible. And then the inspector remembered the conductor. "You've been murdering composers for years! In fact, wherever there's a conductor, you're sure to find a dead composer!" And then there's a long list of famous dead composers.

This is chock full of information about an orchestra and the instruments that make it up. I read the book at B&N, so I didn't get to listen to the CD - which was performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Looks like Tracks 1-9 are the story read by the author and tracks 10-18 are instrumentals. I'd love to hear it!

GREAT vocabulary; lurking, flamboyant, interrogate, weary, "on the contrary," crucial, treachery, alibis, boisterous, arrogant, ruckus, agitated, nostalgic, unison......

(Not my favorite illustrations, but they work with the book.)

Tuesday - David Wiesner

1992 Caldecott Winner
Published: 1991
For: everyone!
Rating: 5
Almost Wordless
Paper $6.95

On Tuesday evening around 8, all the lily pads holding frogs begin floating up...up...up into the air. Hundreds of frog floata cross town, peering into windows, getting caught in hanging laundry, even venturing inside a home where an old lady has fallen asleep in front of the TV. Ah, such fun. But as dawn arrives the lily pads begin dropping to the ground - and the frogs tumble down, too, hopping home to their pond. As daylight arrives we see the police investigating the lily pads where they've landed all over the ground. One of the inspectors is the same one that some of the frogs waved at as they cruised by his window the previous night! And the next Tuesday....think pigs.....

My 8th grade class had a "tea party" last week, where they all shared three Caldecotts they'd read. Three different kids read this one - it's a great hit with 14-year-olds!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude - Jonah Winter

Illustrator: Calef Brown
Published: 2009
For: Kids
Rating: Still mulling
Endpapers: Deep purple
$16.99

Okay, I've heard of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and their marijuana brownies and interesting soirees with artists and writers, but I had no clue what kind of writer Gertrude was. This book let me know. At first, as I read, I wondered what in heck was going on, but it slowly dawned on me that this must be modeled by Stein's writing. For example:

"Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude. And Alice is Alice. And Gertrude and Alice are Gertrude and Alice. Well it's like this. You walk up the stairs, and there they are. They are sitting in chairs and there they are, staring where they are staring. Not the chairs. Chairs never stare. Chairs are where you sit and stare....."

In the author's note at the end, Winter states: "Her very famous writing was famous for being repetitive, playful, childlike, conversational, and often quite nonsensical. And her very famous writing has bee imitated by many other writers, including the author of this book, whose title is an imitation of her most quoted line: 'Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose......Often mocked in her lifetime, Stein is now praised for being among the most original and influential voices of the twentieth century."

Mentioned particularly are Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway. But how much will kids get this? I bet there aren't a lot of ADULTS who would recognize her style of writing. Her name, perhaps, and the title of one of her books, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. But has anyone of this generation read it? I'm going to look it up and see if it's readily available, or at the library.....

I recognize Caleb Brown's work. His illustrations fit perfectly with the text and funky writing, full color from edge-of-page to edge-of-page. A fun book.

Ed Spicer writes a "rave" review on his blog, Reading Roadtrips. Check it out!

18. Leap - Jane Breskin Zalben

for: Tweens
Published: 2007
272 pgs.
Rating: 4
AUDIO 6 cd's (7.5 hours)
Recorded Books
Female reader: Jennifer Ikeda
Male reader: Jonathan Todd Ross

A story in two voices, Krista and Daniel, have been best friends until about a year ago. They're in middle school now, 6th graders. Daniel, a star swimmer, during a routine anesthesia for a tooth removal, has a reaction that leaves him partially paralyzed. Krista, who has a major crush on Daniel's best friend, Bobby, volunteers to help him practice swim. He can only shuffle around using a walker, needs to take a special bus to school, has a full-time aid. But, as we watch the year unfold, not only does he begin to recover, but they both grow up. A lot.

Krista's "journey" includes the friendships of her three closest friends, all very different (of course). Three stereotypical personalities - the gorgeous girl who all the girls envy and roll their eyes at and about, the sweet one, the jock who doesn't like anything frilly, and the protagonist. Nothing wrong with this, I guess, the story has its merits, its problems, its many things for readers to think about. What do you do with a 12-year old friend who has a fake driver's license and gets a tattoo? First kisses, first boy/girl parties, lots to think about.

MOVIE: Doubt

Rating: Time flew by
Viewed: Tuesday, Mar. 2; Crossroads with Sheila
Rotten Tomato: 78% Mine: 80%, almost the same
EW: C+ cag: B+
Genre: Drama
Realeased: 12/12/08
PG-13 (1:44)
Directed (& written by) John Patrick Shanley
Meryl Streep (Acad Award nominee best actress)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (AcAw nominee supporting)
Amy Adams (AcAw nominee supporting)
Viola Davis (AcAw nominees supporting) ***

I had never planned to see this movie - I was nervous watching the previews (I hate the very real problem about sexual abuse concerning priests, even if it is probably just a handful) , and I've always had a....problem.....with the Catholic church. But it was dollar night, with popcorn and soda two bucks each (hey, five dollars for dinner and a movie - who can pass that up?) I'm glad I went. There's a reason why movies get Academy Award nominations. The acting was just plain superb! Viola Davis had perhaps a ten-minute part, but OH MY GOSH! I feel like I can get in front of a class of kids and act it up, but this kind of talent is just awe-inspiring. I couldn't pick out one performance and say it was better or not as good as another.

The story: Sister Aloysius (Streep) is the hard-nosed principal of a NYC parochial school in 1964. Father Flynn (Hoffman) is the middle-aged priest of the church. The two have opposing views about "keeping up with the times." Young Sister James (Adams) is a new teacher who loves teaching history to her 8th graders. She's the one who goes to the principal with things that she's noticed about Father Flynn and one of her students - a black boy who is also an altar boy.

There's never any real proof about anything in this movie, we are left to our own imaginings - as are the protagonists of the story. I've never seen the Tony-Award and Pulitzer Prize award winning play, which is said to be better, but I did enjoy this film very much. And I don't think it's FAIR to compare a play and a movie, especially when they're written by the same person. You just have to sit back and enjoy the incredible acting for an hour and three quarters. It flew by. I'm glad I saw it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Looking for Jaguar and Other Rain Forest Poems - Susan Katz

POETRY
Illustrator: Lee Christiansen
Published: 2005
For: Anyone interested in rainforest plants and animals
Rating: very nice, 4
Endpapers: Olivey green





In the Flooded Forest

The river carries us to the sky,
Where a tiny catfish spends its life in a tree.
Neon tetras dart among leaves,
And a sting ray ripples beneath a branch.

We paddle through the treetops
Past a colony of dangling, woven nests.
Orchids grow within our grasp,
And a monkey leans from a nearby limb to spy.

Here we see the forest twice.
Banana blossoms kiss their own reflections
A dolphin leaps past a parrot's perch
As we drift between worlds.

Mmmmm. Nice. Nineteen poems about rainforest animals and plants, some in free verse, some rhyming. I enjoy every one of the free verse poems. The rhyming poems don't leave me feeling quite so satisfied:

Walking Tree

More than anything else, I think I'd like
To watch this palm setting out on a hike.

Its long, skinny trunk isn't planted in ground,
So (unlike other trees) it can walk around.

Instead of legs, it grows roots like stilts,
And it edges along as each of them wilts.

Yet I've stood here peering for half a day,
And even the fronds at the top didn't sway.

I can't see it move though I stare and stare,
But ten years from now, It will be over there.

Fascinating information. But her imagery, alliteration, and cool word choices are so much more evident in her free verse.

The pictures cover the full page and are green, green green. The jaguar peeks out from amongh different leaves, The okapi turns back to look at you so you get a full view of it's interesting and very different stripes, the goliath frog looks.....round and big and froggy.

Time for one more poem. Years ago, when I was teaching fourth grade in Maine, I found a picture and explanation of a huge jungle flower that is supposed to smell like rotten meat or dead carcasses. There was a poem and an illustration in this book reminded me of this (and this rhyming, I'm happy to say, worked for me....):

Rafflesia

World's biggest flower, the giant rafflesia
Isn't a plant that tries hard to please ya.
Inside a vine, it grows from a thread
To be three feet across, a speckled bright red,
And sends out the fragrance of something quite dead,
Which gives it the nickname of stinking corpse lily.
It scatters its four million seeds willy-nilly
Till a pale orange cabbage (a bud in disguise)
Bursts through the vine, grows to basketball size
(To the vast admiration of beetles and flies),
And finally opens up with a hiss.
This is a flower you might want to miss.

Monday, March 23, 2009

How to Catch a Fish - John Frank

POETRY
Illustrator: Peter Sylvada
2007
Ages 4-8
2/25 B&N
Rating: 4
Endpapers: sage blue

Flowing rhyming poetry tells the story of different ways that people fish in many places around the world - Tobago; Columbia River, Washington; Gap of Dunloe, Irlenad; Baffin Island; Nagara River, Japan; Montauk Point, New York; Okavango River, Namibia; New Caledonia; Ishi Pishi Falls, California; Fraser Canyon, British Columbia; Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia; Kona, Hawaii; and northwest Florida. It ends:

We slack our reels to free some line,
and as I mull which rig to tie,
a knowing wink escapes his eye;
I made my choice of hook and weight,
we fasten them, we set our bait,
then raise our rods, set loose our lines
above the ocean, way up high,
the two of us, my dad and I...
And that is how to catch a fish.

Ice Fishing, Baffin Island, Nunavut:

We chop a hole in the Arctic ice,
and crouched in layers of skins and fur
to shun the frigid weather - b-rrr-rr-
we bait our hooks and lower our lines
and jig them, up and down, to stir
the fish below - but if they're near,
we'll sometime use a well-aimed spear.

Fishwheel, Fraser Canyon, British Columbia:

Propelled by currents swift and strong,
our fishwheel rotates round and round,
its soft metallic hollow sound
as rhythmic as a beaten drum,
three giant baskets scooping up
the sockeye, steelhead, coho, chum
and dropping them inside a pen ---
then circling back for more again.

Illustrations: hazy oil paintings with the remainder of the page a block of white from top to bottom containing the poem.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Erika-San - Allen Say

Published: Jan., 2009
Rating: 4.5
For: Any age
$17.00
Endpapers: Dark grey

This is a lovely book with a lovely story and wonderful illustrations. (I can't say lovely three times in a row!) I didn't rate it a 5 because the story seems a little implausible, though who knows, it may even be based on a true story. It doesn't mention that anywhere, though.

When Erika, an American girl, is young, she sees a picture of a lovely cottage perched on the water's edge on her grandmother's wall. She is told the picture was something her grandfather brought home from a visit to Japan. She loves this picture, and as she grows up she studies Japan and learns Japanese, always thinking about the beautiful picture. As soon as she graduates from college with a teaching degree, she heads off to Japan, for she has a job in Tokyo. But when she arrives in Tokyo she is overwhelmed by the crowds and finds a job three hours away. There she is still overwhelmed by too many people and takes the last teaching job available, one on a remote island. She loves it there. She immediately meets a young male teacher and he takes her exploring the island. And guess what. She sees a cottage that reminds her of the picture on her grandmother's wall. It is a tea house. The ending is very, very cute and satisfying, but I loved the good feeling it gave me, so I won't tell it here.

The illustrations are just delicious, showing modern Japan with so many details - people all looking down as they descend the stairs - all sorts of tiny touches that make me look and look. I probably should have given it a five. I enjoyed this book immensely. I can't wait to read it to a kid somewhere to see how he/she would enjoy it. Is it a kid book, an adult heart-tugger, or something in between?