Posted in August 2012

Mirette on the High Wire, 1992, by Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette on the High Wire, 1992, by Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette on the High Wire is a 1993 Caldecott Medal book. The water color is superb, yes, but what else calls for the number one (only one) award in the kids’ book world? Circus French girl written/conceived by an American woman? Well, I got a thought. Flash back to 1992 and the capital F of Feminism… Continue reading

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Frog and Toad are Friends, 1970

Frog and Toad are Friends, 1970

This, my friends, is Frog and Toad are Friends, written in 1970, the first in a series of three by Arnold Lobel. Why do I like this book? First and foremost: Toad. He’s the sort of character who is all too comfortably endearing. He’s Eeyore to Poo, he’s Jack to Algernon, he’s Cameron to Ferris Bueller. He’s grumpy, gullible, and self-defensive, he’s your sadly loveable grandfather and your childhood best curmudgeon friend all rolled into one. He wears striped, full body bathing suits and wool jackets, and he sleeps a lot. Continue reading

Mudkin, 2011

Mudkin, 2011

It’s easy to unabashedly adore Mudkin. There’s few words. Typically exhilarating splashes of Gammel color images (he can squeeze tons of colors, even out of mud). The unpretentious queen, her little blobby and indecipherable friend, Mudkin, and all the mud people in their kingdom of mud. Continue reading