The Little Moon Raven – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I was at the San Francisco Main Library yesterday, wandering through the stacks of picture books. I could live there and never read them all, I'm sure. I love how the librarians pull out books for display and always find something special. Such is the case with The Little Moon Raven by Marcus Pfister. From … Continue reading The Little Moon Raven – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Behold, the Chupacabra!!! What's a chupacabra you may ask? No one really knows what they look like, for they've never been caught. The name literally means "goat sucker." When Ana Aranda, the illustrator for this book, was growing up in Mexico, she and her friends told stories about the chupacabra. How you shouldn't let your … Continue reading The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Perfect Picture Book Friday

After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday

STOP THE PRESSES!!! Announcing the first picture book to win both the Caldecott and the Newbery!!!!  Well, if the judging were up to me, that is. Seriously, folks. This book gobsmacked me. Dan Santat has created a touching, funny book about overcoming your fears, and in the process transforming your life. "My name is Humpty … Continue reading After the Fall – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As we prepare to do battle in the name of science on Earth Day tomorrow, I thought I'd put the spotlight on the legendary battles being played across the country, the ones happening in school yards, classrooms, and perhaps during dinner when children are challenged to eat their vegetables, no matter how odious.   Picture … Continue reading The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Illustrator Influence

My 11-yr-old son has discovered Russ Cox, a wonderful illustrator. You can see his work at Smiling Otis Studio.  [Yes, Mike Allegra (HeyLookAWriterFellow), Otis was one of Russ's cats. They're everywhere! And BTW, a mouse snuck into our pantry and tore into the brown sugar, dried beans, and pancake mix. I'm thinking we've got a diabetic … Continue reading Illustrator Influence

Lindbergh: The Tale of a—what?! Perfect Picture Book Friday

  Title: Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse Author/illustrator: Torben KuhlmannEnglish text by: Suzanne LevesquePublisher: NorthSouth Books, Inc, 2014Suitable for ages: 4-adult (It's gorgeous!!!)Content: Although the story is fiction, Kuhlmann includes a few paragraphs about the history of aviation and Charles Lindbergh at the back of the book. There's also a foreword by a … Continue reading Lindbergh: The Tale of a—what?! Perfect Picture Book Friday

Halloween Cinderella?

Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie 100-word story writing competition (using the words pumpkin, broomstick, and creak) inspired me to produce the following piece of classic literature this week. It also inspired my son to create an illustration for the story. I hope you enjoy it. And if you don't, well, I'll sick the flying monkeys on you. … Continue reading Halloween Cinderella?

Josephine Baker Rocks!

A fabulous illustrator, Christian Robinson, recently held our school's "itchy-britches-is-it-summer-yet" children spellbound. If you aren't familiar with Christian's work, you should check out his website and marvel at his range.  And if you happened to "Google" anything on this past Martin Luther King Day, you most likely noticed Christian's "Google Doodle," honoring Dr. King. But … Continue reading Josephine Baker Rocks!

Celebrate Dueling Doodlers!

  My 10-yr-old son, the cat lover vs. Mike Allegra (HeyLookAWriterFellow), the rodent lover   Mike posted the "naughty kitten" doodle he drew (reluctantly) for my son, and in return, Mike received a tribute to furry creatures with front teeth that never stop growing.   My iPhone photo of a copy of the original turned the … Continue reading Celebrate Dueling Doodlers!

What do David Shannon and My Son Have in Common?

According to my 10-year-old son, the American Revolution can be distilled to four panels (click photo to enlarge): He loved drawing this cartoon and spent a couple of joyful hours completely absorbed in his work. Note that the Loyalist character's voice comes from off the page, showing how the Loyalists either operated under cover, "lost … Continue reading What do David Shannon and My Son Have in Common?