First of all, I love grumpy picture book characters. Right off I am likely to love your book if your main character is annoyed, grumpy, naughty, or a little mean. But this goat, with his indiscriminate kicking, harumphing and antisocial behavior really worked his way into my heart. Love him. And love this story, and of course the illustrations.
You can hear my full review on this week’s episode of Brain Burps About Books here, or listen directly in iTunes here.
A week ago, we were lucky enough to be featured on Candlewick’s year-long We Believe in Picture Books video project!
Want to know what books we’re grabbing for? They are, in order:
Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion
Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
The Pet Project by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Zachariah OHora
PSSST! by Adam Rex
Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack
Steadfast Tin Soldier by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jen Corace
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier
Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure
Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael Kaplan, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Thanks to Carter Higgins, Betsy Bird, and Rosemond Cates for putting our video on their blogs!
This week on Brain Burps About Books I review How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure. I am so in love with the cut paper illustrations in this book, the simple text, the use of white space, and the cats’ expressions most of all. This book is gorgeous.
You can hear my review on this week’s episode of Brain Burps, or listen right in iTunes here.
I never really liked summer until we moved to Maine. It was always so sweaty before. But now it’s when the weather is perfect and everything is green and bursting.
Everyone is home! Though this is not our home. It’s the high school track. The boys took track this spring and want to keep up with it, so we’ve been running here and they practice long jumps.
Do you see them on there? All the tiny apples? Last year we had maybe 20 apples; so far this year looks like over 100.
The Little Free Library is bursting, too. If someone doesn’t come take out some books soon, I’m going to have to do some serious weeding.
Almost ripe cherries.
This is a mountain laurel, which I forget about every year, until it suddenly does THIS.
Blueberries! (Well, greenberries right now, but they’ll be blue in a month.)
Our hops vine is…well, frankly, it’s scaring me. This thing grows several feet a day and I couldn’t really take a photo of it because it reaches so far into the sky that you can’t see the top of it. Notice also how I am too frightened to get close to it, but have no qualms about placing my dear daughters next to it, for perspective. I made sure they jumped away before they were either woven into its vines, or started to climb the thing in the hope of finding a giant to slay.
One of my most favorite parts of parenting is finding secret little things like this, which make my heart explode with love.
Today over on Brain Burps I review Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn, which is one of my favorite new books. New to me, I should say. The book isn’t new at all. It’s 45 years old. Were you lucky enough to read this book when you were a kid? We just recently discovered it and we’re all so captivated by the illustrations, and, most of all, the story.
Check out the episode for my full review!
I am SUPER excited to be featured today on Julie Hedlund’s How I Got My Agent series! When I was looking for an agent, I always felt like “how I got my agent” posts were very helpful — both for outlining what to do, and also for showing how many different ways there were of getting an agent. Hop on over and check it out!
Today over at Brain Burps About Books I review Sergio Ruzzier‘s new book, Bear and Bee. Which I love. I love how it’s funny and sweet and lovely, and how it manages to be all these things in very few words.
I also mention the new book by Eve Bunting that Sergio Ruzzier illustrated, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? which we also love. We had so much fun reading these that we had to go get our first Sergio Ruzzier fave: The Room of Wonders. You should get that one too. Have I told you before that William Steig is my most favorite children’s book author ever? I love The Room of Wonders for what it is, but I also really love its intense Steigishness — the feelings of desperation and hopelessness, and the blooming beauty of hope at the end.
I think I say the words “Sergio Ruzzier” 1000 times in this review. I felt pretty confident about it. I took Italian for three semesters and college and everything. Then I listened to Sergio pronounce his own name and I felt less confident. I could either go crazy full-on pronouncey, or just say it like the American girl that I am, and oh, neither seemed right, and it just felt weirder the more times I said it. So you have that to look forward to.
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I HAVE NOT STOPPED SHOUTING ABOUT THE FACT THAT I HAVE AN AGENT! AND I AM EXCITED!
My kids are not impressed.
Me: Guys! I have an agent!
Them: So you have a book published?
Me: No. It’s different. You’ll know when I get a book published. Plus there will, you know, be a book.
Them: Oh, right. What’s for dinner?
Me: I don’t know.
Dave, yelling from bathroom construction upstairs: I got stuff to make French Bread Pizzas!
Kids: Nooooo! We hate French Bread Pizza!
Me: Are you serious? What kind of kid hates French Bread Pizza? I can make you tempeh….
Kids walk away, sobbing.
Me, to no one: I have an agent!