Confession: I read Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett (2011) about a week and a half ago, and have been itching just itching to write this review. Why? Because I found the book horrifying. But, I told myself, maybe I was over-reacting. Maybe, because I’m looking at these books with a very particular mindset, that’s all I […]Read more "Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett"
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to read Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff (1959) to an elementary school student. You may remember this book from your own childhood (I remember it from mine) — or perhaps you’ve already read it to your children. The basic premise is that Sammy the Seal suffers depression because he […]Read more "Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff"
Let me just start by saying that as I’ve grown older, I’ve had an increasing number of issues with books that portray non-human animals as really craving, and in fact gorging on, human (junk) food. I think this obsession with our food being OMG so good even caterpillars/frogs/cows/pangolin/etc. want to eat it is part of […]Read more "A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe by Barbara Odanaka"
Ah, Michael Chabon. I know you from all the books of yours I haven’t read, which my friends who’ve book-talked them to me have either loved or hated. The one that’s appeal to me the most, as others have talked about your books has been The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, which I distinctly remember my friend […]Read more "The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon"
Note!: You might have noticed that even in these reviews, I focus more on the author than the illustrator. Most children’s books, just so we’re all clear, do have a different illustrator. I’m focusing mostly on the writing and providing links to the books, if you’re interested in learning more. If I do have a […]Read more "Pluto Visits Earth! by Steve Metzger"