I don’t remember when I first started taking book recommendations to heart. Middle school, when a close friend was rapidly reading through Stephen King? When my dad first handed me a copy of Earth Abides? When the first teacher who assigned me to read Animal Farm encouraged me to give it a couple of years […]Read more "What I Mean When I Recommend Books"
So, you’ve got this book, Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner (2011). It has beautiful, rich, watercolor illustrations, and provides wonderful (and fun) alliteration (Solomon spies and Solomon slithers, for instance). To all outward appearances it’s (another) book about bullying & inclusion. Solomon Crocodile harasses the other animals in the story (frogs, dragonflies, storks, and finally […]Read more "Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner (2011)"
Ah, the joys of stereotypes. Wolves, by Emily Gravett (2005) was a book I came to because of reading Wolf Won’t Bite, which I’ve previously reviewed on this blog. Wolves is a Boston-Globe Horn honor book, an award given for excellence in children’s and YA literature. This made me pretty excited for the book, which […]Read more "Wolves by Emily Gravett"