February 2018 Archives

Strange the Dreamer

strangethedreamer.jpgStrange the Dreamer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017) by Laini Taylor is a fascinating book. And it just was named a 2018 Printz Honor Book. Woo hoo!

Lazlo Strange--foundling, loner, and now librarian--has always been fascinated by the Unseen City, or Weep as it is now called, the city that was cut off from the rest of the world 200 years ago. As a librarian Lazlo has made his own books about the Unseen City from every scrap of information he can find. He's even learned to speak the language. So when visitors from the Unseen City arrive in the Kingdom of Zosma asking for help, Lazlo must figure out a way to make the trek to the Unseen City and find out what their problem is.

As I neared the end of the book, I wondered how Laini was going to pull off a satisfying ending, and she did, but I was thrilled to find out there's going to be a sequel. Maybe even this year...

Read about author Laini Taylor and her books here.


If writing is easy youre

If writing is easy, you're doing it wrong.
Bryan Hutchinson

Wonderling

wonderling.jpgWonderling (Candlewick Press, 2017) by Mira Bartók is a touching story perfect for the middle grade reader.

The wonderling is an 11-year-old groundling (part animal, part human) with only a number instead of a name. Number Thirteen has only one ear and is foxlike, but has not tale. He lives in the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures run by Miss Carbunkle. Mistreated, overworked and bullied, he keeps his head down and does what he's told. But he yearns for something more. His life begins to bloom when he makes his first friend, a young bird groundling he defends. Trinket gives him a real name, Arthur, and through an invention of hers the two friends escape the home. And that's just the beginning of their adventures.

This book is Mira Bartók's first book for children and will be the first of a fantasy series. I just read on the author's website that a movie based on the book is in progress. Read more here. I'm looking forward to both.

Rejection isnt a sign of

Rejection isn't a sign of failure. Rejection is a reminder that there's always room for improvement.
Ana Hart

What Goes Up - a picture book

Perfect Picture Book Friday

whatgoesup-pb.jpgWhat Goes Up (Tiger Tales, 2013) by Paula Bowles is a darling story of persistence and hard work.

Martin is a sad dragon. His wings are too tiny to fly and he wants to fly. He tries various solutions, but "What goes up, must come down." The village children who love him play a game of belief and imagination with him every day, and eventually . . . Well, you'll have to read it to see what happens.

I love the humor in both text and illustrations. And isn't Martin adorable?

Go here to see the other books Paula has illustrated or written and illustrated.