School might be the furthest thing from our minds at the moment, but you won’t want to miss this amusing story about the unbelievably absurd school that Harry attends. Harry is asked by his teacher to give a new classmate a school tour. He feels like there’s not much to see, but readers might disagree when they see the class pet (a jellyfish of Brobdingnagian proportions), an entire amusement park in the branches of a tree out in the schoolyard, and the boat ride one has to take through the underground cavern to get to the principals’s office. Oh, and let’s not forget the peculiar otherworldly teachers on staff. A great and quirky story to keep in mind for when back to school rolls around.
We’re sharing biographies for this month’s #littlelitbookseries.
Jacqueline Kennedy wore many hats in her life (as women usually do) as a journalist, photographer, mother, first lady, preservationist and editor. She was known for her intelligence, independent spirit, style and elegance. Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos tell her story with grace and aplomb and exquisite illustrations. Just Being Jackie was published by Balzer + Bray.
A hungry roaming cat is granted three wishes by a wiggly snake in exchange for sparing his life. Highly skeptical, Cat goes about his day making wishes and it’s perhaps his last that he’s most hopeful for. Poetic and winsome, this story bounces with lovely, gentle onomatoepia. Its windswept, atmospheric art is part of its great charm.
In a busy, bustling city whose bleak grayness is easy to get lost in, there’s a girl named Liesel who, every once in a while, pauses the clock. She literally stops time and “between tick and tock,” she “threads through the stillness” and performs good deeds where they’re needed most. Liesel’s thoughtful, winsome character is brought to life by Louise Greig’s graceful prose and Ashling Lindsay’s exquisite art. We’re blown away by this story, and its demonstration of the profound beauty that can be found in small but meaningful gestures and selfless acts of kindness.
This year has already been a stellar one for brilliant, innovative books about color, and here’s yet another. It introduces readers to the rich range of colors in their everyday lives—engaging them in noticing all the different shades all around them—with rich, mellifluous language, exquisite color stories and interactive die-cut pages. One of our favorites this year. Click here and scroll right for a video preview of the book's interior.