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Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue Cath Crowley 9781101937648, $17.99, hardcover, Random House, Pub. Date: June 6, 2017 Publisher description: Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. Now Rachel has returned … Continue reading

Book Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Jennifer E. Smith is, somewhat surprisingly to me, one of my favorite young adult/teen (YA) authors. I say surprisingly because her books are all about romance, and teen romance isn’t usually my bag; full of drama and without the sex scenes – what’s the point? But there are a few distinct differences in a Jennifer … Continue reading

Illustrator Spotlight: Sanna Annukka

British-Finnish illustrator, Sanna Annukka, is best known for her textile designs for Finnish brand Marimekko, but she has also done the illustrations for two Hans Christian Andersen tales that I desperately want on my own shelves. The Snow Queen Hans Christian Anderson Illustrated by Sanna Annukka 9780399578502, hardcover, Penguin Random House, $16 Publisher’s Marketing: Hans … Continue reading

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Another day, another look through a catalogue of children’s picture books. This time, I’m showcasing books from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler Mrs. White Rabbit by Gilles Bachelet This one is more for adults, and is absolutely hilarious. It’s a brief telling of Alice in Wonderland from the point-of-view … Continue reading

Princeton Architectural Press Children’s Books

It is so exciting for me to be back in the book world, well, for many reasons, but one of them is that I get to peruse the bookshelves and pore over catalogues, looking at all the delightful children’s books I’ve missed in the last few years. Princeton Architectural Press is one of those small … Continue reading

Book Review: The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willemstad + Tony DiTerlizzi

The Story of Diva and Flea Mo Willems + Tony DiTerlizzi Ages: 4-8 (or older or younger) Review: Whimsical and adorable. A mutually beneficial friendship between a dog and a cat encourages them to explore the comforts of home and the excitement of Parisien streets! Diva lives in a grande building in Paris, watching and … Continue reading

Winter (Snow + Christmas) Children’s Books from Penguin Random House

For those of you celebrating the Christmas season in a snowy climate, have I got the books for you! That will not be me this year, as am I spending the year in New Zealand, where temperatures can be in the 80s and 90s (that’s Fahrenheit, folks) on Christmas Day. Who knows, I might spend … Continue reading

G+D Vintage from Penguin Random House

One of the things I loved the most about Penguin was their ability to come up with various series designed along a certain theme. Their Penguin Ink series, for instance, is one I was obsessed with for a while, and they do all sorts of fantastic typographical series covers, too. I’m glad to know that … Continue reading

2015 Penguin Random House Children’s Books

In looking over the Penguin Random House list of children’s books published in 2015, I came across some online that I’ve not encountered in real life. Here are the titles that got me most excited. I’ll be hunting these down from my local bookstore or library very soon. This is Sadie Sara O’Leary, illustrated by … Continue reading

Hello, World! Series by Ashley Evanson

I’ve been spending some time online lately, perusing book publisher catalogues, and came across this charming little board book series put out by Penguin Random House called Hello, World! It’s written/illustrated by Ashley Evanson, and the first four in the series just came out this month: New York: A Book of Colors San Francisco: A … Continue reading

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The Story of Diva and Flea
By Mo Willems + Tony DiTerlizzi
Loved this as a read-aloud for little ones that can sit still for longer picture books, or, as it's a beginning chapter book, great for ages 6-8 who are learning how to read more confidently by themselves.
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