Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916, and in addition to being "a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian, and a medical inventor," he became one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book of the Day: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub & Heckedy Peg by Audrey & Don Wood

Today will actually be a mini-ode to the author/illustrator genius of husband-and-wife team Audrey and Don Wood who publish a lot of work with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.King Bidgood's in the BathtubHardcover: 9780152427306, $17Paperback: 9780152054359, $7.99A Caldecott Honor-winner, this book is a true delight to both read and look through, as there is so much happening … Continue reading Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book of the Day: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub & Heckedy Peg by Audrey & Don Wood

Ode to Stephen Gammell

Author and illustrator Stephen Gammell's work is known in two very different veins: sassy, whimsical picturebook illustrator and nightmare-inducing, horror illustrator.My first introduction to his work was through his Caldecott Award winning book Song and Dance Man (9780679819950, Random House, $6.99). I loved having my parents read the story to me, but it was for … Continue reading Ode to Stephen Gammell

Ode to Christopher Wormell

This ode is dedicated to Christopher Wormell, and in particular, to his wood engravings of animals and beasts. He illustrates non-woodcut pictures, as well, and I don't mean to slight those books. But, it was his wood engravings that first caught my eye - specifically the total book design of the picture books that feature … Continue reading Ode to Christopher Wormell

Ode to Little Golden Books

I've recently rediscovered the joys of Little Golden Books, published by Random House.Have you had the same problem I had? They've been around for so long, lurking in the back of my childhood memories, that sometimes I forget there continues to be waves of children through my shop that are meeting them for the first … Continue reading Ode to Little Golden Books

Ode to Miroslav Sasek

One of the perks of my job is that I'm often introduced to new authors, illustrators, and their books through customer requests and recommendations. This holiday season in particular has been one scavenger hunt after another for new treasures. Today was no exception.A customer came in requesting a book she thought was entitled This is … Continue reading Ode to Miroslav Sasek

Now I Know My ABCs…

This really should be subtitled "ode to the ABC book".I'm probably not the ONLY person in the world who has a fascination with ABC books, judging by the number of them a) available, and b) recently published, but I'm finding that the ones I find absolutely, stunningly, drop-dead, a full 10, gorgeous (!), are not … Continue reading Now I Know My ABCs…

Ode to the Coffee Table Book

Dear Coffee Table Book,It's been some time now since I've admired your glossy photo pages and larger format. Since I first cracked your spine, you've enchanted me with your miscellaneous in-depth information about a subject on which I will never be tested, but which deeply enriches some part of my soul. I drool on your … Continue reading Ode to the Coffee Table Book

Ode to my publisher reps

There are two things in life about which I am absolutely 100% lacking in willpower. Books (which you may have guessed) and bread.I know the bread one is kind of odd, but I'm currently not eating any starch (okay, I'm currently trying not to eat any starch) and all I can do is crave those … Continue reading Ode to my publisher reps