Monday, 16 May 2022

Look Up With Me Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars

Look Up With Me
by Jennifer Berne

Come along and read about Neil deGrasse Tyson's childhood, growing up in New York City and going to the Hayden Planetarium one day - the day that changed his life forever. Encouraging kids to keep their curiosity and to realize that dreams can indeed come true with perseverance, we see young Neil walk dogs every day for two years to buy a gigantic telescope that he would then lug to his rooftop every night. 

Digital styled collage art plus a simple story with a glossary make for an educational and winning book for little learners.

Monday, 9 May 2022

Everybody in the Red Brick Building

Everybody in the Red Brick Building
by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

A clever, cumulative story of a chain effect of sounds that wakes up a community of neighbors (including one cat) starting from the bottom of an apartment building travelling all the way to the top. But just as the noises reach a climax, the author brings down the energy as the onomonopedia sounds travel back to the first floor. Goodnight! This is a super fun bedtime book that children will be begging to read for many years to come.

Monday, 2 May 2022

Lights on Wonder Rock

 
Lights on Wonder Rock
by David Litchfield

On the evening little Heather ran away from home into the woods, she sat on a big, sturdy rock and watched the sky. Flickering her flashlight aimed toward the stars, she wanted to let whomever was out there, know she was there, too. When a mesmerizing UFO with purple and pink lights lands and she meets a friendly alien, Heather travels with them into space, only to return abruptly to be with her parents again.

What follows in the wordless panels of dark, rich forests and time passing, is a longing throughout Heather's life for all things extraterrestrial and to reconnect with her friend.

A satisfying story with a happy ending.

Monday, 25 April 2022

The Stray and the Strangers

The Stray and the Strangers
by Steven Heighton

Kanella is a scrawny orphan doggie who timidly slinks around the wharfs, waiting for scraps. Eventually settling uphill in a camp, the story of the refugee situation on the Greek island of Lesvos is told through the close perspective of Kanella, the dog with the white-socked paws, whose name means cinnamon. She helps out with the newcomers, bonds with a little boy, and grows quietly fat. When the refugee camp is dismantled, Kanella needs to find a new forever home ... and she does.

Based on a true story, Kanella was the heart of the largest ever refugee community of over 20,000.

Monday, 18 April 2022

The Big Bad Wolf in My House

The Big Bad Wolf in My House
BValĂ©rie Fontaine

A serious "issues" book, The Big Bad Wolf in My House takes a look at domestic abuse by turning it into a fable. Children experiencing such terror will be able to relate, and how crucial it is for children to be able to see themselves in books! There certainly is a derth of picturebooks on domestic abuse; this one could be used especially well in theraputic environments. For those who read without the firsthand experience, it will respectfully teach on this important topic with the help from the illustrations of hand-painted gouache textures combined with painting using a digital pastel brush.

The story ends with hope when the mother and daughter go to a women's shleter.



Monday, 4 April 2022

Chaiwala!

Chaiwala!

By Priti Birla Maheshwari, art by Ashley Barron

Chaiwala! is an energetic, attractive, multisensory picturebook about a young girl and her mom who order cups of chai at a stand while stopping for a few minutes at the Jaipur train station. There's lots of colour, movement and onomatopoeia to keep this short book flying. Cut-paper illustrations will entice the reader as they watch the chai "boil and bubble," mixing together perfectly sweet.

Monday, 28 March 2022

What a Nice Car!

What a Nice Car!

By Anita Bijsterbosch

Anita Bijsterbosch is back with a charming tale of Mouse, who found a red convertible on the side of the road. One by one, he invites animal friends to hop in and join the search for the car's owner. Mouse's hat blows off, leading them to meet Elephant, who is looking quite sad.

Friends and teamwork accompany colourful pictures for an adventurous ride!