The Wacky Book of Witches

Move over Waldo!  The Wacky Book of Witches by Annie Civardi (words) and Graham Philpot (pictures) is perfect for this time of year! Neither a simple hunt-and-find book, nor just a great story, The Wacky Book of Witches weaves the two together in a remarkably enchanting way. (more…)

Published in: on October 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diary of a Wombat

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The Jolly Postman (or Other People’s Letters)

“Once upon a bicycle, so they say, a jolly postman came one day from over the hills and far away…”

So begins one of those books that, once you’ve read it, you will never forget. I can remember the first time I laid hands on a copy, and I particularly remember that it wasn’t mine.  Sadly, I never owned a copy as a child, but when I had a child of my own, I made sure she had a copy in her library (two in fact). (more…)

Published in: on October 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

J is for Jack-O’-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet

I love the autumn; it’s my favourite time of year!  The leaves, the cool nights, the pumpkin pies, and Hallowe’en!  But with two little ones, I’m not looking for the truly scary bits of Hallowe’en, but the fun, cozy-creepy stuff: smiling ghosts, and sing-along songs, and orange socks, and good books!  I’m also a big fan of learning new things all the time, so I particularly appreciate Denise Brennan-Nelson‘s J is for Jack-O’-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet. It’s a poem, and an alphabet book, and a Hallowe’en encyclopedia all in one! (more…)

Published in: on October 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Two by Two

Recently I was at a second-hand store for kids and spied Two by Two by Barbara Reid.  I was stunned to realize that we didn’t have any of her books in our (considerable) library of kids’ books.  Most particularly I was suprised because when I was growing up, Reid’s books were some of my favourites.  I mean, you’d have to be a particularly nasty kind of curmudgeonly snob to suggest that her artwork isn’t simply amazing! And it’s all done with plasticine! Just look: (more…)

Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm  Leave a Comment