Monthly Archives: November 2012

Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs

There’s something irresistible about morbidity and picture books. It starts with the cover of Last Laughs:  Animal Epitaphs. Two critters in a gray pet cemetery, pointing at gravestones. One in the distance–you’ll have to hold the covers open so you can see … Continue reading

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Albert’s Toothache

When Albert complains of a toothache, no one believes him. After all, turtles don’t have teeth. His mother tries to distract him with food, games and photo albums, but Albert insists his toothache bothers him too much. His sister thinks … Continue reading

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Blueberries For Sal

It’s old, I know. As much as I love new books, I love old ones too. Published in 1948, Blueberries for Sal has a parallel plot structure which is perfect for drawing comparisons. I see charts comparing bears to humans and charts … Continue reading

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This Is Not My Hat

Jon Klassen exhibits his trademark Canadian humour in This Is Not My Hat, a companion to the gratifying I Want My Hat Back.  A guilty, hat-stealing fish gives an exonerating soliloquy during his getaway. The interplay between text and pictures show us a … Continue reading

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