Monthly Archives: January 2016

Dark Shimmer

Dark Shimmer, Donna Jo Napoli‘s newest reworked fairy tale, set in medieval Laguna Veneta, Italy, is the story of Snow White’s stepmother and how she came to be evil enough to attempt murder four times. Named Docle (Sweet) in this story, we … Continue reading


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The Tiger Who Would Be King

What happens when a tiger wakes up and decides he wants to be king of the beasts? This anti-war fable by James Thurber explores the worst-case scenario where animals fight until they aren’t quite sure what they are fighting about. “Moral: You can’t very … Continue reading

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I first picked up Pool by JiHyeon Lee because it was The Original Art Gold Medal Winner, and yes, the illustrations are gorgeous. What I found sticking with me, though, is the story. “But it’s a wordless book,” some might say. … Continue reading

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