Category Archives: Love that prose

I, Too, Am America

Bryan Collier has an amazing collection of picture books and this one, which illustrates Langston Hughe’s poem, I, Too, Sing America, is another mixed media beauty.  It begins on a train, a Pullman porter serving wealthy white passengers and relegated to the kitchen to … Continue reading

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All Different Now

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom  is a picture book about the day slaves were set free. It shows the slow progression that word-of-mouth took to tell slaves everywhere about freedom, and then the celebration that ensued. Angela Johnson, … Continue reading

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Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

Knock Knock by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier is both beautiful and sad. A young boy plays a daily game of Knock Knock, Who’s There? with his father until the day his father is gone. The rest of the book … Continue reading

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The Dark

A collaboration of Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen should be enough to pick up The Dark, an enticing picture book about a boy’s relationship with the dark. We all know in order to overcome our fears we need to face them; … Continue reading

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Coming On Home Soon

When Ada Ruth’s mom goes to Chicago for work, she and her grandma lead a quiet life, always remembering Mama is coming on home soon. In her quiet prose, Jacqueline Woodson shows the beauty of family: love and responsibility that … Continue reading

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger is all prim and proper, until he doesn’t want to be. Leaving civilized behaviour behind, Mr. Tiger embraces his natural self for a while. But he misses some of the things back home in the city. He returns … Continue reading

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I Wish I Had…

Translated from Italian, I Wish I Had… retains its poetic imagery of animals in the wild.  “I wish I had the forest of thoughts of a deer listening in the woods…and the voice of a whale singing as it crosses the … Continue reading

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Tiger In My Soup

“Today, my big sister is in charge of the house, the lunch, and me.” And all this boy wants is his sister to read his book to him. Without his sister’s attention, the boy launches into an inventive exchange with … 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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And Then It’s Spring

It may be summer weather in Michigan, but it’s not hard to remember the brown of pre-spring. And Then It’s Spring perfectly captures the angst of a long winter’s longing for green. The hope of a seed dropped into brown earth, and … Continue reading

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