Review: Mi Maestro Tiene Tatuajes (My Teacher Has Tattoos)

Author: Darren LópezIllustrator: Bhagya MadanasinghePublisher: Soaring Kite BooksAges: 4-8 Debut author Darren López brings us a rarity in the picturebook arena, a story that has not been told before. López takes us into the classroom of a teacher–with tattoos! I know what you’re thinking: the shock and horror of it all. Tattoos! And, students can…

Review: Our Pool

The illustrations, however, are only a small part of the book (a great part, but only a small part). Cummins’ words capture the rhythm of a fast-paced city culture. Maximizing the use of alliteration–causing cacophonous climaxes, gloriously, gorging, eager, enthusiastic minds.

Review: Martina Tiene Muchas Tias

Of course, in picturebook fashion, the story involves a duck, a mouse and an adventure. But, everything is intricately woven in a carefully, thoughtfully, written piece, lovingly translated by Mustelier. I can hear the Cuban accent ringing throughout.

Review: The Moonlight Zoo

Eva’s beloved cat Luna has been missing for two days and Eva cannot fall asleep. Thoughts of doom and gloom fill Eva’s head. Is Luna missing? Or is she simply on a trip exploring? Taken on a dreamlike journey by a spirit-guide-wolf, Eva searches for Luna and finds many lost animals along the way.

Review: The Hotel for Bugs

The hotel features a spa, a pool, a larva club (for the kids!) and a buffet among its many offerings. It is the swankiest place in town! Senior’s verse is a wonder of cheeky rhymes, playfully mixing bug-like behaviors with hotel-guest actions.

Review: Rainbow Hands

Each double page spread, lusciously covered in Loring-Fisher’s dreamlike artwork, gently caresses Nainy’s simple and elegant verse reflecting the young boy’s mood and a chosen color. With each turn of the page, we learn a bit more about our protagonist and the world he inhabits. Is he accepted? Is he an outcast?

Review: Human Town

A family of elephants goes to a zoo to visit the wildlife before it goes extinct. The kids are excited. The parents are eager to share their love of adventure with the children. Sounds perfectly normal right? What is normal?

Review: The Bear and the Little Green Thing

Short-listed for the World Illustration Awards, The Bear and the Little Green Thing is a soft spoken allegory of life’s truest, briefest and longest friendships–all encapsulated in one. Its gentle, dark, mysterious illustrations, together with it’s simple text, lead readers on an emotional journey through a friendship that was never really meant to last forever.


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