On the blog:
- A slice of life about my new imaginary BFF and parenting co-conspirator, fitness instructor Shaun T.
Tom Hart’s graphic novel memoir, Rosalie Lightning, is not an easy read. How can it be when it’s about the death of his two-year-old daughter? But it is a profound and ultimately healing book about how we find meaning in tragedy, loss, and grief. It’s a book about how we go on when we think we can’t go on. This is one I’ll be thinking about for awhile.
Gentle readers, how happy do you think I am to have finished the two Gordon Korman series I have been reading aloud to my son (NINE Gordon Kormans in a row for read aloud. NINE. I love Gordon Korman, but NINE.) and start a new series? The answer is: very happy. I’ll confess that I was a bit meh on The False Prince when I read it myself two years ago, but it makes for a rip-roaring read-aloud. My son is so full of this storyline and these characters, and he was so pleased with himself when, before the big reveal, he guessed that Sage might just be the real prince after all. It’s so enjoyable to watch someone else discover all the pleasures of narrative.
How I love picture book biographies! Everything I love about biography and nothing I hate! (I wrote my dissertation on biography, and let me tell you, after four years spent reading and researching little else, I had many many things to hate.) Michelle Merkel’s Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead should be required reading for everyone this year. This is a difficult book to illustrate, but LeUyen Pham does a tremendous job.
I love to read Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom’s first book, What Do You Do With an Idea?, in my college classes. I don’t see quite as much widespread application for my purposes with What Do You Do With a Problem?, but I think I liked it even more. The story is a little more coherent and cohesive, and of course Besom’s illustrations are superb. I do struggle a bit with the vague abstraction of these books, but I have to say that my college students always adore What Do You Do With an Idea?