January 5, 2023 by Betsy Bird
My Strange Shrinking Parents is entirely its own creation, standing on its own two feet, with its own internal logic and rules. It is, in fact, one of the best takes on the experiences of children of immigrant parents I’ve ever seen in a picture book form. It stands, as I say, tall.
March 13, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Behold a story that runs, caterwauls, spies, sneaks, rides, and generally has a wonderful time. This is a book I can’t show my colleagues at work because my 8-year-old won’t let it out of her sight. A fairly high bit of praise, if I do say so myself.
October 25, 2018 by Betsy Bird
The Patchwork Bike By Maxine Beneba Clarke Illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0031-7 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. It took a little while, but at some point creators of children’s books realized that cardboard holds an almost supernatural power over the imaginations of small children. It is the ultimate building material. Strong and […]
November 30, 2013 by Betsy Bird
Herman and Rosie By Gus Gordan Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1596438569 Ages 3-7 On shelves now New Yorkers are singularly single minded. It’s not enough that our city be rich, popular, and famous. We apparently are so neurotic that we need to see it EVERYWHERE. In movies, on television, and, of […]
August 21, 2012 by Betsy Bird
At this point you just have to start throwing your hands up in the air. Then you have to start eyeing some of the older children’s authors and illustrators who are still around with great trepidation. We’ve been host to a SLEW of deaths already this year, but August is making May look like it […]
April 2, 2012 by Betsy Bird
Sadie and Ratz By Sonya Hartnett Illustrated by Ann James Candlewick Press $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5315-6 Ages 7-10 On shelves now Children are literal creatures. They have to be. If you tell them something that says one thing and means another they need a certain level of sophistication to be able to parse your speech. And […]
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