Saturday, August 9, 2014

July Round-Up


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At the Same Moment,Around the World by Clotilde Perrin
Chronicle Books, 2014
9781452122083

Flying from one time zone to the next the same moment around the world is examined. So many things are happening! Diego has just been born in Lima, Peru. In Anadyr, Russia Ivan is walking his dog. And Samantha is driving a train through the night in the dessert of Arizona. The pencil and digital illustrations are full of swirling movement that pushes the page turns. The cartoon style uses fine outlines to add detail. Originally published in France, the back matter includes information on the history of telling time and time zones. A map of the world, showing all the people featured, folds out from the last page of the book.

Balzer + Bray, 2014
9780062248176
(Galley reviewed)

Louise is an artist and she’s very excited to be creating her masterpiece. She can’t wait to display this pièce de résistance on the Gallery du Fridge! Her little brother Art is excited about his work, too. Unfortunately, his favorite material to use is Louise’s art! Using a palate of mostly red and black, Light looks at a close sibling relationship and the joy of creating art for those we love. The black pencil and Photoshop illustrations pair nicely with the concise narration by Louise. A great book for storytime or to use one-on-one to discuss the good intentions of a younger sibling to an older sibling.

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Remy and Lulu by Kevin Hawkes (with miniatures by Hannah E. Harrison)
Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
9780449810873

Remy and Lulu met one day in the countryside. They shared lunch and then Lulu the dog happily wagged her tail and followed Remy to his next portrait painting job. Remy tells Lulu that his eyes are bad, so instead he paints the essence of a person. Unfortunately, essences don’t make customers happy. But the tiny portraits Lulu paints of portrait posers pets become a sensation! Using a sunny palate, this story celebrates the joy of creating art that speaks to the artist. Hawkes rich brush strokes balance the crisp, slick details of Harrison’s miniatures. The longer length of the text and complexity of the illustrations makes this an excellent title to share with elementary aged children.

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Sparky by Jenny Offill, Illustrated by Chris Appelhans
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014
9780375870231

Like many children, the girl in this book wants a pet, but her mother insists the only kind of pet she can get is one that doesn’t need to be walked or fed or bathed. So the girl gets a sloth and she names him Sparky. She loves him completely and devotes lots of time to training him and feeding him, but no matter what she does he falls asleep! What’s a girl to do? Expressive pencil illustrations punctuated with soft watercolor washes bring this humorous story to life. The first person narration from the girl’s point of view is funny in a straight forward manner that will make kids, as well as adults, laugh. A wonderful book for preschool-lower elementary aged children who long for a pet of their own.

-Amy