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Children’s Books – August 2015

August 24, 2015

 School is back in session, and so I’m back to reading 5 or 6 picture books every week. So, I thought I’d start posting the books I’m reading.
So, here are some of the books I’ve picked out for this week.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes

This is an adaptation of the story of Ganesha writing down the Mahabharata. It’s very much adapted to be accessible to children, but that is, by no means, a criticism. It’s a beautiful book, and I’m honestly sad it didn’t get a Caldecott nod when it came out.
Sanjay is an animator and storyboard artist at Pixar, so it’s not surprise that the illustrations are amazing. I honestly hope I can find some of these as posters or prints.


Little Elliot in the Big City by Mike Curato
This is an adorable book about a tiny elephant who lives in New York. He has various issues because he’s so small. This saddens him until he meets someone even smaller than he is and realizes that together they can accomplish so much more. The art is adorable and the setting is full of vintage cars and backgrounds.

The Princess and the Pony 
by Kate Beaton
What do you do when you are a warrior princess and instead of getting a majestic steed to ride into battle you get a tiny, dumpling-shaped, derpy pony?
You ride it into battle anyway!

To the Sea by Cale Atkinson
Tim is a small boy who no one notices. Sam is a whale who has lost his way. the whole book is in shades of blue and orange, which sounds either garish, or like an Auburn fan’s dream come true. The colors work really, really well, and the overall style is adorable!
The story is about the power of friendship. One of the refrains is “You never let your friend down.”

Just Right for Two by Tracey Corderoy and Rosiland Beardshaw
Dog has a large blue suitcase that is filled with everything he needs. There’s no room in his life for anything else until he meets Mouse one day. Then he realizes that maybe he’s missing something after all. It’s a sweet book. The illustrations don’t blow me away, but they’re still very nice. (I think most things would have trouble following Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth and  To the Sea.)


Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
This book got a Caldecott Honor medal in 2012. I like it much better than Klassen’s later works (This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back.)
The basic story is about a little girl who finds a box full of colorful yarn. She uses it to brighten up her very monochrome village. A fashionable aristocrat wants the box, and resorts to unscrupulous means when the girl refuses to sell. However, because he’s a cold-hearted snake (to reach back to my musical roots) the box won’t work for him.
The illustrations are subtle and beautiful. And, of course, as a knitter, it appeals to me greatly.

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