Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blue Chameleon

Is it wrong to be jealous of an illustrated reptile?  To say that Emily Gravett had-me-at-hello with her children’s book Blue Chameleon  would sound cliché. But it’s almost the actual, literal truth.

She had me at “Hi!”

And then again at “Howdy!”
With its loose sketchy style and play on the word blue, I would have banked my opinion on the cover alone. But the humorous, witty interior made me clasp the book to my heart and declare my undying love.

Through Emily's wonderful pencil, we witness the cheerful desperation of a cute little chameleon who contorts and rebrands himself in countless attempts to fit in and find a friend. This classic story of loneliness is told with hilarity, poignance and joy. Though the content itself is sparse and simple, it tells a familiar story with zesty originality.

In short, I’m jealous. Think anyone would notice if I slapped my name on the cover?

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians  was an instant hit in this household. Written by Carla Morris, a long-time children's librarian, the story highlights and glorifies several literary delights this family knows well:

A love of the library.
A love affair with books.
The delight of indulging boyhood curiosity.
The joy of learning.
And the satisfaction in sharing our joys with the next generation.

The illustrations are full of life and humor. The story smiles at itself. If you are a fellow nerdy booklover, you'll see some of yourself in the brainy little protagonist and will undoubtedly find yourself routing for Melvin along with his three librarian friends.

The library may have to hunt us down; my son doesn't want to give it back.