Monday, June 23, 2014


Today Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel SMILE brought back all the drama, trauma & theatrics of my own childhood tooth loss accident, and the resulting reparative work over the years.

I may have dental nightmares tonight, but I thoroughly enjoyed being taken back to days long forgotten.

Also, I highly recommend diving into the land of graphic novels if it's not something you normally do.  It's a wonderful way to experience a story and add variety to your summer reading stack. For you, and your kids.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Make sure you catch the Number Five Bus

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I love listening to Philip and Erin Stead talk about books.  Their words are thoughtful, sensitive and genuine, and always stem from a true love of the craft.  They've started a wonderful series of written conversations with fellow book people and I have thoroughly enjoyed each installment.

Head on over to to read them all.  You won't be disappointed.  Perfect weekend reading.

So far they have chatted with:
ERIC ROHMANN, author/illustrator of My Friend Rabbit and Bone Dog, illustrator of Oh, No!
CECE BELL, author/illustrator of Rabbit & Robot, and the much-anticipated graphic novel, El Deafo.
REBECCA STEAD, author of two of my favorite MG novels, When You Reach Me and Liar & Spy.
JULIE DANIELSON of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (7-imp).

Coming soon:  Sergio Ruzzier and Mac Barnett.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Have You Seen My Dragon?

Here is a long overdue Nolan's Pick of the Week.

My five-year-old is obsessed with numbers, maps and seek-and-find books.  HAVE YOU SEEN MY DRAGON? by Steve Light was sure to hit his sweet spot.

I am in love with the cover illustration.

It was a sad day when we had to drop it back into the library return slot.  It's now on our To-Buy Wish List.  Apparently Nolan and I aren't the only ones who dig this book.  Here's what the reviewers have to say:

Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Also, Julie Danielson did a lovely post with tons of Steve's process sketches.