Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear

Bloom

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear; illustrated by Julie Morstad. 2018. Liquid watercolor, gouache, and pencil crayons. Published by HarperCollins.

Brief summary: Growing up in Italy, Elsa notices the brilliant colors of the flowers. She enjoys designing dresses and is influenced by the countries she visits. Back in Paris, she befriends other artists of the surrealistic art movement and begins to bloom at age 37 when she opens her first shop. She and a chemist, Jean Clement, create a bright pink in which she uses in her dress fabrics.

Comments: End pages are brilliant pink. Told in the first person narrative through Elsa’s voice. She was known as mixing fabrics not commonly done and often had clothing as art. Brief bio sketch in the back detailing some of the new clothing creations that are common today like see-through raincoats and colored tights. Book for the young artistic fashionista.

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Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor : The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez

Joan Procter, Dragon DoctorJoan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez; illustrated by Felicita Sala. 2018. Published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Brief summary: Joan Procter did not have the usual tea parties with girlfriends and dolls; she had them with reptiles. She even took a crocodile to school. She was hired as the assistant to the curator of the London’s Natural History Museum and inherited the position after he retired. She designed the London Zoo’s Reptile House updating it to be more of the reptiles’ natural habitat. After receiving two Komodo dragons who arrived sick, she nursed them back to good health. They became a hit at the zoo in 1927 being the first live specimens to arrive in Europe. Ms. Procter was often seen with one of them named Sumbawa walking beside her as a pet as she did her strolls through the zoo.

Comments: Whoa! Walking with a komodo throughout the zoo?  I would love to have seen a photo of that in this book! Brief bio sketch in the back with a bibliography. I would share this with any young reptile lovers.

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The Book About Nothing by Mike Bender

The Book About NothingThe Book About Nothing by Mike Bender; illustrated Hugh Murphy. 2018. Published by Crown Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary:  Bird tells how the book is about nothing and gives many examples of nothing and what it is.

Comments: Good book for teaching zero to young readers. End pages are full of words that mean nothing like null, zippo, zilch and so on.

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Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena WilliamsGame Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome. 2018. Cut paper, pencil, and acrylic paints. Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary:  Six days a week, Venus and younger sister, Serena learn how to play tennis early in the morning on a public court after sweeping off the trash. Their three older sisters lose interest in tennis but not them! With hard work and determination, the sisters slowly start to win more and more tournaments and are soon able to compete in some of the most famous ones like the Australian Open, Wimbledon, New York City’s U.S. Open, and even the Olympics.   They began to gain fame and are known as the Sister Act, ranking first and second in the world.

Comments: This is a great book to teach grit! The rags to riches story is encouraging to those who are trying to beat the odds. Readers will learn that it does not matter what your background is as long as you excel at something, are determined, and willing to work really hard.

Afterword, Source Notes, Selected Bibliography, and Further Reading sections are in the back.

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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars RoverCuriosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum; illustrated by Markus Motum. 2018. Mixed media. Published by Candlewick Press.

Brief summary: Curiosity tells readers of the scientific plans before her creation as a Mars rover, what she can do thanks to the hard work of the NASA scientists,  her travel flight of 253 days, and what it is like on Mars. Full of fun facts and nonfiction text features to help understand Curiosity and her important work.

Comments: This story is through the perspective of Curiosity. The book gives background information on how she was created and about other Mars rovers.  The book has several back sections: picture captions, diagram, map, a timeline of Mars’ missions, and glossary.

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Red Sky at Night by Elly MacKay

Red Sky at NightRed Sky at Night by Elly MacKay; illustrated by Elly MacKay. 2018. Cutout paper drawings placed in dioramas and photographed. Published by Tundra.

Brief summary: This beautifully illustrated story is of a grandfather and his two young grandchildren looking outside to the sky to see if they can determine the weather for tomorrow’s fishing adventure. Weather-related sayings and idioms are shared as they enjoy the fishing trip, night of camping, and the next day.

Comments:  I  recognized some of the weather predicting sayings that I was taught as a child. These three-dimensional illustrations are gorgeous! The story is told with the illustrations. This  definitely would be a Caldecott contender if Elly MacKay lived in the USA instead of Canada. Looking forward to more beautiful illustrations from this author/illustrator.

I would house this book in weather 551 or picture books.

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A Busy Creature’s Day Eating! by Mo Willems

A Busy Creature's Day of EatingA Busy Creature’s Day Eating! by Mo Willems; illustrated by Mo Willems. 2018. Published by Hyperion Books for Children

Brief summary: A purple monster with a pink and blue striped outfit alphabetically eats through things in the house beginning with Apples and then ending up feeling sick at Q for Queasy. The father comes in and gives the monster child foods that are to help the stomach-ache until “V” happens in which the monster is put to bed.

Comments: The creature could be any child that overeats everything in the house until a big stomach-ache occurs. It is nice to see an ABC concept book with a story. End pages have a large upper cased blocked ABCs. The back flap has a cartoon of Mo Willems with his brief bio sketch.

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Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo

Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo; illustrated by Lina Maslo. 2018. Acrylic and ink. Published by Balzer & Bray.

Brief summary: Born in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai learns that women do not have the same rights as men. Malala’s father is a teacher and takes her to school with him where she learns to read and write. An enemy comes and prohibits girls from going to school. Soon a war breaks out. Malala begins to speak about making Pakistan better by allowing girls to get an education. One day, her voice is stopped, but she is able to continue her campaign in England where the world begins to hear her pleas that all(especially) girls should be able to get an education.

Comments: The time in her life when she is shot by the Taliban is implied that something bad happens but does not let the young reader really know what. The author’s note in the back explains the Pakistani culture. There are a timeline, brief bio of Malalai of Maiwand, and Further Resources sections in the back. End pages are bird cages.

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DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds

DUDE!

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Dan Santat. 2018. Published by Roaring Book Press.

Brief Summary: A beaver and platypus are surfing the waves when a shark approaches wanting to join them. Friend or foe? Will the mammals get to know the marine animal and become great surfing buddies?

Comments: The expressions on their faces are priceless and will bring many laughs to young readers. The only word is “dude” which is used many times with several different meanings conveyed by changing the fonts, all caps and small caps letters, and various punctuation after the word.

Teachers, librarians, and those reading to children— You will need to practice ahead of time  to make sure you get the right voice tones, accents, and meanings across by saying “dude” in many ways you never considered saying before  reading this book. A silly and fun read aloud.

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The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms by Gene Barretta

The Bat Can Bat

The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms by Gene Barretta; illustrated by Gene Barretta. 2018. Published by Henry Holt and Company.

Brief summary: The animals enjoy playing sports and now the president has announced a law stating that animals have the right to play sports. The sport events are often with humorous human and animal combinations along with wordplay that makes the reader stop and think about what the homonym meaning is meant.

Comments: Fun story to teach young readers about words that are spelled and sounded the same but have two different meanings. Narrative nonfiction if shelved in the figurative language section. Could be shelved in the everybody section as well.

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