Originally published with a different title and illustrations, this is probably one of the lesser known works by Ruth Krauss.
Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard’s Noisy Book series from the ’30s-’50s, Kevin Henkes has adopted the simple, direct and child-friendly style of writing in the refreshingly quirky Circle Dogs that takes us through a day in the life of a pair of pet dachshunds.
We have a soft spot for books on books, and Books Always Everywhere may just be the cutest one yet! Featuring short, simple rhymes and the most playful and dreamy illustrations depicting the special relationship that children have with books, this is the perfect read for a little budding bibliophile.
One rhino, many ways — 34, to be exact (excluding the two on the cover). However, as the witty book title suggests, there’s more to the myriad iterations of the rhino than sleek graphics.
If you think about it, childhood is when we go through some of the steepest learning curves in life — what with learning to walk, talk, read… it’s a pretty daunting list, really. And sometimes, what everyone, much less kids, needs is a little affirmation — that pat on the back to tell them that they’re doing just fine, and a little nudge in the right direction to push them to achieve more.
When I was in school, we were taught how to make simple scratchboards using only crayons and art paper, whereupon we had fun drawing on them with toothpicks and watching the riot of colours peer through the black layer. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect that this technique could be elevated to produce bona fide art (as opposed to our, ahem, chicken scratchings) — particularly that created by Beth Krommes, who combines scratchboard etchings with watercolours to produce drop-dead beautiful, unique illustrations that also tell a story. Continue reading