These days, breaking the fourth wall seems to be part of the zeitgeist in picturebook making, but it can be a bit of a hit-and-miss sometimes. When it’s done well, though, it offers a fresh way of engaging the reader and adds a new dimension to the story. It can also widen your perception of what a book can do and be.
I have a soft spot for books about books, and this is a really special one. Ostensibly a simple story about a boy and a book, this is really a love story, complete with its tentative tender beginnings, the passionate ‘honeymoon’ stage, and finally, the bittersweet parting (note that I didn’t use the word ‘ending’).
Originally published with a different title and illustrations, this is probably one of the lesser known works by Ruth Krauss.
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.
Real-life everyday heroes deserve to have their stories told, and thanks to these two great picture books, kids can read about the inspiring Biblioburro — a travelling library that operates from the backs of two burros (donkeys) — from two different perspectives: that of the Biblioburro’s humble creator, primary-school teacher Luis Soriano, who started the ambitious initiative in La Gloria, Columbia, as a means for him to bring books to the children living in poor rural villages who have no access to any (in Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro); and that of a fictional little girl Ana, who lives in one of these small villages that the Biblioburro travels to (in Monica Brown and John Parra’s Waiting for the Biblioburro).
From the cover, one would surmise that this book is written with bibliophiles in mind — and it is. With a bold title like that, though, it’s natural to have equally high expectations for it — and fortunately, this really is a pretty rad book.