Saturday, April 12, 2008

Let's get these back to the library

Archer's Quest, by Linda Sue Park. It's not actually a quest per say, but I guess it could count. Not amazing, but I'd buy it for my library. Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud, by Charles Chigna; illustrated by Gabriel. These poems are silly (as they claim) and actually informative, but the rhymes are so stilted and predictable that it takes away from the poems. There's no variance in the rhythm or anything, and it quickly becomes boring. The art is not very good, in addition to not really being appropriate for this book and its audience. Don't Forget Your Etiquette! The Essential Guide to Misbehavior, by David Greenberg; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. This picture books is certainly for older children, although younger children will still enjoy the pictures and rhymes. I especially love how most of the "rules" are prefaced by an actual rule from a book by Emily Post or some such. You would want to be careful that children reading this book are old enough to understand that it's a joke; plus, they will get more out of it if they understand or have had trouble with polite rules. This one is very fun. Doctor Me Di Cin, by Roberto Piumini; illustrated by Piet Grobler. The illustrations in this one are a bit freaky, but the story is fun. Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa, by Shonto Begay. I don't know much about Navajo culture, but since this was written by a Navajo, it seems like a safe bet to pick to help fill the need for the Native voice in libraries. I don't know if I'd call it "Across" the Mesa, because it seems all the pictures and poems are by the same person. Maybe "of" would be better. I do really like some of the artwork, and the poems seem quite good, even if I don't connect with them culturally or spiritually.

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