Category Archives: Astrid Lindgren

Daytime Visions : An Alphabet

daytime visionsThis surrealistic alphabet book consists of letters, written in upper and lower case, manuscript, and cursive and a series of unconnected phrases. Some make sense (D shows a downpour and K is a kiwi), but many are obscure (X is for “XX chromosome and I am expanding” and R shows two birds – “never meant to be rude.”) This is not a book for teaching the alphabet, but one that tells stories for each letter. Square pages with mixed media collage illustrations of cut paper, charcoal sketches, and broad brushstrokes on thick paper provide the interpretations for the letters. The author/illustrator is also a well-known cartoonist, graphic artist, singer, and composer in Argentina. mjw
Title: Daytime Visions: An Alphabet
Author: Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Illustrator
: Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Isol and Elisa Amado
Original Title
: Abecedario a mano (Libros Para Ninos series)
Original Publisher
: Fondo de Cultura Economica
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-195-7
Hardcover pages
: 56
Age range
: 2-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Author’s residence
: Buenos Aires
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Illustrator’s residence
: Buenos Aires
Awards
: 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, twice a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award – 2006 and 2008
Subjects
: Alphabets, Animals

Bicycling To The Moon

bicycling to the moonPurdy the cat and Barker the dog live in a sky blue house on top of a hill. Purdy dreams big. He wants to bicycle to the moon, win the singing contest, fly south with the migrating birds, be Supercat, and search for treasure. Barker is Purdy’s good friend, who likes to garden and take care of the house. The twenty short stories take place over a year and are accompanied by clever, quirky cartoon-style illustrations rendered in oil pastels, crayon, and watercolor. This laugh out-loud chapter book about two very opposite friends was written by Finland’s top children’s writer. mjw
Title: Bicycling To The Moon
Author: Timo Parvela
Illustrator
: Virpi Talvite
Publisher
: Gecko Press.  Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Finnish
Translator
: Rith Urbom
Original Title
: Maukka ja Vaykka
Original Publisher
: Werner Soderstrom Ltd.  Finland
Original Copyright
: 2009
ISBN
: 978-1-776570=32-4
Paperback pages
: 128
Age range
: 7-9
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Finnish
Author’s residence
: Finland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Finnish
Illustrator’s residence
: Finland
Awards
: Author has been shortlisted for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.  Illustrator has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and was awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2006
Subjects
: Cats, Dogs, Fishing, Gardening, Honesty, Loyalty, Short stories, Weather

Bruno: Some Of The More Interesting Days In My Life So Far

brunoBruno, the cat with the checkered cap, takes his life as it comes. Six interconnected funny stories each tell about a day in Bruno’s life. On a rainy day, he rustles up a breakfast picnic. On a day when the power goes out, he lights candles. When he meets a red fish swimming in the air, he follows it. The colorful cartoon illustrations add humor to these silly stories. mjw
Title: Bruno: Some Of The More Interesting Days In My Life So Far
Author: Catharina Valckx
Illustrator
: Nicolas Hubesch
Publisher
: Gecko Press.  New Zealand
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Antony Shugaar
Original Title
: Bruno: Quelques jour de ma vie très interessante
Original Publisher
: L’ecole de Loisirs.  Paris
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77657-124-6
Hardcover pages
: 96
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Author’s residence
: Amsterdam
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris
Awards
: Author has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Subjects
: Birds, Cats, Fish, Horses, Humor, Short stories

The Bear Who Wasn’t There: And The Fabulous Forest

the-bear-who-wasnt-thereA very positive bear, who is nice and handsome, too, sets out on a journey to find himself. With the help of Turtle Taxi, he travels through the Fabulous Forest that has eight directions – north, south, east, west, breakfast, lunch, right, and wrong. He meets Convenience Cow, Lazy Lizard, and Penultimate Penguin. In the end, he finds that he himself is just what he has been looking for all along. The musical wordplay and unusual illustrations in this absurd, clever, and philosophical story will remind readers of Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz. mjw
Title: The Bear Who Wasn’t There: And The Fabulous Forest
Author: Oren Lavie
Illustrator
: Wolf Erlbruch
Publisher
: Black Sheep/Akashic Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Der Bar Der Nicht da War
Original Publisher
: Verlag Antje Kunstmann GmbH
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-61775-490-6
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Tel Aviv
Author’s residence
: Tel Aviv
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: Illustrator has won the German Children’s Book Prize,  the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Subjects
: Bears, Identity, Nature

When Dad Showed Me The Universe

When Dad Showed Me The UniverseA boy’s father one day decides it is time that his son is introduced to the universe. They travel afar to reach the universe. They go to a supermarket to buy treats to eat on their journey, walk past a park, a hardware store, a fish shop, and jump over a creek before they reach their destination. The son believes that he has found the universe when he looks at the dog park. His father tells him, “Don’t be silly,… You’re supposed to look up.”  Looking up he finds thousands of stars in the sky. Captivating soft colored pencil illustrations along with the brush of abstract thinking and low comedy will engage early readers. ema
Title: When Dad Showed Me The Universe
Author: Ulf Stark
Illustrator
: Eva Eriksson
Publisher
: Gecko Press
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Swedish
Translator
: Julia Marshall
Original Title
: När papa visade mig världsallet
Original Publisher
: Bonnier Carlsen
Original Copyright
: 1998
ISBN
: 978-1-927271-81-0
Hardcover pages: 32
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Awards: Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, August Prize (Illustrator)
Subjects
: Fathers, Sons, Stargazing, Universe

The King And The Sea

The King and the seaA small king made of paper collage with a crayoned face and gold crown is the subject of 21 extremely short stories. In The King and the Bee, the queen bee stings the king’s nose. In The King and the Sky, the king gazes in wonder at the glittering snow blanket around him and simply says “Thank you.” In each quiet story, the king interacts with some creature or part of his kingdom, sees that his power has limits, and finds his place in his little world. The sparse text and striking mixed media illustrations convey the wisdom and humor of the stories.mjw
Title: The King And The Sea
Author: Heinz Janisch
Illustrator
: Wolf Erlbruch
Publisher
: Gecko Press.  Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Sally-Ann Spencer
Original Title
: Der König und das Meer
Original Publisher
: Sanssouci im Carl Hanser.  Verlag Munchen
Original Copyright
: 2008
ISBN
: 978-1-877579-94-3
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4 up
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Author’s residence
: Vienna, Austria
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: Illustrator has won 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award and the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Subjects
: Kings, Royalty, Short stories

Out And About: A First Book Of Poems

Out and AboutEighteen simple poems tell about young Katie and her baby brother, Olly, experiencing the weather and the seasons. They go “out and about” in shiny boots and “slither and slide” in the mud in spring. Throughout summer and fall, they build sand castles and harvest fruits, nuts, and berries. In winter, they hope for a Christmas surprise. Exuberant, realistic pen and watercolor paintings highlight people and their activities in each season. The poetry is fresh and filled with beautiful language. mjw
Title: Out And About: A First Book Of Poems
Author: Shirley Hughes
Illustrator
: Shirley Hughes
Publisher
: Candlewick Press. Somerville, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 1988
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-7644-5
Hardcover pages
: 56
Age range
: 2-7
Genre
: Poetry
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Awards
: Author has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. 2010 shortlisted for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 1984 Eleanor Farjeon Award
Subjects
: Brothers and sisters, Children’s poetry, Outdoor life, Seasons