Category Archives: Batchelder

When A Wolf Is Hungry

 

Edmond Bigsnout is a lone wolf living in the woods who has a hankering for some rabbit – a city bunny. Wearing a tuxedo and carrying a knife, he hops on his bike and heads for the city. He stops at a tall apartment building where a miniature rabbit lives on the fifth floor. The residents in the elevator mistake him for a friendly new neighbor. He has to return to the woods several times to get new weapons because the residents find innocent uses for them. He finally gets to the roof of the building and is invited to the party all the animal residents are having. The rabbit says, “Please join us! We won’t eat you!” Vegetarianism wins out and the ending is happy for everyone. Clever illustrations add to this big bad wolf with a twist. mjw
Title: When A Wolf Is Hungry
Author: Christine Naumann-Villemin
Illustrator
: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Quand le Loup a Faim
Original Publisher
: Editions Kaleidoscope
Original Copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5482-7
Hardcover pages
: 34
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris
Awards
: 2018 Batchelder Honor
Subjects
: Apartment houses, City life, Humor, Neighborliness, Rabbits, Wolves

You Can’t Be Too Careful

 

Follow the white rose and the gardener along alternative space-time paths in this study of causality, consequence, and the interconnectedness of life. More than a dozen eccentric characters are introduced – a circus monkey, a fake doctor who wants to play the bagpipes, Rajah the Malodorous, and more. The book expresses serious questions about the dangers of greed and the importance of kindness. Complex colored pencil drawings and torn paper illustrations will make you want to look again at this paradoxical story. mjw
Title: You Can’t Be Too Careful
Author: Roger Mello
Illustrator
: Roger Mello
Publisher
: Elsewhere Editions.   Brooklyn, NY
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Daniel Hahn
Original Title
: Todo Cuidado e pouco!
Original Publisher
: Companhia das Letras, Sao Paolo
Original Copyright
: 1999
ISBN
: 978-0-914671-64-0
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Author’s residence
: Brazil
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, 2018 Batchelder Honor Award
Subjects
: Action, Avarice, Kindness, Greed, Roses

The Ballad Of A Broken Nose

The Ballad of a Broken NoseThirteen-year-old Bart Norum has had a hard life. He lives in public housing with his alcoholic mother, his neighbors are drug addicts, and he doesn’t know who is father is. He takes up boxing so that he can protect himself, but his real love is opera. His friend Ada, who cannot keep a secret, lets his classmates and teacher know about his passion and they want him to sing in the class talent show. But Bart suffers from paralyzing stage fright. Bart is an optimist and he tells his story about bravery, fear, sports, and music in a funny and matter-of-fact style. An interesting note is that Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel is Bart’s idol. mjw
Title: The Ballad Of A Broken Nose
Author: Arne Svingen
Publisher
: Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Kari Dickson
Original Title
: Sangen om en Brukkt Nese
Original Publisher
: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-1542-2
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Norway
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Awards
: 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award, Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s Best Young Adult Literature Prize
Subjects
: Boxing, Bullies, Drugs, Friendship, Music, Opera, Talent shows

Cry Heart, But Never Break

cry-heart-but-never-breakFour clever siblings attempt to distract Death to keep him from taking their ailing grandmother away. He inevitably arrives and tells the children a story about how he is natural and necessary. He pairs day with night, grief with delight, and joy with sorrow in this contemplative picture book. His beautiful story helps children realize the value of life and the importance of saying goodbye. Expressive and peaceful pencil and watercolor paintings handle the subject well. mjw
Title: Cry Heart, But Never Break
Author: Glenn Ringtved
Illustrator
: Charlotte Pardi
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books.  New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Danish
Translator
: Robert Moulthrop
Original Title
: Graed blot hjerte
Original Copyright
: 2001
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-187-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Danish
Author’s residence
: Denmark
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Danish
Illustrator’s residence
: Denmark
Awards
: 2017 Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Children and death, Death and dying, Grief, Multigenerational

Malala: Activist For Girls’ Education

malala-activistMalala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban, fought for girls’ education, and received the Nobel Prize in 2014. At age fifteen, the Taliban attempted to kill her, but even this did not stop her activism. Bright, beautiful naïve-style folk illustrations depict Pakistan and Malala’s life. The present tense text will engage and inspire older readers. Back matter includes photos of Malala, the history of the fight for girls’ education, a map of Pakistan, a timeline, information about the Taliban, details about Malala’s heroes, excerpts from her speeches, and a brief biography. mjw
Title: Malala: Activist For Girls’ Education
Author: Raphaele Frier
Illustrator
: Aurelia Fronty
Publisher
: Charlesbridge Publishing, Watertown, MA. USA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Julie Cormier
Original Title
: Malala: pur le droit des filles a l’education
Original Publisher
: Editions Rue du Monde
Original Copyright
: 2105
ISBN
: 978-1-58089-785-3
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: Pakistan and England
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards: 2018 Batchelder Award Honor
Subjects
: Biography, Education Girls, Pakistan, Political activists, Sex discrimination in education, Women social reformers

Written And Drawn By Henrietta

Written and Drawn by HenriettaHenrietta receives a box of colored pencils from her mom and decides to write and illustrate a book, entitled “The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats.” Her cat, Fellini, often inspires her. She thinks aloud, deals with writer’s block, creates her finished product, and sets off to find a publisher. The playful cartoon drawings are rendered in ink, watercolor, and colored pencil. This celebration of the creative process will inspire kids to draw their own comics. mjw
Title: Written And Drawn By Henrietta
Author: Liniers (Ricardo Liniers)
Illustrator
: Liniers (Ricardo Liniers)
Publisher
: Toon Books, an imprint of RAW, Junior LLC
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Liniers
Original Title
: Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta
Original Publisher
: Toon Books
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-935179-90-0
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Graphic Novel
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Author’s residence
: Argentina
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Illustrator’s residence
: Argentina
Awards
: 2016 Batchelder Honor
Subjects
: Art, Books, Comic strips, Creativity, Determination, Imagination, Reading

Adam And Thomas

Adam and ThomasAdam and Thomas are two nine-year-old Jewish boys who have been left in the forest by their mothers who must return to the ghetto. They eat berries to survive and build a nest in a high tree for shelter. They witness Nazis chasing other fugitives and help when they can. A peasant girl named Mina discovers the boys and leaves them packages of food at her own risk. Through their positive thinking and resourcefulness, they survive winter’s harsh weather and eventually reach the infirmary of the Red Army, but the story’s ending is uncertain. This powerful fable about survival and friendship is illustrated with delicate dreamlike watercolor and ink paintings. The author’s personal experience was inspiration for the book.  mjw
Title: Adam And Thomas
Author: Aharon Appelfeld
Illustrator
: Philippe Dumas
Publisher
: Seven Stories Press, New York
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Hebrew
Translator
: Jeffrey M. Green
Original Title
: Yalda Shelo Minhaolam Haze (A Girl From Another World)
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-60980-634-7
Hardcover pages
: 149
Age range
: 10-18
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: World War II
Author’s ethnicity
: Born near Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine
Author’s residence
: Beersheba, Israel
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book, 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award, 2016 National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Subjects
: Courage, Holocaust, Jews, Refugees, Surfival, War stories, World War II, 1939-1945