Category Archives: Batchelder

The Fox On The Swing

Paul lives with his family in a tree house in a big city. On his way home from the bakery, where everyday he gets three fresh rolls, Paul befriends a wise, friendly, orange fox. Being friends with the fox is a magical and challenging experience for Paul.  He has to deal with an unexpected move; friendship; appreciating the little things in life, like carrot cake and marmalade; and the nature of happiness. Brightly colored digital collages portray people, very detailed buildings, vehicles, and animals in this unpredictable, quirky story. mjw
Title: The Fox On The Swing
Author: Evelina Daciute
Illustrator
: Ausra Kiudulaite
Publisher
: Thames & Hudson, U.K.
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Lithuanian
Translator: The Translation Bureau
Original Title
: Laime Yra Lape
Original Publisher
: Tikra Knyga. Vilnius. Lithuania
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-0-500-651-8
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Lithuanian
Author’s residence
: Lithuania
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Lithuanian
Illustrator’s residence
: Lithuania
Awards
: 2019 Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Emotions, Fox and wolf, Happiness, Loneliness

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

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy

The Wonderful Fluffy Little SquishyFive and half-year-old Eddie believes she is the only one in her family who is not special. Her father can speak five languages, her mother can sing like a bird, and her sister is an ice-skating queen. When Eddie overhears her sister talking to her mother about getting her a birthday present, she is determined to give her mother the perfect gift. During her search for her mother’s birthday present, Eddie realizes that she has a unique gift of her own. The hand-drawn and vintage looking illustrations showcase the amiable and relatable heroine’s adventures in her neighborhood. ema
Title: The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy
Author: Beatrice Alemagna
Illustrator
: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Original Title
: Le merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit
Original Publisher
: Albin Michel Jeunesse
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-180-3
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity: Italian
Author’s residence
: Italy
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Italy
Awards: 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Subjects: Birthday, Community, Daughters, Gift, Mothers

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit

Moribito Guardian of the spiritBalsa is a formidable warrior. After she saves the Second Prince of New Yogo, Chagum, from an attempt on his life, the Second Queen hires Balsa to protect her son. The eleven year old second prince is the guardian of the water spirit, the Moribito. The Moribito is chosen every hundred years to deliver the egg of the water spirit to its home. Although Balsa realises taking the assignment puts herself in danger, Balsa’s heart empathizes with the innocent Chagum, and she vows to protect his life. This thrilling fantasy story based on Japan during the Middle Ages told in third person narrative from multiple viewpoints will captivate readers. Uehashi’s writing demonstrates that characters’  motives, desires, and actions do not always align. Moreover, this book illustrates  how differences in politics, traditions, histories, ethnicities and beliefs can impact people’s thoughts and actions.This English translated edition also features black and white action packed illustrations at the beginning of each part of the book, a glossary of character names, a list of places and terms, and a note from the author. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is the first book in a ten book fantasy series. There is also a manga series, and a subtitled and dubbed anime series in English based on the book series.      ema
Title: Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit
Author: Nahoko Uehashi
Illustrator: Yuko Shimizu
Publisher
: Scholastic
Copyright
: 2009
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Cathy Hirano
Original Title
Seirei no Moribito
Original Publisher: Kaisei-sha
Original Copyright
: 1996
ISBN
: 978-0545005432
Paperback pages
:  288
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fantasy
Book setting
: Middle Ages Japan
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: New York
Awards
: 1997 Sankei Children’s Book Award, 2009 Batchelder Award, 2009 Beacon Award, 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing 
Subjects
: Displaced indigenous people, Family, Fantasy, Fathers, Fiction, Friends, Japan,  Middle Ages, Monsters, Mothers, Princes, Religious tolerance, Spirits,Traditions, Water Spirits

Nine Open Arms

Nine Open ArmsA family of nine – three sisters, four brothers, their ever-optimistic father, and their strong-tongued grandmother Oma Mei – move into a run-down, mysterious brick house outside a small village in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands, in 1937. The house stands as long as nine open arms. The first and third parts of the story are narrated by eleven-year-old Fing, who tells of their new school, her father’s money-making schemes, family relationships, “tragical tragedy”, and the mysterious button-chewer, Oompah Hatsi. The middle part, narrated by Oma Mei, is set in the 1860s, and tells the story of the lovers Charley Bottletop and Nienevee, the traveler girl. By the end of this unique Dutch import, all the secrets are revealed and they neatly and believably click into place. Some Dutch words have been left untranslated and are defined in a Slang Words and Character List. A Map and Translator’s Note are also included in this well-crafted, challenging, and quirky story about storytelling. mjw
Title: Nine Open Arms
Author: Benny Lindelauf
Illustrator
: Dasha Tolstikova
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: John Nieuwenhuizen
Original Title
: Negen Open Armen
Original Publisher
: Em. Querido’s Uitgeverij B.V.
Original Copyright
: 2004
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-146-9
Hardcover pages
: 264
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Historical fiction, Mystery
Book setting
: Limburg, The Netherlands
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Author’s residence
: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Translator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Translator’s residence
: Australia
Awards
: 2015 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Dwellings, Family life, Grandmothers, Mystery, Romanies, Single-parent families, Sisters

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust

HiddenIn this touching and powerful graphic novel told in flashbacks, Dounia tells her story to her granddaughter Elsa. At about age six, in Paris, Dounia found herself shunned by her teachers and classmates when she attended school wearing the yellow star, which identified her as Jewish. After police took her parents away in a scary nighttime raid, neighbors hid her from the Nazis in their apartment for as long as they could. She eventually was taken by Resistance workers to a farm in the French countryside, where she was protected by a loving family, and after the war ended, was reunited with her mother. Honest and direct words and full-color graphics mingle seamlessly to make this heart-breaking subject accessible to children. An Afterword explains that 84% of Jewish children living in France survived because of people who were willing to risk their own lives to hide and protect children from the Nazis and collaborating French police. mjw
Title: Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust
Author: Loic Dauvillier
Illustrator
: Marc Lizano,
Color: Greg Salsedo
Publisher
: First Second/Roaring Brook, New York
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Alexis Siegel
Original Title
: L’Enfant Cachee
Original Publisher
: Le Lombard
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-59643-873-6
Hardcover pages
: 76
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Graphic novel, Historical fiction
Book setting
: Paris
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: 2015 Mildred L. Batchelder Award = Older reader category, 2015 Sydney Taylor Award, 2015 NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Subjects
: Comics, Grandmothers, Graphic novels, Hidden children, Holocaust, Jewish, Multigenerational, Nazis, Paris