Category Archives: Batchelder

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

My Father’s Arms Are A Boat

My Fathers Arms are a boatA young boy, grieving and unable to sleep, crawls up into his father’s arms on a cold night. They talk about cutting down the spruce tree, if the red birds will get the bread he left for them, and why his mother will never wake up again. The boy finds truth in nature, his father’s love, and a warm fire. The writing in this tender story is expressive and poetic and the 3-D paper sculpture and ink illustrations are striking. Most of the images are black, white, and gray, with red birds and an orange fox. mjw
Title: My Father’s Arms Are A Boat
Author: Stein Erik Lunde
Illustrator
: Oyvind Torseter
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, Brooklyn, New York
Copyright
: 2012
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Kari Dickson
Original Title
: Eg Kan Ikkje Sove No
Original Publisher
: Det Norske Samlaget
Original Copyright
: 2008
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-124-7
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 6 up
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Scandinavia
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Illustrator’s residence
: Norway
Awards
: 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor, 2009 Norwegian Ministry’s Culture Prize for the Best Book for Children and Youth
Subjects
: Death and dying, Fathers, Emotions and feelings, Sons

Emil and the Detectives

emilYoung schoolboy, Emil Tischbein (Tabletoe in this translation) is excited about his first train ride alone. Pinned into his pocket is the money that he is taking to his grandmother. While Emil is asleep on the train, a mysterious man in a bowler hat steals the money and disappears. With the help of a local boy named Gustav (Gus) and a gang of young detectives, Emil tracks the clever thief through Berlin. The robber is finally arrested and Emil receives a reward of 100 marks. When asked what the moral of the story is, Emil’s grandmother replies “Don’t send cash – use traveler’s checks!” Eighteen delightful black-and-white illustrations make this tale of loyalty, courage, and teamwork come alive. This is Kastner’s best-known work and it is the only one of his pre-1945 books to escape Nazi burning. It has been translated into 59 languages. This edition, the third English translation, provides modernized, colloquial American slang. The story has been filmed several times, including a 1964 Disney adaptation. mjw
Title: Emil and the Detectives: A Novel for Children
Author: Erich Kastner 
Illustrator
: Walter Trier
Introduction: Maurice Sendak
Publisher
: The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, New York
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: German
Translator
: W. Martin
Original Title
: Emil und die Detektive
Original Publisher
: Williams and Co. Verlag, Berlin
Original Copyright
: 1929
ISBN
: 978-1-4683-0829-7
Paperback pages: 159
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Fiction, Mystery
Book setting
: Berlin
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Translator’s residence: Chicago and Berlin
Awards
: 1960 Hans Christian Andersen Award, 1968 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Berlin, Boys, Detectives, Germany, Mothers and sons, Mysteries, Robbers

Mikis And The Donkey

Mikis and the Donkey Book CoverWhen young Mikis receives a donkey from his grandpa, he falls in love with the animal and carefully (with the donkey’s help) names it Tsaki. Grandpa Pappou wants the donkey to be a working animal but Mikis convinces him that Tsaki can be a pet, too. Mikis plans a special stable for Tsaki, finds a donkey friend, and they all have some delightful adventures. Black and white pen and ink drawings bring the gentle story and the Greek island to life. An afterword provides information about a donkey sanctuary on the island of Corfu in Greece. mjw
Title: Mikis And The Donkey
Author: Bibi Dumon Tak
Illustrator
: Philip Hopman
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2014
Original language
: Dutch
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original title
: Mikis de ezeljongen
Original publisher
: Em. Querido Uitgeverij, B.V. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Original copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5430-8
Paperback pages
: 89 (Advanced Reading Copy)
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction- novel
Book setting
: Corfu, Greece
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Author’s residence
: The Netherlands
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Illustrator’s residence
: The Netherlands
Awards:  2015 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Animals, Donkeys, Grandfathers, Greece, Southern Europe

Mister Orange

Mister Orange Book Cover In 1943, when his older brother joins the army, 12 year-old Linus Muller, takes over the delivery job in his family’s grocery store in Manhattan.  He befriends an eccentric customer, Mr Orange, who always orders a crate of oranges and is based on the Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.  They discuss the war, music, art, comic books and superheroes, and imagination.  This is a first-rate historical novel about the artist and Linus Muller’s changing perception of the war.  An afterword offers facts about Mondrian’s work and years in New York City.  Further Resources for reading, watching on the Internet, and viewing Mondrian’s art in museums are also included. mjw
Title: Mister Orange
Author: Truus Matti
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2012
Original language
: Dutch
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original title
: Mister Orange
Original publisher
: Uitgeverij Leopold bv, Amsterdam
Original copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-123-0
Hardcover pages
: 156
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: New York
Author’s residence
: The Netherlands
Awards
: 2012 Silver Slate Pencil Award, 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Subjects
: Artists, Europe, Family life, Friendship, Netherlands, New York, North America, Western Europe, World War II

The Bathing Costume Or The Worst Vacation Of My Life

The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of my Life Book Cover Parisian eight-year-old Ronnie, short for Myron, visits his grandparents and rowdy older cousins in England, while his parents move apartments. It is his first vacation away from his mama. There is a competition to see who can shower the least, a wild bike ride without helmets, the family tradition of jumping off the ten-foot diving board, and the shame of having his bathing suit slip off in the pool. This touching, funny story of Ronnie’s growth from timid mama’s boy to confidence and independence is written in journal format with energetic, expressive watercolor images. mjw
Title: The Bathing Costume Or The Worst Vacation Of My Life
Author: Charlotte Moundlic
Illustrator
: Oliver Tallec
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: French
Translator
: Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Original title
: Le Slip de Bain ou les pires vacances de ma vie
Original publisher
: Flammarion
Original copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-141-4
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: England
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor, 2014 USBBY Outstanding International Books List,  2013 White Raven Award
Subjects
: Adventure, England, Europe, Grandparents, Holiday, Humor, New experience, Western Europe