Tag Archives: Adventure

The Little Reindeer

On Christmas Eve, Ollie, who wears reindeer pajamas, has just gone to sleep when jingle bells wake her up. She grabs her sled and follows the sound. She finds a collar of bells on a tree branch and wonders who could it belong to. Next, she hears the crunch of a reindeer in the snow. Ollie fastens the collar on to the reindeer. Ollie and the reindeer go for a ride through the night sky. They have to stop because Ollie has to go back to bed and someone very special needs the reindeer that night. A double-page spread shows Santa and his reindeer flying through the night sky. This enchanting Christmas story has die cuts pages, silver foil, and splashes of red.. mjw
Title: The Little Reindeer
Author: Nicola Killen
Illustrator
: Nicola Killen
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original title: Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer

ISBN
: 978-1-4814-8686-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book 
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Cambridge, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Cambridge
Subjects
: Adventure, Christmas, Fantasy and magic, Holidays and celebrations, Reindeer

The Wind In The Willows

Sebastian Meschenmoser’s expressive artwork brings a new look to Kenneth Grahame’s classic story about Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger. More than one hundred watercolor vignettes and twelve full-page oil paintings bring life to the adventures of the lovable characters in pastoral Edwardian England. mjw
Title: The Wind In The Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
Illustrator
: Sebastian Meschenmoser
Publisher
: North South
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag. Zürich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2017 (1908)
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4295-3
Hardcover pages
: 220
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Illustrated Fiction
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Subjects
: Automobiles, Badgers, Boats, Folktales, Moles, Rats, Toads

Jamal’s Journey

Jamal is a little camel that has to walk, walk, walk through the desert to keep up with his friend, the boy, and the other camels in the caravan. A sandstorm separates them. He meets different desert animals, but none can help him. A wise falcon reunites Jamal with his family. Eventually they reach Dubai and the colorful marketplace. Rich watercolor paintings show the sights of the desert and the city. An author’s note tells that the story was inspired by Foreman’s visit to Dubai and that the word jamal means beauty and camel. mjw
Title: Jamal’s Journey
Author: Michael Foreman
Illustrator
: Michael Foreman
Publisher
: Andersen Press.  USA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Andersen Press Ltd. London
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5124-3949-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Dubai
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: Author/illustrator has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice
Subjects
: Adventure, Camels, Cities, Deserts, Friendship

Colette’s Lost Pet

Colette is new to the Mile End neighborhood of Montreal. She wants to make friends, but doesn’t know what to talk about. She invents a problem: she has lost her pet parakeet named Marie Antoinette. Her fib escalates a bit out of control and a neighborhood-wide search party is assembled. Do her new friends really believe her or is it just more fun to pretend? Artwork rendered in pencil, watercolor, and ink with digital coloration depicts Montreal’s urban setting. The text is hand-lettered. mjw
Title: Colette’s Lost Pet
Author: Isabelle Arsenault
Illustrator
: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher
: Random House, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-553-53659-1
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Montreal
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Awards
: Author/illustrator has won Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature three times
Subjects
: Birds, New experiences, Pets

The Treasure Of Barracuda

the-treasure-of-barracudaEleven-year-old Sparks is a deck hand on the Southern Cross, a pirate ship led by Captain Barracuda. Sparks and the crew discover a book left by the infamous pirate, Phineas Johnson Krane, but they cannot read. The fifty-three zany pirates learn to read and decipher the book’s contents so they can go in search of Krane’s real hidden treasure. In this laugh-aloud story, the pirates learn that the most valuable treasures are reading, writing, and family. An extensive Barracuda’s Glossary is included. mjw
Title: The Treasure Of Barracuda
Author: Llanos Campos
Illustrator
: Julia Sarda
Publisher
: Little Pickle Press, Inc. California
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Lawrence Schimel
Original Title
: El Tesoro de Barracuda
Original Publisher
: Ediciones SM
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-939775-14-6
Hardcover pages
: 156
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: The Caribbean
Author’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Author’s residence
: Spain
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Awards
: 2014 Barco de Vapor Award for Children’s Literature in Spain
Subjects
: Books, Pirates, Reading

The Three Musketeers

This beautifully illustrated adaptation of the classic French novel by Alexandre Dumas will introduce young readers to Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and their friend D’Artagnan, whose dream is to become one of the king’s elite guardsmen the Musketeers. In seventeenth century France, they learn that loyalty and friendship are the most important values. “One for all and all for one!” Vibrant watercolor effects enhance this ambitious retelling. mjw
Title: The Three Musketeers
Author: Benedicte Riviere.  Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Illustrator
: Camille Andre
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Les Tres Mousquetaires
Original Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-4326-0
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Picture Book, Historical Fiction
Book setting
: France
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Action, Adventure, France, History, Louis xiii, Swordsmen

The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils

nilsNils teases an elf, is bewitched, and is turned into a thumb-size Thumbletot. He makes friends with a wise goose named Martin and together they travel all over the provinces of Sweden. The book was originally a commission from the Swedish National Teachers Association in 1902 to be a geography reader for the public schools. The story is still popular in Swedish culture. The text is simple and playful and the glorious illustrations incorporate intricate papercut pages. mjw
Title: The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils
Author: Selma Lagerlof (1858-1940), adapted y Kochka
Illustrator
: Olivier Latyk
Publisher
: Words and Pictures, an imprint of Quarto Publishing, CA
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Swedish
Original Title
: Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige
Original Copyright
: 1906
ISBN
: 978-1-91027-719-5
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: Sweden
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Adapter’s ethnicity:  born in Lebanon
Adapter’s residence:  France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Strasbourg
Awards
: Selma Lagerlof was the first female to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
Subjects
: Ducks and other waterfowl, Europe, Geese, Fantasy, Sweden