Tag Archives: Adventure

Where The World Ends

In the summer of 1727, eight boys and three men are marooned on a remote rocky stac at the edge of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  They were sent there to harvest birds for food, feathers, and oil.  No one returns to collect them. They survive for nine months through deadly storms, madness, and starvation.  Based on a true story, this is an unsettling and awe-inspiring novel.  The world-building is brilliant.  A map of St. Kilda, an afterword, black-and-white sketches of birds, and a glossary are included.  mjw
Title: Where The World Ends
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher
: Usborne Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4749-2114-5
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 11 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction, based on a true story
Book setting
: Hirta, St. Kilda, Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Berkshire, England 
Awards
: 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Birds, Cultures, Geography, Natural world, Survival, Western Islands (Scotland)

Feather

 

This philosophical picture book is by two Hans Christian Andersen Medal winners. A single feather is blown across the sky. It meets a kingfisher, a cuckoo, a heron, a peacock, and more birds, each one being asked by the feather, “Am I yours?” The feather is either ignored or dismissed, until she gets close to earth, where a mother hen and her chicks discover her. Feather has no courage left to ask the mother hen, but as the hen slowly unfolds her wings, she thinks, perhaps, that she is missing a feather. This profound story is illustrated with striking double-page spreads of the birds. mjw
Title: Feather
Author: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrator
: Roger Mello
Publisher
: Elsewhere Editions, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Chinese
Translator
: Chloe Garcia-Roberts
Original Publisher
: China Children’s Press and Publication Group
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0914671855
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: China
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: Author has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016.  Illustrator has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2014
Subjects
: Birds, Emotions

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

Bambi: A Life In The Woods

 

This is an exquisite new collectible edition of the classic story.  Bambi lives in a woodland thicket.  He and his family and friends discover the wonders and the dangers of the woods.  Superb oil paintings feature gold foiling.  The story inspired the beloved 1942 Disney film. mjw
Title: Bambi: A Life In The Woods
Author: Felix Salten (1869-1945)
Illustrator
: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Publisher
: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Whittaker Chambers
Original Publisher
: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 1928
ISBN
: 978-1442-9345-2
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: San Francisco, U.S.
Subjects
: Deer, Forest

Fishing With Grandma

fishing with grandmaGrandma and her two grandchildren go out on the lake for a fishing trip. She teaches them everything they need to know for a day of jigging in the ice for fish. They learn what to wear, what tools are needed, and how to use them. At the end of the day, they have caught enough Arctic char for a delicious dinner. Illustrations show Inuit fishing tools and a glossary with pronunciations explains Inuit terms. mjw
Title: Fishing With Grandma
Author: Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
Illustrator
: Charlene Chua
Publisher
: Inhabit Media Inc.  Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77227-084-6
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Nunavut
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Canada, Grandchildren, Grandmothers, Ice fishing, Multigenerational, Polar regions

Boat Of Dreams

 

This enigmatic 80-page wordless story bridges picture book and graphic novel territory as it tells of the encounter between an old man in a rundown seaside cottage and a child in a far off city. The man discovers a note in a bottle, which inspires him to draw a fantastic flying machine. He sends his drawing back to the sea. In the city, the boy finds the drawing in an envelope outside his home. He draws himself and his cat into the picture and then dreams he is sailing on the ship to meet the man. They embrace, the boy hands the man the envelope, and he flies off. Sharp-angled Expressionist drawings in sepia and blue invite multiple interpretations of the imaginative tale.mjw
Title: Boat Of Dreams
Author: Rogerio Coelho
Illustrator
: Rogeriio Coelho
Publisher
: Tilbury House Publishers
Copyright
: 2017 
Original Publisher
: Editora Positivo Ltda, Brazil
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-9-88448-528-5
Hardcover pages
: 80
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book, Graphic Novel
Author’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Author’s residence
: Brazil
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: 2017 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids List.  Brazil’s 22015 Jabuti Award for Best Children’s Illustrations
Subjects
: Birds, Boats and boating, Boys, Dreams, Imagination, Magical realism, Ocean bottles, Older men, Steampunk, Stories without words, Voyages

The Rabbit And The Shadow

 

The little white rabbit in this story meets many creatures along his journey growing up. An anxious stag, and angry soldier looking for peace, and a cat looking for his ball help each other confront their own fears. They grow up together and learn. This moving story has beautiful watercolor and ink vignettes. mjw
Title: The Rabbit And The Shadow
Author: Melanie Rutten
Illustrator
: Melanie Rutten
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Sarah Ardizzone
Original Title
: L’ombre de chacun
Original Publisher
: Editions MeMo
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5485-8
Hardcover pages
: 56
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Belgium
Author’s residence
: Brussels
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Belgium
Illustrator’s residence
: Brussels
Subjects
: Emotions and feelings, Fear, Growing up, Soldiers