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One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll: A Celebration Of Wordplay And A Girl Named Alice

 

This wonderful picture book is part Lewis Carroll biography and part word game. Nonsense words and phrases take readers through Carroll’s fantasy world. Along the way readers learn about Carroll’s life as a mathematician and his friendship with the Liddell family and the real Alice. The frabjous illustrations breathe new life into the famous characters. A glossary explains the words and ideas invented by Carroll and reveals that nearly two hundred of them appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. A closing note gives more information about Carroll. mjw
Title: One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll: A Celebration Of Wordplay And A Girl Named Alice
Author: Kathleen Krull
Illustrator
: Julia Sarda
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0544348233
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain 
Subjects
: Authors, Books, Charles Dodgson, Language, Literature, Imagination, Wordplay

Old Hat

 

Harbet’s favorite hat is the colorful one with pompoms and earflaps that his nana knit for him when he was a puppy. Unfortunately, his friends wear Carmen Miranda fruit bowl hats and mock him, “OLD HAT!” He tries a new hat like theirs, but it is already outdated. They cry, “OLD HAT!” He tries a traffic cone, a saucepan, a pink work boot and many more, but he cannot win. Finally Harbet takes off his hat to reveal a surprise and his friends are filled with envy. Harbet discovers how much more fun it is to stop following others and to think for yourself. The pencil, watercolor, and acrylic ink illustrations of the hats are cheerful and hilarious. mjw
Title: Old Hat
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator
: Emily Gravett
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
:
Original Copyright
: Macmillan Children’s Books. Great Britain
ISBN
: 978-1-5344-0917-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Brighton, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Brighton, England
Subjects
: Fashion, Hats, Peer pressure, Self esteem, Self respect, Teasing

Crescent Moons And Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book Of Shapes

 

This informative shape-concept book captures the vibrant world of Islam. A rectangle is the mosque’s carved wooden door. A cube is the Kaaba where Muslims worship. A square is an orange garden. Many more shapes celebrate the traditions of the narrator’s faith. The short, rhyming text is supplemented by beautiful mixed media illustrations that are influenced by Islamic art. A glossary with pronunciations and an author’s note complete this introduction to the culture and religion. mjw
Title: Crescent Moons And Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book Of Shapes
Author: Hena Khan
Illustrator
: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher
: Chronicle Books, San Francisco
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1452155410
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-6
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Muslim countries
Author’s ethnicity
: Pakistani-American
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Iran
Illustrator’s residence
: Surrey, England
Subjects
: Customs, Geography, Islam, Muslims, Shapes, Stories in rhyme

The Murderer’s Ape

 

This thrilling mystery is narrated by a gorilla named Sally Jones who can read and type on a 1908 Underwood No. 5 typewriter. She is an engineer working for Chief Henry Koskela who is falsely accused of murder. Sally Jones embarks on a whirlwind journey from Lisbon, Portugal, to the Maharaja of Bhapur’s magnificent court in India to clear the chief’s name. This suspenseful adventure is accompanied by detailed black and white drawings. Maps of the voyage appear on the endpapers. mjw
Title: The Murderer’s Ape
Author: Jakob Wegelius
Illustrator
: Jakob Wegelius
Publisher
: Delacorte Press
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Swedish
Translator
: Peter Graves
Original Title
: Mordarens Apa
Original Publisher
: Bonnier Carlsen
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-101-93175-2
Hardcover pages
: 624
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Mystery
Book setting
: Portugal, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Awards
: 2018 Batchelder Winner, International Youth Library White Raven Selection
Subjects
: Detective stories, Gorilla, Human-animal relationships, Music, Sailing

Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection

 

Eight traditional tales from all over the Indian Subcontinent are included in this colorful anthology. Each story is taken from a different region in India, from Punjab in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south. A “Welcome to India!” introduces the country and provides a map. Each tale is accompanied by two pages of information about the state – geography, history, food, dance, culture, traditions, and more. Bright, colorful folk style illustrations in gouache present story elements and frame the narratives. mjw
Title: Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection
Author: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrator
: Christopher Corr
Publisher
: Barefoot Books, Cambridge, MA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: Barefoot Books
Original Copyright
: 2007
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-357-2
Paperback pages
: 96
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Folktales, Fairytales
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: Calgary, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects
: Anthologies, Gods and goddesses, Myths

Three Balls Of Wool (Can Change The World)

 

Narrated by an eight-year-old child, a family moves from 1960s Fascist Portugal to Communist Czechoslovakia in search of a better future. But the new country is far from ideal. Graphic designs on pale gray paper capture the darkness of the new city. The buildings are gray boxes and everyone wears monotone, orange, green, or gray sweaters knit in the same pattern. The mother unravels the sweaters and mixes the colors and stitches, knitting different bold checks, zigzags, and stripes. A foreword by Amnesty International gives the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Back matter gives the history of Portugal from 1962 to 1974. Maps, as well  as the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights are included.  mjw
Title: Three Balls Of Wool (Can Change The World)
Author: Henriqueta Cristina
Illustrator
: Yaro Kono
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2017
Translator
: Lyn Miller Lachman
Original Title
: Com 3 Novelos (O Mundo Da Muitas Voltas
Original Publisher
: Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-220-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Portugal, Czechoslovakia
Author’s ethnicity
: Portuguese
Author’s residence
: Portugal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Portugal
Subjects
: Europe, Knitting, Needlecrafts, Refugees

Imagine

One little pigeon sets out on a journey to spread the message of peace to other birds of all shapes and sizes. John Lennon’s song is illustrated with brush and ink drawings colored digitally. The book has a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon and an afterword by Amnesty International. All royalties from sales of the book go directly to the charity. mjw
Title: Imagine
Author: John Lennon 1940-1980), with a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon
Illustrator
: Jean Jullien
Publisher
: Clarion Books
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-328-80865-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: London and Los Angeles
Subjects
: Birds, Peace, Pigeons, Song lyrics, Tolerance