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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

Can I Build Another Me?

Can I Build Another MeYoung Kevin decides to make a clone of himself to do all the things he really doesn’t want to do, like homework, but it becomes very difficult when he considers what actually makes him. In pondering his individuality, he looks at facts about himself, his likes and dislikes, growing up, what others think about him, what he knows, and much more. He concludes that “thinking about yourself isn’t always easy, but it can be fun.” Quirky line drawings in greens and golds add humor to this philosophical comic-style book. mjw
Title: Can I Build Another Me?
Author: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Illustrator
: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Publisher
: Thames and Hudson Ltd.  London
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Japanese
Original Publisher
: Bronze Publishing, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-500-65078-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Picture book, Graphic novel
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan
Subjects
: Cloning, Comics, Identity, Inventions, Robots, Self

A Child Of Books

a-child-of-booksThe young girl is a child of books. She uses books and their words to go on adventures. On a journey after she crosses a sea of words, she meets a young boy at his house. The two go on an exploration into the worlds of words. The word artwork is amazing in this picture book. The background and landscape are made of words from classic novels and lullabies and the main characters interact with the text throughout the story. Moreover, the endpages of the book are packed with titles and authors of several classics of children’s literature. Readers can use the book as a game of trying to find quotes and classic titles on each page. This is a brilliant picture book that all bibliophiles must read.  ema

Title: A Child Of Books
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator
: Sam Winston
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9077-9
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range: 4 and up
Genre
: Picture Book
Authors’ ethnicity: Irish
Authors’ residence
: Brooklyn, New York
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects: Books, Classic Books, Readers, Words

Peter Pan

peter-panPeter Pan is a mischievous and free-spirited young boy who can fly and who never grows up. He kidnaps three ordinary children, Wendy Darling and her two brothers, and the adventures begin. They fly to Neverland and interact with the Lost Boys, fairies, pirates, mermaids, Indians, and Captain Hook. Enchanting, delicate paintings bring the classic story to life. mjw
Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie (1860-1937)
Illustrator
: Silke Leffler
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up
Original Copyright
: 1904
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4259-5
Hardcover pages
: 176
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Austria
Illustrator’s residence
: Lake Constance at the border of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Subjects
: Fairies, Flying, Neverland, Pirates

How The Squirrel Got His Stripes

Long ago, King Rama was expelled from his father’s kingdom and sent to the forest with his faithful wife, princess Sita, and his loyal brother, Laxmanan. They lived there happily until King Ravana of Lanka tricked Sita. Rama then waged war on Ravana and set off to battle. They traveled until they came to a vast sea. Men and animals worked to complete a bridge. They clever black squirrels helped by covering themselves and their bushy tails with sand and dirt that they shook over the cracks in the bridge to fill the cracks. When the bridge was complete, Rama thanked the squirrels. As he stroked their dusty backs, their black fur beneath the dust was revealed and that is how the squirrels got their stripes. This tale is referred to in the Ramayana of India. The story emphasizes the dignity of labor and that even the smallest contribution is important in some way. The small-format book is enhanced by colorful folk-art illustrations inspired by miniature paintings of medieval Europe. mjw
Title: How The Squirrel Got His Stripes
Author: Sam Perera
Illustrator
: Alex Stewart
Publisher
: Popsicle Books, an imprint of Perera Hussein Publishing House, Sri Lanka
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-955-0041-08-4
Paperback pages
: 28
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Folktale
Book setting
: Sri Lanka and India
Illustrator’s residence
:  U.K. and Sri Lanka
Subjects
: Bridges, Folktales, Ramayana, Squirrels, Monkeys