Tag Archives: Sports

Cloudwish

cloudwishVan Uoc Phan is a shy, quiet Vietnamese teenager living in Australia with her parents who were asylum seekers after the fall of Saigon. She is a scholarship student at a prestigious Melbourne International Baccalaureate school. She plays the oboe, loves photography and Jane Eyre, and is being pushed by her parents to a high-prestige profession. She has a crush on Billy Gardiner. Billy lives in a mansion, is a star on the crew team, and loves pranks. Van Uoc wishes that Billy would notice her and fall in love with her. Miraculously, he does, but Van Uoc questions how this could happen. Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the writing style and all the mentions of Jane in this first-love story. mjw
Title: Cloudwish
Author: Fiona Wood
Publisher
: Little Brown and Company, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Pan Macmillan, Australia PTY, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-316-24212-7
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Melbourne, Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Melbourne, Australia
Awards
: 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers
Subjects
: Australia, Dating, Jane Eyre, Magic, Vietnamese, Wishes

Metropolis

28120891Using both traditional and digital techniques, Benoit Tardif highlights the amazing differences that we see in many of the metropolises around the world. With 34 different cities in this non-fiction picture book, readers will take a trip around the world exploring sights, smells, and sounds as they flip through the pages. The cities are from every continent except Antarctica and show a fantastic variety of cultures. Beautiful world-map end papers show the location of all of the cities. With a table of contents and legend in the front of the book, as well as a glossary of foreign words at the end, readers will be highly informed after completing this book. amo
Title: Metropolis
Author: Benoit Tardif
Illustrator
: Benoit Tardif
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator

Original Title
: Metropolis
Original Publisher
: Comme des geants inc. 
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-7713-8721-7
Hardcover pages
: 72
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Non-Fiction, Picture Book
Book setting
: Around the World
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Subjects
: Food, Landmarks, Metropolises, Sports

Pablo And His Chair

pablo-and-his-chairFor his birthday, young Pablo receives a chair. What could he do with a chair? Disappointed and angry, he shuts himself in his bedroom. But Pablo is an imaginative kid. He is a musician, an astronaut, a cowboy, and a soccer player, but most of all he is a stunt boy. He becomes a skilled chair acrobat. He sets out into the world, performing for large crowds everywhere. Theatres and performance halls start to ask for Pablo. People even fight to get tickets. Then, one day, he packs up his chair to return home, where everyone and his dinner plate are waiting for him. Glorious, yet simple, line drawings in black fountain pen and colored ink applied with a brush illustrate this fun book. mjw
Title: Pablo And His Chair
Author: Delphine Perret
Illustrator
: Delphine Perret
Publisher
: Princeton Architectural Press, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Hannele and Associates
Original Title
: Pablo et la chaise
Original Publisher
: Editions Les Fourmis Rouges
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-61689-490-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Birthdays, Family life, Stunt performances

Book Uncle And Me

book-uncle-and-meSince energetic Yasmin turned eight, she vowed, “to read one book everyday. Every single day, forever.” She’s already up to more than 400, thanks to Book Uncle’s street-corner lending library. His street sign invites “Books. Free. Give One. Take one. Read-read-read.” Book Uncle is a retired teacher who always has the “right book for the right person for the right day.” When an order from the mayor threatens to have the lending library shut down and a mayoral election is on the horizon, Yasmin convinces all her friends, family, and neighbors to write letters to the mayoral candidates. Her campaign succeeds in making the voices of her community heard and Book Uncle is allowed to re-open his library. This universal story about the power of reading and grassroots activism offers insights into Indian culture and daily life, including the istri lady, who irons for customers, and descriptions of tasty coconut puttu. Expressive pencil drawings are sprinkled throughout the text. mjw
Title: Book Uncle And Me
Author: Uma Krishnaswami
Illustrator
: Julianna Swaney
Publisher
: Groundwood Books.  House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Scholastic India, Pvt. Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-808-2
Hardcover pages
: 96
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: Victoria, British Columbia
Illustrator’s residence
: Portland, Oregon
Awards
: Scholastic Asian Book Award
Subjects
: Books, Community activism Elections, Karate, Libraries, Mayors, People and places – Asia

Babak The Beetle

 

page_1_thumb_largeBabak the dung beetle sets out on a laborious journey to find the mother of the mysterious egg he discovered. He asks birds, frogs, and even snakes but cannot seem to find the right mother. Finally, he finds another egg just like his! He looks for the mother and discovers that she is hitting her eggs across a field with a stick. Babak does not approve of this mothering so he takes matters into his own hands to save his egg. The bright illustrations created through lino-cutting will keep the reader engaged in the mystery of the lost egg.  amo
Title: Babak The Beetle
Author: Fred Paronuzzi
Illustrator
: Andree Prigent
Publisher
: NorthSouth
Copyright
:  2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Elie Brangbour
Original Title
: Gérard le Bousier
Original Publisher
: Kaleidoscope
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4251-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Birds, Dung Beetles, Eggs, Frogs, Golf, Snakes

Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still

NadiaFeisty and fearless, Nadia Comaneci joined a gymnastics school at the age of six, and began training with Bela and Marta Karolyi in her native Romania. She worked hard, channeled her boundless energy, and overcame early defeats to become a world-class athlete. In 1976, at the age of fourteen, she received five medals and seven perfect scores at the Olympic games in Montreal. Exuberant ink, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations, an afterword, a timeline, notes, and a bibliography make this well-researched picture book biography a perfect 10. mjw
Title: Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still
Author: Karlin Gray
Illustrator
: Christine Davenier
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-544-31960-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture book biography
Book setting
: Romania.  Montreal, Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Biography, Gymnastics, Olympics, Romania, Sports and recreation

Mango And Bambang: The Not-A-Pig

mango and bambangMango Allsorts is brave, helpful, and good at all sorts of things, like karate and making buttered noodles for her very busy papa. Bambang becomes her pet tapir. He is completely not-a-pig and is new to the city. This charming first chapter book is a collection of four stories beautifully illustrated in black, gray, and purple. The stories are Mango and the Muddle, Bambang’s Pool, Bambang Puts On a Hat, and The Song of the Tapir. This is Book One in a series about the unlikely friendship between a kind and clever little girl and an Asian tapir. mjw
Title: Mango And Bambang: The Not-A-Pig
Author: Polly Faber
Illustrator
: Clara Vulliamy
Publisher
: Candlewick Press.  Somerville, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Walker Books,  London, England
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-8226-2
Hardcover pages
: 144
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Asian tapirs, Hats, Music, Pets, Swimming