Thursday, December 08, 2016

Authors #153 and #154 crocodiles and christmas? with Becker and thoroughly tired with Thury

 Bonny Becker brings us a cute tale from 1998 with illustrations from David Small in The Christmas Crocodile.  "The Christmas Crocodile didn't mean to be bad, not really."  Read about the latest good news and updates at Ms.Becker's site:   She's also written a number of other wonderful children's books that you can find at your independent neighborhood bookstore or library!

Vlasta van Kampen beautifully and with much detail illustrates The Last Straw by Frederick H. Thury.  Will the camel finally make it to his destination after all his boasting? You can see more beautiful illustrations at Ms. van Kampen's website:

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Authors #151 and #152 Gill braves Outside and Wojciechowski carves a tale of Jonathan Toomey

Deidre Gill takes us Outside for a winter adventure with her imaginative illustrations.  You can find out what she doing currently on Facebook at

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P.J. Lynch imparts the story of a village woodcarver and his interactions with a new widow and her son as she asks him to carve a Creche for Christmas.  You can read more about Susan and her work at:

Betsy Christensen of Orem, UT has an extensive Creche collection.  Read more about her and her collection and see pictures of the collection from The Daily Herald at:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Authors #149 Strand with cutting trees and #150 Huddy with saving a tree

The author, Keith Strand, recounts his grandfather's story of cutting down a stand of trees for firewood during a blizzard filled winter season in Colorado but keeping one tree for the future in Grandfather's Christmas Tree, illustrated by Thomas Locker.

Delia Huddy saves a Christmas tree in the book The Christmas Eve Tree illustrated by Emily Sutton.  A homeless boy takes home an unwanted Christmas tree because its branches are crooked and bent.  He spends what little money he has on some decorations for the tree, bringing some happiness to those around him.  The tree finds a new home when the street custodian plants the tree in an abandoned part of the local park.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Randomness #39: Pigeon books in Chinese and English by Mo Willems and two new candy bars from TJ's

Mica could read and understand most of the Chinese version of The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems.  Mo Willems has written some great books for early readers that are still funny for adults too! He has a great website with links to games and merchandise and books at:

Two new candy bars that we found at Trader Joe's.  Quasar Bar with "whipped chocolate nougat and rich caramel enrobed in dark chocolate" and Boffo Bar with "peanuts, caramel, and nougat enrobed in milk chocolate".  They were fine but nothing spectacular.  I thought the Quasar was a bit like 3 musketeer with caramel and the boffo was a bit like how baby ruth use to taste before they changed the recipe.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Authors #147 McGhee shines bright with a little star angel and #148 Waldman takes a trip with a snowflake

 Author Alison McGhee and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds bring the story of a little angel and her gift to the Christ Child in Star Bright. Alison writes for all ages and you can see more of her books at  Of course Peter H. Reynolds is known for his own style of books like Ish and The Dot and more which can be found at

Do you wonder what happens to a snowflake after it melts?  Find out in this wintry wonderland of water book by Neil Waldman titled The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story.