By the time Monday is over, we'll know about so many happy authors and illustrators because the Youth Media Award Ceremony will be done! Congratulations to all those whose names were called! And those who didn't hear their names will be disappointed, yet we all know how many wonderful books we've shared this year, and the books of those authors and illustrators will still be read and loved and read again.
I Am Henry Finch - Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz
This dear little Henry Finch doesn't quite know what's going on in his life, but he is tired of all the greetings and goodnights by ALL of those other finches who surround him. Henry decides to try something new, which doesn't work out very well, although there is an epiphany in his darkest of experiences, one with a beast. Then, Henry finds the courage to do something brave. This is a book for everyone. It's funny, philosophical and one you might want to read again and again just in case you missed something important. The thumbprint art of Viviane Schwarz is so clever. I was pleased to see the different kinds of personalities she showed in these simple illustrations.
I didn't have time to order 2016 books from the library, and after all, it's only Jan. 11th, but I found one brand new 2016 when I stopped by my local branch. It is a special new book by debut author J. J. Austrian and illustrator Mike Curato, of Little Elliot fame! It's about love in all its forms, and you can read a blog post here by Mike Curato about how very special it is to him.
discovered that both worms can be the bride, OR both can be the groom. "Then we'll just change how it's done," says Worm. "Yes," says Worm. The book is a celebration of love between two worms, and they just want to get married. When read, one does wonder why there is such a fuss. The illustrations are simply done showing good, and funny, expressions as the action moves along. It was hilarious when the worms said they didn't eat cake, only dirt, and Spider say "I can eat the cake along with Cricket and Beetle." Cricket holds on to Beetle and they both say, "What did you say?" I enjoyed the book very much.
This is my first completed book from my #MustReadIn2016 list. You can see the titles above.
The Marvels - written and illustrated by Brian Selznick
In this story, there is "a portal to the past". We the reader finally know this, but the main character Joseph discovers that he had it all wrong for it is really a "vision of the future". With that mysterious epiphany, experienced after a long adventure, this mixed-up, fascinating story pulls together for both Joseph and for the reader. First, one must read and examine the pictures, one by one, returning back, then moving forward, capturing more information until the leap ahead many years to Joseph's story, in text.
Joseph has moved all over the world with his wealthy parents, is shipped off to a boarding school where he finally meets a friend, Blink. Together they forge a friendship based on books; from Shakespeare to Dickens to Yeatts, the stories please. Because of their unhappiness they imagine running away, and Blink does, but without Joseph, who follows soon after. He finds his way to London, to his Uncle Albert, an uncle he has only heard of. And then another story begins, with a new friend named Frankie, a market Frenchman, named Laurent and a house that is both alarming and welcoming. It's a love story in more than one aspect and a mystery I cannot reveal. You must experience this yourself.
Selznick included these words from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea somewhere in the book, but I won't tell where: "Let me tell you, Professor, that you will not regret the time spent on board. You are going to travel in a land of marvels." The afterword by Selznick completes the journey as I the reader said, "Wow" That is an amazing journey".
Still reading: the poetry finalists for the Cybil's, and I can't review until we're finished. I have In The Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III from the library!
ENJOY THOSE AWARDS!