This steam punk adventure takes place primarily in Londinium, a dangerous alternative London ruled over by the Lady and filled with all things mechanical. Periodically, the Lady longs for a son who is completely flesh and blood with no clockwork pieces. When this happens she sends someone to cross over into the other London to bring one back for her.
This picture book first published in the Netherlands is a gem. I loved it from the very first spread--a drawing of a bird opposite of the word yearning. Followed by hoping, expecting, marveling--each showing a beautiful bird in a stage of parenting. Each spread consists of a word opposite a bird--and the pages with words become increasingly more complex in design. When I got to the final page, letting go, I was so impressed with the beauty of the book. Mies Van Hout is becoming one of my favorite author/illustrators.
Pippi Longstocking is available as a comic! Over several four page spreads, Pippi's stories are told. You learn about her strength, her bad manners, her oddities, and all of her friends. You meet Pippi's father, the king of the Kurrakurradootas on Kurrakurradoot Island. The illustrations and stories are charming and this is a good introduction to Pippi for children who are not quite ready for the novel yet. Don't miss the other comic, Pippi Moves In.
Words With Wings, by the author of the Dyamonde Daniel series for young readers, is about a girl named after a creature with wings, the angel Gabriel. Gabriella loves to daydream, and daydreaming helps her cope with her parent's recent divorce. However Gabby still craves her mother's and her teacher Mr. Spicer's approval. Gabby tries to stop daydreaming, but Mr.
Charlie Bumpers is sure he’s doomed! It’s bad enough he’s the middle kid between a smart-aleck brother and a (sometimes) pesky little sister. But he’s starting his 4th grade year with all-white back-to-school shoes, he and his best friend Tommy are in separate classes for the first time ever, and—worst of all—he’s stuck with Teacher of the Year Mrs. Burke, the strictest in the whole school! She’s the same teacher that Charlie accidentally beaned with a shoe the year before—and she hasn’t forgotten!
What’s a “wordle?” According to creators Rosenthal and Bloch, wordles are “groups of words that sound exactly the same but mean different things,” such as “I scream,” and “ice cream”; “Heroes,” and “He rows.” This setup is followed by a baker’s dozen of wordles. One of my favorites is a fellow shouting, while being chased by two deer with big antlers, “I scream! Two bucks!” followed by an ice cream vendor selling “Ice cream, two bucks!” Other favorites include characters from fairy tales, and a little plug for Rosenthal’s book
Kate was a little girl growing up in northern California in the mid-1800’s. She loved to get her hands dirty and study science - even though girls weren’t supposed to do either at this time. When she graduated from college, Kate moved to San Diego and became a teacher. Surprised by the desert terrain, Kate carefully researched plants and trees that grow in arid climates. Eventually, she transformed the landscape of San Diego into a lush garden oasis.
Dylan is the type of boy who sees things that others often miss. One cold day, Dylan and his mom are rushing around town. Dylan notices the details. He sees an old radio, a man reading a newspaper upside down and a child standing on a bench in red boots. His mom pulls Dylan along to their next destination - the metro station. The station is loud, and everyone hurries to find their train.