Friday, November 20, 2015

Read These Books! (Because I Said So!)

Remember how I used to love children's books and I'd talk about them all the time and then suddenly I just stopped reviewing them on this blog?

Yeah, me too. 

So, here's the deal.  I'm still reading a ton of children's books, and from time to time posting short and sweet reviews of those books on an Instagram account called Kit Lit Concierge, which you can follow here.  I still adore children's literature as much as ever, and want to share the books we are reading with you here.  But for now, the longer reviews are taking a back seat because I'm working on a couple of picture book manuscripts and that is where I'm choosing to spend my dedicated writing time.
 
I'll still write an occasional full review, or do a post about a featured author, but in the meantime, I'm going to start posting the books we're reading that week without much fanfare.  Basically, I'm going to suggest you read these books just because I said so.  Then, you'll go and read the books.  See how that works?  Maybe I'll even call these posts "Because I Said So."  I really have a way with words, don't I? 

On that note, here's what we've been enjoying this week:




Pepper and Poe by Frann Preston- Gannon

Confession:  Our delight in this book might be, in part, influenced by our own newest addition, this sweet kitten Eragon:


This funny book about a cat having a perfectly happy week that is suddenly disrupted by the addition of a spunky new kitten mirrors the events of our home these past two months all the way down to the brown, floppy-eared dog at the end.  

    

Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler

This debut picture book by author/illustrator Joseph Kuefler is visually enchanting.  When a little boy decides his ordinary home is lacking in adventure, he takes a deeper look into his backyard pond and finds the extraordinary.  


Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, Illustrations by Oliver Jeffers

This book had me at Oliver Jeffers, and though I'd never read Eoin Colfer, his Artemis Fowl series was a hit with my oldest son.  This is a story about an imaginary friend, but with an unexpected and charming ending.  It's a little longer than your average picture book and I was grateful for the extra pages to turn.  


The Marvels by Brian Selznick
  Oh boy.  Where to even begin with this one.  Brian Selznick's books are pieces of art.  I cannot imagine how long it takes him to write a book from start to finish because the drawings are all beautifully detailed and there are over 300 pages of them.  The first half of this story is told entirely in pictures and I cried (twice) before I even read a single word.  It's a story about the dark secrets that follow a family through generations, ghostly encounters, the London stage, and mostly, the healing power of stories.  This is a must read.

Okay, that's it for this week!  I'll be back soon to share a few more. 


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