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Drum Roll, Please…

by Casey Maynard on January 3rd, 2017

Image result for caldecott medal pngThe votes have been tallied with more than 100 cast for our Mock Caldecott nominees. Of the fifteen titles chosen we are naming one winner and five honor books as there was a tie for the fourth space. Without any further ado, let’s get to which titles you chose to represent ICPL’s first Mock Caldecott Award.

And the Winner is…

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Mock Caldecott Award 2016

by Casey Maynard on December 5th, 2016

This year we are trying something new at ICPL, a Mock Caldecott award.  Every year, the American Library Association awards the Randolph Caldecott Medal to a distinguished American picture book. For full eligibility requirements and criteria please visit the AlA’s Caldecott website. Also, stop by the Children’s Room to see a wonderful and informative display regarding the history of the award that Mari Redington has put together in the small display case.

Keeping eligibility requirements in mind we have put together a list of 15 possible contenders for the 2017 award. We ask that you read all of these titles before voting, or as many as you can get your hands on. When voting please pick and rank your top five titles: one winner (1) and four honor books (2-5). Paper ballots are available and are being collected at the Children’s Room Desk.  If you are unable to cast a paper ballot and are familiar with the titles, then please feel free to comment with your top five on or before December 31st.

We will be announcing the winning ICPL Caldecott titles at the beginning of 2017, shortly before the ALA midwinter meeting where they will be announcing the Medal and Honor winners.  How fun would it be if we have picked a winner or an honor book?!  Read the rest of this entry »

I Will Not Eat You

by Casey Maynard on November 9th, 2016

From the author of Warning: Do Not Open this Book, Please, Open this Book, and Chicken in Space comes a brand new adventure! I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a delight and perfect for this late-onset autumn. It has everything you could possibly want as the days get shorter: mystery, suspense, chase scenes and happy endings (maybe?).
The dark color palette hints at the story’s capacity for equally colored humor and continually builds suspense concerning who our not-so-hungry protagonist might be. It is only when the stakes are highest that the true identity of the creature in the cave is revealed.  For more fun hints as to the identity of this stranger, check out the book trailer below, or better yet, the book!

 

Leave Me Alone!

by Casey Maynard on October 5th, 2016

Image result for vera brosgol leave me aloneLeave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol is one of my new favorite picture books for 2016.  It’s funny, original and has a great message.  The art is wonderful and jam packed with highly colorful detail. A must read for anyone who enjoys their space when working on projects–especially knitters and crocheters–introverts and grumpy ladies.

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The Darkest Dark

by Casey Maynard on September 19th, 2016

Overcoming a fear of the dark has never been so fun or beautiful. The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield and illustrated by the Fan brothers has become my new favorite book of September! Be sure to stop by the ICPL children’s department to check it out.

 

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Return

by Casey Maynard on August 11th, 2016

The final installment of Aaron Becker’s Journey trilogy is finally here and was it ever worth the wait. Return is a breathtaking finale that equals its prior installments in every way. Immensely detailed, cinematic and profound, Return is the perfect denouement to Becker’s seminal series. While in essence this is the culmination of the trilogy, Return denotes and necessitates a renaissance of the Journey,Return to the beginning.

For those of you unfamiliar with Aaron Becker’s work, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of his wordless Journey. Personally I have enjoyed going from start to finish to start–it’s incredible to compare the detail in these works side by side. I look forward to seeing where Aaron Becker will take us next but will go on this journey over and over both in anticipation and continuous wonder. 

Check out the videos below from his website–the first is a mini documentary about the making of Journey the second is the official book trailer for Return. 

the MAKING of JOURNEY

 

Poor Little Guy

by Casey Maynard on July 18th, 2016

Elanna Allen, illustrator of the Violet Mackerel series, has released a new picture book–Poor Little Guy. Following the troubles of a tiny fish who, unfortunately, is caught in the clutches of a much larger bully–Poor Little Guy packs a surprising punch. Allen uses the entire picture book to move the narrative forward. This includes an initially subtle shift in the background palette as our protagonist gets consistently more frustrated, from blue-green to deep purple and back again as the situation resolves itself. Be certain to take extra care with the endsheets, framing, pacing, font and color choices within the work as each aspect of this book is purposeful. Children will delight in the triumph of the underdog and the foreshadowing of the further trials of our puffer protagonist. Fans of dark humor and just desserts will not be disappointed and will beg for rereads.

Click Poor Little Guy to see a book trailer from Penguin Young Readers Group.

Birds of a Feather

by Casey Maynard on June 27th, 2016

Flora is at it again in the latest installment of Molly Idle’s wordless series. Flora and the Peacocks is a beautifully wrought sequel to Flora and the Flamingo and Flora and the Penguin. In this latest iterance, Flora continues dancing through life and lessons with two new friends who just happen to be peacocks.

Characteristic of her style, Idle has dressed Flora with matching colors and accoutrements that mimic the body type of her avian dance partner: a fan with peacocks, flippers for the flamingo and ice skates for the penguin. Beautiful, delightful and humorous, audience members should prepare for this pas de trois to turn a little fowl before the bold finish. Idle  has continued to impress with this series and remains an enduring contender for the Caldecott.

For a book trailer from Chronicle Books visit: Flora Book Trailer

 

I Found Spot, Can You?

by Casey Maynard on May 26th, 2016
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Henry Cole has written and illustrated over 50 books for children including Big Bug, and Unspoken. His most recent delves into the realm of eye spy. Spot, The Cat is a wonderful wordless romp through a quaint urban setting. Readers follow and find a cat appropriately named Spot as he weaves his way through town. Parents and children will have a delightfully difficult time discovering the errant Spot and his pursuant owner.

 

 

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

by Casey Maynard on April 25th, 2016
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Once upon a time there was a hilariously funny picture book that had me laughing so hard I cried, but only a little. I’m sure you can tell by the title that A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals is about a lion who is ravenous and some animals who disappear.  Where do they go? You’ll have to read the book to find out even though you probably have a guess already.  I did, and boy was I wrong.

Lucy Ruth Cummins’ debut picture book is side-splitting and surprising. Jon Klassen’s quote on the back cover sums it up nicely, “So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh.” A must read!




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