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|The Table That Ran Away to the Woods by Stefan Themerson, illustrations by Franciszka Themerson |
(Tate, 2012. First published 1963.)
Praise forThe Table that Ran Away to the Woods:
"The story, an afterword explains, ties into the Themersons’ avantgarde filmmaking, writing, and artwork in the 1930s (an early version appeared in an expatriate newspaper published in Paris). Readers needn’t be familiar with the backstory to appreciate the collage-like images of the table scampering over hills and reclaiming its existence."
|Henri's Walk to Paris by Leonore Klein, illustrated by Saul Bass (Universe, 2012)|
“Like many of us Henri wants to see Paris.
In Paris, there are thousands of buses. In Reboul, where Henri lives, there is only one bus.
In Paris there are many parks and rows and rows of trees. The park in Reboul has only five trees. In Paris there are many zoos full of animals for the people to see. So one fine day Henri packs up some lunch and starts off to see all the things he had read about.”
Along the way, Henri gets tired and falls asleep under a tree. And this is when the story gets really charming. What Henri sees, we see, in a flowing panorama of pictures conceived by the eminent graphic designer Saul Bass.
|Hip Hop Dog by Chris Raschka, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky (HarperCollins, 2010)|
I'm the zoom-est and the boom-est, spread no gloom-est, say no doom-est. I'm the top-est, never stop-est, Boston Pop-est, be be bop-est. I'm the jazz-est, razzmatazz-est, dazzle dazz-est, most pizzazz-est.
Think I kinda like it as the Hip Hop Dog.
In an empowering story of an underdog who finds his voice and sense of self-worth through music, here is one hip dog who starts out as a dejected mutt but finds his groove—and his place in the world—through hip hop.
|The Heart of the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel Books, 2010)|
|Bear Despair by Gaëtan Dorémus (Enchanted Lion Books, 2012)|
Born in 1971,Gaetan Doremus received his degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France, in 1999, after which he picked up a few other degrees while creating picture books and illustrations for the press. Doremus has illustrated over twenty books and has produced hundreds of freestanding illustrations and cartoons. He loves to bicycle ride, walk in the mountains, and eat green tomatoes with cinnamon. In 2006, he became a Papa.
|Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton (Candlewick Press, 2010)|
|Seasons by Blexbolex (Enchanted Lion Books, 2010)|
In this graphically stunning picture book, Blexbolex explores the cyclical nature of time by looking at the seasons. Using objects, landscapes, activities, and different types of people that are associated with each season (such as a skier, a swimmer, a roasted chestnut seller), Blexbolex evokes the sense of permanency given to life by its cyclical nature, despite the fact that time is always passing. The purpose of this book is to encourage observation of the world around us and lead the reader to form all sorts of logical and imaginative associations having to do with the seasons, the cycles of life, and time.
An illustrator of graphic genius,Blexbolexentered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, but left having discovered his talent as a silksceen artist. Since then, he has worked regularly with book publishers in France and Germany, as well as for the press. In 2009 he received the prestegious Golden Letter award for best book design throughout the world.
|The Velveteen Rabbit retold by Komako Sakai (Enchanted Lion Books, 2012)|
Komako Sakai was born in Hyogo, Japan. After graduating from Tokyo's National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sakai worked at a kimono textile design company. She is currently one of the most popular authors and illustrators in Japan. She is well known in the United States for In the Meadow, Emily's Balloon, and The Snow Day.
|Along a Long Road by Frank Viva (Little, Brown, 2011)|
Speed off on an eventful bicycle ride along the bold yellow road that cuts through town, by the sea, and through the country. Ride up and around, along and through, out and down.
Frank's striking graphic style is executed in just five joyous colors, and his spare, rhythmic language is infectious.
Hit a bump?
Get back on track!
Reach the end?
"The overall effect is one of speed: the rider is leaning forward, the road whips away like ribbon, and each word puffs out like a bicyclist's panted breath. Eccentric and peculiar, but handsome, too."--Kraus, Danie. Copyright 2010 Booklist
|Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes (Chronicle Books, 2012)|
|Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop (Little, Brown, 2012)|
Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream -- to meet the Moon.
Gorgeously illustrated on wood grain, Red Knit Cap Girl's curiosity, imagination, and joy will captivate the hearts of readers young and old as her journey offers a gentle reminder to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.
|The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012)|
Beetles stink, beetles sprint, beetles walk on water.
With Legs, antennae, horns, beautiful shells, knobs, and other oddities--what's not to like about beetles?
The beetle world is vast: one out of every four living thing on earth is a beetle. There are over 350,000 different species named so far and scientists suspect there may be as many as a million.
From the goliath beetle that weighs one fourth of a pound to the nine inch long titan beetle, award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array of these intriguing insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.
|Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (Carolrhoda Books, 2012)|
|Unspoken: a Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole (Scholastic Press, 2012)|
A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.
|House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick, 2012)|
When the house was new, not a single tree remained on its perfect lawn to give shade from the sun. The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighboring lots, where thick bushes offered up secret places to play. When the children grew up and moved away, their father, alone in the house, continued his battle against blowing seeds, plucking out sprouting trees. Until one day the father, too, moved away, and as the empty house began its decline, the trees began their approach. At once wistful and exhilarating, this lovely, lyrical story evokes the inexorable passage of time - and the awe-inspiring power of nature to lift us up.