Thumbs up for Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament by Anne Renaud. Children’s picture book.
A delightfully-illustrated picture book – “a fictional tale with a helping of truth” – about a real historical figure, George Crum, a Black/Native man who was a successful restauranteur in the mid-1800’s (that’s the true part) who, while dealing with a fussy customer, invents the potato chip (that’s the “tall tale” part).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Sam Saves the Day, Island Rescue, and For Rent by Charles E. Martin. Children’s.
I remembered these from my childhood and it took me ages to track them down, because I didn’t remember the author’s name. It was nice to see them again, so there must have been something little-me connected with in the art, but when viewed with adult eyes I don’t think I would choose to give these to a child over other books with cleverer stories.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Paper-Flower Tree and Nu Dang and His Kite by Jacqueline Ayer. Picture books.
I have a policy of not reviewing books by people I know, though in this case, I only know the author’s daughter, so I will let myself rave about these books. I have no idea if the mixed-media illustrations would appeal to today’s kids (the taste of today’s kids mystifies me; why on earth do they love Elephant and Piggie so?).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Dumplings for Lili by Melissa Iwai. Children’s.
An absolutely adorable, colorful book about Lili, who is sent from apartment to apartment fetching ingredients to help her neighbor grannies as they make their various types of dumplings. It kept a wiggly four-year-old entertained, made her mom get misty-eyed for a life led in an apartment building full of supportive grannies (well, me too, really), and answered my problem of how to keep my bao from sticking to the steamer (cabbage leaves!).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Ancient China by Arthur Cotterell. History.
It’s a DK book, and is therefore a delight to look upon.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Marc Simont. Children’s.
Three stars for the straightforward text, five stars for the charming, funny, vivacious illustrations.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Children’s.
I honestly don’t remember ever having read this before. It’s possible I read it as a kid and didn’t connect with it. As an adult, however, I loved it.
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Thumbs down for The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Children’s book.
Someone else already wrote the perfect review of this obnoxious book. Thank you, Goodreads reviewer Sava Hecht for summarizing my own feelings so succinctly.… >> Read more