At my own site, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, I like to keep my eye on the work of debut author-illustrators—even, for that matter, up-and-coming student illustrators. Today, I want to focus on the solidly good picture books of three debut author-illustrators. Let’s take these in chronological order by release date, shall we?
First up is Phoebe Wahl’s Sonya’s Chickens (you’ll come for the elegant endpapers and distinctive art and stay for the powerful story), which Kirkus has already given ...
One of the things I like the most when it comes to books and reading is when I find new voices and creators to be excited about. I discovered the awesomeness of award-winning writer and illustrator Noelle Stevenson this year and I am not ever going to look back.
It started with Nimona. Originally a self-published webcomic and recently republished as a graphic novel by Harper Collins, Nimona follows its title character’s adventures in villainy. Nimona is a shapeshifting villain ...
How do you follow up a Newbery-winning novel adored by many children across the country? If you’re Katherine Applegate, you do so with a bit of procrastination, as you’ll read below.
You can also follow it up by giving it the very thing that many people loved about the award-winner—a lot of heart. In Crenshaw, coming to shelves in September, Applegate tells the story of Jackson, a boy whose family has fallen on hard times. There’s little money for food ...
Earlier this year, an unassuming science-fiction book hit bookstore shelves: The Martian by Andy Weir. You wouldn't know it to look beyond its striking cover, but The Martian took an unconventional route through the world of publishing and, even before it landed in the hands of readers, it was already poised to hit the big time.
What kind of story merits that success? The Martian is about an astronaut named Mark Watney who is part of a manned mission ...
“Hey, Michael, you ain’t never gonna find the Axeman. Ya chasing a ghost.”
That quote is attributed to one Silvestro “Sam” Carolla, who in 1919 was the number-two Mafioso in New Orleans. It’s addressed to Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, the man assigned—in Ray Celestin’s prodigiously atmospheric new historical thriller, The Axeman—to find and end the career of a serial killer terrorizing the Big Easy. A killer who slays Italian grocers with axes…and then vanishes into the night.
BOOK REPORT for Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
Cover Story: The Heart of the City
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Too Close for Comfort
Bonus Factors: Illustrations, Music
Anti-Bonus Factor: Internet Trolls
Relationship Status: It's Not You, It's Me
Cover Story: The Heart of the City
Seeing as the cover was illustrated by the author, it unsurprisingly sums up the book pretty well. The not-so-hidden heart is a nice touch ...
The hymn echoes in my head while I ready our wagon to leave. I’ve never felt so far from God’s grace. I suppose I am a stranger walking on earth, but I’m no son of God. I’m no son at all.
—Walk on Earth a Stranger, Rae Carson
Sixteen-year-old Leah Westfall has grown up loving and beloved—life on a small mining claim in Georgia is hard, but she and her parents love each other more ...
“Almost any concept or idea in the world can be expressed through comparison with a classic Warner Bros. cartoon.”
“Even the Albuquerque Door?”
You know what a wormhole is, right?
You know what I’m talking about. It’s the scene in certain sci-fi stories when a character takes a piece of paper and a pencil, and draws Point A and Point B, then asks some unsuspecting noob to figure out the shortest distance between the two ...