Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week:
8 Brutal Truths of Raising a Book-Loving Kid | Brightly
JK Rowling plans five Fantastic Beasts films – BBC News
Malala Yousafzai Lands Picture Book Deal
Must be October…The books we love are painted on pumpkins!
Pure imagination: illustrator Robert Ingpen on the value of childhood dreaming
Stephen King’s First Children’s Book Coming in November
There are some absolute crackers on the guide to great books Go see for yourself!
Campus Libraries Write a Tech-Savvy New Chapter
In Praise of the Public Library Answer Desk
What books mean to rough sleepers – and the library that helps them
5 Graphic Novels to Read to Get Spooked
Keeping It Real: The Grittiness of Contemporary YA – Los Angeles Review of Books
What’s Next for Jay Asher?
King Baby by Kate Beaton (InfoSoup)
From the author of Hark! A Vagrant comes a second picture book. King Baby is born to loving and devoted subjects, his parents. People bring gifts and in return King Baby bestows blessings upon them. He smiles and coos, but a King can also be demanding. When he doesn’t get his toy fast enough, he can be cranky. And his subjects don’t understand his demands, so King Baby has to do something new and bold. He crawls! Then he starts to grow and grow into a Big Boy. But as he grows up, who will rule his subjects?
Beaton has created a picture book that fully embraces the experience of new parenthood and will also work to show children about to be siblings just how very demanding a tiny baby can be for attention and time. Still, there is also the fact that they grow up so fast, quickly leaving babyhood behind. The use of imperious and lordly demands makes the book very funny and may allow overwhelmed families a little laugh about their small bundles of joy.
Beaton’s signature art work is a delight. The baby as little more than an egg with a crown captures those first few weeks perfectly. The crown remains perched on his little head all the way through tantrums and royal demands. The chaos of a home with a baby is also fully depicted with exhausted parents in hoodies and sweatpants and the floor littered with bottles, toys and clothes.
If you have a new little king or queen of your own or are expecting one to move in soon, this is a book that will have you and your other children giggling and agreeing. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.