Day: February 3, 2017

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

Here are some cool links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Children’s Books for Spring 2017: All Our Coverage

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels

Gene Yang’s ‘Reading Without Walls’ to Debut in April

The Most-Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2017

New Children’s Books About Serious Subjects

Once-banned kids book ‘Into the River’ gets movie deal

LIBRARIES

At Boston Public Library, new light and life for visitors – The Boston Globe

TEEN LIT

Keep Safe, Read Dangerously: Why We Need Provocative YA More Than Ever via

This YA Writer Explains Why The ‘Debate’ On Trans Kids Must End

 

XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex

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XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex, illustrated by Scott Campbell

A romantic ox writes a letter to a gorgeous gazelle professing his love for her. At first, he only receives form letters back, but Ox is determined. He commends her for how smart she must be to send two identical letters to him. Gazelle finally does reply in person, still aloof. The two begin a letter correspondence filled with Gazelle’s not-very-subtle insults to Ox and Ox returning only compliments. Gazelle insists that the letters have to stop, but Ox continues writing. He sees only humor in her replies. Finally Gazelle has had enough. Or has she?

Rex’s writing is a joy. Using only the letters they write as text in the book, he captures both animals’ personalities. Each is far more complex than they seem at first and just as they learn about each other in their letters, the readers learn about them as well. It would have been easy to set the Ox up as hero and the Gazelle as villain, but Rex is more subtle and skilled than that.

Campbell’s illustrations are done in watercolors and colored pencil. Just as with the letters, there is a wonderful difference between the illustrations of either animal. Ox is rather rougher and wears the same outfit in all of the illustrations. Gazelle changes outfits in almost every scene and is surrounded by opulence rather than the simplicity that surrounds Ox.

The joy of letter writing and receiving letters is captured in this picture book romance. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy received from Roaring Brook Press.