Day: March 7, 2017

My Valley by Claude Ponti

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My Valley by Claude Ponti (9780914671626)

This imaginative picture book tells the story of the Twims, a type of creature that lives in a specific valley. One Twims narrates the book, explaining life in the valley. He lives in a House Tree up on the cliffs. He has many siblings, a mother and a father and two sets of grandparents. He plays games in the woods, watches all sorts of weather arrive, including once children falling from a house picked up by a hurricane. Twims use theater to get over feeling angry, have a cemetery with grave markers that speak to the interests of the Twims buried there, and enjoy the changes of each season.

First published in France, this book has a gorgeous otherworldly feel to it. It balances the wonder of these little creatures with the small details of their lives. It strongly reminded me of my childhood love for the Gnomes book by Wil Huygen. This new book touches those same emotions, the exploration of something small and clever, the beauty of a simple life and the magic inherent in it as well.

Ponti’s illustrations are lovely. He intersperses the image on the cover of the book throughout the book, focusing on the valley as it changes through different kinds of seasons and weather. The valley almost becomes so familiar that readers will identify with it themselves as each type of event makes it all the more spectacular. There are also the small details of the Twims’ lives, the floors of the House Tree, playing outside, and stories of events that had happened.

This unique picture book invites readers to imagine along with the author and delight in a new creature. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from e-galley received from Edelweiss and Elsewhere Editions.

 

2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has announced their list of 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Part of that list is a top ten, those titles are below:

Black Panther, Book 1 Cover Filmish Cover

Black Panther, Book One: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze

Filmish: a Graphic Journey Through Film by Edward Ross

Giant Days, Volume 1 Cover March, Book Three Cover

Giant Days (Volumes 1 & 2) by John Allison and Lissa Treiman

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Mighty Jack Cover Orange Cover

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

orange: The Complete Collection 1 by Ichigo Takano

Paper Girls, Volume 1 Cover Plutona Cover

Paper Girls 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

Plutona by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lennox

Prez, Vol. 1: Corndog-in-Chief We Stand On Guard

Prez, Volume 1: Corndog in Chief by Mark Russell, Ben Caldwell and Mark Morales

We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce and Matt Hollingsworth