Day: April 6, 2017

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler (9780802854889, Amazon)

In between day and night, there is a special time of day: twilight or the blue hour. This picture book looks as blue animals during this brief time of day, capturing their blue beauty against the blue of the setting. There are animals like the blue fox from the arctic. Poison blue dart frogs are tropical. The plants and animals come from around the world, some from our own backyards like violets and bluebirds. Throughout the book, there is a feel of the magical time of day and quiet it brings as night settles in.

Simler’s words are poetic. Her collection of plants and animals move from being more active to a quieter feel as the book progresses. This arc follows the way that nature quiets before nightfall. The end pages of the book offer information on different types of blue and then a map with the various animals on it.

The art is very special with the blue tones dominant throughout. There is a peacefulness and simplicity to it that matches the time of day perfectly. The various animals and plants are shown almost luminous on the blue background, their fur, feathers, and petals lit from within. This adds to the magical feel of the book and the sense that readers are looking at something almost secret.

A blue-tiful book about nature, time and the wonder around us. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy received from Eerdmans.

Lambda Literary Award Finalists

The finalists for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. The awards cover a wide range of LGBTQ+ literature and include one award specifically for young readers and teens. Here are the finalists in that category:

Beast Girl Mans Up

Beast by Brie Spangler

Girl Mans Up by M. E. Girard

Gravity Highly Illogical Behavior

Gravity by Juliann Rich

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick, #1) Our Chemical Hearts

Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Symptoms of Being Human The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu