Category Archives: picture books

Bigger Than Life? Tall Tales and “Fake News”

We Minnesotans love tall tales—especially ones about Paul Bunyan.   Kids read about how his huge feet supposedly stomped out our 10,000 lakes and how the giant chopped down thousands of trees with one ax stroke.  The communities of Bemidji and … Continue reading

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Going Nuclear

Going nuclear?  A recent, award-winning picture book; another acclaimed, older picture book; and some classic and in-progress graphic novels remind us just how terrible this military choice has been.  These works center upon the World War II atomic devastation of … Continue reading

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Emancipation and Inauguration–Days Old and New

Three award-winning picture books are my focus today.  Read on. Life-altering changes brought by the stroke of a pen or the tick of a clock—the beginning of African-American History month brings many thoughts to mind.  One is how the official … Continue reading

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Vantage Points: Staring into 2017

Two new graphic works have helped me deal with my thoughts and feelings about the recent presidential election.  How could so many people have voted for Donald Trump, when so many more of us are dismayed and frightened at his … Continue reading

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More or Less Grimm

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and other festive occasions . . . . Two recent, compelling fairy tale volumes would make excellent gifts this holiday season.  Matt Phelan’s Snow White: A Graphic Novel (2016) and Shaun Tan’s The Singing Bones … Continue reading

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Lively Looks at the Day of the Dead

 A spirited crowd welcomed author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier to the Twin Cities the other week.  Tweens in family and class groups filled a large university auditorium, excited to meet the popular, award-winning cartoonist, on national tour to promote her brand-new graphic … Continue reading

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School Days vs. Labor Days

Is that alarm clock set to go off for school or work?  And how do the young people in your life feel, come September, when they answer that question?  Here in the U.S., Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end … Continue reading

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