Good morning, Jules,
I recently read Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout, Crocodile Tears by Alex Beard (how did I miss this last year) and cried last night when I read The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce.
Take care of yourself.
Good luck with all your work!! I’m currently reading Patten’s The Story Giant aloud with my little brother which is really good and I’m reading Cornelia Funke’s newest novel The Ghost Knight, I’m waiting to see if it will pick up because so far I’m kind of iffy on it. And we just read Michael Ian Black and Peter Brown’s The Purple Kangaroo which is was really funny and served as my little brother’s first cognizant intro into “meta-fiction” which was fun to explain.
Jules… I absolutely love your blog and have read it almost every single day for the past few years (with my afternoon cup of coffee, while my 2.5 year old is napping). I will miss you! On the bright side, this will give me a great chance to go back through your old old archives I haven’t read yet. Also I have a VERY good book I’m reading now… “Show Me a Story!” by Leonard Marcus. The interviews with illustrators are terrific, fun, and full of neat bits about their history, childhood, and beginnings in illlustration. I look forward to your book one of these days!
Last week I read two amazing books by the talented Leslie Connor:
Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel - a picture book beautifully illustrated by Mary Azarian- HMCo 2004; and Dead on Town Line, Penguin 2005. I was not able to put this book down, not even once, until I finished it!!!
I am also reading Children’s Picturebooks:The Art of Storytelling by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles. Laurence King Publishing 2012.