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First of all, see those two spreads up there? They come from the mind and paintbrush of the staggeringly talented David Ezra Stein. Last week at Kirkus, I wrote about his newest picture book, Because Amelia Smiled (Candlewick, September 2012). That column is here, if you missed it. What I wrote, partly, is that this book made me smile, it even made me get all misty-eyed from happiness, it darn well made me glad to be alive, and it made me want to stand on the corner and hand a copy to everyone I see. Now, would you want to miss a book like that?
What about this morning? Well, over at the the Book Blog Network today, I write about Michael Ian Black’s I’m Bored, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. So funny, this book about ennui (which is, of course, really about so much more). That column is here today.
BECAUSE AMELIA SMILED. Copyright © 2012 by David Ezra Stein. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
I’M BORED. Copyright © 2012 by Michael Ian Black. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Illustration here reproduced by permission of the publisher, Simon & Schuster, New York.