Book Finds: In The Night Kitchen

I used to check this book out of the library frequently when my son was younger. I think he liked the big pictures and the playful, dreamlike quality of the story. I have read it to him before bed dozens of times at least. So when I saw a copy at the library sale I knew I had to pick it up.

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Book Finds: The Tree of Here by Chaim Potok (Tony Auth, illustrator)

Perhaps the wistfulness and oddness feel different two decades later. In fact, I like how it is rather odd (with a comic book feel to the illustrations on some pages and more traditional illustrations on others). The story is meandering and messy rather than direct, neat and clean. Maybe the fact that it only cost me a dollar lowered my expectations. Who knows exactly, but I enjoyed reading it and found it worth owning.

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The Nutcracker – E. T. A. Hoffman, Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

My continuing obsession fascination with the illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger connected with my daughter’s interest in The Nutcracker and led to my doing something I hadn’t done before: buy one of her books new.  I was tempted into buying this version of The Nutcracker which offers E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic story retold by Susanne Koppe and illustrated by my girl Zwerger. For nearly two hundred years, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of the Nutcracker has enchanted readers, inspired...

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The Nutcracker – E. T. A. Hoffman, Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

My continuing obsession fascination with the illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger connected with my daughter’s interest in The Nutcracker and led to my doing something I hadn’t done before: buy one of her books new.  I was tempted into buying this version of The Nutcracker which offers E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic story retold by Susanne Koppe and illustrated by my girl Zwerger. For nearly two hundred years, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of the Nutcracker has enchanted readers, inspired...

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The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson, Jon J Muth (illustrator)

Merry Christmas Everyone! I thought I might take a moment today to share a book I bought this year.  I am a big fan of Jon J. Muth. We have a number of his books and my children particularly enjoy reading his zen stories featuring Stillwater the panda (Zen Shorts, Zen Ties & Zen Ghosts). So when I stumbled upon The Christmas Magic while out shopping I knew I had to get it. And rather than wrap it as a gift I brought it home and we read it for bedtime stories in preparation for...

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