Review: Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child
by Jessie Hartland
Rating: ****
Read 8/20/2013

Arrrrgh, present tense! There’s no need for it here, and it kept taking me out of the book. The story is done well, with all sorts of kid-friendly facts. The illustrations are stellar, a little rough, a little giddy, and just perfect for Julia Child. Very enjoyable, indeed. This would be a fun read-aloud with a slightly older child, one who can be trusted with a sharp knife. From this book straight into the kitchen.

Review: Falcon by Tim Jessell

by Tim Jessell
Rating: ****
Read 7/7/2013

Simply lovely paintings of a falcon doing falcony things- soaring, diving, perching, flying. The text is spare and clean, the real strength here is the art. It’s quite obvious that Jessell has spent a lot of time in the company of falcons, and his ability to depict them in motion is breathtaking. I wish I’d had this book to read when my son was small, he would have adored it. I think he will adore it now, just not from my lap.


Review: Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters
by K.G. Campbell
Rating: ****
Read 7/7/2013

Oh, this was a fun book! I am in love with the dog who is drawn with the cutest expressions. The drawings are whimsical and weird, the story is odd and inventive. I could read this one out loud over and over again. From the beginning, where Lester measures his socks to make sure they are even, to the end, when Cousin Clara finds her people, it’s just an unmitigated delight. There is also plenty to look at on every page, which practically guarantees success at bedtime. Lester is a quirky and interesting kid who clearly has enough backstory to support several more books, and I hope K.G. gets right on that.