Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. Besides pursuing a BA in English literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern. Karuna is fond of tea, Korean […]
The perfect book for a rainy day, but also for an art lesson, a lazy afternoon, or a quiet classroom. Accompanied by a CD of original and evocative piano music, this is a book meant to be enjoyed by all people, connecting us through music and art and transcending language and cultural barriers. Readers, “lookers”, and listeners of all ages will love this slice of a rainy day.
This elegant wordless picture book is visually STUNNING. Each spread offers a bird’s eye view of a grey and gloomy day, as readers look down on a collection of colourful umbrellas that grows and grows with the addition of each new umbrella. We watch as the group of umbrellas makes its way through the city, spreading colour and joy everywhere it goes. Eventually, we discover that the wielders of the umbrellas are children making their merry way to school.
There really isn’t much more to the story, if indeed you can really call it a story – children walk through the city in the rain carrying colourful umbrellas. But the visuals are so lovely and so inviting that it really doesn’t feel like there’s anything missing, and the accompanying CD is absolutely magical, adding such life and dimension to the imagery. The piano music captures the essence of each spread, from the merry tinkling of raindrops to the rhythmic rolling of a passing train. The idea of pairing imagery with music is brilliant, and works beautifully here.
Yellow Umbrella is a beautifully soothing book filled with cheerful colours that really does make you feel happier just by looking at it! Perfectly suited to our seemingly never-ending rainy season here on the very wet coast.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news is: there’s an app for […]
Hardcover, 32 pages Published April 18th 2017 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher Ugh, this was so sweet. A father’s ode to his son, each verse dripping with feeling and promise. The art is just as uplifting. For all those dads who don’t have the words, Luke Reynolds has solved your problem. Express […]
Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats At Miss Hazeltine’s home for shy and fearful cats, strays and pets who have been labelled hopeless, worthless, or afraid of everything are taken in and gently, slowly rehabilitated. When disaster strikes Miss Hazeltine, will her timid, furry wards find the strength and courage to come to […]
So, technically this isn’t children’s literature? And by technically, I mean entirely: nothing about the packaging or marketing of this book is directed toward children. Fortunately, “children’s literature” as we know it began as a marketing ploy, and to a large extent the classification of this book as middle grade or that book as YA […]
Paperback, 24 pages Published by Mantra Records Source: Library I don’t suppose I need to say how important it is at this point in time to talk about Muslim books and people but I will anyway. Everything that is happening across the border is concerning and I don’t think I can overstate the importance of […]
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Janet I don’t need to say it, do I? I want more protagonists who are disabled, Indigenous, POC, or queer, written by #ownvoices authors. Beyond that, here’s what makes me want to pick up a book. Friendship. Seriously, well-developed friendships where both/all […]
[The Jumbies #2] Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious […]
NOTE: This is a re-post of an article I wrote for Book Riot that ran on March 23, 2017. As a kid in Hyderabad, my trips to Walden Books were a lot like my trips to bookstores now as an adult in Toronto: I went in primarily for something fun and tended to leave with something gory, […]
Board Book, 22 pages Published March 7th 2017 by Abrams Appleseed Source: Publisher These are books I received unsolicited and decided to highlight them because they are awesome. I don’t have enough time to give them individual reviews so here are two flyaway reviews: Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian by Brian Briggs Super cute. Super […]