Thursday, June 23, 2011

Todd Parr

I don't know what it is about Todd Parr's sweet, simple, funny books, but my family and I love them.

My daughter received THE FEEL GOOD BOOK as a gift several years ago, and it has remained one of our favorites--so much so that the binding is cracked, the pages torn . . . we all have a few of those books on our shelves, the ones bearing the scars of affection.

Most recently, we got our hands on THE GRANDMA BOOK, and once again Todd has done it again. His illustrations are colorful, childlike and fun in a Keith Haring kind of way. His message is clear--there are lots of cool grandmas in the world and they are all awesome. You can't help smiling and giggling throughout the story. Check out his website--I dare you not to smile!

If you need a little "happy" in your day, pick up a copy of THE GRANDMA BOOK (or any other book by Todd Parr--we like THE PEACE BOOK, too).

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today, and for those of you at ALA in New Orleans, have a blast!!

Elana Johnson adores Hourglass
Beth Revis has cover love for Incarnate
Shana Silver swoons over Supernaturally
Rosemary Clement-Moore jumps for Jinx
Stasia Ward Kehoe praises Possession
Gretchen McNeil is giddy about Moonglass


Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Have you ever read a book that was so good that you simultaneously couldn't wait to finish but didn't want the book to ever end? A book so good that when you finished it, you wanted to start reading it all over again? A book so well-written that you couldn't believe an adult could nail a kid's voice so perfectly? A book that made you laugh and cry (even if crying makes you a chump)?

A book that you wish you had written?

OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt was that book for me.

I read about this book first on Irene Latham's blog and then later on Elizabeth Bird's blog where she revealed her early picks for the Newbery Award, and after reading this book, I have a hard time believing that anyone will be able to beat it.

In OKAY FOR NOW, a young baseball-obsessed boy with a bad dad, a brother in Vietnam, another brother who's a jerk, and a mom with a beautiful smile, finds his own way as he delivers groceries in a small New York town. Best of all, the boy finds redemption and a means to express himself through artwork--inspired by a folio of Audobon's paintings--that is on display at the town's library.

OKAY FOR NOW is actually a sequel to Newbury Honor book THE WEDNESDAY WARS but don't worry if you haven't read that book--I haven't read it, and OKAY FOR NOW stands alone . . . but you can bet I'm on my way to pick up THE WEDNESDAY WARS in the next few days.

Check out what the other Bookanistas are reading:

Elana Johnson gushes over Blood Magic
LiLa Roecker adores Hourglass
Christine Fonseca sings high praises for Possess – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger applauds A Need So Beautiful – with giveaway
Megan Miranda has a passion for Possession
Carolina Valdez Miller sees beauty in Between Shades of Gray
Bethany Wiggins finds Bad Taste in Boys delicious
Shana Silver  celebrates A Need So Beautiful
Stasia Ward Kehoe delights in Delirium
Carrie Harris thinks Wrapped simply rocks
Rosemary Clement-Moore is giddy about Hourglass
Myra McEntire welcomes Blood Magic author Tessa Gratton into the Fort