This month, we mourn the loss of a favourite river and readjust after moving to the city, and learn how to add up life's ups and downs in new ways. We grow a walnut tree from a walnut gifted by an ailing grandfather, and go on a pilgrimage with a boy whose hunched back hides a beautiful secret. We oppose Senator McCarthy's witch hunts during the Red Scare in 1950s America. We learn that the news can be influenced by political expediency, reclaim a magical destiny for all women and fight behind a shield wall in 9th century Briton.
This month, our picture book panel tackles a colourful trio of books from Jim Averbeck, the Fan Brothers and Jillian Tamaki. We visit a family trapline with David A. Robertson, go up against an evil astrologer with Mahtab Narsimhan and experience life in a refugee camp with Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed.
Welcome to the February edition of Bookcase Bizarro!I'd been planning to profile middle grade graphic novelist, Jerry Craft, for Black History Month. A member of our regular picture book panel read Craft's New Kid and I wanted to include her in the review but we weren't able to 'meet' before the February edition of Bookcase … Continue reading Bookcase Bizarro Children’s Book Reviews: February 2022
Welcome to the January edition of Bookcase Bizarro! This month, we're back with board books by Richard Van Camp and Julia Donaldson: one pick for the very young and another for older readers. Our regular picture book column has expanded to three reviewers, so we now feature a children's writer, literacy tutor and early childhood … Continue reading Bookcase Bizarro Children’s Book Reviews: January 2022
Welcome to the December edition of Bookcase Bizarro! This month, we profile a couple of National Geographic Kids books, as well as board books by Ojibway artist Joseph Adair and author/illustrator Taro Gomi. We're back with our regular picture book and middle grade spotlights, as well as the Doug and Sheila Browne Books to Grow … Continue reading Bookcase Bizarro Children’s Book Reviews: December 2021