Picking Blueberries for Winter so We Don’t Starve to Death

Long before Stephen King made IT cool to write stories set in Maine, there was Robert McCloskey, an Ohio author and illustrator who did all of his work from 1940 to 1970. He wrote a number of books, most famously about donuts and ducklings, but I'm going to talk about his 1943 Caldecott Honor book, … Continue reading Picking Blueberries for Winter so We Don’t Starve to Death

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Clifford the Big Red Lazily Written Menace to Society

There are a bunch of great stories written about dogs: Because of Winn-Dixie, Harry the Dirty Dog, The Call of the Wild, Old Yeller, The Poky Little Puppy. And then there's the series of books written about Clifford, the big red dog. These books are, how should I put this, very not good. Meet Emily Elizabeth. She has a dog. … Continue reading Clifford the Big Red Lazily Written Menace to Society

I’m Moving to Australia: Alexander and the Not So Good Day

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to go your way? Well, I hope you cherished it, because it will probably never happen again. Book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Author: Judith Viorst; Illustrator: Ray Cruz Year: 1972 Plot: A redhead named Alexander has (what he … Continue reading I’m Moving to Australia: Alexander and the Not So Good Day