Two New Picture Books for the Traveling Reader
- Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely it starts going backward? On this boring car ride, a boy and his family travel back in time, visiting cowboys, pirates, dinosaurs, and more! And since time flies when you’re having fun, the boy is hurtled forward into the future–complete with robots and flying cars. But no matter how much fun distractions can be, the boy must learn to appreciate the present to reach his ultimate destination: his grandmother’s house.
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- If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley
Magnolia, the star of Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!, and her multiracial family are beach-bound, and Magnolia insists on bringing the family piano. Before long, the piano has smooshed their lunch, gotten covered in seagull droppings, and floated off into the water. A situation this off-kilter requires a solution to match—fishing pole to the rescue!—and even that leads to more surprises. Magnolia’s wiser-than-thou narration and Parsley’s energetic illustrations are in perfect comic sync, though no words are needed for a misanthropically hilarious scene of Magnolia and her piano being attacked by hungry seagulls.
150 Years of Alice
2015 marked the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. And we're almost halfway through 2016. No, I'm not late, late for a very important date. I purposely postponed this post to coincide with the big screen release of Alice Through the Looking Glass! In this sequel to Disney's 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland (and travels back in time) to save the Mad Hatter. The original star-studded cast returns -- Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Mia Wasikowska -- plus Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. If you go to see it, prepare yourself for "visual extravagance" and extreme quirkiness.
AWESOME ALICE BONUS FROM BRITISH LIBRARY!
Want to flip through the original, hand-penned and illustrated manuscript? You can read it AND hear it when you visit Alice's Adventures Under Ground.