ENVIABLE DICTION! Carl Tannenbaum shows how mushrooms can be magical using the written word: “Demand for workers has mushroomed as economies have reopened, but the pandemic is still limiting labor supply.”
Under the Great Plum Tree is a gateway book into the wonders of South Asian culture. Part of that wonder is what it ignores and what it amplifies. For example, linear perspective, or the artistic technique of creating the illusion of depth on a flat surface, is abandoned by illustrator Reza Dalvand. In its place, patterns and colors reign supreme, as they do in the Indo-Persian traditions that influenced the art for this work.
In the same way Dalvand honors the visual history of the area, author Sufiya Ahmed honors the oral history of the area. In a good way- think vintage, think retro- she pens a story that feels old, like it is the result of years and years of a literary process that feels geological. And yet it was published in 2019. When an author achieves this goal, you read it.
M.H. Clark’s words in All that I am read like a bedtime secular prayer. The illustrations by Laura Carlin feel like the dream that person praying encounters once they drift off to sleep.
In Ryan Higgins’ Mother Bruce, a gaggle of goslings mistake a male black bear for their mother. Through compromise and mutual accommodation, a unique family finds a way. Maybe it wasn’t a mistake after all.
With It Could Be Worse, now even kids can get their stoic on.
Jake likes the back of the classroom. Amongst desks, diverse faces and decorated walls, he can blend in, at least on most days. But today is not most days. Today is presentation day, and on presentation day, even the frightened face the spotlight. Those like Jake, who are not only shy, but have something to hide, proceed with caution. The slightest misstep could reveal big secrets. For Jake, that big secret is his fin, which he tapes down beneath his shirt to avoid embarrassment.
Yet despite the planning, missteps occur, and when they do, Jake must stand small or stand tall. By standing tall, he learns that confronting your insecurities shapes you more than a fin ever could. It also inspires others
In addition to complimenting your soggy second layer of Cheerios, this book will send you into space, underground, and through the tapestry of time in between. Along the way, anticipate encounters. Fellows will emerge that seem strange… they probably are. Other fellows will emerge that seem fine…they probably aren’t. My advice is this:
Avoid aliens and intergalactic criminals, especially the moody ones. Before boarding a train, confirm its destination. Dine with sasquatches, but don’t be their dinner. And finally, watch your spouse, your in-laws and your employees.
Everyone…and everything, is up to something.