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website: Isabelle Malenfant

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks

Leather Shoe Charlie

"In a small village in England," Charlie's grandfather, a cobbler, made Charlie a pair of leather shoes. "The shoes were well made and comfortable, and Charlie was proud of them." 

When Charlie and his brother were young boys, they moved with their parents to work in a city textile factory. 

Gyeong-hwa Kim tells the story of Britain's Industrial Revolution, with its polluted air, and harsh working conditions for children and adults alike. It is also a story of a sacrifice that Charlie is willing to make for his sick mother.

Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso, the book has a handsome cubist/constructivist style reminiscent of Marc Chagall

With a map of the global economy and a timeline of events, Leather Shoe Charlie works as both a picture book and a history book, with present-day relevance.

PAPERBACK; Published: 2/18/2017ISBN: 978-0-8028-5473-536 PagesTrim Size, in inches: 10.5" x 9"Ages 6-10
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Daniel Finds a Poem

He looks up in surprise when he hears Spider say, "To me, poetry is when morning dew glistens." 

Daniel Finds a Poemby Micha Archer is a lovely book about a boy hearing poetry in the park. I love Daniel's expressions of awe, as each animal speaks to him.

Made with oil paint and collage, the illustrations have wrinkles and paper edges so crisp that you have to touch the pages to make sure they're only two-dimensional.

So, just when is Father's Day 2017?

Well, it depends on where you live:

In the US it's the third Sunday in June—this year, June 18th.

Back cover sketch for Lily's Cat MaskBuy a copy right here!

The Blue Hour

Coming 2/20/2017ISBN: 978-0-8028-5488-942 Pages 9" x 12.75"Ages 4 to 8

I've heard that the color blue, across all cultures, is the last color to be defined. Could that be because it is all around us in so many different hues? 
Isabelle Simler's The Blue Hour is a gorgeous study of blue in its many natural manifestations. Front pages are lined with dots of cerulean, periwinkle, cyan, and many other hues. Spreads are devoted to blue birds, sea creatures, foxes, frogs, a snake, insects, flowers, and mountains against a twilight sky. 

"Little blue herons stand motionless…blue monkeys go quiet…" The serene tempo makes The Blue Hour a tranquil bedtime book, even as the ocean and jungles are full of menace and mystery. The last spread shows a full moon with many of the same animals silhouetted against a starry indigo (or is that navy?). A world map at the back shows where each animal lives, making it perfect for older readers wanting more information. 

I received an F…