Fuse #8

Friday, January 12, 2007

Booklist Top of the Crop

We're not done yet. Get back here! No one is leaving the table until you sit down and devour one of the last of the Best Book Lists out there. Behold Booklist's Top Picks for 2006. In the youngster category, we have the following:

Youth Fiction
Anderson, M. T. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v.1: The Pox Party. Candlewick, $17.99 (0-7636-2402-0).

Youth Nonfiction
Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. National Geographic, $18.95 (0-7922-4173-8).

Youth Picture Book
Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Moon. Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson. Farrar, $16 (0-374-35046-9).

The Moon, eh? How's I miss this one? It got starred reviews from Booklist and SLJ. Has anyone seen this?

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At 3:13 AM , Blogger Elaine Magliaro said...

I've seen "The Moon"--but I doubt that it's seen me. Tracey Campbell Pearson, illustrator of the book, was one of the speakers at the Keene State College Children's Literature Festival last fall. She told the attendees about all the research she did for the book and about creating the paintings for Stevenson's poem--a project which took her about two years. "The Moon" is a lovely book. Best picture book of the year? That's hard to say.

At 10:43 AM , Blogger Adrienne said...

I just saw The Moon last week.

I really like the poem, and the illustrations are beautiful -- but I didn't feel like the poem worked well as a picture book. Broken up the way it was from page-to-page took the music out of it. Again, though, the illustrations are lovely.

At 11:20 AM , Blogger MotherReader said...

I really liked The Moon, but I also think it's an odd choice for picture book of the year. I liked the way the illustrator interpreted the poem with something that is a story in itself. (Then Daddy and Susie took a walk to explore the nighttime) But I guess it feels strange to me to award writer of a poem that was written long ago and then used in the picture book, as opposed to someone who sat down and wrote a picture book story. Does that make sense? Anyway, you should see the book, Fuse, it's purty.


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