Sunday, December 21, 2008

Question of the week: Whats on your bookshelf?

Anna: I am presently admiring How the Mouse Was Hit on the Head by a Stone and So Discovered the World by Etienne Delessert. It was a book I loved as a kid and recently rediscovered. I love re-reading books from childhood, I can remember pouring over the illustrations and wanting to hear the story over and over again.

Grace: I am so in love/envy of the picturebook The Pet Dragon. It's an introduction to Chinese characters using an adventure story about a girl and her runaway pet dragon. It is the best book I have ever seen to get kids interested and excited about Chinese calligraphy; I wish so much I had thought of it.

Elaine: I loved Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—and I like all of his poems that I have read on the Internet. I decided to buy three of his poetry books for myself for Christmas: First Indian on the Moon, Old Shirts & New Shirts, and One Stick Song. They were delivered this week—along with Calvin Trillin’s Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme.

Calvin Trillin writes political verse for The Nation. Here’s a link to my Wild Rose Reader post Deciding the Next Decider--and Other Political Verse by Calvin Trillin. The post includes an excerpt from Trillin’s book—as well as links to some of the political verse he wrote for The Nation and to a video of his appearance on The Daily Show.


Elaine Magliaro said...


I love THE PET DRAGON, too. I'm hoping to write a review of the book for Wild Rose Reader in January.

Have much snow where you are? We've got plenty here--and it's snowing again this morning!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Currently reading MASTERPIECE by Elise Broach. It's about a boy, a beetle and the art world - lots of fun.