Staff Pick

Far above a city street, a wheelchair-bound girl peeks over her balcony to gaze upon the scene below. She can only see the tops of the pedestrians’ heads, and calls repeatedly for them to Look Up! (Holiday House, $16.95). The young girl’s calls are ignored until a boy finally spots her and responds. When he lies down on the sidewalk so that she can see his face, he begins to attract attention from those around him. When they realize what the boy is doing, nine other people (and a dog!) join him on the ground. Isolation turns to community as the girl and those below interact. Author/illustrator Jung Jin-Ho offers a unique perspective on loneliness, friendship, and the importance of being seen with visually sophisticated drawings and spare text that unite to leave a lasting impression. Ages 5-8.

Look Up! Cover Image
By Jin-Ho Jung, Mi Hyun Kim (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780823436521
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Holiday House - July 30th, 2016

Staff Pick

“Some pig!” famously declared Charlotte the spider in E.B. White’s classic novel Charlotte’s Web. Now, acclaimed author/illustrator Melissa Sweet admiringly proclaims that White was Some Writer! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99) in her picture-book biography of the beloved author. The cleverly executed scrapbook-like format allows room for photos, memorabilia, personal letters, and manuscripts, as well as numerous quotations that reveal White’s inner character. Tidbits such as how White added two eyes and three hairs to Garth Williams’s drawing of Charlotte to complete it, or how the story of Stuart Little came to White in a dream on a train, will make fans of all ages agree that this is some book! Ages 8 and up.

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544319592
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

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