The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce

So there’s apparently a lot of backstory to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore– that the book was written and then an iPad app created and a short film put out that won an Academy award- ironically all … Continue reading

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat, by Susanna Reich

I once was accused of being a francophile, as though I ought to be ashamed of being enamored with all things French- like I shouldn’t admire their style, romance, and sophistication. If the intention was to insult me, it wasn’t … Continue reading

Ten Favorite Alternative Princess Picture Books

First of all, I’d like to say Happy Hinamatsuri, which is Girls’ Day in Japan (and by extension, Hawaii). Every March 3rd, girls are honored and their health and happiness prayed for, and beautiful dolls are displayed to represent emperors … Continue reading

Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I don’t understand the indignation surrounding Valentine’s Day. Sure Hallmark is laughing all the way to the bank, but the very core of the holiday is sharing love. Why would we miss any occasion to say “I love you”? Doesn’t … Continue reading