Sunday, March 6, 2011
Two books in brief
by Tricia Tusa
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2011
Tusa's abstract text transports readers, bringing them on a colorful poetic journey. Her soft colors and cloudy textures create a sweet dreamy atmosphere that makes me want to lounge in a hammock under a tree while I languidly flip through the book time and time again.
Daphne's Diary of Daily Disasters: The Name Game!
by Marissa Moss
Simon & Schuster, July 2011
I grew up on Marissa Moss' Amelia books so I was excited to find Daphne's Diary of Daily Disasters in a box of ARCs. Not only that, but the bright, eye-catching colors, flocking, and colored pages make it a special book, one to carry around and read in public. With the recent Diary of a Wimpy Kid buzz, I think some people have forgotten that doodle diary books are not a new thing. It's wonderful to see new books by Moss. Her ability to combine humor with actual problems kids face makes for a good read. That, and who can say no to such a fabulous cover?