A haunting and lyrical book about coming of age as a hermit in Vermont after a college basketball accident that left the author blind in one eye. Very internal, but worth it.
P. Zonka Lays an Egg, by Julie Paschkis
Such an incredibly vibrant picture book about a very special chicken. Turned out to be an Easter book. Good times.
Tangled Threads, by Jennifer Estep
Glad to be back into this series. For all its flawed popcorn aspects, it also has some very strong themes of family and loyalty. I like those parts a lot.
The Weapon of a Jedi, by Jason Fry
Luke Skywalker adventuring on a planet, in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Pretty predictable and workaday, but still fun. Gave it to my nephew, who was thrilled.
Madeline's Christmas, by Ludwig Bemelmans (reread)
I loved the Madeline books when I was a kid, so I thought I would reread this one. It was more chaotic and less appealing than I remembered... still good though.
Only Child, edited by Deborah Siegel and Daphne Uviller
A wide assortment of well-written essays on the topic of being an only child. Good range of subjects and tones. As the oldest of four siblings, I've always had a fascination with what being an only child is like.
Emily's Balloon, by Komako Sakai
Sweet, wistful (albeit with a happy ending). The titular kid has a different name than in the Japanese version, which I thought was a puzzling translation choice.
Yak and Gnu, by Juliette MacIver
SO fun. Quite nonsensical story about a yak and a gnu boating around and meeting up with various other animals. What made it remarkable was the perfect rhyme and meter - playful, predictable, and exciting. Like Edward Lear. Brilliant!