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22 January 2009 @ 02:05 pm
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Bowing to public pressure, I've been concentrating on Caldecott and Printz possibles this week.  And I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that

MOST PICTURE BOOKS ARE TERRIBLE

as both literature and art.

Also,

DO NOT WRITE IN RHYME UNLESS YOU ARE DR. SEUSS.

That is all.

Am dying to post my ALA award predictions, and I'm almost there, but I can't in good conscience until I finish up with the last few books I already have.  Everyone ELSE is posting THEIRS, and I want to do it, too.

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aetheraaethera on January 22nd, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
If you haven't seen it before, I highly, highly recommend Shaun Tan's "The Arrival". "Picture book" seems like a weird label for a book with such complex themes.
Thane of Cawdordelphica on January 22nd, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I will confess that I mostly wanted you to do Caldecott this week so that I could just see what you thought instead of doing it myself.
when she smiles it's like a revelation: Kidlit - Cowboy & Octopusfox1013 on January 22nd, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
:(

Which picturebooks have you been looking at?
Wendy Bdymphna79 on January 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Too many to list, really. I'm getting them from Betsy Bird's list of mock Caldecott contenders and Goodreads.

I haven't kept detailed notes, but a couple of ones I hated were If Animals Kissed Goodnight and Will Sheila Share. Most I thought were sort of lackluster. So many of them were teaching a lesson. I was really disappointed in A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, which sounded great, but I thought it was boring.
a jar with a heavy lidamojojo on January 22nd, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Look for books illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. She's the best.
satyridaesatyridae on January 23rd, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I concur- Shaun Tan's The Arrival is not to be missed. Also, The Letter Home by Timothy Decker.
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