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Lion Practice by Emma Carlisle

Love the defiant but lovable Laura in Lion Practice. has a gem of a book.

Draw with Marta Altés

If you are interested in getting your kids into art and immersed in a bit of art history, it's time they got some coaching from a true artist. Marta Altés is an author and illustrator from Barcelona (one of my favourite cities in the world) and currently based in London. Draw With Marta Altésis an interactive sticker and drawing book that is not just fun (and funny) but could be the magic potion in inspiring your kids to loving art and (dare I say it) becoming creative. The importance of this should not be understated. We live in a culture and time where the overwhelming focus is on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education; but art and drawing has tremendous value, as Sandra Crosser has stated:
"The simple act of drawing does indeed play an important role in a child's physical, emotional, and cognitive development. Like no other activity, drawing allows young children to express emotions, experience autonomy, and build confidence."
To that end, Draw Wit…

101 Artists To Listen To

Music with eclectic taste and illustrations to match. Where else would you find a list that includes everything from Bollywood, to The Beatles, to The Black Keys? 

Ricardo Cavolo is not a music writer. Nor is he a music critic or journalist. What he is, is a music onlooker. This diary celebrates his love of music, and represents a wonderful visual history.

The best way I could review this is through snapshots of the book. 

101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die by Robert Cavolo will be a book you flip through over and over again, in those quiet soulful moments. 




Lost in NYC by Nadja Spiegelman & Sergio Garcia Sanchez

An unforgettable train ride leads to an adventure that's these middle graders won't soon forget. It's a school trip heading to the Empire State Building, and they're set to learn a bit more about the subway along the way. And, boy do they! 

There are no shortage of facts about the New York Subway. 

Do you know why many platforms and tracks on the New York subway get some daylight...and sometimes even rain? The answer has to do with opening the streets like Broadway and digging a trench close to the subway. 

Lost in NYC is a book 
crammed with 
information, 
graphical brilliance, 
and above all, 
great storytelling. 

Curiosity lovers and history buffs will revel in the knowledgeable tidbits about the New York Subway system. Graphic novel enthusiasts will fall in love with the complex graphical layout of the novel. 

Lost In NYC is a gem amongst graphical novels. How could it not be. Visually stunning layers of graphical elements entertain us, just as 
as much as they inform and mov…

House Arrest by K.A.Holt

Boys don't write in journals unless they've been court-ordered.

That's how Week 1 starts in House Arrest, a book by K.A.Holt.
One year. One journal. One path to redemption.
That is the deal for Timothy. 
Who finds himself  in this precarious situation  Because of a stupid act, of kindness.  He was only trying to help, that's all. He knows now that it was the opposite of help. He's not sorry though. Just sorry he got caught. Because it would have helped. He knows it would have.
He was trying to do it for Levi, his baby brother. That wallet that cost him his freedom would have helped with Levi's medication for one month. Timothy made it one and a half days  Before he was caught.
House Arrest is narrated in verse.
Hence the attempt at this unusual review.
But with this book
It works. 
Beautifully.
Perfectly. 
Powerfully.
Taking us deep into this young boy's thoughts.

Middle graders will love this book.
Heck, I loved this book.
Arresting.
Insightful.
Revealing the flaws in the system.

House Arrest…

Dream On Amber by Emma Shevah

What's it like growing up half-Japanese, half-Italian with a seemingly complicated name (Ambra Alessandra Leola Kimko Miyamoto), and also dealing with the reality that your dad's not around? Ambra knows. Okay, let's call her Amber (since she prefers that anyway). Well, Amber definitely has a lot to deal with. With a touch of passive aggressiveness in her, she tackles life one bite-sized piece at a time, always thinking and contemplating. She also loves drawing and likes to play the good big sister, watching out for little Bella (although that seemingly never goes in her favour and gets her into trouble sometimes).

She misses her dad (who left when she was little) and the consensus seems to be that he's not coming back anytime soon. Her mom doesn't like to talk about him and when Amber brings it up, her mom makes a face and says "It's complicated!" (End of conversation.) This just makes the situation more mysterious for Amber and even though she doesn&#…