But I wanted to recommend some great books I've read recently. One picture book, one middle grade and one teen (or young adult).
These three books each have two things in common:
Unique idea and unique execution of the idea.
A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE
This book won the Caldecottt medal last year (for best illustrated picture book) and I only read it a few weeks ago. I hate when I wait so long to read something so good, but at least I finally got to read it! It is so adorable!
|Do you suppose they would deal me in?|
Such a lovely idea, the animals coming to make Amos feel better, since he is always there for them. And look at the trailer:
What a lovely way of illustrating such a sweet book. (And I love that the video has the real voice of the illustrator. I would have loved to see her at work on the book!)
Great, great book. Well done, Philip and Erin.
My middle grade selection is:
|The cover is great, but the story inside is even better.|
And check out its trailer:
Yes. Just awesome.
My young adult pick is:
|Why did I wait so long to read this??|
This book is so good. It is based on Celtic folklore, but Maggie Stiefvater does her own take with the mythology of the water horse, which makes it unusual and thrilling. And the dual narration--I swear I could hear Sean and Puck's voice in my head so, so clearly. My only regret it that I waited until the Spring to read it. How I would have loved to curl up with it in front of an Autumn fire.
And check out the trailer for this one. Maggie did the art and the music...and I think the cinematography, too. It makes more sense if you know what happens in the book, but it certainly makes a person curious to know what that shell means and all.
What I love about the three of these books is that each of the authors (and artists) did things their own way. They didn't follow a trend, the told a story that needed telling--a story that had yet to be told.
And folks, I loved these books.
Well worth your time.
Any other book recs?