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Category Archives: picture books
Welcome, ghouls and banshees, to Halloween Month at Postcards from La-La Land! This month, I am focusing on twisted myths and scary fairy tales, hunting for the horrifying hearts of our favorite bedtime stories. There will be posts on petrifying … Continue reading
As I mentioned the one other time I got political on this blog…I don’t usually get political on this blog. I usually keep La La Land and Washington very separate. But once in a while, a thing happens that deserves … Continue reading
Back in 2013, I wrote a post on some of my favorite Lithuanian children’s stories. Today, in honor of the March 11, 1990 re-establishment of Lithuanian independence (Yep, Lithuania actually has two independence days! 😀 ), which re-asserted the Declaration … Continue reading
Back in 2013-2014, I was a contributor to the Insatiable Booksluts blog, which specialized in small-press literature reviews, Reading Rages™, and other fun and snark-tastic book-related business (I never did master Susie’s particularly awesome brand of snark myself). It’s one of … Continue reading
Today’s round of picture books comes from the land of out there… a land of whimsy and silliness, where bears look to “find themselves” in enchanted forests; where goons in tombs fish in black lagoons; where gnomes compete for the best beard style; babies … Continue reading
It’s time once again for the year-end review! Since I’ve been reading a lot of short stories this year, I’ve given them their own section. Favorite Books – Click each cover to see my review. Select Favorite … Continue reading
Two local libraries had displays of picture books retelling folk and fairytales, so of course I had to get on that! Baba Wagué Diakité. The Magic Gourd. New York: Scholastic, 2003. In a time of drought and famine, Brother Rabbit keeps … Continue reading
Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box. Illus. James E. Ransome. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2015. It’s interesting how timely this story still is, with voting rights being discussed in Congress and in the … Continue reading
Three years ago, before Fairy Tale Comics, there appeared in the folklore-themed-comicsphere… What I love about this collection is that the illustrators treat the rhymes like little stories, following the original words but interpreting them in different ways. It’s “not a parody … Continue reading