I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock

This is a book I found on the shelf at our public library. No recommendation, no previous knowledge of the author, just pure luck.

Quick review from here:
When Simon’s older sister, Adèle, picks him up from school, he has his hat and gloves and scarf and sweater, his coat and knapsack and books and crayons, and a drawing of a cat he made that morning. Adèle makes Simon promise to try not to lose anything. But as they make their way home, distractions cause Simon to leave something behind at every stop. What will they tell their mother?
Detailed pen-and-ink drawings – filled with soft watercolors – make a game of this unforgettable tour through the streets and scenes of early-twentieth-century Paris. Illustrated endpapers extend the fun by replicating a 1907 Baedeker map of Paris.
The illustrations found in this book are divine. I had as much fun perusing them as the kids did. (Maybe more? Shhh...) As Simon loses each item it is hidden among the Parisian backdrop - made for a very fun "where's Waldo" type search for Beck and Evie.

1 comment:

  1. I nearly picked this one up last week--now wish I had! We always loved The Battle of Luke & Long-Nose by her. Beautiful and great fun.