I went on a book hunting expedition, yes … at the library! I am very happy that most of the titles nominated for the Fiction Picture Book Category in Cybils could be found in our amazing libraries here in Singapore. Here are a few that I am excited to read and review in the next few days.
I am so doing a Jon Klassen special one of these Mondays: House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, and This is not my Hat by Klassen.
All these four glorious titles have also been nominated for the Cybils: Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer, Nightsong by Ari Berk and Loren Long, Ballywhinney Girl by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. Lots of great books published in 2012!
… and a few other books that spoke to me …
Two of these books have nothing to do with Cybils but I just couldn’t resist taking them from the book shelves and bringing them home with me. They are way too enchanting!
And because I am an avid (or should I say rabid) fan of the TV series, Spartacus, my eye was caught by Etienne Delessert’s Spartacus, the Spider. I also found the book cover of The Rumor by Monique Felix very intriguing. And since I am a Norton Juster fan, I had to borrow Neville as illustrated by G. Brian Karas, the latter happens to be nominated for the 2012 Fiction Picture Book category!
Ok, now I have to admit I went a little crazy here. I am just glad that we have three library cards in all so I managed to borrow all of these books except for three which I read and reviewed while I was at the library (I’m hardcore that way). Almost all of the titles here have been nominated for Cybils Fiction Picture books in 2012, and a few more that I just grabbed off the shelves because they whispered to my ears.
Now how can I possibly resist this: The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges and illustrated by Peter Sis.
Word of the day: Chimaera. Phantasm. Perhaps we’d devote a bimonthly theme to imaginary beings, beasts and monsters.
Love for James Patterson
My daughter also received a voucher from Popular Bookstore here in Singapore – a lovely present from one of her godfathers (she has twenty pairs of godparents in all – 40 fairly-odd-parents, yes). And this is what she got from that voucher: I Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.