The Edmond Sun

November 20, 2012

11-21 Good Reads


Special to The Sun


Fans of illustrator Mary Blair will cherish this never-before-published treasury of her Golden Books, which includes material that hasn’t been in print in decades.

“I Can Fly” is here in its unabridged glory, as are “Baby’s House,” “The Up and Down Book,” and “The Golden Book of Little Verses.”

Many of the finest pages from “The New Golden Song Book” are included, to round out this collection. All of the original artwork has been digitally reproduced.

Academy Award-winning animator John Canemaker — author of “The Art and Flair of Mary Blair” — wrote the foreword for this book honoring one of the most beloved illustrators of our time.

Mary Blair (1911-78) is revered in both the children’s animation and illustration industries. For nearly four decades, she was involved with many important Disney projects. She created the concept paintings for the animated films “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland,” and designed the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair exhibit “It’s a Small World.” Blair illustrated only a few picture books, but they include one of the best-loved classic Little Golden Books: “I Can Fly.”

Ages 3-6.



Originally published by Knopf in 1976 (with illustrations by Jacqueline Chwast), this poem, — an exuberant celebration of hand-me-down clothes — is just as relevant and accessible today as it was 30 years ago.

Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman offers a bouncy, fun-to-read-aloud text and a refreshingly agreeable, resourceful protagonist who likes old clothes for their “history” and “mystery.”

Illustrator Patrice Barton brings new, contemporary life to the poem, with an adorable little girl and her younger brother playing dress-up, making crafts, and happily treasuring their hand-me-downs.

This celebration of creativity, imaginative play and beloved hand-me-down clothes is fun and kid-friendly, with an underlying message of recycling and re-use.

Ages 5-8.



Renowned paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker and paleoartist Luis V. Rey combine forces in this hardcover omnibus of three dino-centric Picturebacks, available for the first time in 3-D.

The dynamic dinos in “Dinosaurs!”, “Prehistoric Monsters!,” and “Dino Babies!” have always looked like they could jump off the printed pages — and now they can.

Watch as a spiked stegosaurus tail whips off the page and scores a direct hit into an allosaurus, or a pack of raptors leap onto the back of an unsuspecting tenontosaurus, or a squealing baby titanosaur hatches from an egg and is greeted by its giant mother.

Complete with a pair of 3-D glasses that fold into a reusable storage case, “Dinosaurs: In Your Face!” makes a great gift for kids who like their science with a little action.

Dr. Robert T. Bakker is one of the most respected vertebrate paleontologists in the world. Often credited with starting the “Dinosaur Renaissance,” he is curator of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Luis V. Rey is the winner of the 2008 Lazendorf PaleoArt Award — the most prestigious international award recognizing achievement in paleontological scientific illustration.

Ages 3-7.



The rich stew of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ creations — SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds — are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to outrun their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become.

Each has landed in a more “normal” place and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can’t be covered up, they can ever really fit into “normal.”

Ages 14 and up.



Ginny has big plans for eighth grade. She’s going to try out for cheerleading, join Virtual Vampire Vixens, and maybe even fall in love.

But middle school is more of a roller-coaster ride than Ginny could have ever predicted. Her family has just moved into a fancy new house when Ginny’s stepdad loses his job. (Can worrying about money make you sick?).

Ginny’s big brother keeps getting into trouble. And there’s a new baby on the way.

Filled with Post-its, journal entries, grocery lists, hand-drawn comic strips, report cards, IMs, notes, and more, “Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick” is the sometimes poignant, often hilarious, always relatable look at a year in the life of one girl, told entirely through her stuff.

Jennifer L. Holm is the author of three Newbery Honor Books — “Our Only May Amelia,” “Penny From Heaven,” and “Turtle in Paradise” — as well as the Babymouse and Squish series, which she collaborates with her brother Matthew Holm.

Ages 8-12.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books” and/or “I Like Old Clothes” and/or “Dinosaurs: In Your Face!.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Nov. 26. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.