Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PBD: Varmints


This dark picturebook from Helen Ward and Marc Craste is an allegory for urban plight and the challenges of environment protection. The award winning illustrations are subtlety rendered in dark hues and set the mood for the narrative. This book mends me of Marsden and Tan's book The Rabbits. Excellent!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

PBD: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan


Shaun Tan's new book Rules of Summer reminds me of every summer vacation with the other boys in my neighborhood. The book is a bout two brothers, but since I never had a brother my memories were drawn to the rules my friends and I made up every summer about crazy things. This delightfully illustrated book (all of Shaun's are) takes the reader back to summertime and shares with them the exploits of sibling rivalry and brotherly love.