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In This Book

In This Book
By Frani Marceau, illustrated by Joelle Jolivet
Chronicle Books, 2014

After hearing many good things about artist Joelle Jolivet, I looked up In This Book and discovered a concept book introducing the word “in”!   It contains 59 pages (much longer than America’s standard format of 32 pages) of big, beautiful colors.  Produced in an extra-large format, the book immerses a child in many large and small as well as common and unusual examples of “in”.

Familiar examples include, “I am in the nest, said the bird,” and “I am in the dark, said the child.”  An exciting—to a child—example includes, “I am in the hand, said the ladybug.” The book can gently open conservations with the child about things in their world including, “I am in the ground, said the seed,” and “I am in space, said the planet.”   A delightful book, rich with colors, new words, and concepts that stretch the imagination.

Young readers will enjoy the simple art of Joelle Jolivet, a best-selling illustrator who has exhibited all over the world.

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Boodil My Dog

Boodil My Dog
by Pija Lindenbaum (Sweden)
translated by Gabrielle Charbonnet
Henry Holt and Company, 1992

A hilarious and delightful read, Boodil’s owner is proud of her “perfect”, “protective” and “brilliant” bull terrier, but the illustrations tell us just the opposite.

The book opens with “This is Boodil, my dog. She’s sleeping in her favorite chair. My dad used to think it was his chair but he knows better now.” What we see is a chair with a blanket covering it, with the tip of a dog’s nose poking out from beneath the blanket. The next page says, “Her guard is never down.” And Boodil is asleep on the chair, offering her belly and so relaxed, her head almost reaches the floor, not exactly the pose of a guard dog. Each page shows absurd juxtaposition of illustrations and text. Written and illustrated by Pija Lindenbaum, Stockholm Sweden; Gabrielle Charbonnet translated this delightful story. Out of print, but available at many libraries and on Amazon.

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