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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

It never won a single official children’s book award (not really) and yet it may well be the most famous Kevin Henkes book out there. Today we finally tackle it!

Review of the Day: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-226812-9 Ages 6-10 On shelves September 17th I don’t readily compare books to Ramona (now THERE’S a sentence opener, ladies and gentlemen). To compare any children’s book to Beverly Cleary’s classic series just leaves one wide open to ridicule. […]

Top 100 Picture Books #11: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

#11 Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (1996) 89 points I could make a top 10 list of Kevin Henkes titles. Love everything he does. But Lilly is one of the most unforgettable characters in children’s literature. And I believe many young girls may have been named after her. 🙂 – DeAnn Okamura It’s […]

Top 100 Picture Books #25: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

#25 Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2004) 59 points Now here is an interesting change!  The last time this particular Henkes title made the list I remember writing something along the lines of “The man has consistently produced good book after good book, but the problem is that people don’t always agree on […]

Top 100 Picture Books #66: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

#66 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991) 29 points The last time I conducted this poll we ended up with results for Kitten’s First Full Moon, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, even Chester’s Way but NOT Chrysanthemum.  That was shocking.  This time a great wrong has been righted.  Mum’s the word on whether or not the other […]

It’s Only a Matter of Time: Licensed Properties That Haven’t Made the Leap to Film

I can’t pinpoint what it was that made me think of this.  In this day and age with children’s picture book characters appearing as television and movie characters every other minute, to say nothing of the new deals being made with the names of classics we all grew up with, it’s a lot easier to […]

Video Sunday: “Give forth the name of this book, my good rat.”

I was pleased as punch when author/illustrator Stephen Savage told me that he’d like to film part of his book trailer for Where’s Walrus? in my children’s room at the main branch of New York Public Library.  If you’ve ever wondered what the interior of my children’s room looks like, this is a pretty good […]