Monday, April 14, 2014

A Fantastic Katrina Story

It seems that everyone who lives on the Gulf coast has a Katrina story and I've heard many of them. Short of living through it though, you really have no sense of the destruction that came with this horrible storm. More than leveled buildings and flooded streets, Katrina destroyed and forever changed thousands of lives. Hurricane Boy, by Laura Roach Dragon, gives us a huge glimpse of the horrors that so many people endured both during and after Katrina. This book is compelling but also beautifully written. Her characters are vivid and full of life and I laughed, cried, and cheered with Hollis and his family. I loved this story!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Who's Afraid of the Dark?

One of my new favorite picture books is The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen. The story tells of Laszlo's fear of the dark in a most unique and intriguing way, helped along by some
splendid illustrations. My six year old son and I have read it probably fifty times and I marvel at it, each and every time. There is no being scared after this encounter with Dark. Definitely one of those books that I will give as gifts in the future. Thank you Mr. Snicket and Mr. Klassen for a new classic.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Another Author To Love

After I read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman a few months ago (which I could barely put down by the way), I wondered how I had not read any of his books before. I had seen the movie Coraline, but didn't realize at the time that it was based on a book, not that I would have known the name Neil Gaiman anyhow. The Graveyard Book has stayed with me the past few months and I think of it whenever I'm feeling that uncreative ogre try to push his way into my writing.

I finally picked up The Ocean At The End Of The Lane a couple of days ago and if I hadn't had to feed my family and provide them with some clean clothes, I could have finished it in one sitting. Alas, it took me two days instead, but I was equally in awe with this book as I had been with my first foray into Mr. Gaiman's stories.

Thank you Mr. Gaiman for giving us the gift of your words.