Journey

Journey By Aaron Becker Candlewick Press, 2013 40 pages Wordless picture books fascinate me. Perhaps because words are my "thing," I'm somewhat in awe of someone who can tell a story - a fully-realized, rich, deep story - without them. I didn't read (is that the right term?) wordless picture books as a kid. In … Continue reading Journey

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Super Secondaries: The Women of Bone

Bone by Jeff Smith Graphix/Cartoon Books 11 volumes If ever there was a graphic-novel epic, Bone is it. This fantasy saga spans nine main volumes, plus two prequels. It's a true Tolkienesque fantasy, complete with a fully realized universe, gripping action, and a nail-biting quest for truth and victory over cataclysmic evil. Bone is primarily … Continue reading Super Secondaries: The Women of Bone

Super Secondaries: The Women (and Girls) of Harry Potter

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling; ill. by Mary GrandPre Scholastic Shortly after I started writing this blog, I had an idea for a series: something that would recognize books with strong female secondary characters. After all, girls don't always read books about girls--nor should they. But we can still steer them to books with … Continue reading Super Secondaries: The Women (and Girls) of Harry Potter

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente; ill. Ana Juan Feiwel and Friends, 2011 247 pages Women and girls are survivors. Throughout history, across the world, we've been systematically oppressed, brutalized, and marginalized--yet here we are. We still make up the majority of the world's population. … Continue reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making