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Author: Jack Barger (Jack Barger)

The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

THE SCARECROW. Written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by the Fan Brothers. Harper. $18.99. “Autumn sunshine. Haystacks rolled. Scarecrow guards the fields of gold.” Ferry uses terse verse to tell this story of a lonely scarecrow who has done his job a little too well. Through the seasons, the animals stay away from him in...

September 26, 2019September 26, 2019
The Farmer

The Farmer

THE FARMER. Written and illustrated by Ximo Abadia. Holiday House. $17.99. Ximo Abadia is a Spanish author and illustrator of children’s books, graphic novels, and comics. This simple book features a joyous farmer as he goes about his chores to bring forth a new crop. Dressed in a black top hat, a blue and white...

August 22, 2019August 22, 2019
Music for Mister Moon

Music for Mister Moon

MUSIC FOR MISTER MOON. Written by Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Neal Porter Books. $18.99. Harriet Henry loves to play her cello, but not for audiences. Just the thought makes her hot and sweaty. Instead, she imagines her room into a cozy house with a table, chair, fireplace, and her teacup—a perfect...

July 29, 2019July 29, 2019
It’s a Wrap on Mazza Summer Conference 2019

It’s a Wrap on Mazza Summer Conference 2019

The campus of University of Findlay was abuzz with child-like excitement recently, as the Mazza Museum’s Summer Conference was held on July 15th through the 17th. The three-day conference where teachers, librarians, and book lovers partake in educational and engaging presentations from some of the top authors and illustrators in the picture book industry, included...

July 18, 2019July 18, 2019
Laiho Rotation: Matthew Reinhart

Laiho Rotation: Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart is arguably the most prolific Paper Engineering Artist in the picture book industry. His gravity-defying pop-ups are sought out by the most recognizable brands in the world. From My Little Pony to The Walking Dead, Matthew continues to delight his fans with every turn of the page. When it came time to relocate from New...

June 21, 2019June 21, 2019
BIG CAT

BIG CAT

BIG CAT. Written and illustrated by Emma Lazell. Pavilion. $16.95. A little girl and her grandmother are busy looking for Grandma’s lost glasses when a new cat arrives on the scene. Grandma, who can’t see without her glasses, thinks the new cat is “the cutest, prettiest, most handsome kitty cat,” not realizing that the cat...

June 20, 2019June 20, 2019