#BookReview

Babette Cole’s Mummy Never Told Me

Mummy Never Told Me (2003) was written and illustrate by the prolific Babette Cole and published in the UK by Jonathon Cape. The story and illustrations are outrageous but oddly charming like much of Cole’s work. This narrative is told from the point-of-view of a curious little boy who realizes […]

Snapshots of LGBTQ Kid Lit

Hi everyone! I am writing a book about LGBTQ* children’s picture books that’s undercontract with the University Press of Mississippi. My focus is on post-2000 publications, but I am creating, reading, and analyzing an archive of English language books that explore LGBTQ* themes beginning with Jane Severance’s 1979 publication, When […]

Ruth Lehrer’s Being Fishkill

Ruth Lehrer’s gritty realism is reminiscent of Dorothy Allison, as is her exploration of poverty, abuse, neglect, miraculously strong girls, and the failure and promise of family. But, Lehrer’s pace and unrelentingly complicated descriptions of young teen subjectivity set Bring Fishkill firmly within the field of YA literature. *A few […]

Christine Emery’s The Black Cloud Blues

Written by Christine A. Emery and illustrated by Kellie R. Emery, The Black Cloud Blues does the important work of acknowledging childhood depression. In doing so it makes a valuable contribution to children’s literature. Kellie Emery’s deliberate illustrations provide access to the unnamed narrator’s feelings as he takes readers on […]

Terry Lynn Johnson’s Lost!

Terry Lynn Johnson’s Lost! is the first book in the Survivor Diaries series. Two recently introduced children vacationing with their families at a resort in Costa Rica get lost in the rainforest. They survive through will, wit, and a little luck. In the first chapter, one of the two protagonists, […]