Who needs underwear anyway??

In honor of the fact that it is 105° F in Portland today, I had my hair cut off ala Jamie Lee Curtis and am hiding in the one air-conditioned room in the house (which, lucky me, happens to be my little writing room). While I hide, I’m picking favorites off the shelf and thumbing through them. It’s not the kind of day where I have the energy or concentration to actually READ said books, just peruse them.

The image I’m posting is from one of my very favorite picture books: The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Marc Simont (love, Love, LOVE him!) and edited by genius Charlotte Zolotow, Harper Collins, 1982.

This is one of a few picture books that make me laugh out loud.

Book Review – The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, Drawings by David Small (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008).

 Poetic thread by poetic thread, Kathi Appelt weaves a spellbinding tale of hatred and love, pain and loss, fear and redemption. This was a re-read for me, as I couldn’t take it all in the first time around. For someone like me, who cannot bear the sight of a squashed squirrel in the street, it took the lull of Kathi’s mesmerizing prose to lure me into the story—and then, as though caught in quicksand, I was trapped within the tapestry of this mythical tale, along with Gar Face, Ranger, Grandmother, the Alligator King and the kittens. A rare and beautiful read—a classic.

David Small’s masterful illustrations offer a spare and sensitive counterpoint to the lush, descriptive prose.