November 21, 2017

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | January 2017

A number of classic tales lead the way this month, from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen to a new take on Pinocchio and more.

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by JooHee Yoon | SLJ Review

ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Steadfast Tin Soldier. retold and illus. by JooHee Yoon. 64p. Enchanted Lion. Nov. 2016. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9781592702022.

Gr 2-4 –The steadfast tin soldier has only one leg. There was not enough tin to fill the mold, but this soldier can stand just as well as the others. The soldier falls for a beautiful paper ballerina in the child’s playroom and catches the wrath of a frightening jack-in-the-box troll. This tale has love, envy, adventure, […]

Theatrical Reviews: The Snow Queen

I was trying to remember the last theater review I wrote for this site.  At first I thought it might be the review I did way way back in the day for the staged adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline where the main character was played by a heavyset middle aged woman (it worked quite well, […]

2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Shortlist Announced

The International Board on Books for Young People has announced the six authors and six illustrators eligible for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Pick of the Day: The Little Mermaid: A Pop-up Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale

Illustrations and pop-ups that sparkle with shimmering light and graceful motion characterize the latest title adapted by a master bookmaker.

Video Sunday: Ninjas, Snow Queens, and Faux Flash Mobs

Shout-out to my buddy Haddon Kime.  The man wrote the music and lyrics for a new musical version of The Snow Queen now playing at the San Jose Repertory Theatre with dreams of Broadway.  Years ago he created the opening music and words for my now long dead podcast.  It’s great seeing his star on the […]