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I’m looking for a book about… books, authors and illustrators

Posted on | November 12, 2012 | 8 Comments

Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature.

Every month I’ll be encouraging anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a resource for parents, teachers, carers, librarians looking for books by subject.

Old reviews, new reviews, and reviews for any age are welcome. You may also submit multiple reviews, as long as they are all relevant to this month’s theme.

This month’s theme is…

**books about books, about being an author or illustrator**

Louise Yates’ Dog Loves Books and Dog Loves Drawing are two perfect books about the joys of books and illustrating. Library Mice reviews them here and here. Further reviews from Library Mice include Again! by Emily Gravett, about a dragon who wants the same story again and again at bedtime, and two books aimed at adults about the power and joy of reading for children: The Reading Bug by Paul Jennings and The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac.

Ruth at Tidy Books also offers us a review of Dog Loves Books, and as she says, it is about the “romantic and idyllic reverse of the current trend of books being sold via relatively faceless mediums and without any personal interaction.

Semicolon introduces us to It’s Too Late Now, the autobiography of A.A. Milne. You can find out what surname Milne rather fancied using instead of Milne. I wonder if it will sound as odd to your ears as it does to mine!

The ever brilliant My Little Bookcase has a round up of no less than 28 picture books about books from Anthony Brown’s I Like Books to Lane Smith’s It’s a book (reviewed in this separate post). This list is a treat indeed. And if you need just a small extra sprinkling of loveliness, My Little Bookcase reviews The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Children Who Loved Books and Look, a Book! in a second post, and there’s a review of Barbara Lehman’s The Red Book here. I’m particularly fond of the latter, a wordless, very imaginative book.

Over at Did you ever stop to think & forget to start again? there’s a detailed and very enjoyable review of Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book by Lauren Child. “Child plays superbly with the concept of ownership of books and with the very concept of the book itself.

Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle and Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career are paired up at Fantastic Reads. “Both books are glorious. I recommend them as the stories of young writers growing up to readers of 12 plus.

Amy Seto Musser at Picture-Book-A-Day has 6 books about books to recommend to us. First up is Book Speak: Poems about Books by Laura Purdie Salas, Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon. The “poems are accompanied by colorful and lively collage illustrations. Together poems and pictures urge readers to find a new adventure within the pages of a book.“. Next is Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, a fascinating sounding book which sounds like it could be fun to play with around the dinner table as well as in the classroom. Mr. Zinger’s Hat by Cary Fagan, Illustrated by Dušan Petričić is about something even more magical than a rabbit coming out of a hat – yes, you guessed it – a story! Chester by Mélanie Watt, Will You Read to Me? by Denys Cazet and The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers also come with Amy’s recommendations and ideas for brining the stories to life with activities.



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8 Responses to “I’m looking for a book about… books, authors and illustrators”

  1. Jackie@My Little Bookcase
    November 12th, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    Dog Loves Books is such a sweet story. I haven’t read Dog Loves Drawing yet!

    There a lots of fun books about illustrating, but I haven’t reviewed any of them on MLB. I look forward to seeing what other bloggers link up
    Jackie@My Little Bookcase recently posted..The Children’s Bookshelf: Recycled Book Activities

  2. Library Mice
    November 12th, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I wasn’t sure whether the books I added fitted the theme really as they are more about becoming readers?!?
    There is a wonderful book called “Educating Esme” by Esme Raji Coddell, which is the diary of her first year as a teacher and trying to develop a reading culture in an inner-city school. It is great stuff. I think she is quite famous in the US.
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  3. Ali B
    November 12th, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Lovely posts! Library Mice, writers need readers, after all… and I think that Rights of the Reader is a brilliant book that shows how a voracious reader fell in love with stories that he led young people to them, and eventually created his own.
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  4. Library Mice
    November 12th, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Oh Chester! We love Chester at home (we have in French).
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  5. Anne-Marie
    November 13th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    I’m currently reading ‘Fantastic Mr Dahl’ by Michael Rosen that’s very enjoyable. Not sure if ‘The Great Fairy Tale Disaster’ fits, it’s a book where the characters wander through the pages of a book but not really *about* books as such…
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  8. Helen
    November 18th, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    This was quite a tough month, unexpectedly! But I was lucky to have such a stand-out book app to share. The Incredible Book Eating Boy has been on my wishlist forever,so it was great to be reminded of that one, and I’d love to try Dog Loves Books as I have heard so much about it. Off to the library with a request list I go!
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