A Ball for Daisy. by Chris Raschka. Published 2011. Caldecott Medal 2012. Schwartz and Wade. ISBN: 9780375858611
This was the 2012 Caldecott Winner. I sometimes like Chris Raschka’s works, and sometimes not. This book is not a favorite for me. I find the lines and splotches of color to be difficult to discern on the page, and though I like wordless picture books, I couldn’t get into this one. Not very much happens in the story, and I didn’t really feel satisfied at the end of the book.
Sector 7. by David Wiesner. Published 1999. Caldecott Honor 2000. Clarion. ISBN: 9780395746561
David Wiesner has one heck of an imagination. This time, he imagines a sector high in the sky where artists draw the shapes of the clouds. When the clouds get too boring, a little boy floats up there to liven them up with some underwater creatures. I won’t even begin to pretend that I understand this book, but I like it - and I think kids who like graphic novels will too. This book reminded me somewhat of one of the 1957 Caldecott Honor books, Lion by William Pene du Bois.
How I Learned Geography. by Uri Shulevitz. Published 2008. Caldecott Honor 2009. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN: 9780374334994
This book is a celebration of resilience and the ways kids can use imagination to overcome adversity. Some of the imagined sequences remind me of Where the Wild Things Are, in their colors, and in the way they take up more than one page. This would be a good picture book for older kids, especially as an introduction to a topic like the Warsaw blitz. This would also be a must-read for any child doing an author study of Uri Shulevitz.
Tibet Through the Red Box. by Peter Sis. Published 1998. Caldecott Honor 1999. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN: 9780374375522
In this book, Peter Sis recounts stories from his father’s life in the 1950s, when he was gone for a long period because he was stranded in Tibet. The overarching story is of Sis himself going through his father’s red box, which contains his diary, and then each of his father’s stories is a shorter chapter within the book, told in his father’s voice. The illustrations are very detailed and complex, and they drew me into the story, even if the subject matter is not my typical cup of tea.