Mo Willems

Tweet Mo Willems is a writer (and illustrator) of picture books including the popular Pigeon series and a TV writer and animator including an early career stint for Sesame Street.  I picked up The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! on the recommendation of Daliyah Marie Arana.  (At the age of four, Daliyah had already read…

Assassination Classroom

Tweet The Assassination Classroom Japanese manga series by Yusei Matsui is quirkily endearing and only somewhat misogynistic.  The setting is a rigidly hierarchical, private Japanese junior (?) high school with Classroom E at the bottom of the pyramid.  Classroom E, the class for students with low grades and/or disciplinary problems, is physically segregated from the…

Hindu Epics and Near Eastern Fables

Tweet Rama Epic (See the Oct 2016 – Jan 2017 exhibit  “The Rama Epic : Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe” at the Asian Art Museum.) Mahabharata Epic (See Fairest : The Return of the Maharajah in the Fables series for the character Nalayani.) This Hindu epic has multiple versions and interpretations. Draupadi is a main female…

iZombie

Tweet Manga The iZombie Omnibus written by Chris Roberson, art by Michael Allred, and color by Laura Allred, collects all 28 issues of the iZombie manga series.  Though shelved in the adult section, this series doesn’t include sex, drugs, or non-monster related violence and would be fine down to tweenies.  The bad guys do get…