Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth
I, like all of you I'm sure, am in love with Muth's "Zen" books and this latest one just might be my favorite. The illustrations are just breathtaking and the story will draw in young AND old readers.
Stillwater, our beloved panda bear, enchants as usual, while he takes Addy, Michael, and Karl trick-or-treating. When they've finished receiving candy and have filled bags, Stillwater tells them that he has a surprise for them and is bringing them to a storyteller. What is told by the storyteller is an beautiful story that was actually written by a Chinese Buddhist monk in the 13th century.
A timely story with a great message and AMAZING illustrations is the result of Muth's latest work. I don't think I will ever stop being impressed by this author/illustrator. All libraries should have multiple copies of these books on their shelves and if you need to buy a gift for a child, pick up a "Zen" book!
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Jon J. Muth
Review copy received from publisher
Elsie's Bird by Jane Yolen and David Small
Jane Yolen is always awesome. Always. Her latest is the story of a girl who has lost her mother and her father move her from Boston to the prairies of Nebraska. She is quite lost without the bustle of the city, but when her beloved bird flies out the window, she's forced to confront the silence outside. She slowly starts to realize that Nebraska isn't quite so bad and she might just be able to call it "home."
David Small's watercolor illustrations are done beautifully and fit with the story perfectly. Though this one is probably best fit for a bit older readers due to the length, the illustrations will certainly please your younger ones. A really nice choice for a family read!
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
Review copy provided by publisher