Hour by hour, minute by minute, excuse by excuse, Moxy has not done her summer reading and it's the last day of vacation. Short chapters, wacky “photographs” taken by her brother, and a cheeky heroine add zippy appeal to this beginning chapter book.
Takeboki, the “Flower Keeper” for the temple gardens, spends his life quietly sweeping up leaves and blossoms, to create beauty and order. Collage illustrations made from Japanese papers complement this Buddhist-inspired original fable.
Before Dodsworth departs on vacation, his customary breakfast at Hodges’ Café turns out to be a bad mistake. From the moment Hodges’ crazy duck hears his plans, Dodsworth is doomed. Deadpan writing and flat cartoon illustrations coalesce into a perfect comedy.
This familiar poem is reset on a city basketball court where the Jabberwock is a gigantic player, and the ball goes "snicker-snack" as it drains the basket. Intense fiery colors, black silhouettes, and a bold typeface add excitement and drama.
In sometimes horrifying detail, 17-year-old Matthew writes a letter to his younger sister explaining their traumatic childhood with an erratic, even dangerous, mother. Passer's flat tone and matter-of-fact delivery speak volumes about damaged emotions and equally damaged lives.
Excessively logical and detached about people, 12-year-old Emma-Jean tries to use her analytical mind to solve interpersonal problems among her classmates—with surprising results. Gummer’s reading captures Emma-Jean's bewildered attitude toward illogical behavior, and her youthful voice creates a winsome portrait of an unusual girl on the brink of adolescence.
James Goode superbly voices a fresh and humorous retelling of an old classic that wafts us back to its original locale, China. When Aladdin uses the lamp to win Princess Badr-al-Budur as his bride, he must deal with the angry Moor who comes after it. A perfect audio for family listening.
Okay fine, I love Clementine, which means I may not be totally the best unbiased person to talk about this audio which is a big adult way of saying "don't take my word for it." Anyway, Jessica Almasy has the P-E-R-F-E-C-T perfect voice and you will think so too, because it's pretty spectacularful. Especially the ceiling snakes.
From bisou to la vache, Campbell breathes life and individuality into the quirky cast of characters who inhabit Hard Pan, California. Brigitte is charming and oh-so-French, Miles's peskiness is simultaneously irritating and heartbreaking, and Lucky's voice veers from wonder to anger to fear and back again in the space of a paragraph.