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Picture book review: A Home for Bird

Philip Stead, author & illustrator. (2012). A Home for Bird. New York, New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Can Vernon the frog help the silent Bird find its way home? Follow Vernon as he helps his lost friend.



A Home for Bird was published in April 2012, and is still in print. The book’s list price is $16.99 in the US, and $18.99 in Canada. Amazon has the price at $11.55 for brand new copies. The cover price of $16.99 to $18.99 is rather prohibitive for many books, especially children’s books. Amazon’s price is more reasonable, but then one would need to pay for shipping and wait for the book to arrive in the mail. The cheapest and easiest way to access the book is to go to the library. (Could I be biased in this regard?  Yes, likely.) Philip Stead won the 2011 Caldecott medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, as such his work is likely to be included in children’s library collections.

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Wonderstruck is better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

There, I said it.  Let the scandal ensue.

Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) and Wonderstruck (2011), is a great talent.  His words and art combine to produce works that spark curiosity about the world: how it works, where it’s going, where it’s been, and who lives in it.  The debut of his distinctive style was with The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a story about a Parisian orphan boy in the 1930s who repairs an automaton that he finds in the garbage.  The automaton, once repaired, draws a picture that leads Hugo on to a bigger mystery surrounding the crotchety old man who operates a toy booth in the city’s train station.  (Interestingly, this was inspired by a salvaged mystery automaton at the Franklin Institute who signed the name of its maker after it was repaired– keep on dreaming, archaeologists.)

Hugo and the automaton

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