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CanLit for LittleCanadians calls Sky Pig “uplifting…”

Posted on April 13th, 2016 by pajamapress

SkyPig_Website“…Dreamers can dream but, with a friend like Jack, Ollie’s dream that a pig could fly comes true.  It takes a little determination, a lot of imagination and being in the right place at the right time but Ollie’s dream, courtesy of Jack’s friendship and piggy bank, becomes a reality.  Jan L. Coates’ story is uplifting like much of her previous work…and even more so with Suzanne Del Rizzo’s spectacular art…The doughy art (plasticene with polymer clay) with mixed media collage features adds the textures and colour to elevate the story even higher.”   —Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians

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CanLit for LittleCanadians praises The Hill as Karen Bass’ “best story yet.”

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by pajamapress

TheHill_Website“Karen Bass, the award-winning author of Graffiti Knight (Pajama Press, 2013) and Uncertain Soldier (Pajama Press, 2015), takes writing flight with The Hill, a chilling tale of endurance in northern Alberta, blending a survival story with the supernatural of Cree legends.  It’s hauntingly gripping YA and I think it’s her best story yet.
…In addition to a gripping action-rich plot of frightening circumstances, getting the voices of Jared and Kyle and the tone of the story right are Karen Bass’ greatest strengths in The Hill.  She balances the heart-pumping pace of a looking-over-your-shoulder chase with the antagonistic sparring between Jared and Kyle.  The two are so different in what they have, what they know, and who they are that it’s only fate in the form of a plane crash that could bring the two together.” Helen Kubiw

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The Horn Book Magazine reviews A Year of Borrowed Men

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by pajamapress

A Year of Borrowed Men | Michelle Barker & Renné Benoit | Pajama Press“The story is told in simple, conversational phrases that sound like someone sharing her memories, with the occasional French or German word included either with a translation or in context.
Highlighted incidents are child-centered, such as when Gerda visits the men on Christmas to show them her new doll (and accidentally melts the doll’s hands on the stove), or when Gerda invites the men in to her own kitchen on a particularly cold day and a neighbor reports the family to the authorities. Benoit’s watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations use a little pastel so that the pictures combine precise details such as the wrinkles in Gerda’s stockings at her knee with a softness and warmth that convey the tenderness of memory. She strikes a tone of gentle sweetness in her depictions of the people and farm animals that, like the text, is never sappy. Children will find many things to notice, and the book raises some interesting questions, such as the complicated idea of who is an ‘enemy.’”Susan Dove Lempke

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CM Magazine Recommends Sky Pig

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by pajamapress

SkyPig_Website“…Sky Pig is an inspirational story of two friends who have the courage to dream big and the persistence to see it throughDel Rizzo has created a series of tiny masterpieces in illustrating this book.” —CM Magazine.

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