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Booklist gives Adrift at Sea a positive review

Posted on October 18th, 2016 by pajamapress

AdriftAtSea_websiteThe text is terse and unembellished, leaving the images to capture the emotions through color and perspective—and they do so with compelling immediacy.

Rhino Rumpus is a “romp of a picture book” says Booklist

Posted on October 18th, 2016 by pajamapress

RhinoRumpus_WebsiteThis romp of a picture book for very young audiences begs to be read aloud. The plot is fairly simple: a trio of squabbling rhino siblings can’t quite manage to get ready for bed…The rhyming text incorporates numerous exclamations and sound effects. Adult readers should be prepared to harrumph, gripe, snipe, grumble, and roar. The pencil-and-crayon illustrations do an effective job of conveying the mayhem, and the facial expressions add to the general hilarity. While this would be a great choice for library storytime, it’s not really recommended for bedtime [because] most young readers will be way too riled up.

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Forest of Reading 2017 Nominees announced: Pajama Press with FOUR titles up for nomination

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by pajamapress

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Pajama Press is excited to announce that four of our titles have been nominated for the 2017 Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Awards.

The Hill, written by Karen Bass, is nominated for the Red Maple Award. Click here to view the The Hill classroom discussion guide.

Elephant Journey, written by Rob Laidlaw and illustrated by Brian Deines, is nominated for the Silver Birch Express Award. Click here to view the Elephant Journey classroom reading guide.

A Year of Borrowed Men, written by Michelle Barker and illustrated by Renné Benoit, is nominated for the Golden Oak Award. Click here to view the A Year of Borrowed Men reading guide.

Next Round, written by John Spray, is nominated for the Golden Oak Award.

The Forest of Reading is an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) that helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. Every year, over 250,000 participants read a shortlist of books in their age category and vote for their favourites.

Pajama Press extends our congratulations to Karen Bass, Rob Laidlaw, Brian Deines, Michelle Barker, Renné Benoit, and John Spray. Our sincerest thanks go to the Ontario Library Association for promoting reading and Canadian books through this outstanding program.

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French Toast gets a STARRED REVIEW from Quill and Quire

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by pajamapress

FrenchToast_WebsiteIn French Toast, Kari-Lynn Winters explores racism in the story of a half-French-Canadian, half -Jamaican girl named Phoebe. While out for a walk with her grandmother, Phoebe cringes when she hears her school nickname, “French Toast.” How can she explain to Nan-ma, who is blind, that the nickname refers to Phoebe’s skin colour?…

French Toast looks as delectable as its title, thanks to François Thisdale’s dreamlike illustrations: the landscapes seem to float in the background as giant loaves of banana bread and juicy peaches appear in the foreground.

…Winters obviously knows how to write for children. In this effective picture book, she engages her readers’ imaginations – and their stomachs. She also doesn’t dwell on negativity, but spins the story into one of self-affirmation…Simply told and cleverly imagined, French Toast is a great starting point for talking to young children about race, diversity, and respect.”

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A Year of Borrowed Men is “[a] beautiful, poignant story” says Books for the Curious Child

Posted on October 12th, 2016 by pajamapress

AYearOfBorrowedMen_Website“A gentle story, told from the view point of a German girl, of how the war impacted German families. A beautiful, poignant story that subtly introduces humanity during times of war.”

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Midwest Book Review calls Ben Says Goodbye

Posted on October 12th, 2016 by pajamapress

Ben Says Goodbye | Sarah Ellis & Kim La Fave | Pajama Press…Sarah Ellis’s haunting language brings the story to life….A gentle story of change is provided in a moving picture book that will be enjoyed by youngsters with basic reading skills or read-aloud parental assistance.

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Canadian Children’s Book News featured Next Round in their article “Non-Fiction: Opening Minds and Challenging Thoughts”

Posted on October 11th, 2016 by pajamapress

NextRound_WebsiteJohn Spray writes an engaging story that pulls us in from the first page as Arthur and his family attempt to flee to safety. Readers will find themselves cheering for Arthur as he faces one obstacle after another and will enjoy the personal photos that give us an even closer glimpse into the life of this young, ambitious athlete. The book also contains a glossary of soccer and boxing terms…This biography…is a must read for youngsters who are looking for inspiration, be it in the sports arena or in any other endeavor where they might be pursuing success.

To read the full review, grab a copy of Canadian Children’s Book News Fall 2016 issue.

Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles is “just delightful” applauds Bookish Notions

Posted on October 11th, 2016 by pajamapress

RootBeerCandyAndOtherMiracles_WebsiteRoot Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green is just delightful….Green’s writing has whimsy and heart…It makes you feel that, yes, miracles can happen in this place.

Bailey is a narrator I’m sure will resonate with young readers. She’s imaginative, kind and hopeful, and she stands up for what she believes is right….

Whimsical, hopeful and at times bittersweet, I highly recommend Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles.

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When the Rain Comes “is a resoundingly effective addition to our diverse young CanLit collections” says CanLit for LittleCanadians

Posted on October 6th, 2016 by pajamapress

WhenRainComes_websiteAlma Fullerton’s text takes the reader to Malini’s Sri Lankan village of choruses of spurfowls, bright warm colours and an ox-driven cart carrying a load of rice seedlings ready for the important seasonal planting. For Malini, it’s a milestone day because, as little as she is, she would finally learn how to plant those seedlings….

When the Rain Comes may tell the circumstances of a single flash flood, but Alma Fullerton’s text, as well as her endnote about Sri Lanka, enlighten young readers about a life unknown to many…But it’s Alma Fullerton’s rhythmic lines and sound scape of life and weather that carries the story, along with Kim La Fave’s stirring illustrations. From the brightly-coloured warmth of Malini’s home life to the tumultuous gloominess of the storm of flashing water, wind and sound, Kim La Fave contrasts the two realities, echoing Alma Fullerton’s cheerful and fearful situations. Moreover, Kim La Fave’s distinction between the gargantuan ox and the tiny child reinforces a message that anyone, no matter how small or young, can move mountains, or oxen, if need be. When the Rain Comes is a resoundingly effective addition to our diverse young CanLit collections and for enabling cultural competence for all readers, adult and young.

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Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles is “highly recommended” by Barrie Summy

Posted on October 5th, 2016 by pajamapress

RootBeerCandyAndOtherMiracles_WebsiteFirst off, can I just say that I’m in awe of anyone who can write a book in verse. And not just verse, but good verse. So, kudos to Shari Green!…

What I Loved: Well, lots of things! In no particular order, I loved the language….I loved how all the conflicts were not favorably resolved. Just like real life. I loved how island life (sea cave, ocean swimming, a dolphin, driftwood, and more) was a natural part of the story.

Highly recommended for the middle grader in your life.

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