Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile

October 1, 2017
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According to evolution, Mrs. Chicken is actually kind of right.

Why do stories where the clever person wins always seem to end up with the clever person lying, and the other person being phenomenally stupid?? Why does a trickster have to completely, full-on, lie? There's nothing clever about lying to an idiot.

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Crocodiles are idiots.

How I Learned Geography

October 6, 2017
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Don't know much about geography...

It's an autobiographical story. The author says he was about 4 or 5 when the map was first bought, and eventually he became a well-respected children's illustrator and writer.

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Message: 

Even a small thing can change your life and spark your passion.

Dragon Dancing

May 12, 2017
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The best thing about dragons is nobody can tell you you're making them look wrong.

It's just kids having fun together and making something bigger than they are and playing with it, and having fun with their imaginations.

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Message: 

Dragons are awesome.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

March 4, 2017
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Feelings... nothing more than feelings...

The book is written in prose poetry, and the language is very supportive of all feelings being acceptable as long as nobody gets hurt. It's okay to enjoy time to yourself as well as enjoying being with others. Sometimes your family members are kind of jerky to you, especially siblings, but they still love you anyway.

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Feelings are normal and natural.

Sleep Like a Tiger

February 20, 2017
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That's a pretty big catnap.

Of course, she falls asleep, but it's very nice how the parents give her the option as long as she stays in bed. Which is a reasonable thing to do for kids, and matches well with my parenting style. It's very well written and doesn't have a strong message but the message it has is good.

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Message: 

Everything in the world sleeps.

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