Kate Greenaway Award Winner

Shackleton's Journey

May 24, 2018

Tiny people on a massive journey in a massive book.

Way too many words. Skimming this, it appears to be drawings made with pastels, I would guess, with little tiny details everywhere. There's a crew with 12 people on one page and 15 on the other-- little tiny pictures-- and their names and positions on the ship. The text in this book is TINY. The book is huge, and the text is like seven point font.


These people crossed Antarctica in 1901.

This is Not My Hat

September 26, 2017

Seriously, Mr. Klassen, what is it with the hats?

The main character is a jerk, and the main character gets karma. Maybe children like this kind of sociopathic protagonist and the ensuing comeuppance.


It's wrong to steal a hat.

Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child (AKA Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child)

September 29, 2016

Dads are too busy to be good people.

I wanted to like it, but it's kind of judgmental against people who don't take time to look at the world around them.


Pay attention to the world around you, because fairies are everywhere.


September 27, 2016

Idiosyncratic ABC book featuring mostly animals.

You would think that he could have thought of some kind of animal for V. This is just weird. It's a weird book. It's kind of arty. I don't know why it won a medal.


Alphabet book.

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

September 22, 2016

Tries to be funny and fails.

It kind of seems like trying to capitalize on the popularity of “The Stinky Cheese Man,” but it really doesn't live up to that.


Don't spend beyond your means. Or, don't rob banks. Not clear.