Jan. 23rd, 2017

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I was curious to get to Sylvester and the Magic Pebble on the Caldecott list, because unlike many of the other older books, I've heard of it before: it was banned because some people objected the police, in a world of anthropomorphic animals, are drawn as pigs.

They are the most sympathetic and concerned pigs in the history of forever, though, you can just tell that if they could do anything to help Sylvester's parents find him (although alas they cannot; he has accidentally turned himself into a rock with the help of a magic pebble), they would totally be all over it. This seems like one of the sillier book-bannings in history.

In other news! Today the new Caldecott and Newbery winners were announced!!! The Newbery Winner is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, which appears to be about WITCHES and FORESTS and FRIENDSHIP - super excited about this! - and the Caldecott winner is Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which excites me somewhat less but I daresay it will be interesting.

In past years I’ve also read all the Newbery Honor books, and I am considering adding the Caldecott Honor books this year too, although really at some point one simply has to step back and stop adding mandatory books to one’s reading list. So we’ll see.

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