Tuesday, July 3, 2012

KBWT - Lewins, Arnosky, Booktalking!

It's been a whole week since I posted here.  What??!!

Anyway, I follow Book Blog from Booklist Online and they offer excellent book reviews. Check out yesterday's review of Puffling Patrol by Ted and Betsy Lewin - two of my favorite author/illustrators.  Ted and Betsy don't seem to have websites of their own, alas, just simple bio pages.  But here is an amazing fact!  Ted Lewin was a professional wrestler in his late teens.  He tells that story in his book, I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler, which he illustrates with drawings he did at the time and paintings based on those drawings.

Betsy Lewin has illustrated slews of books on her own, including the wonderfully expressive pictures in Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type.  By themselves, the Lewins are marvelous and together...well, they are superb.

If you enjoy children's non-fiction you have to check out Anastasia Suen's blog, Booktalking.  There, I linked to her Monday post at the end of which she rounds up reviews by OTHER children's book bloggers - all on children's non-fiction.

All this talk of children's non-fiction and author/illustrators reminds me of Jim Arnosky!  And his alterego, Crinkleroot.  Check out Jim's page AND Crinkleroot's page for all kinds of great nature-loving info and activities.
We live in a fascinating world full of amazing creatures.  And we are lucky to have Ted and Betsy Lewin and Jim Arnosky to write books about it all.  Hie thee to a library on Thursday and check out some nature books.

And be careful with those fireworks!  Happy Fourth!  Visit the Liberty Bell Shrine in Allentown for a wonderful program at 1:30 pm tomorrow!

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