John J. Muth won a Caldecott Honor citation and a 41-week stay on the New York Times bestseller list for Zen Shorts (Scholastic, 2005), the first picture book in a series about a gentle larger-than-life panda named Stillwater and three of his young human friends. This year Muth has returned with Zen Ties, a new tale about Stillwater (whose spin-offs include the boxer-shorts-wearing stuffed animal at left, available on Amazon www.amazon.com and elsewhere). A review of Zen Ties will appear tomorrow on One-Minute Book Reviews.
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I haven’t seen John Himmelman’s new picture book, Katie Loves the Kittens (Holt, 30 pp., $16.95). But Meghan Cox Gurdon, who is usually right about these things, said in the Wall Street Journal: “On the face of it, this delightful story for children ages 3–8 tells how a small, exuberant dog named Katie must learn to curb her boisterousness in order to earn the trust of three kittens who have just arrived in her household. Subtly, it also works as a parable for any child who has ever been scolded for being too bouncily affectionate with a pet or newborn sibling.” Read Gurdon’s review at online.wsj.com/article/SB122307253831303537.html and about Himmelman at us.macmillan.com/author/johnhimmelman.
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