Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Teaching the Vietnam War: Register Now for this great opportunity!

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Diverse Voices of the Vietnam War: Professional Development Workshop for High School Educators
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A lite supper will be served and all attendees will take home curriculum materials and a gift bag, including a Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience) DVD.
This workshop is for curriculum specialists or high school teachers of US history, World history and English Language Arts, and features materials from our online curriculum resource "Teaching the "American War": Looking at the War in Vietnam Through Vietnamese Eyes".
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Teaching English Abroad?

How great was our 12/5 workshop on "Funding for Teacher Travel, Study and Classroom Materials?"  From time to time we're going to post different articles about teaching abroad or other funding opportunities.  Maybe one of these is in your future?

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English Abroad?

Teaching English Abroad Are you struggling to find the perfect place to teach abroad? The amount of information out there can be overwhelming, especially it comes to figuring out ESL teacher salaries and the cost of living abroad.

Especially since saving money to travel or pay off student loans is a large priority for many who choose to teach abroad, I'm sure many of you want to know how much you'll earn teaching English abroad. While it's easy to get a general idea of potential salaries for individual countries, it can be very difficult to compare salaries and programs across countries.

The main issue is that there are many different types of teaching jobs within individual countries, each with their own salary ranges. Most people who teach abroad only do so in one or two countries, therefore, their perceptions are limited by what they personally have experienced.

However, several Go Overseas writers before me have spent a lot of time and effort creating teaching salary guides to 7 of the more popular teach abroad destinations. To make your lives easier, I've compiled all of this information into one informative post to help you compare salary expectations and choose a country that's right for you! Read on for a country by country breakdown on how much you can earn teaching English abroad.
How much can you earn teaching in China?
  • Average Salary: $942 - 2,500 USD / month
  • Cost of Living: $1,000 per month (rent is usually included)
  • Typical Benefits: Free housing, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, Chinese lessons
  • Save or Spend: Save
  • Types of Jobs: Public schools, private language institutions, universities, international schools, private tutoring
China, a classic destination for teaching abroad, isn't necessarily the best paying, but the low cost of living offsets the salary and allows teachers a great quality of life.
In general, the salary expectations for smaller cities and rural areas will be lower than places like Beijing and Shanghai, however, the cost of living is much lower. Your salary will also be influenced by the type of school you teach at, and the amount of experience you have. Like anywhere else, the longer you stay in China and the more experience you have, the easier it will become to find high-paying jobs. Schools will typically raise your salary after the first year as well.

The types of jobs in China are all vastly different from one another. You may work Monday-Friday and teach classes of 50 students, or you might work nights and weekends, educating classes of five. This translates to salaries as well, and for more a more detailed breakdown on salaries by school type read the full guide to teaching salaries in China.

How much can you earn teaching in Japan?
  • Average Salary: $1,700 - 5,000 USD / month
  • Cost of living: $1,000 USD / month (rent is usually covered)
  • Typical Benefits: Accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, teacher training
  • Save or Spend: Save
  • Types of Jobs: Eikaiwas, JET Programme, ALT, universities, international schools, private tutoring
Teacher salaries in Japan tend to be pretty nice -- especially considering that accommodation, flight reimbursement, and health insurance (all some of the more expensive costs of living) are included as benefits on top of teacher salaries.

Most teachers will find jobs either through an Eikaiwa, a private English academy, or the JET Programme, a government sponsored teaching exchange program that recruits ESL teachers and places them in public schools throughout Japan. However, sometimes public schools will directly hire Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) outside of JET. All of these positions tend to be on the lower end of the scale, though still well paid.
University positions are some of the best paying, but Japan has very strict requirements for university teachers. You'll be expected to have a Master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or some sort of equivalent.

Again, a better breakdown can be found in the comprehensive guide on salary expectations for teaching in Japan.

How much can you earn teaching in South Korea?
  • Average Salary: $1,600 - $2,000 USD / month
  • Cost of living: $1,100 USD / month (rent is usually covered)
  • Typical Benefits: Accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, yearly bonus
  • Save or Spend: Save (a lot)
  • Types of Jobs: Hagwons, public schools, universities, international schools
South Korea is famous for allowing teachers to save up a lot of money in a short amount of time. For example, Audry of That Backpacker saved $17,000 and paid off her student loans after teaching English in Korea.

It's also worth mentioning that a Hagwon, one of the most common places to find teaching jobs in South Korea, is a private English academy. While you may be able to find a job as a private tutor in Korea, it's technically illegal.

Many of those who don't end up at a Hagwon will end up teaching in Korea at a public school through one of the government-sponsored programs, such as EPIK and GEPIK. Though you do need a TEFL certificate to snag one of these positions, they do pay well. For more detail -- you guessed it -- we've got a guide for salaries in South Korea.

How much can you earn teaching in Taiwan?
  • Average Salary: $20-40 USD/ hour (roughly $1,600 - $3,200 / month)
  • Cost of living: $950 USD / month
  • Typical Benefits: Visa assistance
  • Save or Spend: Save
  • Types of Jobs: Big chain schools, big chain kindergartens, public schools, Foreign-run Bushibans, American schools
Most Taiwanese teaching jobs pay by the hour rather than a monthly salary, but even so it ends up being a pretty nice monthly salary. Do note that most teachers won't work a full 40 hours a week like other jobs, but 20-30 is more typical, ending you with a monthly salary of somewhere between $1,600 - $3,200 / month.

Many foreigners in Taiwan start out teaching at big chain schools or "bushibans", otherwise known as cram schools. These schools don't pay as highly as their counterparts and have less desirable work environments. However, after paying your dues at a cram school for 6 months to a year, it's much easier to get a job at a more desirable school, like a foreign-run Bushiban. Teaching at a foreign-run Bushiban is considered the most competitive and desirable of ESL jobs in Taiwan (being better paid), however, these positions are also more demanding.

Similarly, to work at an American school, you'll have to be a certified teacher from your home country with outstanding credentials and, as you might assume, these jobs are extremely competitive. Get the full scoop on our Salary Expectations for Teaching in Taiwan

How much can you earn teaching ESL in Cambodia?
  • Average Salary: $1,000 - $1,200 USD / month
  • Average Cost of Living: $840 / month
  • Typical Benefits: visa assistance
  • Save or Spend: Break even -- spend if you're volunteering.
  • Types of Jobs: Private schools, private ESL academies, volunteer teaching
Cambodia's requirements are much less strict than many other countries. For example, most schools do not require you to have a TEFL certificate or a four-year degree. As a result, that tends to be the bigger reason (as opposed to the salary) why people choose to teach here.

Also popular is volunteer teaching -- though, obviously, you won't make anything (unless you're lucky enough to get a small stipend) with this sort of position. If you choose this route, avoid volunteer teaching at orphanages, which often employ orphanage scams to profit off well-meaning volunteers.

Also note that most schools prefer to hire teachers who are already in Cambodia, so be sure to book a flight and do your job hunting on the ground. These schools are also unlikely to pay for your flights, so work that into your startup costs of moving abroad. Overall, you may save a little if you're thrifty, but when it comes to teacher salaries, Cambodia's no South Korea, that's for sure. Read more on our guide to teacher salaries in Cambodia.

How much can you earn teaching in Spain?
  • Average Salary: $1,000 - $2,000 USD / month or $18 - 27 USD / hour
  • Average Cost of Living: $1,000 - 2,000 USD/ month
  • Typical Benefits: visa assistance, health insurance
  • Save or Spend: Save (a little) or Break Even
  • Types of Jobs: North American Language and Culture Assistants, private language schools, private lessons
Spain is a coveted destination in the eyes of to be ESL teachers, but not necessarily the best paying. Furthermore, if you're not an EU citizen, it's terribly complicated to get a job there. For that reason, most Americans and Canadians go through The North American Language and Culture Assistants program, which places 2,000 Americans and Canadians in Spanish public schools each year. While the salary might be a bit low, health insurance is included and many assistants also teach private lessons on the side.
The price of private lessons varies depending on which city you're living in. Bigger cities like Madrid can command high prices while teachers in smaller towns may not be able to make as much. Granted, the cost of living is much lower in these places.
Despite the so-so salary, cost of living in Spain is affordable and most teachers are able to save a little (maybe not $17,000, but something) and live a good quality life.

Read more on our salary expectations for teaching in Spain guide.

How much can you earn teaching in Saudi Arabia?
  • Average Salary: $2,600 - $4,000 USD / month
  • Average Cost of Living: $1,500 - $1,844 / month (rent is usually covered)
  • Typical Benefits: Accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, completion bonuses, tax-free salaries
  • Save or Spend: Save (a lot)
  • Types of Jobs: Private language schools, private international schools, universities
A terribly kept secret in the ESL world: the Middle East, and specifically Saudi Arabia and the UAE (next on our list), tends to pay very well for English teachers. However, Saudi Arabia primarily targets highly qualified and experienced ESL teachers, though in exchange offers a high salary and comprehensive benefits for both you and your family.

A working knowledge of Arabic is highly valued and will help you get a job and command respect (and a higher salary).

Of course, life in Saudi Arabia isn't for everyone. Alcohol is forbidden and there are strict rules against relations between unmarried men and women. However, if you feel like the pay off (literally) is worth it, you can live very comfortable and save (a lot) teaching English in Saudi Arabia. More details on our guide to teacher salaries in Saudi Arabia.

How much can you earn teaching in the UAE?
  • Average Salary: $2,500 - $5,500 USD/ month
  • Typical Benefits: accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, completion bonuses, tax-free salaries
  • Average Cost of Living: $1,200 - $1,900 USD/ month
  • Save or Spend: Save (a lot)
Very similar to Saudi Arabia, teacher salaries in the UAE tend to be high paying and come with full benefits for both ESL teachers and their families. Additionally, many schools have 2-3 year contracts, with yearly bonuses and full benefits.

Again, jobs in the UAE are highly competitive and many schools are looking for experienced teachers with advanced credentials. A TEFL certificate with a few years of teaching experience is a must, but a teaching certificate will command higher pay.
An added non-monetary benefit that also draws many ESL teachers to UAE is the fact that most teaching jobs provide a stipend for children's private schools and multi-room apartments. For this reason, teachers with families tend to look towards the UAE for international teaching jobs. Get the full scoop on our guide to ESL teacher salaries in the UAE.

Let's Get Started!

Whether you want to save a bit of money to backpack Europe, or further your teaching career while supporting a family, there is a large wealth of teaching jobs for every need. Looking for a gap year job where you can make a bit of money without a college degree? Be sure to try Cambodia. Want to pay off your college debt after graduation? Consider South Korea.

Once you've chosen a country, be sure to utilize our resources to see if you meet the qualifications for your ideal teaching job. There are so many opportunities available, there's sure to be a position for every experience level.

What are you waiting for? Apply for your dream teaching job today!
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Notable Children's Books of 2015

More wonderful reading ahead! "The best in picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, selected by the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review."

Notable Children’s Books of 2015

Picture Books

ASK ME. By Bernard Waber. Illustrated by Suzy Lee. 40 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $16.99. This posthumous book by the great Waber (“Lyle, Lyle Crocodile”) features a long, leisurely, lovely conversation between a father and daughter out taking an autumn walk.
FINDING WINNIE: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. By Lindsay ­Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 32 pp. Little, Brown. $18. Written by a great-­granddaughter of the Canadian soldier who bought a bear cub from a trapper and took her to Europe in World War I, this delightful account of the story behind A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” is also a family history.
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET. By Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. 32 pp. Putnam. $16.99. In this wise, moving story, C.J. is full of complaints as he and his peppery grandmother take a bus ride, but Nana helps him see the other side of things, especially after they arrive to help at a soup kitchen.
THE MENINO: A Story Based on Real Events. Written and illustrated by Isol. Translated by Elisa Amado. 53 pp. Groundwood/House of Anansi. $19.95. Our reviewer, Samantha Hunt, praised “the humor and the poetry” of this original take on the strangeness of babies — the alien sounds they make, the odd way they move — from the point of view of an older sibling.
IS MOMMY? By Victoria Chang. ­Illustrated by Marla Frazee. 30 pp. Beach Lane. $15.99. Children mischievously answer a question about their mommies on each page in this buoyant, refreshing look at ­parent-child love.
POOL. Written and illustrated by JiHyeon Lee. 56 pp. Chronicle. $16.99. A wondrous, wordless tale of a girl and boy and the magical world they discover once they brave the depths of a pool.
THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT. Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. 32 pp. ­Little, Brown. $15.99. This playful, extraordinarily charming bedtime book features a girl whose stuffed rabbit hosts a surprise sleepover party.
TOYS MEET SNOW. By Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. 40 pp. Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. The three toys from the “Toys Go Out” chapter book series get their own picture book, a transporting look at the wonders of snow.
WAITING. Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. 32 pp. Greenwillow/HarperCollins. $17.99. Five toys wait on a window ledge, each for something different, in this profound and beautiful take on patience and perspective from the matchless Henkes.

Middle Grade

CIRCUS MIRANDUS. By Cassie Beasley. ­Illustrated by Diana Sudyka. 292 pp. Dial. $17.99. An orphaned fifth grader, falling under the spell of his dying grandfather’s tales of a magic circus, attempts to cash in a deferred wish in this shimmering debut novel.
ECHO. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. 592 pp. Scholastic. $19.99. Muñoz Ryan’s enchanting novel sends a harmonica traveling across years and over continents and seas to touch, and possibly save, the lives of three music-obsessed children, each facing serious struggles.
FIRSTBORN. By Tor Seidler. 227 pp. Atheneum. $16.99. In this artful and affecting novel, a solitary magpie travels with and becomes attached to a family of wolves who are repopulating the remote Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.
GOODBYE STRANGER. By Rebecca Stead. 289 pp. Wendy Lamb. $16.99. A seventh grader recovering from a near-fatal accident navigates changes in herself and her tight group of friends in this moving novel, which our reviewer, Meg Wolitzer, called “masterly.”
LISTEN, SLOWLY. By Thanhha Lai. 260 pp. Harper/HarperCollins. $16.99. The funny, gently heartbreaking story of a 12-year-old Vietnamese-American girl who travels reluctantly to Vietnam with her grandmother and learns to love the fractured country and culture her family came from.
THE MARVELS. Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. 665 pp. Scholastic. $32.99. Half wordless illustrated tale, half prose narrative, this captivating hybrid novel set over several centuries follows a family of theater legends who may or may not have really existed.
MOST DANGEROUS: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. By Steve Sheinkin. Illustrated. 370 pp. Roaring Brook. $19. A riveting and remarkably effective account of Ellsberg’s life, his release of the Pentagon Papers and America’s tragic history in Vietnam.
NIMONA. Written and illustrated by ­Noelle Stevenson. 266 pp. HarperTeen/­HarperCollins. $17.99. A shapeshifting girl becomes a sidekick to a would-be villain in this winning, genre-convention-busting graphic novel that charts the terrain between magic and science.
ROLLER GIRL. By Victoria Jamieson. 240 pp. Dial. $20.99. In this spiky, winning graphic novel, a summer at roller-derby day camp helps a 12-year-old girl learn to rechannel her anger and let go of her former, more uncertain self.
STELLA BY STARLIGHT. By Sharon M. Draper. 320 pp. Atheneum. $16.99. An ­African-American girl in the Jim Crow South, a budding writer, witnesses a frightening Ku Klux Klan event and decides to fight with her family for change in this stirring, heartfelt novel.
THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH. By Ali Benjamin. 343 pp. Little, Brown. $17. A shattering debut novel about a grieving, lonely girl, stung by the treachery of middle-school social alliances, who tries to use the scientific method to explain her former best friend’s death by drowning.

Young Adult

THE HIRED GIRL. By Laura Amy Schlitz. ­Illustrated. 387 pp. Candlewick. $17.99.Set in 1911, this transcendent novel features a literature-loving teenage narrator, raised poor and Catholic, who flees an abusive home and gains acceptance and worldly knowledge working as a servant for a Jewish family.
SHADOWSHAPER. By Daniel José Older. 297 pp. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. $17.99. “Magnificent,” our reviewer, Holly Black, called this sharp urban fantasy set in Brooklyn, about a young muralist — a shadowshaper, able to channel friendly spirits into art — facing an assortment of dangers.
SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. By M. T. Anderson. Illustrated. 456 pp. Candlewick. $25.99. A gripping, thoroughly researched biography of the Russian composer that illuminates the horrors of World War II along with the eternal hope music can provide.
SIX OF CROWS. By Leigh Bardugo. 465 pp. Holt. $18.99. This crackling first book in a new series by the author of the Grisha Trilogy assembles a team of outcasts who must band together to pull off a heist in order to save the Grisha, a tribe with magical powers.
BECOMING MARIA. Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. By Sonia Manzano. Illustrated. 262 pp. Scholastic. $17.99. In prose that shines brightly, the “Sesame Street” star recounts her path from a poor Nuyorican family ravaged by her father’s alcoholism to a scholarship at a prestigious college theater program.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015

It's a pleasure to share this list with you:

Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Judged purely on artistic merit, it’s the only annual award of its kind.

This year’s judges were Frank Viva, Monica Edinger and Marjorie Ingall. Viva has written and illustrated several acclaimed books for children, including “Along a Long Road” — a previous Times Best Illustrated winner — “Outstanding in the Rain” and “Young Frank, Architect.” He is a frequent cover artist for The New Yorker and the managing director of the design firm Viva & Co. Edinger has been an elementary- and middle-school educator for more than 25 years and currently teaches fourth grade at the Dalton School in New York City. She is also the author of the picture book “Africa Is My Home” and blogs about children’s books at Educating Alice. Ingall is a columnist for Tablet and a frequent contributor of children’s book reviews to The Times and other publications. Her book “Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children” will be published next year.
The 2015 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books are, in alphabetical order:
  1. Photo
    Credit From "Big Bear Little Chair"
    Big Bear Little Chair
    Written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd
    This ingenious take on the “opposites” book shows the youngest children that big, little and tiny are all in how you look at things. Using just black, white and a velvety gray, with a bit of red, Boyd’s delightful cut paper compositions juxtapose the large and the small in unexpected ways: a “big meadow” is big because it’s full of small flowers; a “big seal” towers over a “tiny castle” that’s made of sand.
    32 pp. Chronicle Books. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 5)
  2. Photo
    Credit From "A Fine Dessert"
    A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat
    By Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
    Four vignettes, set in England, South Carolina, Boston and San Diego, show how the creamy dessert called blackberry fool has been made and enjoyed over the centuries. Our reviewer, John Lithgow, called out the book’s “abundant charms.” Blackall’s warm, finely detailed illustrations — done in ink, watercolor and blackberry juice — capture the sweep of history and the constancy of family love.
    32 pp. Schwartz & Wade Books. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)
  3. Photo
    Credit From "Funny Bones"
    Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
    By Duncan Tonatiuh
    This biography of the Mexican artist, who popularized calaveras both as a form of political protest and a popular entertainment, integrates Posada’s own prints with Tonatiuh’s winsome, cleverly layered compositions. “Befitting its subject, the book communicates through its visual aesthetic,” Maria Russo wrote. “Tonatiuh’s eye-catching earth-toned digital collages, with occasional blasts of dusky purple or blue, feature people who look like the swoopy, postmodern descendants of Mexican folk figures.”
    40 pp. Abrams. $18.95. (Picture book; ages 6 to 10)
  4. Photo
    Credit From "Leo: A Ghost Story"
    Leo: A Ghost Story
    By Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Christian Robinson.
    Leo, a little ghost drawn touchingly by Robinson as an improbably sweet and hopeful-looking crayoned outline, feels unwanted in the house he is haunting. So he moves to the city, where he befriends a girl who thinks he’s strictly imaginary. After Leo thwarts a robbery, his real — that is, ghostly — status is affirmed. Our reviewer, Marjorie Ingall, praised Robinson’s “exciting” art. “I love the palette of ‘Leo,’” she wrote. “Black, white, gray and various shades of moody blue, in a mix of acrylic paint and chunky ­construction-paper collage.”
    52 pp. Chronicle Books. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 5)
  5. Photo
    Credit From "Madame Eiffel"
    Madame Eiffel: The Love Story of the Eiffel Tower
    By Alice Brière-Haquet. Illustrated by Csil.
    In this imaginative telling of the story behind the Eiffel Tower, the engineer Gustave Eiffel is inspired by his love for his ailing wife, Cathy. With a strict palette of black and white with dabs of light rosy red, Csil’s intricate, lacy pen-and-ink illustrations convey Eiffel’s keen attention to detail, along with the allure of Paris and the high-flying ambition of his tower. The effect is romantic and utterly charming, inviting you to look and look at the pages.
    24 pp. Little Gestalten. $19.95. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)
  6. Photo
    Credit From "The Only Child"
    The Only Child
    Written and illustrated by Guojing
    A small child is left alone all day to fend for herself. She dozes off on a city bus and wakes in an unknown forest, a silvery fantasyland up in the clouds where she bonds with a flying deer, enormous whales and a seal pup. Our reviewer, Samantha Hunt, was enchanted by this “dreamy, wordless debut,” lovingly illustrated with smoky, mystical-looking pencil drawings. “The dark current flowing underneath such lush imagery,” Hunt wrote, “is the loneliness of childhood under China’s one-child policy.”
    98 pp. Schwartz & Wade. $19.99. (Picture book; ages 5 to 9)
  7. Photo
    Credit From "The Skunk"
    The Skunk
    By Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell.
    A nameless narrator, wearing a tuxedo, is trailed by a mysterious skunk, even while taking a cab, attending the opera, going to a carnival and visiting a graveyard. We never learn why, though like the narrator, we come to see the skunk as more adorable than menacing. The book’s witty retro look is done in a limited palette of black and white with pale peach, gray and a little red. “The great Patrick McDonnell’s drawings are, as always, perfect down to the last scratchy line,” our reviewer, Bruce Handy, said.
    32 pp. Roaring Brook Press. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)
  8. Photo
    Credit From "Sidewalk Flowers"
    Sidewalk Flowers
    By JonArno Lawson. Illustrated by Sydney Smith.
    “Something to treasure,” our reviewer, Carmela Ciuraru, called this dazzling wordless book. As a girl and her father walk home through city streets, she notices flowers sprouting in unexpected places. She picks them, accumulating a bouquet that she distributes to a dog, a dead bird, a homeless man and finally, back home, her sleeping toddler sibling. In Smith’s elegant and moving drawings, as Ciuraru wrote, “the only pop of color on the first page is the girl’s bright red hoodie, redolent of Peter’s snowsuit in Ezra Jack Keats’s ‘The Snowy Day.’ More color suffuses these pages as the pair gets closer to home.”
    26 pp. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press. $16.95. (Picture book; ages 3 to 8)
  9. Photo
    Credit From "The Tiger Who Would Be King"
    The Tiger Who Would Be King
    By James Thurber. Illustrated by JooHee Yoon.
    Thurber’s 1956 comic fable about a power-mad tiger who starts a deadly war is vibrantly illustrated by Yoon in a dense, blocky print style, all in an electric red, a cool blue-green, black and white. Each page teems with evocative images of animal life. The effect is ferocious and ravishing, capturing the beastliness of war along with emotions that include pride, boredom, shock and sorrow.
    40 pp. Enchanted Lion Books. $18.95. (All ages)
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    Credit From "Tricky Vic"
    Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower
    By Greg Pizzoli
    This biography of the legendary con man who once managed to sell the Eiffel Tower bursts with cheeky wit and verve. We follow Tricky Vic, as he was known, from his birth as Robert Miller in what is now the Czech Republic to his death in a federal prison in Missouri. In one of many comic touches, a thumbprint stands in for Tricky Vic’s head. “Pizzoli’s jocular, simple but graphically sophisticated collage illustrations draw readers even further into a story it would be hard to be bored by,” Maria Russo wrote.
    39 pp. Viking. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 7 to 10) Illustrated Children's Books 2015