I Hear a Red Crayon: a Child’s Perspective of Her Brother’s Autism
by Bonnie Feuer
(c) October 2015
The Connecticut Press and Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction
Rating: * * * *
A combination of the title and the cover image drew me to this book about a girl growing up with an autistic brother.
The illustrations really make this book work: I felt an instant connection with the confusion and disorder as well as the breakthrough moments of joy and understanding through the black-and-white images.
While the text may appeal mostly to older kids and young adults, the illustrations make the book equally – or perhaps even more – accessible for younger children.
Thank you to NetGalley, The Connecticut Press, and IBPA for the Advance Reader Copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale by Hellen Ketteman, James Warhola (Illustrator)
Rating: * * * * *
Like Cinderella, only funnier! Bubba lives in Texas, a lowly servant to his wicked stepfather and two stepbrothers. When Miz Lurleen, the prettiest rancher in the area, decides to marry and throws a shindig to meet her mate, Bubba is of course not allowed to attend. Then his fairy god-cow shows up.
The story is funny enough on its own, but the pictures send me into peals of laughter. Bubba is the red-headed stepchild, Miz Lurleen (with her big hair) has a butler with his nose perpetually pointed to the ceiling, and the fairy god-cow…well, let’s just say that if I could have ever dreamed up a fairy godcow (which I most certainly could not), I couldn’t possibly have dreamed she would have curls that would do Nellie Oleson proud.