The year 2011 has been a fruitful year for Myra, Iphigene, and me. We kicked off the year with a new concept – bimonthly themes. It was what I would call the grand scheme of “themes.” (*wink)
In January and February of 2011, we launched our first bimonthly theme:
I had to admit that “Message in a Bottle” was one of the more challenging bimonthly theme we’ve had. We managed to pull it through with 14 book reviews featuring stories written in letters and postcards.
Nick Bantock and His Cryptic Postcards
Ah, what can I say? You gotta love the man! My first encounter with Griffin & Sabine was in 2002, when I decided to take courses in English Literature. A friend introduced me to this collectible gem and, together, we read through the enigmatic correspondence between star-crossed lovers, Griffin & Sabine.
I didn’t know that the Griffin & Sabine trilogy has a companion – The Morning Star trilogy. That is, until I moved to California five years later when I found Alexandria in a thrift store. Needless to say, Myra and I decided to review both trilogies about kindred spirits and quantum metaphysical entanglements.
Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence
Sabine’s Notebook: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Continues
The Golden Mean: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Concludes
The Gryphon: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Rediscovered
Alexandria: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Unfolds
The Morning Star: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Illuminated
Mark Teague and His Canine Wonder
Thanks to Myra’s lovely reviews featuring canine wonder, Ike LaRue, I now have a new set of books to add to my picture book collection. I’ve come across “Detective LaRue” a few times in bookstores but never had the chance to buy it. As I revisit this bimonthly theme, I was reminded to grab copies of this postmodern picture book.
Dear Mrs LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail
Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation
Letters Featured in Picture Books
Below is the list of picture books with a “letter-theme” to it.
The Rumblewick Letters by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton
Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada
Poetry-Inspired, Letter-Themed Books
We simply cannot resist the power of verses, so here are a few books to go with our bimonthly theme.
Letters on Poetry from William Butler Yeats to Dorothy Wellesley
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
Letters to a Young Poet by R.M. Rilke
“Family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape…”
– Dodie Smith
The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
A Declaration of Love
As Myra had put it, it is the love letter to end all love letters.
The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket
Here are other titles of books that you might find useful:
Fairy Tale Picture Books
Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada
With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Animal Picture Books
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Dear Bear by Joanna Harrison
Dear Calla Roo… Love, Savannah Blue series by Sudie Rakusin
Letters from Felix series by Annette Langen & Constanza Droop
Dear Annie by Judith Caseley
His Litte Princess: Treasured Letters from Your King by Sheri Rose Shepherd
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Snail Mail No More by Paul Danziger & Ann Martin
Letters of a Portuguese Nun by Miriam Cyr
Other People’s Love Letters by Bill Shapiro
Other People’s Rejection Letters by Bill Shapiro
Before I let you go…
Here are additional links provided by Goodreads.
If you know more books that tell stories in letter/postcard form, please feel free to write your book recommendations below. Until then, have a wonderful 2012 ahead! =)