Just unpacked two great books:
A Rat’s Tale
by Tor Seidler, pictures by Fred Marcellino
(Farrar Straus Giroux, paperback, $9.95)
This was one of my favorite books from childhood. Originally published in 1986, A Rat’s Tale is a modern classic along the lines of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. This beautifully updated paperback edition will help this charming story make it into the hands of a new generation of readers.
by David McPhail
(Roaring Brook Press, hardcover, $16.95)
This breathtaking picture book stuns me. It is the nearly-wordless story of a small boy who sets out to mail a letter to the President. As he walks to the mailbox, fighter jets fly overhead. A bomb explodes. Tanks roll in. Soldiers march by. McPhail’s depiction of war and bullying is beautifully executed.