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How to Impress Us

by Alex S

It’s not terribly surprising, maybe, that publishers (and especially small publishers, and imprints of large ones) have their own personalities. I think any one of the current four booksellers in the kids’ section could walk you right over to a few of their favorites, just as a consequence of reading a lot and finding that some names almost always fit our individual tastes.

One press we’re all captured by is Nobrow/Flying Eye (the latter being the children’s imprint of the former). Their line is characterized by picture book length titles, paper-over-board hardback binding, and arresting, stylish illustration. As a matter of course, we’re excited when new books from them come in–whether it’s a picture book, a work of nonfiction, or a graphic novel.

Today I want to highlight five of their titles that we love.

1) THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna - This increasingly relevant picture book is a wrenching story of refugee flight, told from the perspective of a child.


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2) NIGHTLIGHTS by Lorena Alvarez - A brand new graphic novel about a little girl whose vivid imagination is beginning to spill into her waking life, where things aren’t going as well as they could. (I can’t stop looking at this book!)

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3) THE WOLVES OF CURRUMPAW by William Grill - A western told in colored pencil, relating the showdown between a naturalist and Lobo, the notorious leader of a livestock-killing wolf pack.

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4) HUG ME by Simona Ciraolo - For some reason (in this picture book) no one wants to give this lonely cactus a hug…but someone is out there who is just perfect friendship material.

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5) BROWNSTONE’S MYTHOLOGICAL COLLECTION: ARTHUR AND THE GOLDEN ROPE by Joe Todd-Stanton - Delving into his family history, our narrator’s first story is of Arthur, who once met Thor and made a rope to bind the vicious wolf Fenrir.

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They’re always coming out with great new stuff–so keep a lookout, and please, ask us what we’ve seen from them lately. It will always mean a good story and a feast for the eyes.

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