It was a lovely holiday with too much food, and though we haven’t gotten around to taking down the decorations yet (we have till Valentine’s Day on that, right? Some of the lights are red!), I did get in some book time. Because anytime is book time.
I finally got my copies of Tara Lazar’s “Little Red Gliding Hood” and Josh Funk’s “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast,” spied in a fantastic bookstore in New York State. “Gliding Hood” is hysterical — we had fun pointing out all the other random fairy tale characters swirling around the ice next to Red and her *ahem* unusual skating partner. “Lady Pancake” is the most madcap refrigerator tour I’ve ever seen, with a down-to-the-wire finish that left me … well, hungry. I like French toast. Okay, and pancakes.
I’ve been catching up on Kate DiCamillo’s books because inexplicably I had not read them before, and I finished most of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” in one night, some of it through tears. I also picked up a copy of “The Tale of Despereaux,” which I already loved, and was reading it to my son until he snuck ahead and finished it without me. Well, fine then.
I also finally got to Matt de la Pena’s “Last Stop on Market Street,” which has a terrific sort of poetry to it (I love the dialogue), and Mac Barnett’s “Extra Yarn,” which has exactly the right modern-day fairy-tale feel.
And when not reading, I got some revising done. So generally, a productive break. Now that we’re all back to our regular schedules, let’s see how this month goes.