We are so happy to host another visit with author and illustrator Matthew Cordell, winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal for Wolf in the Snow. He'll join us for Saturday Storytime to readhis latest picture book, Explorers, about a family's extraordinary visit to a museum. As a special treat, Matthew will draw for us! The Book Stall hosts a storytime for ages 3 and up every Saturday morning at 10:30 AM.
"Cordell brilliantly tells the story of a regular outing. The family dynamics, as displayed through the body language and facial expressions of the characters, are touching and authentic. ...The pen-and-ink with watercolor illustrations are compelling and thought-provoking, telling the story in its entirety yet allowing readers plenty of room for their own predictions and interpretations. ...A substantial picture book about the very best kind of magic. "--School Library Journal
"[A] boy sets out with his family to a natural history museum, stopping on the way in to buy a wind-up flying toy from a street vendor seated beneath a sign that reads "Magic." It flies beautifully, murmuring "KSSSSHH," and the boy can't resist launching it inside, past the dinosaurs and the statues, until another boy, whose family has brown skin and whose mother and younger sister wear hijabs, catches it deftly.... In loosely drawn panels, the boy's shifting emotions make him easy to empathize with as he's by turns baffled, tense, and vexed by the conflict between wanting his toy and wanting to be generous."--Publishers Weekly
Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow, winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal. His other books include Another Brother and Trouble Gum (both now in paperback) and he is also the illustrator for the Justin Case series, and Special Delivery by Philip Stead. Matt lives in Gurnee, Illinois with his family.
From Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell, Explorers is a new picture book about an extraordinary trip to a museum.
When a family goes to a local museum, a boy notices a homeless man sitting outside, making brightly colored origami birds. He convinces his dad to buy a bird the man makes just for him.