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30 March 2012 @ 10:06 am
All sorts of nonfiction  

Maira Kalman's LOOKING AT LINCOLN (Penguin 2012) is a moving tribute to the man. Kalman's distinctive illustrations somehow fit this larger than life historic figure who did not always fit in neatly. Colors range from quiet and somber to bright and festive as readers meet the young man and later the President who would change history. End papers contain the text of the Gettysburg Address. <156>

RALPH MASIELLO'S FARM DRAWING BOOK (Charlesbridge 2012) is another in his series of how to draw books for young readers. Here you can learn how to draw farm animals and buildings and equipment in step by step processes that are reminiscent of Lee J. Ames' books. <157>

CRAZY CONCOCTIONS: A MAD SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO MESSY MIXTURES by Jordan Brown with illustrations by Anthony Owsley (and some assistance from Dr. Viskus von Fickleschmutz) (Imagine 2012) is a fun experiment book for making all sorts of messes including a form of Silly Putty, some slime, and even some edible creations. Team this with SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN EAT by Vicki Cobb. <158>