The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius - Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan

In late 19th- and early 20th-century Biloxi, Mississippi, George E. Ohr was ahead of his time. Ohr, who dubbed himself The Mad Potter (Roaring Brook, $17.99), experimented with glazes and shapes, creating “art ware” that future generations would admire and even covet. He was a showman who created a persona to lure tourists and locals to flashy demonstrations at his potter’s wheel. But few of Ohr’s contemporaries recognized his genius, preferring to purchase his clay trinkets. Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (Ballet for Martha) introduce readers to this underappreciated artist and his art with engaging text and captivating photographs. Today you can see Ohr’s work at the Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.  Ages 9-12. Heidi Powell

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ISBN: 9781596438101
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 29th, 2013

Goodnight Songs - Margaret Wise Brown, Jonathan Bean, Carin Berger

Unless they’ve time to slip into a dreamy reverie, readers had best steer clear of Goodnight Songs (Sterling, $17.95), a collection of previously unpublished poems by famed children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. The book casts a spell. Each poem has been reimagined in song by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary, whose mellifluous soundscape, included on CD, works as an extended lullaby while intricately pairing instrumentation to lyric: the yawning trombone of “Sleep like a Rabbit,” Celtic rhythms in the sea tale of “Song for Estyn.” Twelve preeminent illustrators gathered to produce the art. Though diverse in media and style—from Carin Berger’s tiny 3-D stage to Eric Puybaret’s acrylic on linen—the pictures create a mood of mystery and whimsy, filled with details sure to enchant adults and children. If any book can capture the hushed comfort of that moment between awake and asleep, this one has done it. Ages 3-6. Amy Dickinson

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ISBN: 9781454904465
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 4th, 2014

Music Everywhere! - Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon

Imagine for a moment your favorite instrument or style of music. How does it sound? What emotions does it evoke? Take another moment to remember that there is Music Everywhere! (Charlesbridge, $7.95), and join Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon on a tour of culture, sound, and pure joy. Though the instruments of Indonesia and Venezuela may be different and the beats of Ghana and France unique, all children clap, sing, pluck, rattle, and scrape, and ultimately find refuge in the comfort that their music brings. “Music has many moods.” It brings people together from the United Kingdom to Timor-Leste; it is a language that we can all understand. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter