Skrímslin í Bookbird | Reviews in Bookbird

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♦ Bókadómar. Í síðustu tveimur tölublöðum af Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature er að finna dóma um spænsku þýðingarnar af bókunum Nei! sagði litla skrímslið og Stór skrímsli gráta ekki. Í tímaritinu hefur áður birst bókadómur um skrímslin tvö og var þá Skrímsli á toppnum til umfjöllunar. Dómarnir um skrímslabækurnar þrjár eru á ensku og má lesa hér neðar á síðunni.

Bookbird er gefið út af IBBY, International Board on Books for Young People og Johns Hopkins University PressHér má finna eldri árganga tímaritsins, allt frá árinu 1963.

♦ Book reviews. In the last two issues of Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature there are nice reviews of the Spanish editions of the first two books in the Monster series: ¡No!, dijo el pequeño monstruo and Los monstruos grandes no lloran. A review of Monster at the Top has been published earlier. Bookbird is an academic journal that publishes articles on children’s literature with an international perspective. It is published jointly by the Johns Hopkins University Press on behalf of the International Board on Books for Young People. Other links: Online archive. Online access.

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“No!” said the Little Monster
Text: Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Rakel Helmsdal, Kalle Güettler. Illustrations: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.

“With vivid and emotionally evocative illustrations, “No!”, said the Little Monster brings to life the struggle between staying silent when a friend does something wrong, or speaking up and risking the friendship. When the big monster comes over to play, the little monster runs through a list of all the times in the past when his friend has caused damage or hurt others’ feelings and the little monster hadn’t dared to say anything. The litany of past frustrations gives him the courage to say “No!” this time, prompting an unexpected reaction from his friend. The importance of speaking up is portrayed with just the right mix of humor and seriousness, in a way that both children and adults can enjoy. As a part of a larger series, including a companion book called Big Monsters Don’t Cry, it also shows the different perspectives inside a friendship and how one situation can be perceived very differently. This book can be a starting place for a conversation about why friends might do things that feel hurtful and how important it is to speak up for core values, reinforcing that conflict can even strengthen friendships.”
– Deena Hinshaw. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature Volume 51, Number 4, October 2013

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Big Monsters Don’t Cry 
Text: Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Rakel Helmsdal, Kalle Güettler. Illustrations: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.

Los monstruos grandes no lloran goes to the heart of childhood insecurities in competition with friends. The pressure felt by the character of the big monster, who feels inadequate whenever he plays with his friend the little monster, is the dual burden of being unable to measure up to his friend’s abilities coupled with the conviction that he must not reveal his feelings of inadequacy. When he is brought to the breaking point by the little monster’s laughter at the actions of his father, he finds out that his tears are an opening to discussing his real feelings with his friend. Not only does this prompt a deepening of the friendship, but also an opportunity for the little monster to share some of the things he admires about the big monster, and a chance for the big monster to teach skills he possesses. The bold illustrations convey the emotions behind the story and bring the words to life. As a part of larger series, including a companion book called “No! Said the Little Monster”, it also shows the different perspectives inside a friendship and the way that the same situation can be perceived very differently by the individuals involved. This book is an entertaining way to raise topics of conversation with children related to self-judgment and expressing emotions of vulnerability.”
– Deena Hinshaw. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature Volume 51, Number 2, April 2013

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Monster at the Top
Text: Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Rakel Helmsdal, Kalle Güettler. Illustrations: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.

“When Big Monster climbs to the top of a tall tree, he imagines he is on an adventurous journey to Monster Peak. As his tales get taller and taller, Little Monster feels left behind. What must a little monster do to get to the top? Fans of the award-winning Monster series will be delighted with this latest installment. The series highlights the friendship between two monsters who don’t always get along. Big Monster learns that he is not always right; Little Monster learns that although he is small, he can still hurt Big Monster’s feelings. Both discover a genuine sympathy for the other inspite of their differences and learn how to work together to overcome obstacles. The books, written collaboratively in Faroese, Swedish, and Icelandic, have been published internationally in ten countries. Jónsdóttir’s striking colors and broad strokes create an intense atmosphere, while the expressive faces of the monsters will thoroughly captivate and charm readers of all ages.”
– Tanja Nathanael. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature Volume 49, Number 3, July 2011

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Fimm snuð og fleira gott! | Reviews of Skrímslaerjur

♦ Bókadómar. Hér koma tveir örstuttir dómar um Skrímslaerjur í sænskum tímaritum: Fjórar rósettur (eða eru það blöðrur?) og fimm snuð! „Lítill gullmoli“ segir Moa Samuelsson í VI FÖRÄLDRAR og Anna Matzinger skrifar í MAMA að bókin fjalli með „húmor og hlýju um sammannlegar tilfinningar“.

♦ Book Review. For the record: two super short but nice four and five “star” reviews of Skrímslaerjur / Monsterbråk (Monster Squabblesin Swedish magazines about parenting.
„A little gem“ ★★★★  – VI FÖRÄLDRAR
“Deals with universal emotions with humor and warmth.” ★★★★ – MAMA

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Þrjár kápur | Three covers

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BókaútgáfaSagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason heldur áfram að gera víðreist. Nú er hvað úr hverju von á bresku útgáfunni hjá Pushkin Press í London. Ég fékk eintakið mitt með póstinum í síðustu viku (til hægri). Bandaríska útgáfan (til vinstri) kom út í lok síðasta árs hjá  Seven Stories Press og hefur fengið fína dóma og viðurkenningar. Báðar þessar útgáfur eru í öðru broti en íslenska frumútgáfan og dökki geimurinn á kápunni fékk að fjúka. Kápu- og bókarhönnun var í höndum erlendu útgefendanna.

 Bókadómur. School Library Journal birti á dögunum bókadóm um Söguna af bláa hnettinum og hann má lesa hér fyrir neðan. Þar segir m.a.: „Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.“

Book release. The UK-version of The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason is soon to be released by Pushkin Press in London. I got my copy in the mail last week. The US-version (left) was published several months ago by Seven Stories Press and has received excellent reviews and honors. The two English versions have the original illustrations, but differ quite a bit from the original edition in layout. Cover and book design was made by the publishing houses.

♦ Book review. School Library Journal has published a review on The Story of the Blue Planet, stating: “Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.”

“Those who enjoyed Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (Dutton, 2010) may find Magnason’s cautionary ecological tale a perfect compliment. Like Gidwitz, Magnason does not shy away from graphic descriptions of danger and death. That being said, as in all good fables, he begins with once upon a time and readers learn of an innocuous-looking blue planet floating in space. It is inhabited solely by children, who live an idyllic, although somewhat savage life (they hunt for food, even clubbing seals). They are happy and this is most fully realized once a year when the butterflies of the Blue Mountains follow the sun across the sky, a beautiful and breathtaking sight. But as in all good tales and life itself, things are never static. Enter the villain, Mr. Goodday, who lands on the planet and is discovered by the protagonists, Brimir and Hulda. Mr. Goodday, over the course of a very short time, corrupts the children by giving them the power to fly and by introducing them to, among other things, the concept of sefishness. In the process the planet is corrupted as well, affecting the entire ecosystem. After a number of harrowing events, Mr. Goodday is outsmarted by Hulda, who offers to fulfill his greatest wish in return for restoring the children and planet to their former states. Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.” — Mary Beth Rassulo, Ridgefield Library, CT

Bókadómar í Bandaríkjum | Book reviews in USA

UsSaganAfBlaa Bókadómar. Sagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason fær fína dóma vestan hafs. Lesa má meira um það hjá forlaginu Seven Stories Press í New York og heimasíðu Andra Snæs. Að vanda er teiknarans ekki alltaf getið, en hér plokkaði ég út hrósið svo því sé haldið til haga.

 Book ReviewThe Story of the Blue Planet  by Andri Snær Magnason (illustrated by Áslaug Jónsdóttir), published by Seven Stories Press, New York, has received excellent reviews in the States. Read more about it here: at Seven Stories Press or on Andri Snær Magnason’s homepage. As usual the illustrator is not always mentioned but I still managed to pick out some praise.

Typographical Era:
“Magnason’s beautifully illustrated and expertly translated book is charming, eccentric, moving, and humbling – often reminiscent of Roald Dahl or William Steig.” – Karli Cude
Typographical Era:
“Of course any review of this particular tale would be incomplete with a mention about the artwork, some of which is sampled here. While it certainly won’t be to everyone’s liking, it does possess a uniqueness about it that binds the reader to the story, propelling them ever deeper into the world that Magnason has gleefully created. It’s both playful and innocent in a way that matches his young subjects.” – Aaron Westerman
Truthout:
“It’s a delightful and pointed tale. Indeed, The Story of the Blue Planet, aided by Aslaug Jonsdottir’s fanciful and evocative illustrations, raises important issues about greed, collaboration, friendship and trust that will kick-start discussions among children and their caretakers.” – Eleanor J Bader
Books for Kids:
“The illustrations are lovely and offer a visual stimulus for the story.  This is one of those books that I think every child should read.” – Dena / Books for Kids

The New York Times – Stealing the Sunlight by Amanda Little
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Skrímslaerjur í Mogga | Book review in Morgunblaðið

 Bókadómur. Skrímslaerjur fengu ljómandi umfjöllun í Morgunblaðinu í gær, 29. nóvember 2012:
„… eins og fyrri bækur mjög vel gerð, snertir við lesandanum og skemmtir honum.“ segir Ingveldur Geirsdóttir.

 Book Review. Nice review in Morgunblaðið yesterday. Four stars for Skrímslaerjur (Monster Squabbles).

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Skrímslagóð lesning! | Monstrously good!

 Bókadómur. Fínasti dómur um Skrímslapest birtist í Litteraturavisen Bokstaver um helgina. Monsterpest fær sexu á teningnum hjá Siri Pedersen sem segir m.a.:

teningur6„Trioen Kalle Güettler, Rakel Helmsdal og Áslaug Jónsdóttir har skapt morsomme figurer og satt dem inn i en gjenkjennelig ramme. Hvem blir vel ikke ekstra syk av å være syk, i alle fall når man blir tilgodesett med en dose omsorg? Hvem føler seg vel ikke syk selv, når man pleier syke?

Teksten sitter bra, illustrasjonene sitter enda bedre. Alt i alt blir Monsterpest monstrøst god lesing, både for liten og stor.“

Tengill á dóminn um Monsterpest á Bokstaver.no.

teningur5Siri Pedersen hefur áður skrifað um skrímslin og ritrýndi Stór skrímsli gráta ekki á síðasta ári. Store monstre gråter ikke fékk fimmu og m.a. eftirfarandi umsögn:

„Ved aktiv bruk av typografi gjøres en temmelig enkel språkform mer interessant. Men det som virkelig løfter boken er de geniale illustrasjonene til Aslaug Jonsdottir. “Enkle”, men likevel intrikate.“ 

Tengill á dóminn um Store monstre gråter ikke á Bokstaver.no.

 Book review. Good review on the Norwegian version of Skrímslapest (Monster Flu) in the online book magazine Bokstaver. Monsterpest gets six on the dice and very nice evaluation by Siri Pedersen. Last year the second book about the monsters, Stór skrímsli gráta ekki (Big Monsters Don’t Cry), received just as favorable reviews in the magazine.

Read here about Monsterpest on Bokstaver.no (in Norwegian).
Read here about Store monstre gråter ikke on Bokstaver.no (in Norwegian).

Um skrímslin á nýnorsku | Neo Norwegian monsters

  

 Bókaumfjöllun. Á vef Nynorsksenteret er fjallað um Skrímsli í myrkrinu og Skrímslapest sem komu út á nýnorsku hjá forlaginu Skald í september. Jákvæða umsögn Gudrun Kløve Juuhl má lesa hér, á www.nynorskbok.no. 

„Bøkene har ganske lite tekst og veldig mykje livlege illustrasjonar, som får tydeleg fram både korleis dei to monstera har det: om dei er glade, redde, sinte, triste eller sjuke med raude prikkar, og kva dei held på med. Det gjer at det er mykje å snakka om på kvart oppslag.“ – Gudrun Kløve Juuhl

Áður hefur verið skrifað á vefinn um Nei! sa Veslemonster og Store monster græt ikkje, en þær komu út árið 2011. Umfjöllun Petra J. Helgesen má lesa hér.

„Dette er stramt komponerte bøker, med gjentaket som viktigaste verkemiddel, men teksten er likevel underhaldande og lettbeint. Illustrasjonane er leikne og uttrykksfulle, og dei støttar opp om og utfyller teksten. Slik er dette bøker som eignar seg fantastisk godt til lesetrening, samtidig som dei er gode samtalebøker.“ – Petra J. Helgesen

 Reviews. The Center for Neo Norwegian, Nynorsksenteret, has a website dedicated to books. Read a nice review (in Neo Norwegian, of course) of Monster i mørket and Monsterpest at the site: www.nynorskbok.no. The first two Norwegian books in the monsterseries were released in 2011, also reviewed at same site. Read here about Nei! sa Veslemonster and Store monster græt ikkje.