Bone Soup, A Spooky Tasty Tale Review by Kirkus

August 1st, 2018

“Stone Soup” gets a Halloween remake. Three hungry witches, finding only a dry bone in the cupboard, take their cauldron door to door collecting ingredients for their bone soup. Both the neighbors, who are initially suspicious of the witches, and their additions to the pot will be unfamiliar to children used to grandma’s chicken soup: A ghost contributes a giant’s eye; a ghoul brings a lizard’s tail; a werewolf adds old toenails. The beguiling smell attracts more and more creatures, and as their hunger increases, their patience grows thin: They will not put up with any tricks from the witches. (Capucilli’s wordplay here is a delight: ” ‘Let’s wrap this up now,’ mumbled the mummy. / ‘Don’t rattle me further,’ clattered the skeleton.”) Just as it looks as if the witches will be part of the soup, a monster child saves the day, and bone soup is shared and enjoyed by all. Knight’s illustrations, made with charcoal and pencils and colored digitally, have just the right mix of creepy and humorous, treading the line between scary and fun. His palette is suitably Halloween-y. Just right for sharing with neighbors this October-either the tale or the (real) recipe that follows, or maybe both. (author’s note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)

Finding Nature in a Book; Finding a Book in Nature

March 2nd, 2015

alyssa-and-huckleberryGrowing up in an apartment in Brooklyn, NY, it was not always easy to be in touch with nature. Sure, there were the billowing roses that a neighbor let us smell on the walk to school, there were the summers spent in “the country”—(actually New Jersey)—where hour after hour was passed creating magical worlds and stories as we romped unattended over steep paths and through tall grasses. Closer to home, there were Sundays spent in the rolling green grass of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

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Tulip Loves Rex Review

January 30th, 2015

Tulip Loves RexYoung Tulip is all action, with swirls of soft blues highlighting her energy and enthusiasm, especially for dance. She twirls everywhere, and so do the illustrations, with almost no static moments (the only straight lines are in buildings and furniture, though even nightstands and bedsteads have curves). Often accompanied by a flitting butterfly, her life becomes complete when she meets a large dog named Rex, who shares her love of movement. Both agree that sharing a passion makes it all the more enjoyable. Massini’s large, soft pastel illustrations are very appealing, especially the close-ups of Tulip and Rex, clearly in delight with each other. Black outlines give Tulip just enough definition as she spins through life, and Rex is scruffy enough to fit her energetic lifestyle. Perfect for Valentine’s Day and any discussion of love on many levels.

— Edie Ching

Don’t forget about our ebooks and apps!

June 24th, 2013

Summer reading comes in all shapes and sizes, whether you’re at home or on the go! Be sure to check out your favorite characters with the latest ebooks and apps!









There’s lots to read this summer…

June 24th, 2013

More favorite stories about this silly yellow puppy…now available in Spanish!

Have even more fun with Biscuit…

June 24th, 2013

Be sure to dig around for new activities, downloads, and Biscuit color-ins!

Baby Book Baskets Blog

January 19th, 2013

Checkout this new blog at Baby Book Baskets:

Meet the Author

September 15th, 2012

On September 15, 2012 Alyssa read from her books and answered questions from an audience at the Apple Store, SoHo. Download the podcast for free here.

Seven Impossible Things Blog

May 23rd, 2012

Jules Danielson writes about moderating a panel at the Knoxville Children’s Reading Festival

Knoxville, Tennessee, which positively drips with charm and personality (particularly since it’s revitalization of the downtown area within the last several years), annually holds a children’s reading festival, sponsored by Knox County Public Library. I not only drive over there from middle Tennessee every May to experience it, but I also volunteer. This year, I moderated a picture book panel with author Alyssa Capucilli, storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, author/illustrator David Ezra Stein, and author/illustrator Dan Yaccarino. It was good fun. I asked them about Sendak, digital apps and e-picture books, the value of picture books and what draws them (lousy pun not intended) to creating them, issues of audience in children’s lit, and their childhoods and whether or not they knew they wanted to be picture book creators when they grew up.

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The Tale of Biscuit

May 7th, 2012

Alyssa interviewed at Little One Books blog