In a Village By the Sea: THE BEST BOOK EVER [THIS WEEK]

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Five picture books reviewed, including gathering up lost things, cars of all sorts, and a hunt for a yeti.

Books reviewed on this episode:

Mina’s White Canvas
by Hyeon-Ju Lee
Peter Pauper Press, Inc

No Yeti Yet
by Mary Ann Fraser
Peter Pauper Press, Inc

All The Lost Things
by Kelly Canby
Peter Pauper Press, Inc

Calling All Cars
by Sue Fliess; illustrated by Sarah Beise
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

In a Village by the Sea
by Muon Van; illustrated by April Chu
Creston Books

About the Author

Matthew Winner


Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is is the co-founder and content director of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the Let's Get Busy podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. For more information, connect with Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner .


  1. Matthew and Blake — Congratulations on your new venture! A couple of comments — I found the music at the beginning and end somewhat jarring and louder than the reviews — it seems out of tone with the rest. Listening on my computer, I also felt frustrated that I couldn’t see the illustrations you were commenting on — any chance you could add video or stills of interiors on the website to accompany to your podcasts? I agree “In a Village by the Sea” by Muon Van; illustrated by April Chu is extraordinary! April Chu is also the illustrator of Laurie Wallmark’s new picture book biography: “Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine” (Ada is considered by many to be the world’s first computer programmer) The author is a NJSCBWI member. Finally — What are your criteria for choosing which books you will be reviewing? (Noticed that 3 of the books were from the same publisher.)

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