Why We Broke Up

The Children’s Book awards were announced this week. They range from the Caldecott, which honors amazing artists of American picture books, to the Newbury – most distinguished contribution to children’s literature, to the Printz – literary excellence in Young Adult literature. There are some really wonderful books that were honored. And at Bee Hive, we carry a lot of them. I have to say though, the one I am most excited about winning an award is Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, writing under his real name). It is a beautiful, satisfyingly substantial book written from the point of view of Min Green to Ed Slaterton. The story or the book is in letter form and it is what accompanies a box full of the souvenirs from their love that Min leaves on Ed’s doorstep. Each object in the box is intricately illustrated by Maira Kalman. I don’t want to give away anything else, but the skill of the writing – relaying the story of this relationship from Min’s point of view, accompanied by the work of art that is each object, makes for a very successful collaboration worthy of the honor its received. And I do think its ok if you borrow it from the young adult reader in your house. To give it a permanent home on the coffee table.

Thursday January 4, 2012