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All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi
Babymouse: Monster Mash by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Born to Rule by Kathryn Lasky
Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
The Conductor by Laëtitia Devernay
Fullmetal Alchemist 21 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 22 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 23 by Hiromu Arakawa
Funny How Things Change by Melissa Wyatt
Geektastic edited by Holly Black
Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan
The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash
The Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Images of Nature: The Photographs of Thomas D. Mangelsen by Charles Craighead
Just Like Bossy Bear by David Horvath
The Library by Sarah Stewart
The Lost Art of Reading by David L. Ulin
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
Punished! by David Lubar
Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 06 by CLAMP
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
xxxHolic Volume 12 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for The Conductor

The Conductor: 01/24/14

cover artThe Conductor by Laëtitia Devernay is a wordless picture book that reminds me very favorably of the sunset chapter in The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. There Milo learns how to conduct the colors of the sky into a sunset (and makes a few mistakes along the way) and here, a well practiced conductor turns leaves into birds and back again.

Published originally in France, it was released in 2011 by Chronicle books. As the only word in the entire book is the title, it would be silly to say it was "translated."

The artwork is done with delicate and precise lines and shades of green. The style is similar to Escher — though more organic. The illustrations are suitable for framing. If I were ever to find a beat up copy where the spine was beyond repair, I would rescue the leaves and frame them. They would make a perfect series of framed pieces for a hallway, stair well or similar space.

Five stars

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