Leather Shoe Charlie is a historical fiction picture book set in England during its 19th century Industrial Revolution. It is part of publisher Eerdmans' Trade Winds series, "an educational series featuring stories set in key periods in the history of economy and culture." The fictional story is so-so (perhaps a weakness of being translated from Gyeong-hwa Kim's original Korean). Much better are the four pages of information about the Industrial Revolution at the end - although the reading and interest levels for this information is not a good match to the reading and interest level of the fictional story. The mixed-media illustrations by twins Anna and Elena Balbusso fit the atmosphere of the story. Nevertheless, I'm unlikely to add this paperback to my university library's collection for future teachers.
Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine, is another book in Monica Kulling's "Great Ideas" picture book biography series highlighting inventors. This book should appeal to sports fans - hockey, speed skating, figure skating - and anyone interested in how this ice-smoothing machine came to be. Renné Benoit's simple illustrations are done in watercolor and colored pencil. Kulling is a poet, which may explain the poem that opens the book (and otherwise really doesn't fit). However, this book definitely gets added to my university library's children's literature collection, used by future teachers.
© Amanda Pape - 2017
[I received these books through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. They will be donated to libraries.]