Don Ray Ray de Korma, Zhytomyrs'ka oblast, Ukraine
the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay is just one of the most engaging stories i've ever read. i would recommend it to anyone (and i do). it inspired my crush on eastern europe (prague in particularly) and will always hold a special place in my heart.
I so rarely find books of poetry for children that I think are actually readable, let alone excellent. This is a beautifully written free verse collection that traces various colors through the seasons. Highly original, very creative. It also has lovely illustrations.