The gaggle of princesses "Defend the castle / Dance at the ball / Plan a tea party - these girls do it all!" The slight story's "princess power" message has appeal. Andersen's tale of desire, love, and sacrifice showcases Santore's lush illustrations of mermaids (loose, flowing hair strategically placed over bare breasts), the prince's sumptuous palace, and the tempestuous and undulating sea. North-South isbn 978-0-7358-2255-9 $16.95 (4) Lisa's desire for a dog can't be satisfied with the "cloth dogs, wooden dogs, knitted dogs, china dogs" that her parents find suitable for their cramped apartment, so she comes up with a creative compromise.
The HORN BOOK GUIDE July–December 2009 PICTURE BOOKS • 13 PICTURE BOOKS Alikhan, Salima The Pied Piper of Austin 32 pp. Pelican isbn 978-1-58980-629-0 $15.95 Acheson, Alison Grandpa’s Music: A Story About (5) This Texas-set story follows the traditional Pied Piper of Hamelin legend, substituting bats for rats and softening Alzheimer’s the ending. The tale gives children an incorrect image of 32 pp. Whitman isbn 978-0-8075-3052-8 $16.99 bats as nuisances. The wordy text, printed over dark, murky (5) Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Grandpa comes to live illustrations, is often difficult to read. lbc with Callie’s family. His tasks include tending the garden, kneading bread, and playing the piano. Grandpa doesn’t Allen, Joy Princess Party always remember the lyrics, so he and Callie make up their 32 pp. Putnam isbn 978-0-399-25259-4 $16.99 own. The text and illustrations are overly sentimental in this bibliotherapeutic book; nevertheless, it could be useful for (4) After dressing up for their party, two girls welcome families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. btm their guests, who also wear costumes (ballerina tutu, base- ball uniform, stereotypical Native American attire). The gaggle of princesses “Defend the castle / Dance at the ball / Alexander, Martha Max and the Dumb Flower Plan a tea party—these girls do it all!” The slight story’s Picture “princess power” message has appeal. Action-packed illus- 40 pp. Charlesbridge isbn 978-1-58089-156-1 $9.95 trations show a young prince eager to join the fun. ak (4) With James Rumford. Max refuses to color the flower drawing that his teacher distributes to the class in honor of Anaya, Rudolfo Juan and the Jackalope: Mother’s Day: he knows that his mom would prefer his A Children’s Book in Verse hand-drawn illustration. The sweet story is rather purpose- 32 pp. New Mexico isbn 978-0-8263-4521-9 $18.95 ful—and overblown (a police officer is summoned after Max runs off)—but the spare illustrations are tenderly (5) Illustrated by Amy Córdova. Lovely Rosita offers a expressive. nb rhubarb pie as the prize for the Great Grasshopper Race. Everyone thinks Pecos Bill (riding a grasshopper) will win, but Juan, on a mythical jackalope, captures Rosita’s heart. Anaya makes a valiant attempt to create an original Gracias / Thanks. Illustration © 2009 by John Parra. Review on page 35. 14 • PICTURE BOOKS July–December 2009 The HORN BOOK GUIDE Southwestern folktale using rich New Mexican lore, but the Ashman, Linda Creaky Old House: A Topsy-Turvy rhymed text is incredibly awkward. Córdova’s vivid illus- Tale of a Real Fixer-Upper trations are eye-pleasing. tw 32 pp. Sterling isbn 978-1-4027-4461-7 $14.95 (3) Illustrated by Michael Chesworth. Three generations Andersen, Hans Christian The Little Mermaid love their “creaky old house” and wouldn’t change a 48 pp. Running isbn 978-0-7624-3442-8 $9.95 thing—until the front door knob falls off. That sets forth a (4) Illustrated by Charles Santore. Published spring 2009. chain of events leading to plans for a major renovation until Andersen’s tale of desire, love, and sacrifice showcases the youngest child puts her pacifier to good use: “Well, I’ll Santore’s lush illustrations of mermaids (loose, flowing hair be,” said Uncle Bob . . . / . . . Lizzie’s gone and fixed that strategically placed over bare breasts), the prince’s sumptu- knob!” Detailed illustrations accompany the jaunty rhymed ous palace, and the tempestuous and undulating sea. text. ak Save for a few awkward poses in the paintings, it’s a well- rendered presentation. erg L Banks, Kate What’s Coming for Christmas? 40 pp. Farrar/Foster isbn 978-0-374-39948-1 $15.99 Andersen, Hans Christian Thumbelina (2) Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben. Text and art depict- 40 pp. Candlewick isbn 978-0-7636-2079-0 $17.99 ing carolers, Nativity scenes, and cookie baking alternate (3) Retold by Brian Alderson. Illustrated by Bagram Iba- with excitement building among the farm animals. What are toulline. Alderson’s interpretation of the Andersen classic is they waiting for? The book provides hints, and readers will spare and folksy (“She wanted a baby real bad”), with find the Christmas Eve birth of a foal worth the anticipation. instances of onomatopoeia (whisht!, rrrrh!) that enhance the Banks’s narrative is full of sensory detail, and Hallensleben’s read-aloud experience. Ibatoulline’s acryl gouache and paintings, with their luminous color and thick brush strokes, watercolor illustrations, starring a wide-eyed, golden-haired capture the seaso
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