Books by Aliki

PUSH BUTTON by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"Completely in sync with toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What little person does not love to push buttons, especially if all those pushed buttons yield fascinating and rewarding effects? Read full book review >
QUIET IN THE GARDEN by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A sandal-shod child holds still in the garden, watching its various denizens help themselves to its bounty. Read full book review >
A PLAY’S THE THING by Aliki
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The children are a rainbow of the American classroom, and the lessons gently taught. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Inventive and jolly, Aliki tells a tale in her familiar comic-strip style, with shiny bright colors and enough sly references to convulse adults, even if the kids sail past them. Read full book review >
AH, MUSIC! by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2003

"The joy of music is not lost in all the information, however—the energetic art, particularly in the chapter on dance, conveys the power of music to inspire. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Everything you'd ever want to know about music: from how to define it, to types of instruments, the voice as an instrument, how dance and music work together, its history and diversity, music as therapy, and the importance of practice. Read full book review >
ONE LITTLE SPOONFUL by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"All the fun and messiness a tot could want—without the tedious cleanup. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Mealtime mayhem is the focus of this spirited look at a familiar scene. Read full book review >
ALL BY MYSELF! by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Young readers and pre-readers will respond enthusiastically to this child's proud self-assurance, and be prompted to take stock of their own abilities too. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Essentially a follow-up to Robert Kraus's Leo the Late Bloomer (1971) and like tales of developing competency, this follows an exuberant child from morning wash-up to lights out at night, cataloguing the tasks and skills he has mastered. Read full book review >
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE GLOBE by Aliki
Released: May 31, 1999

PLB 0-06-027821-8 For Aliki (Marianthe's Story, 1998, etc.), the story of the Globe Theatre is a tale of two men: Shakespeare, who made it famous, and Sam Wanamaker, the driving force behind its modern rebuilding. Read full book review >
MARIANTHE'S STORY by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The storytelling is vivid and exquisitely emotional, making Aliki's story painfully personal, yet resonant, in very few pages. (Picture book. 7-9)"
One picture book tells two stories and two aspects of the immigrant experience from the perspective of a child. Read full book review >
MY VISIT TO THE ZOO by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"The colored pencil illustrations, though somewhat stylized, are lively and give readers a good working knowledge of each animal's appearance and the habitat in which it lives. (map, index) (Picture book. 4-8)"
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HELLO! GOOD-BYE! by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"In all, the book will be something of a revelation to children and adults alike. (Picture book. 4+)"
 A wry, informative look at the almost endless possibilities of greetings and farewells, for they are ``a beginning and an end.'' Through a combination of jaunty illustrations and factual text, youngsters travel the wide world to experience universal moments of arrivals and departures. Read full book review >
THOSE SUMMERS by Aliki
by Aliki, illustrated by Aliki
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1996

"In contrast to the excellent text, the pictures—though pleasant in every way—are almost irrelevant; Aliki (My Visit to the Aquarium, 1993, etc.) paints what has already been amply evoked in the magic of her words. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
 This warm and accessible memoir of Aliki's childhood days at the beach with her extended family is a tone poem that vividly reflects a wealth of detail. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK FOR OUR PLANET by Ann Durell
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Six conservation organizations are to benefit. (Anthology. 6-12)"
Again, an all-star collaboration in aid of a worthy cause: Mother Earth herself. Read full book review >
MY VISIT TO THE AQUARIUM by Aliki
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Unobtrusive labels for many species and a fervent, sensible environmental plea round out an unusually attractive and useful offering. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
 A versatile author at her best, with an introduction to an aquarium she bases on several modern installations in the US. Read full book review >
HOME by Michael J. Rosen
edited by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Aliki
NONFICTION
Released: May 30, 1992

"Not, perhaps, a first choice to give the homeless themselves, but one to engender thoughtful discussion among luckier children. (Picture book. 4-9)"
 This latest title in support of a worthy cause is subtitled ``A Collaboration of Thirty Distinguished Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books to Aid the Homeless.'' In this context, the theme seems bittersweet—yet celebrating the joys of one's own special place does effectively dramatize the deprivation of being homeless. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS TREE MEMORIES by Aliki
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A warm evocation of the value of family tradition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Sharing a bedtime snack on Christmas Eve, a dark-eyed family of four reminisces about their tree ornaments, each laden with family history: a walnut cradle made during the Christmas baking, origami from the museum, a starfish Santa that recalls a summer trip, gifts from near and dear, and more. Read full book review >
MANNERS by Aliki
Released: Oct. 17, 1990

Aliki makes a tart lesson in etiquette smoothly palatable—in a comprehensive assortment of good and bad behavior that's presented with such generous good humor that few children will feel preached at. Read full book review >