Books by Alison Lester

SOPHIE SCOTT GOES SOUTH by Alison Lester
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A novel approach that may seem cluttered at times but packs in plenty of facts, history and interesting tidbits and is told from a welcome, fresh perspective. (maps, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A fictionalized personal narrative, based on the author's own journey, that chronicles a little girl's expedition to Antarctica. Read full book review >
NONI THE PONY by Alison Lester
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"The gentle ending, with pony and friends cuddled up for bed, slows the trotting long enough— just the way a book for toddlers should end. Night-night, Noni. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Noni, friendly and funny, is the perfect pony for preschoolers. Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH THE HORSES by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Very well done indeed. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Aussie Lester crafts a believable wartime adventure loosely based on the World War II rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School. Read full book review >
HORSE CRAZY by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Saddle Club, step aside. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Bonnie and Sam are best friends and horse-crazy. Read full book review >
ARE WE THERE YET? by Alison Lester
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"North American kids will be left with both a far greater understanding of the varied wonders of Australia and a sense that their own homeland may offer similarly gorgeous possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A three-month odyssey around Australia forms this infectiously enthusiastic love letter to the author's homeland. Read full book review >
THE SNOW PONY by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: April 28, 2003

"Still, horse lovers will persevere. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A somewhat incoherent adventure set in Australia's plains. Read full book review >
ERNIE DANCES TO THE DIDGERIDOO by Alison Lester
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"As a story, it's a great list. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lester's lively, evocative artwork far outstrips her clunky narrative in this introduction to Australia's northern outback state of Arnhem Land. Read full book review >
ALICE AND ALDO by Alison Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Her cheerful characters and varied, roomy compositions create instant visual appeal; the uncontrived plot and unfamiliar examples will keep even well-read abecedarians glued to the page. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"Ah ha! Alice and Aldo are awake" and ready to bounce alphabetically through a day, helping their father do the dishes, handing hay to Hugo the hare, singing in the sandbox, yawning in their yogurt, and finally catching a string of Zs. Read full book review >
WHEN FRANK WAS FOUR by Alison Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1996

A brilliantly conceived book about seven children, consisting entirely of variations on the same phrase: ``When Nicky was one she spilled spaghetti on her head. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Clever allusions to old movies and stories make stock characterizations familiar but slightly askew, perfectly rendered colorful drawings; the broad sweep of the book makes it ideal for repeat readings or for classroom performances. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The cast of characters in this deliberately silly book is large, introduced by Lester (My Farm, 1994, etc.) in seven singsong poems. Read full book review >
MY FARM by Alison Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Lester's illustrations are full of detail and care, instinctively right with either a sheep slaughter or a Christmas morning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A year in the life of an Australian farm, told by one of the kids (probably the young Lester, as a note at the end of the book suggests) in a gentle, understated tone. Read full book review >
ISABELLA'S BED by Alison Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1993

When they visit Grandmother, the children sleep in ``Isabella's'' handsome bed and explore the trunk of South American treasures at its foot. Read full book review >
MAGIC BEACH by Alison Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1992

"The carefully crafted verse descriptions are pleasant enough, but the lucid, beautifully observed illustrations here are outstanding: a splendid evocation of summers past and summers still to come. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A favorite Australian illustrator pairs realistic and imaginative experiences at the beach: first, an expansive watercolor depicts children absorbed with playing in the surf or tidal pools, or constructing a vast sandcastle, or roasting marshmallows in a cove by moonlight; a turn of the page reveals a related make-believe scene enclosed in a soft-edged circle (e.g., the beachcombing spread is followed by a picture of the same kids finding a fabulous treasure chest). Read full book review >
TESSA SNAPS SNAKES by Alison Lester
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A concept book that is as entertaining as it is instructive. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The seven kids in Rosie Sips Spiders (1989) are back, each behaving in his or her unique way: different things make them laugh; they have seven secrets and seven fears, and each has a special way to earn pocket money and to send messages. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY HOME by Alison Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1991

Digging a huge hole in their sandpit, two Australian kids fall in and come out at the North Pole. Read full book review >