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

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. Ten-year-old Nina's father is stable master at an acclaimed royal academy in an unnamed city (clearly Vienna in the illustrations). When war closes the Academy, the horses are taken away by truck—but as Nina's father waits with the last of them the battle reaches the city, and they must flee on the horses themselves. Read full book review >
HORSE CRAZY by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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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

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 >