Books by Andrea Baruffi

RETURN OF THE SHADOWS by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

The fine poet and picture-book author (d. 1984) left this intriguing tale of shadows abandoning their owners to experiment with incongruities: camel with iceberg, skyscraper with jungle tree, bike with plane. At noon, they ``disappear[ed] entirely...without anything familiar to hide under''; lengthening, they grow bolder, but night—the ``terrible time in the no place of shadows''—sends them back to their true owners. Farber's wonderfully fresh language is echoed in Baruffi's spare, clean art—a perfect setting for these arrant wayfarers, whether boldly black or elusively dim. A delightfully imaginative variant on the theme of ``Home Sweet Home.'' (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
YOURS 'TIL THE ICE CRACKS by Laura Geringer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

A baker's dozen of whimsical Valentine's greetings with witty illustrations to extend the fun: ``Be my valentine. Yours 'til the dinosaur drops'' reads the message facing a dinosaur that has just fallen into a heart-shaped, heffalump-style trap, while a caveman and -woman look on; a grass-covered, heart-shaped divot, evidently from the top of the trap, graces the facing page. ``Yours 'til the moon melts'' sounds like a longer-lived affection, until the illustration of a heart pattern shoveled in the snow beneath just a sliver of moon is considered. A lawnmower, a skywriter, a wrecking ball, and even a tightrope fashion hearts on other pages, but the message is consistent: affection is fun, but it's also ephemeral. Entertainingly offbeat. (Picture book. 7-10) Read full book review >