Books by AnnaLaura Cantone

PRUDENCE AND MOXIE by Deborah Noyes
FICTION
Released: April 20, 2009

"This fanciful foray should tickle readers who have their own mismatched friends. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Opposites attract—or do they? Read full book review >
MAMA ROBOT by Davide Cali
by Davide Cali, illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone, translated by Marcel Danesi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Good choice, kid. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Weary of never seeing his working mother after school, a lad imagines building a robotic parent who would make all his favorite foods, do his homework, never tell him to brush and would take care of the odd bully or obnoxious neighbor to boot. Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE GHOSTIES by Pippa Goodhart
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Fine fare altogether for young readers more comfortable with feigned fright than the real sort. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Goodhart spins several stanzas from a snatch of nursery rhyme with this tale of three ghosties, "eating burnt toasties, / telling big boasties" and then setting out to scare some "girlsies! Read full book review >
PECORINO PLAYS BALL by Alan Madison
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Read this aloud, and set children, athletically gifted or otherwise, to laughing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having attended his First Concert (2005), young Pecorino Sasquatch now moves on to Little League, where, drowning in an outsized jersey and with the threats of massive Coach Credenza ringing in his ears, he struggles to at least look like he has a clue about how to play. Read full book review >
PECORINO’S FIRST CONCERT by Alan Madison
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Cantone's scritchy collage illustrations, accented with bits of cotton and small photographs, perfectly fun-mirror the eccentric, googly-eyed, huge-nosed, projectile-breasted characters that inhabit Pecorino's silly, silly world. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sure, Pecorino Sasquatch is silly. Read full book review >
MY FAVORITE THING (ACCORDING TO ALBERTA) by Emily Jenkins
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"But they are not so very different either," without adult interpretation. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Wielding pen, brush, and odd bits of cloth or cardboard with breezy abandon, Cantone depicts a pop-eyed, carrot-topped child in variously skewed domestic settings, tallying her "particular tastes"—"Dogs are not her favorite thing. ‘I do not like large ones that drool, but small ones that keep their tongues in their mouths are okay.' " After going on to weigh in on cats, foods, colors, her big brother, baths, boats, and baby dolls, Alberta concludes with the unsurprising revelation that her very favorite thing is (wait for it): "ME!" Read full book review >