Books by Anne Carter

TALL IN THE SADDLE by Anne Carter
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

A father is not going off to the office in the morning, his son fantasizes; instead, he's riding the range tall in the saddle, rounding up cattle rustlers. Carter's Wild West make-believe works as a vignette about a father-son cowboy fantasy, but is less successful in conveying what in the story is or is not pretend. When the father pedals off to work on a stolen bike, it appears his son thinks of the bikes as horses and they're off on a cattle round-up. First they hogtie tattletale Jen and mean-mouthed Ben (siblings? friends? Is the father justified in going along with their poor treatment?); around the bend lurk cattle thieves, but these two cowboys fend them off. McPhail's illustrations have both realistic and dreamy qualities to them that match the story's mood, yet with the elements of this daydream so poorly defined, the fantasy never takes off. (Picture book. 4-6) Read full book review >
BIRDS, BEASTS, AND FISHES by Anne Carter
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Fifty or so poems, grouped as the title suggests and varying in difficulty but generally of high quality, from traditional rhymes and familiar masters (Coleridge, Tennyson) to challenging and intriguing modern works (Sandburg, Philip Larkin). Touches of humor lighten the mix (Ogden Nash); since many entries are not from ``children's'' poets (though they will appeal to able children), there's much that will be new to readers. Cartwright's glowing stylized illustrations appear on virtually every page. An unusually handsome volume that fulfills its creators' aim of ``portray[ing] a living world [of] vigor and vitality,'' where ``William Blake's tiger and Ted Hughes' jaguar meet in our terror and delight.'' Glossary (19 obscure words); index. (Poetry. 6+) Read full book review >