Books by Annemarie van Haeringen

HOW TO KNIT A MONSTER by Annemarie van Haeringen
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"For those who enjoy seeing their beasts appear and disappear (and appear). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sometimes knitting can be monstrously adventuresome. Read full book review >
SCOUT'S HEAVEN by Bibi Dumon Tak
Released: April 5, 2018

"This unusual look at a beloved pet's death may be helpful to some families. (Picture book. 6-8)"
First published in the Netherlands, this story deals with the death of a large, black dog named Scout and how the three children in Scout's family experience and ultimately accept her death. Read full book review >
MR. MATISSE AND HIS CUTOUTS by Annemarie van Haeringen
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The drama of the artist's fulfillment of his creative desires through this direct medium is somewhat undercut by the paucity of the visual elements. (biographical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The story of the legendary painter's adoption of paper cutouts as an expressive medium after illness made traditional painting physically impossible is told here through lively pen-and-watercolor sketches. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2016

"Music and dance work their magic on a witch—and readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Welcome to a community party deep in the woods. Read full book review >
COCO AND THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Annemarie van Haeringen
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"With no notes or sources of any kind, the book is unsuitable as biography, but as a picture book, it is utterly endearing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book look at one of fashion's most iconic designers. Read full book review >
EAT UP, LITTLE DONKEY by Rindert Kromhout
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A perfect, elemental fusion of story and art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Donkey doesn't want lunch, until the ducks do, in Kromhout's bonbon of a tale. Read full book review >
1 2 3 LITTLE DONKEY by Rindert Kromhout
Released: April 1, 2013

"Sweet and definitely out of the ordinary. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A counting book and a cautionary tale, translated from Dutch. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2007

Little Donkey returns for a second outing in which the topic is the universal problem toddlers have with sharing. Jackie Yak is having a birthday. Little Donkey and his very patient mama go to buy the perfect present. Little Donkey opts for a beautiful new kite. Before too long, he decides he would rather keep the kite and instead give his old teddy bear to Jackie. Although Mama says "no," Little Donkey must, of course, keep trying to get his way. He hides the kite and tries to substitute flowers, but finally—reluctantly—gives the present to his friend. Charming ink-and-watercolor illustrations add tremendously to the humor. Mrs. Donkey not only has a mother's gentle understanding, but shows rather impressive cleavage in the amusing clothing in which van Haeringen dresses the characters. Her naïve and somewhat messy paintings are vastly appealing. This amusing, realistic and non-didactic treatment of a common experience is sure to please both toddlers and their parents. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1997

In theme and tone, this fresh and funny sequel to Tales of the Wicked Witch (1995) recalls another import about perilous acquaintances, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's My Friend, the Vampire (1984). An imperfectly reformed witch spreads anxiety among her forest animal neighbors when she comes upon her old grimoire in the back of the closet and decides to stir up a potion or two. Fortunately, her concoctions don't work too well (Dizzying Potion) and tend to wear off quickly (Walking Backwards powder), or she's diverted before they do any permanent damage. In 14 short episodes aimed at readers who have recently made the jump to chapter books, she becomes the victim of almost as many pranks as she springs, due to a cast that includes a sextet of hyperactive young bunnies, a quick-witted hare, and especially a feckless hedgehog who is forever trying her patience—but who also brings out her better nature when he catches a fever. The frequent black-and-white wash illustrations display vigorous brushwork, animals blessedly au naturel and a rangy witch festooned with mushrooms. (Fiction. 8-10) Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

Everything readers who have conquered chapter books could want: 14 brief, perfectly paced episodes that add up to a cauldron- sized triumph in the reformation of a witch. The residents of a forest—hare, blackbird, hedgehog, owl, plus bats and frogs—are routine victims of the wicked witch's awful pranks. They despise these tricks, yet when she's not around- -or around and not playing tricks—they miss the excitement. Kraan's first book plays with this ambivalence, prying comical moments from the animals' attempts to be civil (the witch is suspicious but slowly grows accustomed to being treated nicely) and from the witch's insistence on trickery even in the waning days of her interest in it (she puts a spell on the other well-wishers so that she will be the first to the birthday hare's house with a present). Replete with amusing black-and-white watercolors, every chapter ends neatly, turning on a wry observation from the owl or a moment of gentle insight from the witch. In the end, the witch is so confounded by her own dawning decency that she almost puts her magic book away for good. In this last scene and throughout the book, Kraan steals readers' expectations and transforms them into chuckles. (Fiction. 7-11) Read full book review >