Books by Bagram Ibatoulline

THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A deep subtext of love and loss, childhood and awakening, power and trust resonate through these pages at least as strongly as the magnificent images. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-12)"
One of the great illustrators of our time takes on one of the knottier Andersen fairy tales, producing a gorgeous and winning result. Read full book review >
THE MATCHBOX DIARY by Paul Fleischman
Released: March 12, 2013

"Captivating and powerful. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The story of one person's life is the very essence of history, transcending time, distance and generations. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A lovely family tribute. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Drawing on family history, Wyeth exalts intergenerational bonds and the heirloom that symbolizes them. Read full book review >
THE THIRD GIFT by Linda Sue Park
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"The cumulative effect of text and illustrations has a sad rather than celebratory feeling, unusual in a Christmas-themed story and therefore refreshing in a usually relentlessly cheery season. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
Newbery Medalist Park offers a Christmas story explaining how myrrh is harvested and how it came to be one of the gifts carried to the Christ Child by the three Wise Men. Read full book review >
ON THE BLUE COMET by Rosemary Wells
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

Time travel hurts. Read full book review >

BOOM BOOM GO AWAY! by Laura Geringer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

Toys come alive in a child's disheveled room, each with its own instrument and unique sound, and chime together for a bedtime song. Read full book review >

CROW CALL by Lois Lowry
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

It's a cold November morning, and Liz's father has just returned from the war. Read full book review >

THUMBELINA by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Pint-sized Thumbelina faces danger and despair as she searches for true love. Read full book review >

THE SCARECROW’S DANCE by Jane Yolen
FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

One autumn's eve, the forlorn scarecrow watching over the cornfield is magically freed. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Not much is heard about President Lincoln's children, so Rabin fills a gap with this brief snapshot into the lives of two of them, Tad and Willie, which Ibatoulline illustrates with a softly drenched light that suggests yesteryear and a hint of melancholy, his images often evoking hand-tinted daguerreotypes. Read full book review >

GREAT JOY by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

Newbery Medalist DiCamillo is joined again by the illustrator of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2005) in this moving story that offers the reader (or young listener) a treat: a story with an outwardly simple plot but with an inner core of meaning that is deeply satisfying. Read full book review >

THE TINDERBOX by Hans Christian Andersen
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

Mitchell and Ibatoulline, after Andersen's The Nightingale, adapt another of the Danish master's tales. Read full book review >

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS STOCKING by Elizabeth Winthrop
FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

Knitting warm dreams along with wool into her socks, a poor child mysteriously earns a lasting reward with an act of charity on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO by Russell Freedman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

A gloriously designed biography of Marco Polo brings to young readers some of the excitement his Description of the World must have offered to contemporary readers upon its publication at the turn of the 14th century. Read full book review >

THE SERPENT CAME TO GLOUCESTER by M.T. Anderson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"A 19th-century tale presented in grand, 19th-century style. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)

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To commemorate well-documented old sightings of huge sea serpents gamboling off the New England coast, Ibatoulline paints richly detailed scenes of wide seas and narrow shores, of small boats, monstrous writhing coils and astonished onlookers—to which Anderson pairs an old man's reminiscence in verse: "The serpent was twirling, just chasing its tail, / And showed all intention of staying. / 'Is it back in the deep?' 'Is it eating our sheep?' / 'I think,' I said, 'that the serpent is playing.' " Young monster lovers will share the wonder of this never-solved mystery, and applaud when a company of sea-hunter's strenuous efforts to kill the monster yield only a large mackerel. Read full book review >

SECRETS OF THE SPHINX by James Cross Giblin
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

A characteristically solid text is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations to tell the life and times, with a few diversions, of the Sphinx. Read full book review >

HANA IN THE TIME OF THE TULIPS by Deborah Noyes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

A tour de force for the artist, but a story that doesn't quite hang together. Read full book review >

THE ANIMAL HEDGE by Paul Fleischman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

The versatile Fleischman presents a delightful tale of following one's dreams. Read full book review >

ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2003

Queen Elizabeth I makes her way through the English countryside on one of her summer "progresses," attended by an entourage that includes two traitors. Read full book review >

THE NIGHTINGALE by Stephen Mitchell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Hot new illustrator Ibatoulline (Signs for Sale, p. 579, etc.) exchanges sentimental, Norman Rockwell-like realism for elaborate chinoiserie to go with a gently massaged version of Andersen's popular tale. Read full book review >

CROSSING by Philip Booth
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

The locomotive sounds its old siren song in this pairing of a poem from Booth's first book and spectacularly realistic art from Russia-born Ibatoulline. Read full book review >

SIGNS FOR SALE by Michele Benoit Slawson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

With an idealized fidelity that will strike a chord in Norman Rockwell fans, Russian-born Ibatoulline (Crossing, 2001) gives viewers a glimpse of small-town America through the eyes of a traveling electric-sign salesman and his daughter. Read full book review >

GRAVEN IMAGES by Bagram Ibatoulline
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"Fleischman establishes a storyteller's hold on his audience; they can put themselves in his hands with the assurance that they won't be disappointed—and that all the surprises will be well within the established conventions."
From the author of The Half-a-Moon Inn; three polished tales set in the past and told with dexterous application of old genre techniques. Read full book review >