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 >
THE GRANDDAUGHTER NECKLACE by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
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

"Ibatouilline's full-color, atmospheric Norman Rockwell–like vignettes enhance the nostalgic feel of this warm, cleverly crafted adventure. (Historical fiction/time travel. 11 & up)"
Time travel hurts. Read full book review >
BOOM BOOM GO AWAY! by Laura Geringer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"As more toys, sounds and text jumble each page, readers may be tempted to simply shut the book and enjoy the sounds of silence. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"Relevant for families whose parents are returning from war, the text is also ripe for classroom discussion and for advanced readers. (Picture book. 7-10)"
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

"A cozily satisfying rendition of the classic. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
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

"A conversation-starter for parents interested in discussing the meaning of sacrifice or who wish to explore Christian faith with their children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One autumn's eve, the forlorn scarecrow watching over the cornfield is magically freed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An author's note explains the genesis of the story and fleshes out the principals, including Tad and Willie, who, like their father, lived too-brief lives. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"This simple but powerful story will indeed bring the reader great joy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Handsome and engrossing. (Picture book. 6-10)"
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

"The sentimentality is evident but not overwrought in this tale of kindness recompensed. (Fiction. 8-10)"
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

"Simply splendid. (Biography. 9-12)"
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)"
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

"The author's enthusiasm for his subject and the stories around it come through clearly, and an annotated bibliography grounds the enthusiasm in fact. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
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

"Children (and adults) may not quite follow the story, since the resolution seems overly simple, but both will thrill to the beauty of the pictures and the tender concern of a child for her father. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
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

"Joyous, peaceful, and lovely. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The versatile Fleischman presents a delightful tale of following one's dreams. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN’S PROGRESS by Celeste Davidson Mannis
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2003

"A potentially lovely and interesting effort, but both text and illustrations just miss the mark. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
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

"Editions of Nightingale abound, but this makes a sumptuous, readable alternative that is true to its original. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-10)"
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

"All who have succumbed to the allure of the railroad will be stopped in their own tracks by this eye-filling, show-stopping debut showcase, but younger trainiacs may still prefer to hop aboard Donald Crews's Freight Train (1978). (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
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

"Automobiles and other details set this at least a generation back, but the town itself has a timeless look that echoes the equally timeless closeness between parent and child. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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 >