Books by Bernadette Watts

Bernadette Watts has illustrated many books for North-South, most recently, The Rich Man and the Shoemaker. Other titles include classic fairy tales such as The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Snow Queen, and The Ugly Duckling. She lives in England.


WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND? by Bernadette Watts
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Listeners who enjoy old-fashioned animal stories will appreciate Watts' gentle, whimsical tone, pastoral setting and sweet conclusion, but for many, time spent poring over the pictures will be more rewarding—and enjoyable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small group of anthropomorphized woodland creatures have a mild adventure and make a new friend (sort of) in this low-key tale. Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE PIGS by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Devoid of energy, but greeting-card pretty. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
A candy-colored version of the classic tale completely lacks teeth and claws. Read full book review >
THE STAR CHILD by The Brothers Grimm
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Overly moralistic (it is more blessed to give than to receive), it's recommended only for extensive fairy-tale collections. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-7)"
Another Grimm tale illustrated by Watts in her familiar soft-edged and soft-toned artwork (Little Red Riding Hood, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SMALLEST SNOWFLAKE by Bernadette Watts
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"If the concept is more than a bit twee, the geography inconsistent and the ending downright sappy, the pictures are imbued with their own quiet magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
High above the geese, the snowflakes discuss where they will go. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The old is new again here, and this is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
My, what big talent she has! Read full book review >
JORINDA AND JORINDEL by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2005

"The illustrations are lacy and dreamlike, with echoes of Chagall in the bright feathers and black cloak of the witch and the flower vision that inspires Jorindel. (Picture book/fairytale. 5-9)"
A romantic Grimm fairytale that's hard to find in a single edition is retold and made lovelier by Watts's pretty illustrations. Read full book review >
HARVEY HARE, POSTMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Bernadette Watts
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"What powers this book, though, are the unpretentious, elegant illustrations; Watts captures the moods of the seasons and provides the right measure of drama to prevent the story from becoming a treacly salute. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Harvey Hare embodies all the traits that make letter carriers such bricks: Nature can't throw anything at him to prevent the swift completion of his appointed rounds. Read full book review >
THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Children will know from the start that all's well that ends well. (Picture book/folklore. 3-5)"
 Bell and Watts, two reliable interpreters of folklore (Rumpelstiltskin, 1993, etc.), team up again for this strong entry in a crowded field. Read full book review >
THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Both deserve a place in library collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
 Watts's soft, more traditional illustrations don't have the rambunctious zest of Wilhelm's (below), but they are appealingly pretty (in the best sense), representing the animals with sympathy, their defeat of the robbers with some humor, and the setting with a pleasant nostalgia. Read full book review >
TROUBLE AT CHRISTMAS by Russell Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Better than average of its kind. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 A new twist on a proven formula: when Santa's reindeer (he has just two) take the year off without notice, his sleigh is pulled by a unique collection of animals, led by a dragon to light the way and including a lion, a donkey, an elephant, a camel, and a mouse to help Santa read the map. Read full book review >