Books by Brenda Williams

OUTDOOR OPPOSITES by Brenda Williams
Released: May 1, 2015

"An ebullient book with catchy, rhyming text that's fun to read again and again at home, in the classroom or under a tree. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Poet Williams interprets the concept of opposites in a clever, rhyming book celebrating the outdoors. Read full book review >
MILLIE'S CHICKENS by Brenda Williams
Released: March 31, 2015

"An equally sweet companion to Laurie Krebs and Cis' The Beeman (2008), though young children (and their parents) with a yen to raise poultry for pets or other purposes will be better off with a conventional manual. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a tale with a warm tone and an instructional bent, a suburban child tenderly tends a rooster, a trio of hens and their hatchlings in her backyard. Read full book review >
THE REAL PRINCESS by Brenda Williams
Released: March 1, 2008

A fleshed-out "Princess and the Pea" gives readers an opportunity to practice their counting skills. This time three princes, Primo, Secundo and Terzo, are searching for mates. Their castle employs one butler, two footmen, three maids and so on. There are also two counting houses, holding the three bags of gold that will go to the sons upon their marriages, and the queen's secret stash of nine special peas. Terzo and Secundo quickly find brides, and while they don't pass the pea-under-the-mattress test, it's OK because they are not in line for the throne. Luckily Primo's choice passes. And those peas? They do more than simply disturb the sleep of princesses—there's a second ending devoted entirely to them. Fatus's acrylics are cartoon fun with details galore, including collaged papers that add texture. She peoples her illustrations with round-headed, pointy-nosed, skinny-limbed royalty whose smiles seem permanent. While the lengthy text does not quite match the skill-level being highlighted, this is still a fun take on an old classic. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >