Books by Brian Wildsmith

BRIAN WILDSMITH'S AMAZING WORLD OF WORDS by Brian Wildsmith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Drawbacks: There's an index for which any use is difficult to imagine, and the tab cuts on the pages will become quickly dog- eared. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wildsmith (Saint Francis, 1995) enters the picture-search market long dominated by Waldo and the I Spy series. Read full book review >
SAINT FRANCIS by Brian Wildsmith
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"But the gilt-edged, stained- glass beauty of the pages is oddly out of keeping with the saint who called himself il poverello; the warm, down-to-earth humanity of Lewin's paintings suits his story better. (Picture book. 6+)"
An estimable work with two formidable competitors: Tomie dePaola's Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (1982) and Margaret Hodges's Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts (1991), illustrated by Ted Lewin. ``The Canticle of Brother Sun'' opens the book, and a recapitulation of the facts of Francis's life, with dates, closes it. Read full book review >
THE EASTER STORY by Brian Wildsmith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A richly complex visual feast, masterfully integrated into a reverent, unusual interpretation: Wildsmith at his best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Framing his unadorned retelling of the biblical account with his own story about Jesus's donkey, ridden to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and last seen going home with ``one of Jesus' friends'' after the Ascension, Wildsmith relates key events surrounding the crucifixion in some detail; but the glory of this book—even more than its companion, A Christmas Story (1989)—is its illustrations. Read full book review >
OVER THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Daisaku Ikeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 1993

"A useful multicultural contribution that's a joy to behold. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Akiko and Hiroshi are lonely on the island to which their parents' work has brought them, until they meet Pablo, who shows them the tropical world's entrancing secrets, teaches them to paddle an outrigger canoe, and shares the delights of a coral reef. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE MOON by Daisaku Ikeda
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"The reformation may be too easy, but the point is still valid; and no one should forgo Wildsmith's delectable art with its delicately glowing colors and wonderfully imaginative juxtapositions of harmonious images. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An unabashedly didactic story by the Japanese author of The Cherry Tree (p. 466), with a heavy-handed message made remarkably palatable by English adaptor Geraldine McCaughrean's lyrical text and Wildsmith's gorgeous illustrations. Read full book review >
THE CHERRY TREE by Daisaku Ikeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mourning their father, who died in a war that also left their home in ruins, Taichi and his sister Yumiko decide to help an old man who is wrapping a damaged cherry tree in straw mats as protection against the cold, in the hope that—for the first time since war began—the tree will bloom. Read full book review >
THE SNOW COUNTRY PRINCE by Daisaku Ikeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Wildsmith's familiar flamboyant art, his imaginatively observed creatures displayed against lovely impressionistic vistas, is handsomely showcased in this oversize volume. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A gentle Japanese tale about two children who care for the birds, especially an injured swan, while their father is away for the winter fishing. Read full book review >