Books by Charlotte Doyle

Released: March 1, 2006

Doyle offers a simple but refreshingly rare variation on the traditional alphabet book (or classroom chart), which focuses on objects or nouns as the examples of the letters. Here, most of the letters are linked to actions (hopping, swinging, turning), and are brightly illustrated in a rainbow of colors. "R is for riding a really big truck," for example, features five shades of blue as well as red, green, yellow, orange, etc. Similarly, the text employs an attractive variety of fonts. These word choices also provide an excellent springboard for creative play. The three boys depicted have a retro feel—Howdy Doody crossed with Elroy from The Jetsons. The cover copy describes them as siblings and, while the text has no storyline, the red-headed pair romp like brothers. The third black-haired boy is presumably a playmate. The pictures are appealing, but the absence of any girls or ethnic minorities could narrow the book's potential audience. (Picture book. 2-4)Read full book review >
SUPERMARKET! by Charlotte Doyle
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Riding high in a shopping cart, a toddler tears up the grocery store in this satisfying romp. Doyle's short, rhyming sentences—one, two, and three words each—reflect the toddler's developing language skills. In one full-bleed spread, mother and child shop for "Beets. / Meats. / Ham. / Peanut butter. / Jam." Children can easily match words with pictures. Westcott's watercolor-and-ink illustrations on "super sturdy" paper show the items on the shelf and in the cart. They also tell the back story—while mom selects a ham, the boy flings beets to the floor. In the next spread, he eats peanut butter and jelly from the jars. Behind him, customers slip and slide on errant produce. Throughout, the boy and his mother blaze a messy trail, upsetting other customers in their wake. It's a familiar scenario, with a predicable conclusion. Little ones will love this. (Picture book. 1-3)Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T CATCH ME by Charlotte Doyle
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

This entry in the Harper Growing Tree series has a text modeled on "There was a little turtle," and several other hand rhymes. It's a lap-sized alternative to board books and features three animals and a child gleefully being chased, hiding from their pursuers, and then being caught up—in the child's case—for a parental hug. A brief line or two of text undulates across each simple painting of happy, bounding figures, all eyes and smiles; the sturdy paper stock will survive rough handling during the repeated reading most children will demand. You can almost hear the giggles. (Picture book. 2-3) Read full book review >