Books by Charlotte Voake

FRYDERYK CHOPIN by Catherine Weill
Released: May 1, 2012

"Attractive to look at, to hold and to hear, this is a good selection for music-making children. (Informational picture book/audiobook. 6-10) "
Charming illustrations and a thoughtful choice of performance examples enhance this deceptively simple introduction to the life and work of Frederic Chopin that emphasizes the singing voice of his piano music. Read full book review >
TWEEDLE DEE DEE by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

With quick, sketchy strokes of pen and brush, Voake creates a massive tree with birds and squirrels in the branches and two children setting up a picnic below as a setting for her lightly reworked version of the cumulative folksong most commonly called "The Green Grass Grew All Around." Read full book review >

HELLO TWINS by Charlotte Voake
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2006

Move over Dick and Jane: "Here are the twins / This is Charlotte. / This is Simon. / They're not like each other at all." Read full book review >

GINGER FINDS A HOME by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

Large type and scratchy watercolor-and-ink illustrations enliven this story of how Ginger (2000) first arrived on the scene. Read full book review >

PIZZA KITTENS by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

This fable of "Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Table Manners" will have kids giggling at the familiar home dinnertime fiascos. Read full book review >

ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

One of the loveliest of tales (revived in a smaller-sized edition by Candlewick in 1997) is here given full-dress treatment. Read full book review >

HERE COMES THE TRAIN by Charlotte Voake
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Voake (Ginger, 1997, etc.) coaxes wonders from scant text and spare, deft watercolors that detail the pleasures of waiting on a bridge for a train to pass underneath. Read full book review >

ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Voake's ink-and-watercolor sketches match the delicate clarity of Farjeon's prose to perfection in this small, handsomely turned-out volume that makes available to a new generation a classic tale of tyranny overcome. Read full book review >

LOOKING AT PICTURES by Joy Richardson
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1997

Art history for the populace is back in vogue; to that end, Richardson explores painted treasures from the National Gallery in London, covering both aesthetic considerations and technical ones, e.g., readers learn not only about perspective and Impressionism, but how paint is mixed and canvases are stretched. Read full book review >

GINGER by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

A flawless tale of two cats, well-suited to story hours, to be read and reread. Ginger is introduced as the most contented of pets, his owner making him ``delicious meals'' and his days spent in the splendor of his beautiful basket. Read full book review >

MR. DAVIES AND THE BABY by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

Mr. Davies, a spry little terrier, decides to go along with his neighbor, a young mother, when she takes her baby for a stroll. Read full book review >

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Charlotte Voake
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

Ten tales in fine versions for reading or telling, some a bit changed or updated, as if by a skilled teller, or with the violence toned down (the little pig still cooks the wolf but doesn't eat him; Red Riding Hood survives, as she does in the Grimm's version), but essentially traditional in language and event. Read full book review >