Books by Chris Demarest

ALL ABOARD! by Chris Demarest
Released: Feb. 19, 2008

"A tour de force. (foreword) (Picture book. 3-7)"
From A for "All Aboard" to Z for "Zeppelin," this highly original alphabet book takes its travel theme seriously. Read full book review >
T-REX AT SWAN LAKE by Lisa Carrier
Released: June 1, 2004

"The offbeat story is full of action and humor, but it's Demarest who brings T-Rex to life in his jewel-toned watercolors filled with dancers, musicians, ballet fans, and one super-sized skeleton dancing up a storm. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The combination of dinosaurs and ballet seems an unlikely one, but Carrier and Hart carry it off with both style and heart. Read full book review >
BIKES FOR RENT! by Isaac Olaleye
Released: May 1, 2001

"Pleasant, but pedestrian. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Realistically conveying the close affinity of boys for bikes anywhere in the world, Olaleye (In the Rainfield, 2000) also introduces the young reader to a small slice of village life in contemporary western Nigeria. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The deadpan delivery of Ziefert's pragmatic text, combined with Demarest's waggish illustrations, makes for a raucously funny tale and a rambunctious read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An etiquette guide for the very young—with an ironic twist. Read full book review >
THE COWBOY ABC by Chris Demarest
Released: April 1, 1999

"Rendering chaps and stetsons, nighthawks and prairie dogs in loving detail, Demarest captures that rugged, outdoorsy life at its most romanticized, and will leave readers itching to saddle up. (Picture book. 6-7)"
Demarest (Plane, 1995, etc.) abandons his familiar minimalist cartoons for a more elaborate style in this tribute to the cowboy mythos. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"It doesn't seem possible, but it's true: In Seuss-like poetry, Moss (The Other Side of the Door, 1991, etc.) tells an amazingly profound and sophisticated story of a bird's reevaluation of life. (Fiction. All ages)"
Hieronymus White was a know-it-all bird. Read full book review >
'UH-OH!' SAID THE CROW by Joanne Oppenheim
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Also available: Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Level 1, ISBN: 0-553-09498- X), a survey of water craft with sometimes awkward variations on the well-known verse; The Christmas Witch (Level 3, ISBN: 0-553- 09392-4), a retelling of the Italian folktale about Befana. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The best of Oppenheim's three new entries in the Bank Street Ready-to-Read series: on ``Level 2,'' a reader that creatively combines devices like animal voices and repetitions of words in amusingly varied phrases in a tale about animals frightened by mysterious thumps on their barn roof. ```What was that?' mewed Cat. `I don't know,' cawed Crow. `It's up there,' whinnied Mare.'' An owl hoots, the wind whistles, and the animals nervously imagine ghosts while Sheep baas, ```Go back to sleep' '' and they try vainly to get one of their number to investigate (`` `Not my Job!' grunted Hog''). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Demarest's appealing line drawings complement the light tone. (Poetry. 7-11)"
A broad collection of verse on subjects from the lighthearted or nonsensical (``The McSloppys''; ``Why It's Hard to Be Romantic If You're an Octopus'') to the everyday (``If You Make Me Go to Bed Now''; ``Eleven Reasons My Big Sister Gives for Not Playing with Me When Our Parents Are Out''). Read full book review >