Books by Chris Soentpiet

AMAZING PLACES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Amazing, indeed: American readers will come away both proud of what the country has to offer and eager to visit the sites in person. (Poetry. 6-11)"
This companion to Amazing Faces (2015) is a tribute to United States landmarks and adds illustrator Hale as a collaborator. Read full book review >
AMAZING FACES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Undeniably attractive and potentially useful in a classroom setting but ultimately less than the sum of its parts, this collection may struggle to find an appreciative audience. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Faces and the emotions they reveal are the focus for this appealing but uneven poetry collection. Read full book review >
BROTHERS by Yin
by Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

It's the year after the big fire in Chinatown when Ming crosses the ocean to join his brothers in San Francisco. Read full book review >
SATURDAYS AND TEACAKES by Lester L. Laminack
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"The author crafted this as a tribute to a childhood tradition with his grandmother, to whom the book is dedicated; while not all of us had his childhood, filled with sunshine and smiles, this nostalgic look back offers up the childhood many of us wish we'd had. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers will have a hard time resisting this cover: a grinning boy of nine or ten is lord of the pile of treats in front of him: teacakes he bakes with his grandmother as the culmination of their Saturday visits. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A very welcome addition to the King story. (illustrator note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
In the years since his death, too many biographers of Martin Luther King Jr. have made him so much larger than life that to the current generation of children he has become more of an idealized heroic icon than a real person. Read full book review >
DEAR SANTA, PLEASE COME TO THE 19TH FLOOR by Yin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Though the overall story is a touch sentimental, its realistic urban setting, not seen enough in picture books, will help it find its audience. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yin and Soentpiet collaborate for the second time (Coolies, 2001) with this long first-person story narrated by a Hispanic boy named Willy. Read full book review >
JIN WOO by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 2001

"This will find a ready audience with many adoptive families, especially those preparing to adopt Asian babies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Among the prolific Bunting's many talents is a propensity for distilling complex social issues into accessible picture books that begin to make subjects such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, adult illiteracy, and homelessness more understandable to younger children. Read full book review >