Books by Christine Davenier

THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS SPARKLES IN THE SNOW by Julie Andrews
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Readers will cheer this princess's gumption and almost unfailing optimism as she navigates disappointment and a momentary case of stage fright. Kids are sure to applaud this encore performance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Geraldine returns in her fifth adventure with as much "sparkle" as ever. She is preparing to sing at the Winter Wonderland Festival and hopes she will be the star of the concert. Read full book review >
THE CAT WITH SEVEN NAMES by Tony Johnston
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Children will likely enjoy this visit to a newly united neighborhood, even if the catalyst for its creation is more device than distinct individual. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A friendly cat worms his way into the affections of a number of neighbors, gains new names (and enough extra meals to pack on a few pounds), and eventually brings together residents new and old. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Three cheers for this princess whose magic comes from her confidence and determination rather than gauzy wings or shiny baubles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gerry, full of her characteristic pluck and sparkle, returns in this fourth installment of the best-selling Very Fairy Princess series. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Applause for another lovely production from the author-and-illustrator duo. (glossary of ballet terms, summary of The Sleeping Beauty ballet) (Picture book. 3-8)"
One of Miss Lina's nine lovely ballerinas suffers pangs of jealously when casting is announced for The Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >
IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING by Christine Davenier
Released: July 1, 2012

"The original song with its three-part counterpoint is deliciously imagined on these pages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In 1961, Peter, Paul and Mary made an extremely engaging piece combining the title ditty, a game of hide-and-seek and snatches of nursery rhymes; Davenier takes it a visual step further to make an absolutely engaging picture book. Read full book review >
SAMANTHA ON A ROLL by Linda Ashman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Things get a bit dicey when plucky Samantha experiments with her new roller skates in one frightening, hilarious inaugural "roll" through town. Read full book review >
MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS AND THE PRINCE by Grace Maccarone
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Welcome Tony Farina to Miss Lina's, and join the applause for a lovely and lively story. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
The nine lovely little girls are back and what a joy—for there's a new student joining their ranks, and he's a boy! Read full book review >
PIRATES AND PRINCESSES by Jill Kargman
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Teachers especially will turn to this good-natured story; it will help open up a discussion about friendship that many children will profit from. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the pink and blue rules of kindergarten threaten best friends, they have to make a choice. Read full book review >
NO ROOM FOR DESSERT by Hallie Durand
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 7, 2011

"Another romp full of zesty, true-life fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Lively third-grader Dessert returns for more comic classroom and family fun as she learns to cope with jealousy in her third outing (Just Desserts, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2011

"Captivating artwork aside, the authors make this princess fare more palatable than most by emphasizing that Gerry's claim to princesshood is her sparkle, which turns out to be more about her self-confidence and self-expression than a frothy dress or gleaming tiara. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The mother-daughter team offers a follow-up to the popular The Very Fairy Princess (2010). Read full book review >
MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS by Grace Maccarone
FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"The little girls, nicely multiethnic, have personality, and young readers, budding ballerinas or not, will enjoy the details of the ballet studio and the joie de vivre of the nine young ladies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In an infectiously rhyming text not a little reminiscent of Madeline, eight little girls ranging in name from Christina and Edwina to Marina and Nina all study ballet in Messina. Read full book review >
JUST DESSERTS by Hallie Durand
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 6, 2010

"Lively fun well pitched to the young target audience. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The common perils of childhood propel the action in Durand's second installment of her Dessert series, as her eponymous heroine, age eight, tries to solve the never-ending problem of annoying siblings. Read full book review >
THE LOVE SONG OF A. JEROME MINKOFF by Joseph Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2010

"Epstein writes with intelligence, wit and flair—highly recommended."
Achingly beautiful stories of growing old, searching for meaning and facing death. Read full book review >
Released: May 18, 2010

"Fellow princess-obsessed readers will easily recognize a kindred spirit; those whose thinking is more in line with Gerry's brother Stewart will see the pink sparkles on the cover and stay away. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The well-known actress/author and her daughter collaborate to create an eminently practical yet ebullient heroine. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Many wags and woofs for the art but fewer for the wordy text and predictable ending. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Does Mr. Portly like dogs?" asks the cashier. Read full book review >
PIPER REED GETS A JOB by Kimberly Willis Holt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"This is another successful entry in what has become a solid chapter-book series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
To earn money for a clubhouse where she and her friends can meet outside her crowded home, fifth grader Piper Reed sets herself up as a party planner, substitutes for her babysitting older sister and illustrates her younger sister's book. Read full book review >
DESSERT FIRST by Hallie Durand
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 19, 2009

"Let us hope that Durand's promising debut will be the first in a series; readers would benefit from a second helping of lovable Dessert's adventures. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Dessert Schneider loves her sweets so much she even draws a maraschino cherry by her name. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE A BABY by Juanita Havill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"While the narrative's pointed message specifically targets new parents, taut pacing and soothing art combine to create a vibrant read-aloud for young listeners. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Everyone in baby Ellen's extended family has big dreams for their little girl. Read full book review >
NOBODY HERE BUT ME by Judith Viorst
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 3, 2008

"Viorst's text is emotionally on-target; Davenier's loose watercolor illustrations appropriately isolate the boy in small vignettes or within otherwise unoccupied interiors to add an extra touch of feeling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Viorst, the always-spot-on voice for disgruntled kids, captures another universal childhood feeling. Read full book review >
PIPER REED by Kimberly Willis Holt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Launching a new series, Piper's foray sets sail with verve, fun and spunk. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fourth-grader Piper Reed's life is a moving experience, but not the way you might think. Read full book review >
HAS ANYONE SEEN MY EMILY GREENE? by Norma Fox Mazer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2007

"Readers will enjoy studying the watercolor illustrations for glimpses of Emily as much as they will enjoy the concept of the story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mazer successfully ventures into the picture-book arena with the same keen understanding that she brings to her tales for older readers. Read full book review >
ME I AM! by Jack Prelutsky
POETRY
Released: May 1, 2007

"Slight, but not without its charms. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Prelutsky's poem, which originally appeared in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983), propels French artist Davenier's cheerful watercolors. Read full book review >
SALLY JEAN, THE BICYCLE QUEEN by Cari Best
FICTION
Released: May 5, 2006

"A rousing tale of resourcefulness that is just right to share with readers of both genders. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An ingenious gal relies upon some old-fashioned self-reliance to solve her pedal woes. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Uneven, but not without its bright charms. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Twenty poems celebrate the denizens of the garden through day, night and all sorts of weather. Read full book review >
I LOVE THE RAIN by Margaret Park Bridges
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"This overly determined splash-dash celebration of rain doesn't quite float as either a story or a mood piece. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Molly and Sophie take the bus home from school on a rainy afternoon, Sophie encourages her initially glum friend to celebrate the rain, challenging her to see "a face with raindrop freckles" in a puddle and "rafts for ants" in the leaves floating in the gutter. Read full book review >
FULL MOON BARNYARD DANCE by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Visually charming, though a bit weighed down by the blatant message. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Free-spirited watercolor-and-ink illustrations show a barnyard full of animals going down to the pond at night for a rousing dance. Read full book review >
IRIS AND WALTER: THE SCHOOL PLAY by Elissa Haden Guest
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Henry and Mudge fans have some new friends in these likable pals. (Easy reader. 5-9)"
In this fifth slice-of-life story about Iris and Walter, last seen in The Sleepover (2002), our heroes are preparing for a class play where Iris will be a cricket and Walter will be a dragonfly. Read full book review >
IRIS AND WALTER by Elissa Haden Guest
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Readers will welcome this latest installment in the true-to-life stories of these charming friends. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Best friends Iris and Walter eagerly look forward to their first sleepover. Read full book review >
THAT MAKES ME MAD! by Steven Kroll
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A useful topic, worthy of exploration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Re-introducing Nina, a grammar-school girl first on the scene in 1976, who doesn't have any trouble expressing her feelings of anger. Read full book review >
THE FIRST THING MY MAMA TOLD ME by Susan Marie Swanson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Perfectly intertwined story and pictures are tender and heartwarming and will prompt parents and children to recall their own similar celebrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Picture books abound about children's identities and self-esteem, but this charmer takes a fresh approach and presents it in a child's first-person voice. Read full book review >
THE OTHER DOG by Madeleine L'Engle
Released: March 1, 2001

"Touché indeed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Consequences attendant upon the arrival of a new member of the household, told from the perspective of a superior poodle, from the usually more sedate Newbery winner. Read full book review >
IRIS AND WALTER by Elissa Haden Guest
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"It's well-traveled territory, but always worth a visit. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Guest and Davenier (Mabel Dancing, 2000) kick off an easy-reader series featuring a city girl and a country boy. Read full book review >
MABEL DANCING by Amy Hest
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2000

"Delightful. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Picture Mabel, bubble-bathed and lovingly tucked into bed. Read full book review >
VERY BEST (ALMOST) FRIENDS by Paul B. Janeczko
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Davenier's delightful watercolor characters have all the verve of Quentin Blake's work, fitting the many moods of the poems that whisper, stalk, tumble, contemplate, and joke through these pages. (Poetry. 8-12)"
This great anthology focuses on all types friendship—from pets to rivals to soulmates. Read full book review >
LEON AND ALBERTINE by Christine Davenier
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"In this triumphant picture book, Leon is equally appealing whether he reflects utter dejection or joyous abandon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charming love story that makes gentle points about not losing one's true self in the pursuit of romance. Read full book review >