Books by Claude K. DuBois

THE OLD MAN by Sarah V.
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"This is an extraordinary book, one that can make the needed connection for young children to see human beings as more than their circumstances. (Picture book. 5-6)"
Everyone is waking up to start the day. The children get ready for school. The old man must wake up, too. He's sleeping rough on the streets and must leave before he's shooed away. Read full book review >
STILL MY GRANDMA by Véronique Van den Abeele
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Young Camille and her grandma clearly share a very special relationship. Told primarily in the past tense, Camille lovingly describes the experiences they shared—baking cupcakes, perusing old photos, feeding ducks at the pond. Most of these pages are illustrated without defined borders, lending a dreamy quality of wonderful pictorial memories surrounded by sweeping strokes of gentle whites, yellows and pinks. Two-thirds through the story, things turn present tense as Grandma begins exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer's. Camille's parents do their best to explain while Camille makes every effort to create new traditions with her hospitalized grandmother. Nearly all the pictures of the present time are constricted by definite, squared borders. The paintings are homey, simple and loving. Although Camille's process of accepting Grandma's new circumstances is unexplained, this is a gentle, effective, albeit slightly simplified tale of this increasingly common disease. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
HELLO, SWEETIE PIE by Carl Norac
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

In a third in the series of picture books about Lola the hamster that began with I Love You So Much (1998), Lola's friend Lulu asks her, on the first day of class, what her parents call her. When Lola replies that they call her baby cake, sweetie pie, fairy princess, Lulu and the other children laugh and tease her. On her way home, however, Lola asks the baker and the police officer what their parents called them when they were little, and gets some charming responses. Still, once home she announces to her parents that she's not a baby but a giant, not a fairy but a witch! But she succumbs when her parents call her sweetie pie (her favorite). At school the next day, Lola finds to her initial dismay that a jealous Lulu has adopted all of Lola's nicknames for her own, but then Lola realizes that silly endearments are for everyone. The brown-and-gold palette and energetic line of the illustrations are a fine foil for the sweet story line, and Lola has the most expressive face any hamster could possess. She is hard to resist. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
I LOVE TO CUDDLE by Carol Norac
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

Norac and Dubois administer a tablespoon of sugar, straight up, in this return of Lola the hamster (I Love You So Much, 1997). Lola's parents are out for a while, so the little rodent is left to her own devices (a babysitter is mentioned but never seen). Lola is lonesome as soon as her folks are out the door: "There's nobody here to give me a cuddle." The television is no solace, so Lola sets about gathering up items to make her "very own Cuddle Island." Blankets and pillows and wads of toilet paper will do; brooms and buckets and pots and pans will not. Her quest for the soft and fluffy is successful but exhausting: Lola's parents find her asleep amid Cuddle Island's mountain of comfort. That night, Lola concludes that there is no better Cuddle Island than the spot between her parents in bed. This is cute though not very cuddly (unless it's shared in a parent's lap); still, the artwork is loosely atmospheric and the reluctant heroine is full of pluck. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH by Carl Norac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Hugs abound among the puffy-cheeked rodents in this mushy, overstated tale and its greeting-card message. (Book-of-the- Month-Club selection) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Resembling in spirit and content such books as Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You? (1995, not reviewed), this book stars Lola, a nut-brown hamster who could be an adopted cousin of Nutbrown Hare. Read full book review >