Books by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Released: July 14, 2015

"Buy the book for the illustrations and for the concept of living in a tree, which every preschooler will love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three very different animal characters live in separate apartments in the old chestnut tree. Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE PEAS by Marine Rivoal
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"A spot of exquisite rest in an overstimulated world. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Evocative details make this simple story a quiet delight. Read full book review >
WEDNESDAY by Anne Bertier
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Bertier presents a marvelous springboard for using formal elements to create individual or collaborative narratives. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the tradition of Leo Lionni's Little Blue and Little Yellow (1959), this French import uses geometric shapes, color and size to explore compatibility and conflict. Read full book review >
SOMETHING BIG by Sylvie Neeman
Released: Sept. 14, 2013

"A sweetly caught moment of youthful existentialism. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little one wants to do something big, even though he is a little one. Read full book review >
ME FIRST! by Michaël  Escoffier
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A sly reminder that being first is not always best. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pushy young duck receives a sobering comeuppance in this humorous cautionary tale from France. Read full book review >
POMELO'S OPPOSITES by Ramona Badescu
Released: July 15, 2013

"Simple, sunny, silly illustrations brilliantly convey the complexities and joys one can unearth when tilling a garden of language. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pomelo, a diminutive, round-eyed, pink elephant child, discovers opposites in his garden world. Read full book review >
THE BATHING COSTUME by Charlotte Moundlic
Released: May 21, 2013

"'I want to have exactly the same vacation next year,' he concludes. Who wouldn't? (Picture book. 6-9)"
An 8-year-old boy prepares to have the worst vacation of his life. Read full book review >
LITTLE BIRD by Germano Zullo
Kirkus Star
by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Released: April 1, 2012

"Adult explication may be needed for the textual rubric; the visually told story is enthralling all on its own. (Picture book. 6-8, adult)"
Uplifting in more ways than one, this prizewinning import suggests that little things can change lives—and perhaps even the world. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2011

The furry soulmates who met, separated and reunited in Big Wolf & Little Wolf (2009) suffer another temporary parting. Read full book review >
Released: July 20, 2010

"Yes, let's. (Graphic picture book. 6-8)"
A hamster with an irritating lack of social skills fails to alienate a cast of small woodland creatures in this strange import. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Read it for pleasure. (Collective biography. 10-14)"
The devil's in the details, and this otherwise appealing gathering of 26 bad boys and girls through history is marred by misquotes, misinformation, typos and awkward wording. Read full book review >
GUS IS A FISH by Claire Babin
Released: April 29, 2008

"Would that every child have as wonderful an imagination as Gus, who in the meantime can serve as their role model. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This latest in the Gus series follows the eponymous, imaginative little boy as he turns his bathtub into a pond and himself into a fish by the simple act of placing his head underwater. Read full book review >
LITTLE EAGLE by Chen Jiang Hong
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Fans of Emily Arnold McCully's Beautiful Warrior (1998) may be mildly appreciative. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The creator of The Magic Horse of Han Gan (2006) offers another set of big, dramatic illustrations done in a classical Chinese style—but this time in service to a poorly written (or poorly translated) story. Read full book review >
THUMBELINA OF TOULABA by Hans Christian Andersen
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"A note includes information on animals that appear in the story. (Fairy tale. 6-10)"
Born of a miniscule grain of millet and a mother's wish, tiny, dark-skinned and beautiful Thumbelina is kidnapped by an unpleasant iguana that sees her as a prospective daughter-in-law. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"An enchantingly abstract invitation to ponder poetry. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small boy explores what a poem is and discovers "a poem is when words beat their wings." Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Shelve this plainly told tale next to such similar tales of artistic transformations as Elizabeth Partridge's Kogi's Mysterious Journey (2003), Margaret Leaf's Eyes of the Dragon (1987) or the various renditions of 'The Boy Who Drew Cats.' (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Hong illustrates this new, if familiarly premised, legend about a historical Tang Dynasty artist with big, splendidly accomplished paintings, brushed on brown silk in a traditional style. Read full book review >
MONDAY by Anne Herbauts
by Anne Herbauts, illustrated by Anne Herbauts, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Readers sensitive to subtle verbal and visual nuances will best appreciate this semi-abstract Belgian import. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In a spare, deceptively simple meditation on time, change and renewal, Monday visits comfortably with friends Lester Day and Tom Morrow (get it?) but, increasingly bemused as entire successive seasons burst in with whirls of poetry—"I am Spring, / I am green, / I abound. / Into the wind I put its rustling sound. / I quiver, timid in the pinkness of a bud"—at last fades outright into a winter snowstorm. Read full book review >
BONNARD FROM A TO Z by Marie Sellier
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Bonnard's definition of a painting. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Sellier (Matisse from A to Z, 1995, etc.) has created another succinct biography told in ABC form, by matching one relevant French word to an aspect of the artist's life (Bulles for bubbles, as well as Ubu and Winterthur). Read full book review >
CHAGALL FROM A TO Z by Marie Sellier
Released: Dec. 15, 1996

"Small but brilliant full-color reproductions are included throughout. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Chagall From A To Z ($14.95; Dec. 15, 1996; 60 pp.; 0-87226-478- 5): This little smorgasbord of Chagall (like its predecessor, Matisse from A to Z, 1995) lets readers taste bits and pieces of the dreams and flights of fantasy painted by this Russian artist. Read full book review >
MATISSE FROM A TO Z by Marie Sellier
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Throughout, the joyous dance of colors and movement the artist created to sustain, record, and celebrate his own life is uplifting. (Biography. 7+)"
A French ABC, to be approached with heart and eyes wide open. Read full book review >