Books by David Christiana

FAIRIES AND THE QUEST FOR NEVER LAND by Gail Carson Levine
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"Christiana's pastel watercolors feature fairy close-ups. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
Levine reprises her earlier Never Land adventures, Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005) and Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand (2007), in this latest installment and with her newest character, nine-year-old Gwendolyn, a direct descendant of Wendy of Peter Pan fame. Read full book review >
FAIRY HAVEN AND THE QUEST FOR THE WAND by Gail Carson Levine
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 31, 2007

"Faerie-filled illustrations highlight the diminutive drama and prove the perfect foil for the further adventures of these fantastical Never Land characters. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
This sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005) returns readers to the magical world of Fairy Haven in Never Land where wise Mother Dove stills sits on her egg to ensure the production of fairy dust and endless youth. Read full book review >
FAIRY HAVEN AND THE QUEST FOR THE WAND by Gail Carson Levine
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 31, 2007

"Faerie-filled illustrations highlight the diminutive drama and prove the perfect foil for the further adventures of these fantastical Never Land characters. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
This sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005) returns readers to the magical world of Fairy Haven in Never Land where wise Mother Dove stills sits on her egg to ensure the production of fairy dust and endless youth. Read full book review >
FAIRY DUST AND THE QUEST FOR THE EGG by Gail Carson Levine
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Clap your hands if you believe in fairies! (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This scion of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan builds on many familiar elements including the Neverland location, mermaids, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, fairies, fairy dust and never growing old. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF CASTLE CANT by K.P. Bath
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"With its quirky medieval setting and unpretentious, underdog heroine, this story will appeal to young fans of that other popular orphan. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Barony of Cant is difficult to find on a map, usually hidden within the folds, but within this anachronistic land, which uses catapults and dungeons, but receives hand-me-down clothes from America, lives Lucy Wickwright. Read full book review >
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL by David Christiana
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Includes the words and music for the hymn on the final page. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
The words to the familiar Christmas carol provide the text for this humorous view of a Christmas pageant with real animals being coerced into attendance around the manger. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE by Susan Bartoletti
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A first-class heartwarmer, as poignant and joyful as Eve Bunting's December (1997) or any of Cynthia Rylant's holiday stories and made extra special by Christiana's powerful illustrations. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Intense, expressionistic illustrations give this spare tale of a Depression-era hobo and his daughter unusual depth of feeling. Read full book review >
THE MAGICAL, MYSTICAL, MARVELOUS COAT by Catherine Ann Cullen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A showstopping, imagination-stretching debut for Cullen, visually on par with Christiana's previous extravaganza, Nancy Willard's The Tale I Told Sasha (1999). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joseph may have Had a Little Overcoat (1999) and another Joseph a "coat of many colors," but neither sported outerwear like the outsized garment with magic buttons that swirls and flows about this generous youngster's skinny ankles. Read full book review >
SILVER MORNING by Susan Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Christiana's watercolor artwork is softly focused, but sharp lines define the setting and neatly skirt mawkishness. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Pearson's story is all atmosphere, and the mood is indigo. Read full book review >
I AM THE MUMMY HEB-NEFERT by Eve Bunting
Released: April 1, 1997

"A startling shot of a contemporary child underscores Heb-Nefert's dulcet lament in this compelling work. (Picture book. 6-11)"
From Bunting (On Call Back Mountain, p. 138, etc.), a remarkably succinct and knowing "autobiography" of a mummy that provides the essence of life in the Egypt of the pharaohs, and which is strikingly illustrated by Christiana (The First Snow, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FIRST SNOW by David Christiana
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"While there are elements of fancy to which children will respond, this is a synthetic concoction. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 A fable about the seasons, featuring a doll-like Mother Nature as a child who wants ``Summer to stay with her forever.'' The rebuffed Winter, a little boy, retreats, wondering why the little girl doesn't like him; urged by Aunt Arctica to win her over, he buries the little girl in fallen leaves and when she emerges into the cold, she freezes. ``Now you might think that Winter would have been delighted'' (at freezing a waif?), but he whips up a blanket from soft white crystals that fall from the sky ``like angel's tears.'' Young Mother Nature is warm enough to appreciate her first snowfall. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE BRIDE by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Christiana gives the enormous sun, cloud, and wind sympathetic human features; the tiny mouse, comically foreshortened and in her wedding gown, is heroically awkward to the end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 A mouse, tired of being small and weak, decides to find herself the strongest husband in the world. Read full book review >
GOOD GRISELLE by Jane Yolen
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Told with language as precise — and illustrated with watercolors as delicate — as the "miracles of lace" the heroine creates. (Fiction/Picture book. 7+)"
In old Paris, a wager is placed between stone angels standing tall on a cathedral wall and stone gargoyles squatting precariously on cathedral ledges. Read full book review >
A TOOTH FAIRY'S TALE by David Christiana
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Imaginative children will be fascinated by the playful manipulation of images in this fanciful, mysterious world. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 Another dreamlike adventure from an inventive artist/punster (Drawer in a Drawer, 1990). Read full book review >
THE ALLEY CAT by Brian J. Heinz
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Big Red'' and his feral pals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Christiana, the gifted author-illustrator of Drawer in a Drawer (1990), does his best, but it's still not quite enough to retrieve this doggerel account of a cat scrapping with another tom to win a chop flung out by the butcher's wife (``A monstrous woman thick of brow/With shoulders broader than a cow,/She squints through cold, unfeeling eyes./Her thick hands heave the tasty prize...'') and then, quite unrealistically, taking it home to his mate and little ones. Read full book review >
WHITE NINETEENS by David Christiana
ANIMALS
Released: May 6, 1992

"Exquisitely designed and executed; wonderfully strange. (Picture book. 5+)"
 Another intriguing visual extravaganza from the creator of Drawer in a Drawer (1990). Read full book review >