Books by David Christiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another intriguing visual extravaganza from the creator of Drawer in a Drawer (1990). Read full book review >