Books by David Henry Wilson

EDISON by Torben Kuhlmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Another technological watershed—crossed first by a mouse. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A note on an old scrap of paper leads two intrepid mice to sunken treasure. Read full book review >
WHISPER OF THE EAST by Franziska Meiners
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Beautiful but deeply flawed. (glossary, activities) (Folktales. 7-12)"
A book of Arabic folktales and fables with minimalist illustrations, translated from the German. Read full book review >
THE TIGER'S EGG by Nele Brönner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Exuberant pictures express parental love, which makes species, gender, size, biology, and even the bars of an enclosure irrelevant. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A morose tiger, frustrated by life in an enclosure, finds renewed purpose when a turquoise egg falls into his care. Read full book review >
DAVY'S SUMMER VACATION! by Brigitte Weninger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2018

"A somewhat bland addition to the summer-vacation canon. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The vacation that Davy and his family take isn't what they'd hoped for; it's better. Read full book review >
LITTLE POLAR BEAR TAKES A STAND by Hans de Beer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Scientific facts blend seamlessly with the fantasy of literal animal activists. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little polar bear Lars is back—and this time, he needs to stop humans from depleting his fishing grounds. Read full book review >
IT'S SPRINGTIME, MR. SQUIRREL by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Fans of Mr. Squirrel will welcome his return and look forward to future seasons of fun; those who come to this story first may or may not be inspired to seek out others. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Mr. Squirrel and his friends celebrate a new season. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T WIN THEM ALL, RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"Pfister tackles a common frustration with which youngsters will relate; unfortunately, glittery scales are the only thing to add shine to these lackluster depths. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Twenty-five years after the original shimmering publication, Rainbow Fish returns to learn a lesson in good sportsmanship. Read full book review >
MR. BENJAMIN'S SUITCASE OF SECRETS by Pei-Yu Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"The emphasis on the mysterious and unknowable contents of the suitcase seems misplaced in a story whose real message is about the ease with which governments, then and now, can disappear individuals, especially those with 'extraordinary ideas.' (Picture book. 7-10)"
A German philosopher disappears during World War II in an attempt to flee his country. Read full book review >
LITTLE NIGHT CAT by Sonja Danowski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A gentle story that children will return to time and time again. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy's generosity toward animals in need reaps great rewards. Read full book review >
YOU ARE OH SO HORRIBLY HANDSOME! by Eva Dax
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Delightful if a tad one-dimensional. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Read full book review >
CROSSING THE GOTTHARD by Yvonne Rogenmoser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Compact in length but broad of scope, an eye-opening gander at a brand-new wonder of the world. (maps, timeline) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
With help from, appropriately, a mountain goat, Rogenmoser chronicles the succession of engineering feats that have made possible travel and trade over a rugged Alpine pass through the centuries. Read full book review >
A DRAGON PARTY FOR FIREBOTTOM by Erhard Dietl
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Refreshingly odd and oddly refreshing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A party's the perfect way to drag a dragon out of the dumps. Read full book review >
GORDON AND TAPIR by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Dispiriting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gordon and Tapir discover that friendship isn't enough to find common ground. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD THE SAILOR by Said
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Ageless yarn-spinning, if not quite so laced with thrilling melodrama as John Yeoman and Quentin Blake's rendition (1997). (Folk tales. 10-13)"
Bright-eyed beneath a huge, floppy turban, an ever optimistic merchant sets out again and again on rocky roads to riches in this lighthearted version of the classic Arabian Nights adventures, from two Iranian expats.Read full book review >
LEGENDARY ROUTES OF THE WORLD by Alexandre Verhille
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Unlikely to prod children out of their armchairs to undertake their own voyages of discovery, but the lighthearted suggestion that it's the journey, not the destination, that matters most won't go amiss. (Informational pop-up. 8-10)"
A pop-up commemoration of five historic journeys for would-be travelers to attempt—both on the Earth and beyond it. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN by Jérémie Fischer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 25, 2015

"Readers may have trouble swallowing, much less digesting, the tale's more rococo elements, but both the tone and the distinctive art play up its melodrama. (Graphic fantasy. 12-17)"
A mysterious rash of broken clocks signals the (literal) rise of old horrors in this sly French import. Read full book review >
LEONCE AND LENA by Georg Büchner
by Georg Büchner, retold by Jürg Amann, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, translated by David Henry Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Strange and disconcerting. (biographical material, bibliography) (Play. 10-12)"
A retelling of an early-19th-century German satirical play in which royalty, mistaken identity, rebellion and angst all play out in a fairy-tale setting requires leaps of comprehension beyond its intended audience. Read full book review >
SNOW BEARS NEVER LIE by Said
by Said, illustrated by Marine Ludin, translated by David Henry Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A little awkward, but appealing in its uncommon language, unusual hero and kindly artwork. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A Swiss flight of fancy pairs a little girl with a big, white playmate. Read full book review >
NO BATH, NO CAKE! by Matthias Weinert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Though a visual treat, it's only for those who can't get enough yo-ho-hos and bottles of rum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This Swiss import may lack the customary "Arrs" and "Mateys" of the pirate genre, but its heart is in the right place. Read full book review >
TEN BIRDS by Jürg Amann
by Jürg Amann, illustrated by Helga Gebert, translated by David Henry Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Even children who can't yet read will get at least a portion of the joke. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ten birds frolic in fractured count-down number rhymes. Read full book review >
ZELDA THE VARIGOOSE by Sebastian Loth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"The accessibility of the text and the treat of revealing Zelda should especially delight the very young. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Fanciful new animals are introduced in pictures and simple poetry. Read full book review >
PIZZICATO by Rusalka Reh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Despite potentially confusing bits—from repeatedly-mentioned 'brown patches' on Mey-Mey's neck and hand that turn out to be calluses rather than birthmarks to everyone's sudden and inexplicable loss of interest in the violin's magic at the end—the tale's steady predictability will keep less-demanding readers engaged. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Well-worn character types and plot devices may earn the first juvenile title in Amazon's new line of imports a little traction with fans of Cornelia Funke's mysteries. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS PLOT by Kirsten Boie
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"Reminiscent of Philip Pullman's Tin Princess (1994) in setting, and also in being clever, quick-paced and well stocked with Royals, Boie's U.S. debut carries a full load of reader appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Boie shows why she's such a popular novelist in Germany, with a tale so engaging that readers will shrug off the contrivances she needs to bring it all off. Read full book review >