Books by David Pelham

Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A team of mice, all similarly round-faced, goggle-eyed and buck-toothed, carry a dizzying variety of construction materials through a mousehole and outside: There's furry stuff, yellow stuff, wavy stuff, woolly stuff and more, all moving from left to right in a continuous line. Colors are high-contrast, and where appropriate, touch-and-feel elements are inserted into the page. The paper engineering is kept to a minimum, with the exception of a stunning page turn that finds the team of mice actually carrying a ladder (shiny stuff) through the mousehole and a concluding tableau that finds the workers standing proudly in front of their new Mouse House. If the narration is less than smooth and the main characters Stuff and Nonsense indistinguishable from the mob, no matter—this is all about the visuals anyway. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
TRAIL by David Pelham
by David Pelham, illustrated by David Pelham
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

Five magnificent spreads make up this book, which falls almost completely over the line from fabulous pop-up to artist book. Until the very last, the entire work is in white paper engineering with occasional transparent inclusions and the silver trail of the title; its brief rhymed text is also in silver. The words follow a small snail through its day, from roots and leaf on the forest floor to a pond at sunset. Pelham lays the verse out on a paper wheel that must be turned to be read in its entirety. A tree stump with a mouse beneath, bird and animal tracks, a beetle, mushroom and fern, are all beautifully articulated. The final, amazing spread boasts a dragonfly and moss roses as well as a silvery pond in which readers can see their own reflections as well as the snail's. The thoughts of the snail, "the joy of life at journey's end," encapsulate the text's longing for something more profound than itself. Hard to read, and even to see, for elders, and probably too fragile for library use, it's still quite an astonishing work. (Novelty. 7-12)Read full book review >
SAM'S SANDWICH by David Pelham
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Encased in thick boards to simulate slices of bread, a comic novelty: deftly phrased verse describes a sandwich Sam stacks for his innocent sister, each layer (lettuce, cheese, etc.) hiding a creature within a clever foldout (`` really make her squirm/Sam dropped in a wriggly...[worm]''), the whole truly resembling a fat booby trap of a sandwich. Guaranteed to compel attention. (Picture book. 4-9) Read full book review >