Books by Dawn Apperley

Released: April 1, 2001

Best buddies Blossom and Boo decide to explore the mysteries of the nighttime forest. Apperley's amiable duo (Blossom and Boo: A Story About Best Friends, not reviewed) continue to wield an enchanting appeal. Readers will readily recognize favored pastimes of the preschool set: discovering shapes in cloud formations, dancing, and frolicking about with carefree abandon. Like all youngsters, the bunny and cub ponder what they are missing while they slumber. Saying goodnight to their diurnal pals, the two eagerly await the arrival of the moon, only to discover that the woods at night can be an alarming experience. Despite being spooked, they quickly determine the commonplace sources for the ominous sounds and sights. However, with the arrival of the sun comes the determination that for light-loving creatures such as themselves, nighttime is best spent snuggled up asleep. Apperley's art imbues the tale with her own distinctive blend of whimsy. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations beguile readers with a bevy of cuddlesome critters. Simply rendered, the full-bleed pictures have a child-like feel that is utterly appealing: chunky, rounded bees buzz past a bright field of daisies, while round little ducklings bob in the stream. A likable tale that gently encourages would-be night owls to roost for the evening. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

The emergence of the moon and stars heralds sleepy time for babies of all types. From grassy meadows to desert lands, from swaying treetops to the deepest oceans, youngsters from a diverse array of species are lovingly tucked into their beds. Apperley's perky rhymes describe in the simplest of terms the preferred places of repose for the various creatures; elephants snooze in tall grasses, ducklings take shelter in the reeds, while a young penguin chick nestles close to dad in the icy snow. After each baby's bedtime ritual is described, they are sent off to sleep with the gentle refrain, "Good night, sleep tight, / little penguin" (camel, monkey, etc). Apperley's brightly colored, full-bleed illustrations portray impossibly cute baby animals and their devoted parents. The large, rounded figures are eminently appealing to younger children. Happy faces abound on all the creatures, contributing to the almost tangible sense of security and comfort that emanates from the cozy pictures. The final spread ties the tale neatly together, depicting a human child snuggled up under her covers, surrounded by her stuffed animals—which of course resemble the animals featured in the rhymes. A sweet tale to serenade small fry to sleep. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

Burns and Apperley's garden is a happy and busy place. In the spring, rabbits hop about, apple trees are in bloom, tulips pop out of the ground, seedlings start to sprout. Summer brings more flowers and a host of cartoony butterflies, bees, spiders, and a vegetable garden that is becoming copious. A final pop-up page shows a vegetable garden, flower garden, and insects in profusion. Onlookers can pull tabs to make beans climb the pole or turn a wheel to make butterflies and bees circle a magenta bloom, even though the engineering feels a little fragile. The book provides a real sense of activity, change, and growth as the seasons progress and the gardens mature. Snippets of botany, appearing in textual asides, can be highlighted or ignored, depending on audience age and interest. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
IN THE JUNGLE by Kate Burns
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

In The Jungle ($9.95; Oct. 1996; 14 pp.; 0-316-11821-4): Tangerine orangutans, banana-billed toucans, and other jungle critters flit, scamper, and hide in the green leaves of this pop-up jungle. This entry in the Hide and Seek series makes exploring the jungle environment fun and informative; among the good surprises are the spiders that suddenly descend from the treetops. The gregarious drawings are aimed at young viewers, whose only frustration may be the stiffness of some of the paper engineering. (Pop-up. 3-5) Read full book review >