Books by Deanna Caswell

BOO! HAIKU by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As with the first, this just begs to be read aloud to a group of preschoolers, who won't be able to help shouting out their answers. More please. (Picture book/poetry. 3-5)"
In their second collaboration, Caswell and Shea use the same format as in their Guess Who, Haiku (2016) to ask readers to identify some common Halloween creatures. Read full book review >
GUESS WHO, HAIKU by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Not to be missed: gorgeous poetry, vibrant illustrations, and masterful use of the page turn. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Haiku at play in the animal world and vice versa. Read full book review >
TRAIN TRIP by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Little train lovers will be happy to travel along as this choo-choo rumbles along the tracks. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An exciting train trip from his suburban town to the big city for a visit with grandma proves to be enlightening for a young boy. Read full book review >
FIRST BALLET by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

One sure gift of the Christmas season is the annual ritual of picture books in which grandmother takes granddaughter to the ballet for the first time to see The Nutcracker. In this iteration, Grandmother and her fellow theater-goers are decidedly upper-crust snooty and almost entirely white. The ballet is unnamed but is almost certainly The Nutcracker, as Christmas trees comprise the scenery and one scene depicts the fight between the toy soldiers and the Mouse King. Oddly, there are few children in the audience and very few dancers on the stage. The story is told mostly through short sentences: "Crisp air. Breath clouds. / Precious ticket. Eager crowds." First-time author Caswell would do well to rethink her sentence structure, as the clipped couplets quickly grow old. Matthews's full-page color illustrations are lackluster and uninspired, though vignettes illustrating various balletic maneuvers do educate. In particular, the image of a yawning Grandma at the end may discourage rather than encourage excitement in little ones. Even a ballet warhorse—perhaps especially this one—deserves better treatment. (Picture book. 2-5) Read full book review >