Books by Dee Huxley

LOOK SEE, LOOK AT ME! by Leonie Norrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

A joyful celebration of a toddler's new capabilities. A little boy proudly proclaims all the things he can do since he's turned three. He jumps, hops, wiggles, cuddles, giggles, climbs and crows from an adult's shoulders: "See, I'm bigger, I'm high as can be, / I'm so much bigger now I'm three." The text could describe a child from almost any culture or country, but the pictures clearly set the story in an aboriginal community in Australia. Rich reds and browns dominate the dynamic illustrations created with pastels on colored paper. For the most part, the landscape is sparse, populated by only a few buildings and scattered trees in the background. Foregrounded is a community in which children actively explore an expansive natural world while supportive adults lend them an occasional hand and scoop them in for cuddles. Pair this with I Can Do It Too, by Karen Baicker and illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max (2003), or I Can Do It Myself!, by Diane Adams and illustrated by Nancy Hayashi (2009), for a triple celebration of toddlers' and preschoolers' increasing independence. (Picture book. 2-4)Read full book review >
CHANCE by Dian Curtis Regan
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2003

A baby leaves home in search of adventure in Regan's country-tinged tale. "I was born in the middle of a marigold patch on a farm outside Rosedale," says the baby, named Chance on account of his timing. But itchy diapers, mushy food, and twice-daily baths aren't his thing. Rendered in chalk pastels and colored pencils, Huxley's full-bleed spreads picture Chance as he strides confidently into the foreground, blankie, rattle, and stuffed animal in tow. The earth curves beneath him, suggesting unlimited opportunity. In his travels Chance meets many animals each of whom offers tools for living. A bear, for example, shows him "how to find the ripest blueberries in the purest streams." Sea lions teach him to "swim and . . . bark in complete sentences." Huxley's dark palette gives these encounters a mysterious aura. But her fluid shapes and humorous touches keep the mood playful. The fact that Chance keeps in contact with his family the entire time makes it safe, too. Huxley's color scheme turns radiant, brimming with peach, yellow, and the freshest green, whenever Chance's parents are on the scene. An original for independent thinkers. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >