Books by Doris Barrette

WHEN THE WIND BLEW by Alison Jackson
Released: March 18, 2014

"Children who know the nursery rhymes will enjoy seeing them in a new context, and children who do not can enjoy the rollicking action anyway. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A follow-up to If the Shoe Fits (illustrated by Karla Firehammer, 2001) finds the old woman—not so old but cheery and buxom—and her many children solving a few dilemmas for other nursery rhyme denizens. Read full book review >
NEVER ASK A BEAR by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Ever wonder what happens if you invite a bear over to play? The answer can be found in this upbeat rhyming tale. A young boy who has apparently experienced such a playdate lets readers know the rules, ten to be exact. In bouncy verse, readers are warned never to ask a bear to close the front door, "Because... / He'll slam it / And bang it / And push it real hard. / And then your front door / Will end up in your yard!" Readers are also warned against such things as asking a bear to take a seat, play dress-up or play ball because of the cheerful mayhem and destruction he will inevitably cause. Barrette's typical children's-book-fare illustrations are cute and funny enough, but they get repetitive since most spreads picture the oblivious bear turning over a table, painting a cat, flooding a bathroom and so forth while the children gape with similar "oh no!" expressions. Not particularly memorable, but readers will most likely find the antics entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

Kids from one to 92 have enjoyed this classic Christmas song since it was first recorded in the mid-1940s. This illustrated version of the song takes a fanciful approach, showing the residents of a snow-bound village preparing for the holiday. Barrette illustrates each line of the song with different families or children from the village, including children of different ethnicities. Some more realistic illustrations show the warmth of the villagers extending the hand of friendship to one another (including their pets); other scenes show warmly dressed little angels floating above the village singing the Yuletide carols or Santa and his elves in action. The illustrations of Santa and the reindeer in flight offer intriguing perspectives: polar bears looking up at the sleigh in one spread and the viewer looking down at Santa's landing in another. The lines of the song are well-matched to each illustration in general, although the chestnuts roasting on the open fire in the first spread are barely visible in the background and Jack Frost is just a hint of ice nipping at the noses of two little boys. The musical notation is not included. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

A charming look at a traditional and contemporary Thanksgiving celebration offers youngsters a chance to share their thanks for everything from play to family, kisses to piggyback rides. "Thank you for school—I love to feel smart!" Nothing seems to be missing—except perhaps a mention of grandma and grandpa, though they are at the table—in this thoughtful and lively recitation of all things for which one is thankful. Easy-to-read large black type will attract the very youngest of readers. Barrette's watercolors are inspired—reflecting and embellishing—with children, not quite perfect, endearing animals, and fun-filled scenes full of details, from drawer handles to table decorations. Each double-paged spread seems worthy of being framed as a piece of whimsical art. A perfect offering for inspiring one's own list of thankful thoughts. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >