Books by Elizabeth Loredo

GIANT STEPS by Elizabeth Loredo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

A quintet of infectiously grinning behemoths, a well-delivered punch line, and an unexplained joke left for young readers or listeners to figure out on their own buoy this globe-spanning game of "Giant Steps." After a round of "One potata, two potata," which for some reason the fifth giant always loses, his oversized, peg-toothed compatriots, dressed in a variety of ragged skins and fleeces, scatter to the cardinal directions. Loredo sends her giants bounding off in a tumble of inventive usage and dropped letters—"He run out over jaggy-tip mountains and bottomless pools and shaggy sheep roamin' through spittin' camel herds…"—until the fifth giant finishes counting and bellows out a stentorian "FREEZE!" that brings the whole world to a stop. But, as ever, he's still IT at game's end—which all agree is a good thing, as (wait for it) he's the only one of the five who can count. A cheerful, Bunyanesque episode that, like Loredo's Boogie Bones (1997), begs to be read aloud. (Picture book. 7-9)Read full book review >
BOOGIE BONES by Elizabeth Loredo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

Boogie Bones just loves to dance, hardly slowed by his condition: He is a skeleton who lives in a graveyard. When he hears about a dance competition, his fellows hide his bones in an old tuxedo and off he goes. He gets through the tango fine, but when the band begins to play his favorite tune for doing the lindy hop, the clothes fly off to reveal the skeleton. A young girl with Boogie's cap over her braids is unafraid, and they dance ``until her braids were a blur and her skirt spread like a blossom.'' Rich colors and broad humor characterize the rollicking, completely unscary pictures; each spread captures something of the movement and joy of dance. Exceptionally silly. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >