Books by Francis Blake

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH ONLY ONE SHOE? by Simon Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2014

"This may spark a few imaginations, but its lack of directions and the difficulty level of most of the projects—not to mention its failure to impart reasons for reducing, reusing and recycling—make this one to skip. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Readers learn how to "Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent" what some might call trash into treasures.   Read full book review >
STORIES AT THE DOOR by Jan Andrews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

Canadian yarnspinner Andrews offers tellable Anglicized versions of six lighthearted folktales drawn from diverse traditions. Though several feature familiar elements, such as a lad who can herd hares with the aid of a magic whistle or a haunted house in which body parts tumble down the chimney at night, reworked details give every entry a distinctive character. At least two have the potential to become storytime favorites: "Jacinthe Wins Words," in which a generous sister and an ungenerous one both receive just deserts from their farts, and "Jane Saves The Day," about a clever servant who outwits a dangerously workaholic genie. Blake's blotchy, broadly comic cartoons illustrate both the stories themselves and the short welcome poems that open each one. Good source notes cap a better-than-average collection. (Folktales. 10-12)Read full book review >