Books by Frauke Weldin

WAKE UP, IT'S EASTER by James Krüss
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A jovial, sunny story with a slightly unusual interpretation of the role of rabbits in Easter celebrations. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This pleasant, rhyming story was first published in Switzerland, adapted from a children's poem that describes several animals working together to alert all the rabbits that Easter is coming. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Can the bustling Rabbit and the laid-back Bear share a house? Wally, a big brown bear, is working in his vegetable garden when he gets a letter from his (wife's) Uncle Rabbit, announcing an imminent visit. Wally and his rabbit wife Mae make haste to clean up. Uncle arrives with two large trunks and lots of ideas about making over Mae and Wally's home. He rearranges the furniture, changes the wallpaper and makes new silk curtains, just for starters. It's too much for Wally, who angrily tells Uncle Rabbit that he hates all the changes. With admirable politeness, Uncle Rabbit says that it's time for him to leave. Wally's attempts to apologize don't change his position; he calls a taxi and departs, but not before offering to return and sort out Wally's garden. "You need a little variety," he declares. Kemper's clever premise is undermined by a vague and unsatisfying ending; Weldin's soft illustrations have more warmth than the story. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

It's Ernest's first Easter, so this bunny-in-training has just one house: Tommy's. He gets in at the expense of only one flowerpot, but once in Tommy's rather messy room, he is stumped for a good hiding place. Fred's dog basket won't do, and the other places he thinks of have all been used by previous bunnies, according to Fred. At last, he finds the perfect place—and Tommy's protracted hunt (which succeeds with a little help from Fred) bears this out. Tommy's thrilled, Ernest is proud and Fred is smug. All in all it's an entirely undemanding story that really doesn't do much, and its dialogue-heavy length belies its simplicity. All three characters are goodhearted, however, and Weldin's bright, fuzzy-edged paintings are full of good will, too. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
WALLY AND MAE by Christa Kempter
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Though the cover depicts a closer alliance than the story ever quite achieves, this take on compromise provides fuel for thought. When neatnik bunny Wally advertises an upstairs apartment for rent, Mae, a huge bear, shoves her way into the house, turns her room into a pigsty and cheerfully gobbles up Wally's carrot cakes. When Mae invites her many brothers over for a wild party a frustrated Wally at last tries to put his slipper-clad foot down—but instead is swept up in the dancing until he collapses. Tenderly put to bed by his tenant from hell, the next day Wally realizes that he had fun and hops upstairs to push Mae into cleaning up her act a bit. Genial Mae and sibs are appealingly shaggy, massive presences in Weldin's cleanly drawn scenes, and along with the humor inherent in the characters' size differential, young readers will appreciate how the lay of Wally's long ears so clearly telegraphs his ups and downs. The friction disappears a little too easily, but this isn't exactly The Odd Couple. (Picture book. 6-8) Read full book review >
DEAR LITTLE LAMB, by Christa Kempter
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

The illustrations don't pick up on the topicality of this import, so some discussion might be required when it's shared with fledgling Internet users. A predatory but lazy wolf strikes up a correspondence with a tender lamb he's spotted in a nearby valley, and eventually invites him to visit. Before the eager lamb can set out, however, his cautious mother decides to check the post office to find out all she can about this "Wolfgang." The irascible canine postmaster refuses to cooperate until the wolf himself shows up, snarling threats. The outraged ewe forces the wolf to write a "goodbye" letter, then gathers up her family and moves to Australia. Maczka distances readers by giving the wolf a portable typewriter rather than a PC, and placing the whole episode in an outdoorsy setting—but the message is plainly there and definitely worth sharing despite the simplistic ending. (Picture book. 6-10)Read full book review >