Books by Georg Hallensleben

THE BEAR IN THE BOOK by Kate Banks
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A tribute to the power of books to connect and the love that parents everywhere show when they share books with children at the end of the day, this picture book is simply spectacular. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Banks and Hallensleben are together again (What's Coming for Christmas? 2009, etc.) with a heartwarming tale that compares one bear's hibernation to one little boy's bedtime-reading rituals. Read full book review >
WHAT’S COMING FOR CHRISTMAS?  by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2009

"Few Christmas stories meld both the Santa and Nativity aspects of the holiday, but this effort succeeds admirably with both memorable art and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The anticipatory atmosphere of the Christmas season is deftly explored in this unusual view of the holiday by a talented author-and-illustrator team. Read full book review >
FOX by Kate Banks
Kirkus Star
by Kate Banks, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben
POETRY
Released: March 5, 2007

"Hallensleben's lush, brushy landscapes of sunny greens and moonlit blues, his coppery, winsome fox pup and Banks's wise, spare lines combine for a package sure to gratify preschoolers and caregivers alike. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The team behind The Great Blue House (2005) bestows yet another treat, this time tracing the maturation of a fox pup from his spring birth to fall, as he leaves his parents. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BLUE HOUSE by Kate Banks
FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2005

"Hallensleben's saturated Van Gogh-like colors visualize this quiet reverie and testament to the joyful recurrence of life and the rhythm of the seasons. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With their signature simplicity and gentle insight, this accomplished picture-book team lyrically presents the life cycle of a house in nature. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WALKED ACROSS FRANCE by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2004

"Beautifully realized. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With the rich palette and thick brushwork of Rouault or Gauguin, Hallensleben magically captures the light of France and the forthright courage of a small gray cat. Read full book review >
LISA’S BABY SISTER by Anne Gutman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Unerringly honest and every bit hilarious, this is a zesty addition to Gutman and Hallensleben's popular series. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gutman's saucy bunny (Lisa in New York, not reviewed, etc.) contends with the imminent arrival of a new sibling. Read full book review >
CLOSE YOUR EYES by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"While not terribly original, parents searching for another way to convince little ones to go to sleep might give this one a try if for no other reason to share the pictures before bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar dance between mother and child begins as the night descends on the jungle and the little tiger refuses to close his eyes and go to sleep. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM THE SEA by Kate Banks
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2001

"Share this with a child at bed or rest time, but other rocks make less arbitrary, and more clearly articulated, journeys in such books as Meredith Hooper's Pebble in My Pocket (1996). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The luster dims a bit for the author and illustrator of Night Workers (2000) and their other wonderfully soothing picture books, as they go more for poetry than science in trying to give younger children a sense of our planet's antiquity. Read full book review >
GASPARD ON VACATION by Anne Gutman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Hand-lettered, but easily legible text. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Weary of museums, a young puppy escapes his family, slipping into a little red kayak to explore the canals of Venice on his own. Read full book review >
LISA’S AIRPLANE TRIP by Anne Gutman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Legible hand-lettered text. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Lisa's first solo airplane flight is a long one—Paris to New York. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT WORKER by Kate Banks
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 28, 2000

"The pictured warmth of the father-son relationship combines with restrained yet poetic text to make this 'take your son to work night' a special one indeed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The team behind And If the Moon Could Talk (1998) relates what happens one night when Alex achieves his wish to go to work with Papa, a nighttime engineer on a construction site. Read full book review >
PAULINE by Georg Hallensleben
Released: Oct. 5, 1999

"The spreads are presented from a weasel's-eye-view are particularly captivating and reinforce Pauline's small stature and mighty impact. (Picture book. 3-6.)"
Pauline (32 pp.; $16.00; Oct. 5; 0-374-35758-7) The illustrator of Kate Banks's many books (The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle, p. 62, etc,) goes solo for a tale that proves children's suspicion that bigger isn't always better. Read full book review >
AND IF THE MOON COULD TALK by Kate Banks
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 18, 1998

"Readers and listeners alike will find that the poetic text and molten illustrations glow, ember-like, long after the child of the book has been tucked in and the moon has murmured its good-night. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Savor the endpapers, which open with a van Goghlike night scene of muted, window-lit houses clustered around a shining lake. Read full book review >
BABOON by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: April 14, 1997

"First-rate lap and bedtime reading. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Another intimate tàte-Ö-tàte between mother and child from the creators of Spider, Spider (1996); here a baboon takes her baby on a walk through the bush, providing gentle commentary on his pronouncements. Read full book review >
SPIDER SPIDER by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

As Peter watches a small spider crawl across the floor, he declares he will become one. ``And what will you do?'' his mother asks. Read full book review >