Books by Giselle Potter

Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Beatrice, whose own name is a bit of a L-U-L-U, is totally charming, and the story and artwork are a P-E-R-F-E-C-T M-A-T-C-H. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With email making the art of letter writing almost obsolete and texting turning spelling into truncated babble, this picture book is a clever and refreshing antidote. Read full book review >
WANT TO BE IN A BAND? by Suzzy Roche
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Fans of the Roches will appreciate in-jokes, like the mention of strawberry-apricot pie, but ultimately, this chronicle of perfecting skills and performing for ever larger audiences is too narrowly focused to provide encouragement, entertainment or inspiration. (Picture book. 6-8)"
While many children may answer the titular question in the affirmative, it seems likely that only (some) adults will appreciate the behind-the-scenes glimpse of one group's genesis offered by quirky songstress Roche. Read full book review >
CECIL THE PET GLACIER by Matthea Harvey
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Fans of Jenny Slate's Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2011) will find a kindred spirit in the stalwart glacier that eats pebbles and wears a tiara. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The oft-told tale of a child who yearns for a pet and a creature that craves a human gets a new twist when the latter is a baby glacier. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN by Anthony L. Manna
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"There can never be too many Cinderellas—well, maybe there can, but definitely make room for this one. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
In Greece, it is said that a girl is an orphan when she loses her mother, and that is the only word that names the protagonist in this Cinderella tale. Read full book review >
MOO, MOO, BROWN COW!  HAVE YOU ANY MILK? by Phillis Gershator
ANIMALS
Released: July 28, 2011

"Farmyard industry becomes a bedtime soporific. (Picture book. 2-6) "
Through creative tweaking, a familiar nursery rhyme, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," returns as a cadenced lesson in farmyard enterprise as well as a comforting bedtime lullaby. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

Macdonald teams with her sister for this celebration of Williams's talent as a jazz pianist. Read full book review >

SUGAR WOULD NOT EAT IT by Emily Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

A boy and a kitten engage in a battle of wills over feline food preferences. Read full book review >

WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD by Eugene W. Field
POETRY
Released: May 13, 2008

Field's 19th-century poem, originally entitled "Dutch Lullaby," serves as the vehicle for this visual exegesis of the celestial text. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Though so sketchy that his death (and the fact that the title is borrowed from his autobiography) isn't even mentioned, this profile of the indefatigable and once-renowned circus impresario captures the fascination with spectacle that drove him, alone and in partnership with P.T. Barnum, to organize a number of circuses, sideshows and other popular attractions. Read full book review >

THE LITTLEST GRAPE STOMPER by Alan Madison
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

A fey piece of whimsy takes a lighthearted look at child labor. Read full book review >

THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS by Roni Schotter
FICTION
Released: March 28, 2006

A charmingly prolix tall tale of a boy so word-obsessed that he collects new words on slips of paper. Read full book review >

SLEEPING BOBBY by Mary Pope Osborne
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

A third from the duo of Osborne and Potter, this one is less a feminist remake than simply a character gender swap. Read full book review >

CHLOË’S BIRTHDAY . . . AND ME by Giselle Potter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

In this sequel to Potter's successful The Year I Didn't Go To School (2002), readers discover Giselle and her family in France, on the eve of her little sister Chloe's birthday. Read full book review >

WHEN CATHERINE THE GREAT AND I WERE EIGHT! by Cari Best
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 6, 2003

A slice of urban life is cheerfully portrayed in this colorfully illustrated, first-person account of an ill-fated day trip to the beach. Read full book review >

TRUDI & PIA by Ursula Hegi
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

Excerpts taken nearly verbatim from Hegi's adult novel, Stones from the River (1994), form a surprisingly cohesive story for children about Trudi, a dwarf girl, who comes to accept herself after meeting a dwarf woman, Pia, at the circus. Read full book review >

THE YEAR I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL by Giselle Potter
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Potter (Brave Little Seamstress, p. 576, etc.) draws from family history for her first solo turn, recalling a tour of Italy that her puppeteering family undertook when she was seven. Read full book review >

THE BRAVE LITTLE SEAMSTRESS by Mary Pope Osborne
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2002

Switching genders in another traditional tale, the author and illustrator of Kate and the Beanstalk (2000) pit a clever, doughty seamstress against a swarm of flies ("Seven At One Blow"), three giants, a unicorn, a wild boar, and, most dangerous of all, a fearful king with a hundred knights. Read full book review >

QUENTIN FENTON HERTER III by Amy MacDonald
POETRY
Released: April 5, 2002

MacDonald's (No More Nasty, 2001, etc.) dazzling verse, clever as Scheherazade, is a beautiful choreography of words. Read full book review >

SHRINKING VIOLET by Cari Best
FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2001

The creators of Three Cheers For Catherine the Great (1999) deal inventively with an all-too-common situation in this tale of a shy child finding the inner stuff to withstand a bully's taunts. Read full book review >

GHOST WINGS by Barbara M. Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Joosse's (Alien Brain Fryout, 2000, etc.) sensitive tale of love, loss, and remembrance is set in a small Mexican town and intertwined with the lifecycle of monarch butterflies. Read full book review >

KATE AND THE BEANSTALK by Mary Pope Osborne
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

Osborne is not only the author of the wildly popular Magic Tree House series, but also a well-respected reteller of myths and folk tales (American Tall Tales, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

GABRIELLA'S SONG by Candace Fleming
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Fleming (Madame Lagrande and Her So High, To the Sky, Uproarious Pompadour, 1996) celebrates music and its power to touch our lives. Read full book review >

MR. SEMOLINA- SEMOLINUS by Anthony L. Manna
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1997

Told in the fashion of a Greek folktale, this story from newcomers Manna and Mitakidou has neither the steam nor the invention to match the impressive artwork of Potter's debut. The Princess Areti crafts her own suitor from three pounds each of almonds, sugar, and semolina. ``On the fortieth day God brought the man to life,'' dubbed Mr. Semolina-Semolinus, who is ``five times beautiful and ten times kind.'' A dastardly queen from a far-off land hears tell of this special gent and steals him away. Read full book review >