Books by Giuliano Ferri

Released: Sept. 1, 2019

"Surprisingly charming and with delightful illustrations. (Picture book. 3-5) "
An anthropomorphic vampire bat learns how to use his scary fangs to help his friends rather than frighten them in this Italian import. Read full book review >
I SEE, I TOUCH… by Giuliano Ferri
Released: May 1, 2018

"Babies and toddlers will want to do more than just see this book—let them touch! (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Working solely from the pictures, toddlers will likely easily complete the book's first five sentences, which describe the five senses in turn. Read full book review >
MAMA BEAR, LITTLE BEAR by Mania Kaplanoglou
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"There's much to identify with in this gentle, perceptive book, no matter the gender or species. (Picture book. 3-8) "
Kaplanoglou pokes light fun at the yin/yang of the mother/daughter experience. Read full book review >
BRICK BY BRICK by Giuliano Ferri
Released: April 5, 2016

"Touching and timely. (Board book. 2-4)"
In this story without words, a band of anthropomorphic critters finds a better use for a brick wall than the usual one. Read full book review >
THE SNOWBALL by Giuliano Ferri
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Emphasizing collaboration and creativity, this lovely little board book is a wonderful wintertime selection for toddlers and preschoolers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A group of friends turns a snowball disaster into some spontaneous fun. Read full book review >
SMALL WONDERS by Matthew Clark Smith
Released: May 12, 2015

"Long before Yogi Berra said, 'You can observe a lot by watching,' Fabre proved it so. (historical note, timeline, author's note, annotated source list) (Picture book/biography. 9-11)"
The rewards of simply taking time to bend down for a closer look are celebrated in this tribute to the great French entomologist. Read full book review >
LUKE & THE LITTLE SEED by Giuliano Ferri
Released: April 1, 2015

"Readers will appreciate seeing the good things that come to those who wait, watch, and water. (Picture book. 3-8) "
What could be a better gift for a wee mouse than a mysterious gift that promises both something delicious to eat and branches to climb and play on? Read full book review >
PEEKABOO! by Giuliano Ferri
Released: April 1, 2015

"Simple and lovely, this interactive offering would make a delightful addition to any board-book collection for infants and toddlers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Infants and toddlers are invited to engage in a game of peekaboo with an assortment of cuddly critters. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2014

"Visually attractive but unlikely to appeal broadly. (Picture book/religion. 5-8) "
An introduction to the life of an early saint historically revered by both Eastern Orthodox and Western Christian traditions. Read full book review >
JESUS by Anselm Grün
by Anselm Grün, illustrated by Giuliano Ferri, translated by Laura Watkinson
Released: March 1, 2014

"The Life of Jesus, by Sophie Piper and Angelo Ruta (2013), and The Light of the World, by Katherine Paterson and François Roca (2008), are better introductions to the life of Jesus for a similar age group. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
First published in Germany, this theologically confusing introduction to the life of Jesus is told through disjointed episodes that don't have any connecting narrative to help the reader. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF FREEDOM by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A gentle introduction to Gandhi's remarkable work. (map, resource list). (Picture book. 4-9)"
An old man recalls the extraordinary time when, as a young boy, he joined an older brother in following Mahatma Gandhi on his long march to gather salt from the sea. Read full book review >
JONAH'S WHALE by Eileen Spinelli
Released: March 1, 2012

"A spiritually satisfying whale of a tale. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The familiar biblical story is told from the perspective of the swallowing whale. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 4, 2010

Warm, glowing colors and delicious words tell the tale of Ben Bear's "divine pizzas" and Chris Croc's "heavenly cakes." The neighbors luxuriate in each other's taste treats until one day a mouse in a limousine pays Chris Croc a gold coin for a piece of "exquisite" cake. Sudden inspiration: there's money to be earned! Each sets up a cart and waits for customers—but each gets too hungry to wait. The gold coin passes back and forth as each animal purchases and eats the entire contents of the other's cart. A crow, inferring the food's quality from the empty carts, promises to bring all his friends the next day. The business future is bright, but even brighter is the story's spirit: elegantly nostalgic, friendly, and sensuous. Illustrations are soft-edged and delightfully dreamlike. Yummy for foodies of all ages. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

Small Camel and his mama belong to Balthazar, "a wise and wealthy man." Balthazar plans for a long journey across the desert, and deems Small Camel grown enough for the journey, bearing one small parcel. Following a star, they meet up with Melchior and Gaspar, who study scrolls with Balthazar. They add their gifts to Small Camel's hump and the travelers continue their journey. Because the star is to lead them to a baby king, Small Camel is surprised at the very modest house in which they find Joseph, Mary and the beautiful baby Jesus. When the baby smiles at the gold, frankincense and myrrh that Small Camel has been carrying, the little camel forgets how tired he is. Ferri's pictures have soft edges and glowing desert colors using interesting perspectives to capture Small Camel's point of view. While one might quibble that the Wise Men would not have had codex volumes next to their scrolls as Balthazar does, this is a lovely approach to an age-old story. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

The story of Noah's ark is told in rhyming verse that doesn't quite sing. To the traditional story the author adds details that readers will appreciate—the ark was made of Cypress wood with three decks, and he even describes where many of the animals chose to live while on board. Wind and rain are anthropomorphized with personal pronouns and illustrations of their "faces." With words such as stout, preferred, slithered, torrents, haven, and disembark, the author introduces new vocabulary to his readers, using context to make meanings clear. Unfortunately, the verses are not consistent in their rhyming pattern, leading to a choppy feel and breaking up the rhythm of the story. Several of the lines seem forced, as if he chose words for the number of syllables or rhyme pattern rather than for their fit. For example, after listing the individual animals loaded onto the ark, he names the generic and all-inclusive "bugs" to complete a rhyme with "slugs." Newcomer Ferri's soft-edged pictures are sweetly simple. His people are block figures, but their faces are full of emotion. The animals are easily recognizable—basic forms without a lot of competing details. The colors reflect the moods of the pages: soft greens and warm reds fill the illustrations of Noah and the animals; cool, angry blues dominate the pages that detail the people's wickedness and the flood. It's too bad the text doesn't live up to the illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >