Books by Grace Maccarone

LITTLE BROTHER PUMPKIN HEAD by Lucia Panzieri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Ultimately, however, there's little to distinguish this new-baby story from the others crowding the cabbage…err, pumpkin patch. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little boy joyfully anticipates the birth of a new baby brother in this picture-book import from Italy. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing effort that fails to capture the magic inherent in the ballet. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This large-format retelling of the story from the popular holiday-season ballet focuses on the family party scene and the battle between the mice and the soldiers, with just a brief concluding visit to the Land of Sweets. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE TREE THAT WOULD NOT SHARE by Nicoletta Costa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A smart story of good news leading to grace. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little tree is protectively proprietary about his leaves until late autumn surprises him. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY'S SURPRISE by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Flutter by it. (Board book. 2-4)"
A sparkly, smiling butterfly looks for a present that "Mommy and Daddy" butterfly have hidden in this lift-the-flap board book. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS COUNT TO 100 by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Count on other retellings for the fractured-fairy-tale shelf. (Math picture book. 3-6)"
The three little pigs take on math. Read full book review >
MR. HAPPY AND MISS GRIMM by Antonie Schneider
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2015

"Stick with the old standby: Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Happy (1980). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Attitude rubs off in this peculiar German import first published as Herr Glück & Frau Unglück.Read full book review >
THE COWBOY by Hildegard Müller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"It's rare to find a real story in a book that brand-new readers can tackle alone—Anna and Toto and the cowboy certainly deliver. (Early reader. 3-5)"
In this German import, Little Anna and her dog have an adventure at the beach. Read full book review >
OLGA THE CLOUD by Nicoletta Costa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A beguiling ode to gentle rain. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cloud's gotta do what a cloud's gotta do. Read full book review >
RABBIT AND THE NOT-SO-BIG-BAD WOLF by Michaël  Escoffier
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2013

"In offering three distinct viewpoints, this curious piece makes a splendid conversation-starter. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An unseen narrator slyly frightens a rabbit by describing the not-very-wolflike characteristics of an approaching wolf. Read full book review >
THE THREE BEARS ABC by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"By no means is this an introduction to the fairy tale. The book would be best used as a guessing game or a writing device for kids who already know the story. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-8)"
Can the classic story of Goldilocks be parsed into an alphabet book—successfully? Read full book review >
MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS AND THE WICKED WISH by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Applause for another lovely production from the author-and-illustrator duo. (glossary of ballet terms, summary of The Sleeping Beauty ballet) (Picture book. 3-8)"
One of Miss Lina's nine lovely ballerinas suffers pangs of jealously when casting is announced for The Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >
MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS AND THE PRINCE by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

The nine lovely little girls are back and what a joy—for there's a new student joining their ranks, and he's a boy! Read full book review >
MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

In an infectiously rhyming text not a little reminiscent of Madeline, eight little girls ranging in name from Christina and Edwina to Marina and Nina all study ballet in Messina. They dance at school and they dance at the zoo. "They danced at the beach, / in four lines of two." When a ninth girl named Regina appears at school, mathematical mayhem ensues. Miss Lina elegantly points out the solution and now the girls practice their pliés "in three rows of three." Author and illustrator have teamed up for a lovely story about friendship, ballet and grouping numbers. The narration plays with sophisticated words and reads aloud with a gentle musical cadence. Davenier's colorful illustrations are filled with humor, movement and lovely shades of pink. Whether in double-page spreads or tiny vignettes, abundant action is indicated with graceful pink swoops. The little girls, nicely multiethnic, have personality, and young readers, budding ballerinas or not, will enjoy the details of the ballet studio and the joie de vivre of the nine young ladies. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
A CHILD’S GOOD NIGHT PRAYER by Grace Maccarone
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

A sweet ode of gratitude for the simple pleasures in a child's life. Maccarone's (A Child Was Born, not reviewed, etc.) rhyming verses, containing just a twinkling of humor, enumerate the many things for which little ones can be grateful. The eclectic list begins in a haphazard fashion; each four-line stanza is organized more according to rhyme than category, with the blessings heaped on the night sky and toy cars with equal fervor. Yet, despite this unorthodox coupling, Maccarone gets at the core of a child's universe, the favorite and familiar: the toys, furniture, and all the minutiae adults so easily pass over but are so vital to and loved by children. By the conclusion, the narrators have expanded beyond the limits of their own sphere to include a heartfelt blessing of the wide world. "Bless the water, / earth, and air / Bless the children / everywhere." Williams's (Sleepy Me, p. 590, etc.) softly drawn illustrations reflect the spirit of the poem. Full-bleed paintings in a symphony of sleepy-time hues set the tone for slumber. From mischievous tots whimsically perched atop the moon and stars to a child cuddling with stuffed animals, Williams deftly combines fantastical landscapes with cozy, comforting real-world images. A gentle reminder for youngsters (and adults, too) to be grateful for the small things. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >