Books by Helga Bansch

Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"An elegant artistic statement, but readers looking for a story on self-esteem will be disappointed. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rhinoceros is not sure about his looks and wishes he were someone else, but his friends and one experience leave him feeling better. Read full book review >
AT NIGHT by Helga Bansch
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"With the feel of a fine and handsome tintype, this Austrian import makes night newly beguiling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For all but a few, the night is a foreign country. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT GIANTS by Heinz Janisch
Released: May 15, 2011

"Strange giants, sing-song rhymes and generic psychological advice don't add up to a soothing bedtime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This odd compendium of story, song lyrics and advice to parents misses the mark as a prescription for sweet dreams. Read full book review >
BRAVA, MIMI! by Helga Bansch
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Alas, poor Mimi the Mouse. Her dream is to perform on stage, but she knows that she has neither talent nor looks. Her quest takes her to several friends, who each offer advice and assistance. Albert the Mole, who is a wise reader, sends her to Misha the Frog, who can leap with the best of the ballet dancers. Poor Mimi cannot quite match him, but Misha the Frog tells her to "leap like YOU." Next, Bubbles the Blackbird gives her singing lessons and more sage advice. Missing a note doesn't matter, because the next note will be even better. With more help, Mimi makes it to the ballet recital, where she, of course, falls during a solo. But she picks herself up and keeps dancing with a smile, all to cheers from the audience. More than a ballet story, this is really a gentle tale about perseverance and helpful friends who provide positive reinforcement. The illustrations are colorful and incorporate both touches of collage and different textures of paints, and the animals are quite appealing. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
I WANT A DOG! by Helga Bansch
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

A little girl named Lisa longs for a dog of her own. Lisa's parents have many solid reasons why a dog won't fit into their family life, mainly because their apartment is too small for a dog, and they kindly but firmly reject every one of her arguments. Lisa tries to change their minds through her behavior, both good and bad, but her parents won't budge. Finally Lisa decides to take care of things by putting up signs in a nearby park asking for a dog to borrow. An elderly neighbor immediately brings his dog to Lisa so she can walk little Rollo the dachshund and play with him, and this satisfies her longing in an entirely too-pat ending, given the playful lead-up. The illustrations have a surrealistic, dreamy quality with distorted proportions and muted tones, but Lisa has her own quirky appeal with her flaming carrot-orange hair topped by a newspaper-print bow. The way Lisa solves her problem in a creative and socially acceptable way is laudable, but readers will still wish she'd gotten the dog. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >