Books by Hudson Talbott

PICTURING AMERICA by Hudson Talbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This notwithstanding, Talbott has produced a handsome, valuable companion to River of Dreams (2009) and an accessible and inspired introduction to an important, influential promoter of the unspoiled American landscape. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Watercolorist and illustrator Talbott, a Cole admirer and evangelist, has produced a child-friendly paean to the brief (1801-1848) but productive life of an American landscape-painting pioneer. Read full book review >
RIVERS OF DREAMS by Hudson Talbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Libraries that already own Robert Baron and Thomas Locker's The Hudson: A Story of a River (2004) will want this one as well, for its lively narrative and admiring affection. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Opening with his childhood fascination with the river that shares his name, Talbott provides a survey of Hudson River history from its glacial origins and times with early Native American and European settlers through its industrial development and environmental degradation to its new hope for reclamation through citizen action. Read full book review >
UNITED TWEETS OF AMERICA by Hudson Talbott
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"But where U.S. geography is part of the elementary-school curriculum, this lighthearted look at the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) will be welcome. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
This rollicking roll call of state fast facts takes the form of a pageant of birds, each introducing their home state in ways that will delight trivia fans. Read full book review >
SHOW WAY by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"One of the most remarkable books of the year. (Picture book. 5+)"
Show Ways are quilts with secret meanings—guides to freedom. Read full book review >
THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE by Jean Fritz
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2004

"The history-as-mystery format will appeal to young historians. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
In 1585, Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh supported an English settlement on Roanoke Island, between Cape Hatteras and Virginia. Read full book review >
SAFARI JOURNAL by Hudson Talbott
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"As with his Amazon Diary (1996), readers will come away both envying the young narrator for having such exciting experiences, and closer to understanding the importance of wildlife conservation. (afterword) (Fiction. 8-10)"
Liberally plastered with photos and color sketches, this hand-lettered journal records a 12-year-old vacationer's eventful two weeks in Kenya. Read full book review >
LEONARDO’S HORSE by Jean Fritz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Together, Fritz and Talbott have forged an extraordinary tribute to two dreamers 500 years apart. (Biography. 7-12)"
A veteran writer of lively biographies has turned her attention to quite an engaging story: the biography of an equine sculpture. Read full book review >
O'SULLIVAN STEW by Hudson Talbott
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Talbott's illustrations are just as fanciful and fun; story and pictures are bound to charm an audience just as they captivate the king. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Clever Kate O'Sullivan cooks up a feast of family stories to save her and her kins' lives. Read full book review >
AMAZON DIARY by Hudson Talbott
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"In a book crafted with the goal of teaching respect for other cultures, the blond-hero-who-drops-out-of-the-sky-and- saves-the-day-with-technology ending is patronizing and hard to swallow. (Picture book. 7+)"
Subtitled ``The Jungle Adventures of Alex Winters,'' this is a slice of the fictitious life of sixth grader Alex Winters, who details his trip to the Amazon through a handwritten journal that includes his scribblings, snapshots, and drawings. Read full book review >
EXCALIBUR by Hudson Talbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"But the use of light and dark as well as the sheer verve of the illustrating style makes the action exciting and the emotional quality of some of the scenes affecting. (Picture book. 6-11)"
The third entry in the Tales of King Arthur series concerns the boyish and very human ruler, Arthur, retold in an uncluttered, open manner and with far more immediacy than King Arthur and the Round Table (1995). Read full book review >
KING ARTHUR AND THE ROUND TABLE by Hudson Talbott
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Younger children will find it too hurried to take in, and older ones may move on, instead, to novel-size retellings. (Picture book/folklore. 8-10)"
A swift, almost frantic, second volume in the Tales of King Arthur series, covering Arthur's battles with rebellious nobles, the meeting with Guinevere as she tends wounded upon Bedegraine's battlefield, the vanquishing of King Ryence, marriage to Guinevere, and dedication of the Round Table. Read full book review >
YOUR PET DINOSAUR by Hudson Talbott
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A book that's sure to sell itself. (Humor. 7+)"
Dr. Rex, star of We're Back! (1988), provides an extensive tongue-in-cheek guide to living with a dinosaur, from ``Choosing the Right Dino'' to ``You and Your Dino—the Golden Years.'' The nonstop humor here is sometimes a little forced, but mostly it's genuinely clever; the fact that it depends primarily on juxtaposing the dino's size and violence with a typical modern household will delight kids, who will pick up on the pet manual parody (``Dinos have a simple method of working out questions of seniority—just keep the mop and bandages handy''); adults will also be amused by the touches of political satire and parallels with child-care and self-help books. Read full book review >
KING ARTHUR by Hudson Talbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

An ``Afterword'' describes this retelling as more appropriate for younger children than such classics as Sutcliff and White, but it's not so much easier as more contemporary in language, more profusely illustrated, and shorter. Read full book review >