Books by Hugh Lupton

Released: May 1, 2013

"For readers who need their endings safe. (pronunciation guide, bibliography, family tree of the Greek gods, Olympians) (Mythology. 8-12)"
The myth of the power of music and love is retold for middle-graders with nuanced beauty but marred by a happy epilogue. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Epic in deed and scope and a-bustle with larger-than-life characters, this retelling of the Iliad will rivet both readers and listening audiences. (bibliography) (Folktale/mythology. 11-14)"
Two veteran storytellers give one of mythology's greatest warriors his due in a narrative rich in drama, tragedy, intense emotion and heroic feats of arms. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

A professional storyteller, Lupton retells seven stories in his repertoire from Chile, Greenland, India, Nigeria, North America, Russia and Scotland. The attractive page composition has spaciously placed text that rings with a storyteller's voice, while the digital collages use decorative borders to reflect ethnic characteristics. The flat dimension of the people and animals are offset by the richness of patterns, and spot art generates momentum to lead readers to each story's end. Only one tale is broadly familiar, "The Strange Visitor," from Scotland ("Once upon a time, in a dark wood, there was a dark house"). In a Seneca tale, a grouchy Winter bullies children, stealing their clothing for warmth, until tricky old Summer scotches his antics. From India comes the tale of a brave blackbird who takes on the King, when his servants trap the blackbird's wife to provide music in his palace. In these and the rest, the essence of the stories lives up to the title. Storytellers will welcome this collection, with sources provided and personal provenance to back them up, and the title will attract kids. (includes CD) (Folklore. 8 & up)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2000

Palin's big, crisply drawn, vibrantly colored avian portraits intensify the impact of these moving, hilarious, thoughtful poems and folktales. Drawing from traditions worldwide, storyteller Lupton alternates nine retold creation myths, trickster tales, and pourquoi stories with free verse songs, carrying readers along with Pigeon and Sparrow Hawk to steal fire from the Moon (Australian), with Raven to get an all-too-close look at a whale's insides (Inuit), to hear the haunting songs of the Birds of Rhiannon, and to find out why it's not Snake's fault that Adam and Eve were driven out of Eden (Arab/Palestinian). The tone isn't always as light, and there are some passages that verge on gruesome, particularly in an Orissa (African) tribute to the vulture, and a Brazilian tale in which birds solicit human help to exact revenge on a hunter. Lupton (Tales of Wisdom and Wonder, 1998) appends learned commentary and source notes. Though children (and some older grown ups too) may struggle with the cramped typeface, the stories and pictures make a memorable combination. (notes on legends, source notes, bibliography, acknowledgements) (Folk tales/poetry. 810)Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 20, 1998

A fresh and unusual collection of folktales, tied together by the rhythm of the storyteller's voice: This is Lupton's first book for children, but the oral origins of these stories from many cultures are evident in the pacing. In the Cree story, "The Curing Fox," the old woman named Duck Egg effects cures of both a young girl and the she-fox she hears in the girl's rasping chest; in the West African tale, "Blind Man and the Hunter," the blind man's brother-in-law learns a gentle lesson about seeing and finding goodness. The rollicking "Peddler of Swaffham" offers a wonderful dream that turns out to be true, but not in the way readers will expect. The illustrations are quirky explorations of ethnic themes, appearing as headpieces and tail pieces and running foots, sidling up to the text in interesting ways, as well as appearing in more conventional half-pages. Sharkey's style is as odd and eccentric, at times, as Yumi Heo's, but also falls to more traditional forms for architectural details that help convey each story's setting. (sources) (Folklore. 6-12) Read full book review >