Books by Ian Andrew

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Flashy but perfunctory. (Fictionalized nonfiction. 10-12)"
Designed more for a quick flip-through than any sort of serious study, this appendage to 2004's Egyptology looks like a battered notebook of general remarks about ancient Egypt with memorabilia clipped in, compiled by "Emily Sands," the fictive vanished archeologist. Read full book review >
THE BOAT by Helen Ward
by Helen Ward, illustrated by Ian Andrew
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2005

"A quiet story, with images of people and landscape inspired by the artist's home town of Portland, Dorset, England. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Washes of muted color against misty grey crosshatching and an elegant font soften this slightly didactic tale with its echoes of Noah and the flood. Read full book review >
JIM’S LION by Russell Hoban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Beautiful and comforting. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Jim is in the hospital, seriously ill and facing surgery; he knows he might die. Read full book review >
BACK TO THE BLUE by Virginia McKenna
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Random dolphin facts fill the final pages of this superficial commemoration of a triumph of the animal-rights movement. (Picture book. 7-10)"
This Born Free Wildlife Book about the removal of one of the last captive dolphins in the UK to the wild—shown from from both the dolphin's and his rescuers' points of view—suffers from mediocre writing and a too-visible agenda. Read full book review >
PREMLATA AND THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS by Rumer Godden
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Illustrated with soft-focus, beautifully detailed black-and-white drawings, the book provides a whirlwind tour of one small corner of Bengal life, and is sure to find an audience ready for any story Godden tells. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A tender rags-to-riches tale from Godden (Great Grandfather's House, 1993, etc.), with an Indian setting and universal themes. Read full book review >