Books by Judy Hindley

SLEEPY PLACES by Judy Hindley
Released: May 1, 2006

Hindley asks, as others have, "where do you choose for a nap or a snooze—where is your favorite place to sleep?" There follow, then, several quartets of places for various critters and the question of how one would manage in those same places. It rhymes, sometimes bouncily, but makes for hard going when reading aloud, as it is difficult to track the rhyme scheme. Other problems exist: If a rabbit "sleeps tight in its burrow," why is the rabbit all stretched out in the picture? "A rose makes a bed for a bee" is a pretty thought, but bees don't actually sleep in flowers; that's where they work. Eventually, the choices are more childlike: a box, a hammock, a buggy and, finally, "your own little bed, with your own little blanket and pillow." The pictures, in lovely soft pencil-and-watercolor hues, are charming; all the animals have the same sleepy faces as the children, even the bats that share their perch. However, the parts lead one to expect more from the whole. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
BABY TALK by Judy Hindley
Released: April 1, 2006

Baby's busy day is punctuated by a few of the words and phrases he has learned. After dressing and brushing his hair, baby makes his wants clear: "Up, up, up!" Then it's playtime. "Baby with a blanket, Baby with a bear. Baby playing hide-and-seek. Where's the baby? There!" A trip to the park leads to a barrage of words. Baby's day ends with the nighttime routine common to so many families—dinner ("gone"), bath ("splash") and then bed. Young children will delight in the familiarity—the routine so similar to their own, and simple words they can chime in on. Hindley's rollicking rhymes lend the text a bouncy feel that may just transfer to the lap the child is occupying. (But don't look for consistent rhymes.) Granström's illustrations are perfect for the youngest set; there are no backgrounds, and details are both minimal and chosen to reinforce the familiar. An added bonus: Baby's body language and words are perfectly in sync, so older siblings can practice "reading" baby's cues. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

Hindley repeats and answers the titular question as baby, family, and "little Hup" tickle and giggle through the morning. "A sister sleeping / just over there, / counting beads / and a little chair, / Spotty Dog / and Mrs. Cow, / and little Hup / the hippo." Youngsters are sure to find comfort in seeing another experience the gentle morning routine with familiar objects: socks and shoes, bib and cup, playing peek-a-boo, and a truck—just the right size for toddler fun. "Bug on a finger, juice in a cup. / Tickly grass when shoes come off." Dad swings baby up and sister finds the temporarily missing hippo; all seem happy and carefree and then it's naptime. Burroughes's sunny watercolors are soft and expressive, bringing the text to life with visual imagery just right for this tale of quiet happenings. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
DOES A COW SAY BOO? by Judy Hindley
Released: June 1, 2001

Delightful pencil, watercolor, and crayon illustrations of multiethnic children accompanied by a lyrical narrative happily guide young readers through the many sights and sounds of the farm. Hindley and Granström (Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes, 1999, etc.) return with an effort that is sure to become a crowd pleaser at story hours. "Does a cow say BOO? Oh, no! What does a cow say? A cow says . . . moo! That's what a cow says—and you can too." Similar teasing rhymes for pigs, dogs, cats, and owls naturally lead to discussion and imitation of animal noises, ranging from traditional oinks and woofs to more subtle tu-whits and tu-whoos. A seasoned children's author, Hindley respects the limited attention span of her audience and mixes up the format when relating other farm sounds. "And way up high on the hen house roof the rooster throws back his head and crows . . . how does he go? Cock-a-doodle-doo, doodle-doo, doodle-doo! Listen to that!" Other animals are covered even more succinctly with "a duck says quack, a bird says tweet . . ." as well as an acknowledgment that "some creatures say nothing at all." Especially pleasing are renderings of children in constant motion exploring the farm, pointing excitedly, imitating the horned cow, holding a nose in the pig pen, stroking a cat's fur, crawling on the ground to look at worms and snails, and, finally, throwing arms up in the air to shout "BOO!" A fresh approach to a popular topic. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
ROSY’S VISITORS by Judy Hindley
Released: June 1, 2001

An intrepid tot with a yen for independence sets out to establish an abode of her own. With toys and other essentials in tow, young Rosy ventures into the wide world of her backyard in search of a new house. The hollowed-out base of a massive tree serves her purpose perfectly and she is soon bustling about in domestic bliss. Hindley (Does a Cow Say Boo?, above, etc.) deftly expresses a child's delight in secret places, cozy nooks, and role-play. " ‘This is my house; it's mine, all mine!' [Rosy] . . . sang." With her home set to rights, she eagerly awaits the pleasure of all happy hostesses: guests. Searching beyond the denizens of her backyard and far off into her imagination, Rosy soon spies a jovial crush of visitors en route. Craig's (Soggy Saturday, 2001, etc.) watercolor-and-pencil illustrations imbue the tale with a hearty dose of whimsy. As Rosy progresses further into her imaginary world, Craig's pastel-hued pictures become increasingly detailed, culminating in the party scene where fanciful figures of every type mingle together in the merry-making. Rosy's fey creatures include winged fairies bearing flower garlands, lumbering, book-loving bears, and more. When the revelers depart, a fatigued but contented Rosy packs up her things and returns to warmth and security of her parent's home. Young readers will be captivated by this visually intriguing and marvelously imaginative tale. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
DO LIKE A DUCK DOES! by Judy Hindley
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

Five little ducklings follow their mother and do what all ducks do, but when a sixth large and very hairy duckling joins the line, Mama Duck must use her ingenuity to root out the imposter. Waddling and hopping along, all the ducklings are trying their best to be model ducks, but suddenly a big, brown fox creeps on the scene. Mama is suspicious, but she decides to put this new "duck" through some tests. The fox does his best to follow Mama's directions. He walks with a waddle; takes a dip in the mud puddle to cool off; and even eats a worm, but it is clear that a worm is not what he has in mind for a snack as he creeps up on one of the baby ducklings. Mama's suspicions grow as the fox fails every test. Finally, she commands all the ducklings to hop in the river. "Down go the ducklings, all tails up! And down goes the stranger. Glup! Glup! Glup! / So where are all the ducklings now? Here they all come. Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Every one." All except the hairy, out-smarted stranger who slinks off towards home. Whimsical watercolor drawings fill each page highlighting the fox's silly antics. The rhyming text filled with repetitive phrases make this a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

Hindley (The Best Thing about a Puppy, 1998, etc.) offers an open invitation to toddlers to get physical in this joyful celebration of body parts from head to toe. In simple, buoyant verse, and illustrated with equal expression, accessibility, and incitement, Hindley introduces the ears, eyes, the nose, toes, fingers, hands, arms, mouths, lips, necks, and knees. Hide behind those fingers, wiggle and waggle those toes, "legs are for leaping and jumping and dancing. Legs are for kicking and skipping and hopping. Legs are for stomping and suddenly'stopping." The pleasure of movement flows from these pages, and the pleasure of company: "And I'll tell you again—Kisses are little, smiles are wide—A hug is a bundle with you inside." (Picture book. 2-5) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

paper 0-7636-0597-2 Hindley (The Big Red Bus, 1995, etc.) masterfully captures the abundant energy and mischievousness of a puppy as it capers about, to the delight and exasperation of its new owner. The frisky puppy's maneuvers serve as a backdrop to the boy's attempts to define the qualities that make a puppy such an appealing companion. "The good thing is, the way he rolls and bounces. The bad thing is, he goes and jumps in puddles—and then . . . wants to cuddle." Casey's full-color ink-and-watercolor drawings bring the puppy to life as it leaps and frolics across the pages, spiritedly expressing the joie de vivre that is part and parcel of a puppy's existence. The best thing about this book is the way it makes readers smile with every turn of the page. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
THE BIG RED BUS by Judy Hindley
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

For the very young, an introduction to the joys of the traffic jam. The big red bus gets stuck in a pothole, which backs up a van, a car, a motorcycle, and so on. Then one by one, the vehicles depart, and children are left with a good introduction to transportation (and perhaps a misguided notion of how easy it is to get a pothole fixed). The simple story is structured to climax at a fold-out spread that reveals a broadside panorama of the vehicles and their concerned drivers. It's a nice touch that the worker who patches the hole is female. Hindley (The Wheeling and Whirling- Around Book, 1994, etc.) pens a lean, rhythmic prose, complemented by the colorful, straightforward drawings of Benedict in his picture-book debut. The theme of this slight but engaging ride will appeal to youngsters fascinated with all things on wheels and give them guidance on how to get out of a scrape. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

This addition to the Read and Wonder series is a lighthearted survey of round shapes and, particularly, different types of circular motion. Each informal topic is discussed in playful verse (``But what if you twirl/a thinnish disk/until it's a perfect blur?/You'll find what you've made/in a ghostly way/is the every-way-round of a sphere'') and depicted in an appealing setting—an amusement park where rides demonstrate wheels, spirals, and ``Things that swing/in orbital rings''; a beach where rolled towels are cylinders, shells come in flat and conical spirals, and water ripples into concentric circles. Chamberlain's ebullient illustrations of children cavorting with springs or demonstrating the various principles are a fine complement sure to fascinate young readers. Logic doesn't always prevail (if a quantity of water were dropped into space it would become ice, not a spherical drop of liquid), but on the whole the ubiquity and utility of round things are explored engagingly and broadly. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10) Read full book review >
INTO THE JUNGLE by Judy Hindley
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

The author of A Piece of String is a Wonderful Thing (1993) and a greeting-card illustrator take a cautious walk down a jungle path: ``When you go into the jungle, go carefully. It's a wild place. In every shadow there could be a snake curled quietly.... You'll never see them, they're too wild and sly. Wild things never look you in the eye.'' Epps's simply drawn oils convey little of this feeling however; two children walk through a spacious, gardenlike landscape festooned with smiling animals ``hiding'' in plain sight—and making plenty of eye contact with the viewer. This poor match between text and pictures won't take readers nearly as deep into the ``wild place'' as Jane Yolen's Welcome to the Green House (1993). (Picture book. 4-6) Read full book review >
THE SLEEPY BOOK by Judy Hindley
Released: March 1, 1992

In a sweet sing-song (``When the shadows grow/ and the night creeps round/ and the lights go on/ all over town...''), a gently rhythmic description of people wending their way to bed, while things that ``love the dark'' (stars, owls) come out. The soporific chant is perfectly matched by Aggs's simply drawn illustrations, in which everything looks sleepy—cars lurching home look like tiny cushions on wheels, houses lean toward each other like drowsy children with their heads on obliging shoulders, lampposts slouch while they watch over late stragglers—even the shapes of the mice and rabbits here recall the delectably soft-looking pillows that provide a visual theme. Indeed, a lullaby of a book. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >