Books by Julie Paschkis

WHO PUT THE COOKIES IN THE COOKIE JAR? by George Shannon
Released: March 5, 2013

"Purposive but pleasing, this gentle lesson in diversity, diligence and the dignity of hard work offers an appealing balance of art and information. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Shannon and Paschkis provide a charming multicultural answer to the title question, creating in the process a confection that, while it may be most appreciated by socially conscious adults, will tempt young appetites as well. Read full book review >
APPLE CAKE by Julie Paschkis
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Sweethearts of any age will celebrate the joy of love and shared simple pleasures. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
Alphonse lures Ida away from her book by making a cake for her. Read full book review >
MOOSHKA, A QUILT STORY by Julie Paschkis
Released: March 1, 2012

"Vivid artwork, a lively, endearing heroine and a warm, loving look at a pivotal experience give this one classic potential. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Like the beautiful quilt showcased on glowing endpapers and throughout this tale, a preschooler's active imagination (probably) and an exciting (or not) addition are pieced together with family stories to create a new-baby/favorite-blanket story that's likely to become an old favorite. Read full book review >
PABLO NERUDA by Monica Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 29, 2011

"A visual and thematic stunner. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-11)"
More than a heartwarming portrait of Chile's most revered poet, this splendid tribute to Pablo Neruda animates his global appeal with a visceral immediacy capable of seducing readers of any age. Read full book review >
SUMMER BIRDS by Margarita Engle
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 2010

"They, too, will imagine themselves growing up to follow their dreams. (historical note) (Picture book/biography. 4-9)"
It's not often that someone is born both a great scientist and a great artist, especially if that someone is a girl in the middle of the 17th century. Read full book review >
WHERE IS CATKIN? by Janet Lord
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This third outing from the sisterly team of Lord and Paschkis is a visual feast for young readers. Read full book review >
BUILDING ON NATURE by Rachel Rodríguez
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Still, there's plenty here to have young aesthetes hankering for a plane ticket to Spain. (author's note, websites, selected bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Swarms of visitors each year descend upon Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's weird, wonderful church, La Sagrada Familia, under construction in Barcelona since 1883. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE MOON by Hena Khan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Warm, lovely, homey. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yasmeen's mother points out the little sliver of the crescent moon to remind her of the new month that means Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim year. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2008

"End-pages ingeniously unite the curious creatures providing the perfect start and finish to this little masterpiece. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Using poems and pictures, this modern bestiary proves a fascinating introduction to mythical creatures from different cultures. Read full book review >
ALBERT THE FIX-IT MAN by Janet Lord
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"This is a warmly affecting story of (multicultural) community, greatly enhanced by Paschkis's stylish watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Neighbors band together to help the local helper. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The endpapers depict each of the flowers along with their meanings, encouraging readers to return to the illustrations and the story in search of symbolic connections. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this retelling of an English folktale with a Beauty and the Beast motif, a dog, having earned a reward for saving a man's life, claims the man's daughter as his prize. Read full book review >
GLASS SLIPPER, GOLD SANDAL by Paul Fleischman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"For anyone who ever thought they'd seen enough of Cinderella, here's an offering that, in celebrating both its universality and specificity, makes the old tale new again. (Picture book/folklore. 4-10)"
A gem of a book shines a light on the multifaceted Cinderella. Read full book review >
TWIST by Janet S. Wong
POETRY
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Whether this volume, like America's infatuation with yoga itself, will have lasting appeal is debatable. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
The current yoga craze insinuates its way into children's poetry in this attractively designed volume. Read full book review >
I HAVE A LITTLE DREIDEL by Maxie Baum
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Latke recipe, game directions and song sheet are appended. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The standard dreidel song is enhanced with extra verses describing the Hanukkah celebration of family gathering, making and eating latkes, lighting of the menorah and, of course, rules and ways to play the dreidel game. Read full book review >
THE TALKING VEGETABLES by Won-Ldy Paye
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A good choice for group sharing—along with, say, Angela Shelf Medearis's Too Much Talk (1995), illus by Stefano Vitale, or any version of 'The Little Red Hen.' (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
In a lightly buffed up version of a Dan tale first offered in their Why Leopard Has Spots (1998), a Liberian storyteller and his co-writer gently tweak a lazy trickster. Read full book review >
YELLOW ELEPHANT by Julie Larios
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2006

"The inventive colorations will intrigue children, who might wish to meet a pink kitty or a turquoise lizard. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Fourteen familiar animals are the focus of this poetry collection, with each poem describing one animal's color and personality. Read full book review >
THROUGH GEORGIA’S EYES by Rachel Rodríguez
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Breathtaking. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. All ages)"
At the turn of the 20th century, it was very rare, almost unheard of, for a woman to become an artist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2004

California folk-, visionary-, outsider-, or just plain artist Tressa Prisbrey left behind a "village" of houses, walls, monuments, and pavements constructed from thousands of bottles and other castoffs. Read full book review >
KNOCK ON WOOD by Janet S. Wong
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Poet and illustrator both capture just the right tone to keep young readers from taking the topic too seriously—knock on wood. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
So, does wearing one's hat backwards bring good luck or bad? Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Unfortunately, there is no credit given for either the introduction or the retelling itself. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
According to the introduction, the beloved Yuletide ballet that we see was based on a gentler version of the tale by Alexandre Dumas père. Read full book review >
FAT CAT by Margaret Read MacDonald
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"As expected from this scholarly storyteller (The Storyteller's Sourcebook, etc.) there is a note identifying the motif of the tale and citing other variants. (Folktale. 4-7)"
Bright-color folk illustrations add zest and bounce to this tale told in many countries. Read full book review >
PLAY ALL DAY by Julie Paschkis
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"So Sad, 1995) provides charming scenes of domesticity that often outpace the fantasy spreads. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Play All Day ($15.95; Apr.; 32 pp.; 0-316-69043-0): A bedtime book alternates vignettes of a boy at play with double- page, full-bleed spreads of his far more imaginative version of events. Read full book review >
HAPPY ADOPTION DAY! by John McCutcheon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Paschkis's bright illustrations borrow from folk art to lend vibrancy to the celebratory mood of a book that clearly, straightforwardly, and lovingly answers a need for families built by adoption. (Picture book. 2-6.)"
Happy Adoption Day! Read full book review >
SO HAPPY/SO SAD by Julie Paschkis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Paschkis's colorful portraits display a whimsical use of perspective and amiable animals who are expressive without being cute; the background patterns bloom in a robust palette. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple book—two books in one that end in the middle—with a salubrious message: ``Sometimes, you just feel happy'' and ``Sometimes, you just feel sad.'' In the first half of this book a troop of animals savors its happiness—a peacock parades while a tiger is tickled. Read full book review >