Books by Julie Paschkis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neighbors band together to help the local helper. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Adoption Day! Read full book review >

SO HAPPY/SO SAD by Julie Paschkis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

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 >