Books by Katy Schneider

I DIDN'T DO IT by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

The mother-and-daughter team MacLachlan & Charest and able artist Schneider present another charming volume of verses showing the thoughts of puppies of many breeds (Once I Ate a Pie, 2006). From the true-to-life portrait of an animated, very dachshund-ish dachshund on the dust jacket (accurate down to the tail and appealing eyes) to the rueful beagle on the colophon, these pups all express their takes on the world they share with humans. The verses are short, and the authors seem to understand canines and their likes, dislikes and self-discipline (or the lack thereof). Humor abounds, as do the activities, all illustrated in lively, textured oil paintings that make breeds clearly recognizable. From the flying ears of jumping dogs and the somewhat guilty "I didn't do it" look of a puppy surrounded by chewed-up rubble, the illustrator gives readers a series of winning portraits. If dogs could talk (and of course they do), they would say what this team has translated for us, the two-foots in the world of the four-foots: Even if I did do it, you love me anyway. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)Read full book review >
ONCE I ATE A PIE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: May 1, 2006

An appealing cover image of a charming pug invites the reader into this ode to canine companions by the mother-and-daughter team. Fourteen short, non-rhyming poems introduce a variety of highly individualistic dogs, with the personality of each one captured in just a few revealing lines. The poems are written in first person with an innocent viewpoint appropriate to a dog's egocentric perspective on the world. Abby "borrows" bones, balls and slippers (and doesn't give them back); Mr. Beefy the pug steals butter (or even a cherry pie) from the table; and Lucy, adopted from a shelter, sleeps between her owners with her own pillow and teddy bear. Schneider's expressive paintings add to each dog's character, skillfully capturing distinctive breed characteristics, with expressive eyes and playful postures that indicate thorough knowledge of canine behavior. Thoughtful design elements include a trail of paw prints leading from the cover through the front matter into the text, varying type treatments and a mixture of illustration perspectives. (Poetry. 4-9)Read full book review >
PAINTING THE WIND by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: May 1, 2003

In this atmospheric mother-daughter collaboration (a debut for the daughter), a young artist works on his technique in the company of the painters who come to his island each summer with their easels, dogs, and families to paint. It's a debut for Schneider, too, who captures the narrative's restrained tone with impressionistic, broadly brushed views of dogs, dunes, beaches, the artists—and paintings, each of which is done in a subtly different style. Seeing his own picture of bent-over trees as if for the first time, hanging next to the others at a summer's-end exhibition, the lad realizes that "on my island, surrounded by water and light, I have done what I could not do before. I have painted the wind." Along with the likes of Cynthia Rylant's All I See and Sara Yamaka's Gift of Driscoll Lipscomb, this bears insights into how artists look at their world, and their work, and will broaden children's understanding of how and why art is made. (Picture book. 9+)Read full book review >