Books by Leslie Elizabeth Watts

MAKING GRIZZLE GROW by Rachna Gilmore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

Written with humor and creativity, Gilmore's story dramatizes the tenderness of a parent/child relationship. "Later! It's always later," huffs Emily when her dad puts off making a snowman with her. She stomps outside and slams the door, hiding her hurt feelings in anger. She decides to make something big and hungry and maybe even a little mean. Her first dinosaur, dubbed Grizzle, is a Dilophosaurus, who is rather pleasant and sports spring-green scales. But when Grizzle eats a huge stack of snow pizzas, she grows larger and her teeth get snappish. And she wants more! As Emily feeds her creation's voracious appetite, Grizzle continues to grow and change colors, until she's a frightening Tyrannosaurus rex. When Dad finally comes outside, Emily's love outweighs her anger. Watts's artwork illuminates an already luminous story. Each spread is painted in bright, gleaming colors, featuring rosy-cheeked Emily and her fantastical dinosaurs with a backdrop of glistening white snow. Moving with the ebb and flow of her anger, Emily's imagination soars, revealing the vulnerability of love and offering a make-believe depiction of the real emotional life of children. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
THE BAABAASHEEP QUARTET by Leslie Elizabeth Watts
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

Say the title out loud, and you'll get the gist of this tale about four retired sheep who embark on a new career. Woolcott, Lambert, Eugene and Waylon have trouble fitting in after they move from the farm to the big city, as somehow, no matter how nattily they dress—and they really do cut dashing figures in Watts' refined, Jazz Age-era settings—they draw stares wherever they go. Nor do their efforts to land jobs as gardeners, knitters or lawn bowlers end happily. Then Waylon finds a strategically damaged poster announcing a singing contest, and the stage is set for a triumphal debut. Even young readers may find the sheep's instant and enthusiastic acceptance by human audiences a little too easy—but the notion that artists should be judged by their art, not their appearance, is always worth considering. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >