Books by Lilian Moore

BEWARE, TAKE CARE by Lilian Moore
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Fine adds impish life to classic Moore poems from an assortment of earlier collections. The late poet's tight, bouncy rhymes give a Seussical twist to the grab bag of verses (15 altogether), from a ghost in an apartment house to the scary "Who?" of an owl in a tree to giant mysterious footprints in the snow. Which is to say that the chills she provides are gleeful and not the kind that produce nightmares; "The Ghost in the Supermarket" ends with this couplet: " ‘I'm just looking for the toast,' says the ghost." "The Monster's Birthday Party" features a "cake in the shape of a snake, and trimmed with octopus goo." Fine's illustrations, in charcoal and gouache, add another level of appealing quirkiness; his grinning monsters all look like they need orthodontia (funny, since Fine's a dentist) and a diet. A fun collection perfectly timed for Halloween. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

Though only one of the 17 poems here is new, by being paired to Karas's intimate, generic street and parkscapes, all shine in handsome new settings. Moore writes of snow and rain, of how "roofs / design a sky," of the pleasures of window shopping and kite flying, of the right way to round a corner, of the glories of a bridge by night and a mural filled with exotic animals by day. Meanwhile, the moon gleams, passersby chat on streets narrow or wide, children dash across a grassy meadow, a skeletal skyscraper rears up to the clouds, and pigeons—"city folk / content / to live with concrete / and cement,"—cluster hopefully near an empty trash can, while a young observer contemplates a leafless tree. Conveying an idyllic but never sugary view of urban life, this gathering not only marks a strong debut for the illustrator, but highlights the timeless quality of so much of Moore's poetry. (Poetry. 5-9)Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 2001

Softly muted pastels color this story of a runaway hat and all the things that the wind can do. As the twisting wind snatches a little girl's hat away, it carries it past many amazing sights: soaring kites, speeding sailboats, bending trees, and tumbling crows. The poetic story is laid out in simple rhyme, with short phrases on each page: "The wind / that whirled / your hat / away / furled a flag / raced a boat / tugged a kite / tweaked its tail . . ." Following the child as she pursues the hat, children will be encouraged to find it on each page as she gets closer and closer. The linking of events as she runs through the story will also challenge even the youngest children to understand the connection of things. The simplicity of the words, coupled with the uncomplicated yet beautiful illustrations, offers a soothing look at the natural world. (Harper Growing Trees series) (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
POEMS HAVE ROOTS by Lilian Moore
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Moore (Sunflakes, 1992, etc.) produces a new, small volume of poems that fits nicely in the hand. Each poem—none longer that three pages and most only two—is, like the title, a reflection on nature. Some mourn, and some rejoice, but all share the response to what Moore sees before her: a frozen waterfall, a full moon, a thunderstorm. Environmental messages are occasionally heavy-handed (``Unpoison the sea!'' and ``Where are the frogs?''), and the use of exclamation points makes for unnecessary clunks most of the time. ``The Automated Bird Watcher'' is hilarious (``Press One/To see the clutch of/eggs she laid''); ``Pilgrim Flower'' reminds readers, exquisitely, that the pilgrims brought the wildflower Queen Anne's Lace to these shores. (two-color illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 6-11) Read full book review >
SUNFLAKES by Lilian Moore
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

A charming collection for young children, reflecting their concerns, interests, and point of view and grouped with enticing headings lifted from the poems themselves: ``Me and Potato Chips'' for poems about food; ``The Night Is Long But Fur Is Deep''; ``If Sunlight Fell Like Snowflakes,'' from the title poem; and so on. Almost all the poets are contemporary, or nearly so; the poems—whether merry (the largest group), lyrical, or thoughtful—are notable for their contagious rhythms, lighthearted wordplay, and inspired use of language. Ormerod nicely matches the tone with deft but freely drawn illustrations in soft, rough pencil with simple added color, providing background or visualization but rarely extending the meaning and never intruding. ``Children are lucky if they have poems in their lives,'' begins Moore's inviting introduction—especially if they can start with this fine offering. Acknowledgements are arranged by author—a real plus. Fully indexed. (Poetry. 3-8) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

The charming country mouse who realized that he was a poet in I'll Meet You at the Cucumbers (1988), makes his third and last appearance with 30 gentle poems, half new and half from the earlier books. Whether ruminating about his woodland friends or ranging from garden to city, Adam's voice has a rare simplicity and grace (``The fog/comes down/from the hills//and there/are/no hills...The fog/wraps/the barn//and there is/no/barn.//We know/they are/there...Still/we peer/into the fog//just to be sure'') plus deft humor (``Skunk is/spunky/mild as well/and what a tale his/tail/could tell!''). (Poetry. 5-10) Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 1992

In a sequel to the appealing I'll Meet You at the Cucumbers (1988), Amanda (the city mouse) makes her first visit to country mouse pen-pal Adam, affording us the pleasure of seeing Adam's bucolic surroundings from her perspective. The events here are quiet, the most exciting being when Amanda floats adrift into the pond on a leaf and is easily rescued by a turtle. But Moore charms with her lucid narration, her small, gently characterized creatures and their gracefully realized world, and especially with Adam's lyrical poems, which continue to celebrate his insights into his fellow creatures. Appropriately, McCord's frequent b&w illustrations are in the cozy Garth Williams tradition. (Fiction. 7-10) Read full book review >