Books by Lindsay Barrett George

THAT PUP! by Lindsay Barrett George
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Short, sweet and satisfying. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A pleasant golden retriever puppy finds a stash of acorns in her backyard as well as a new friend in this super-simple tale suitable for toddlers moving from board books into real stories. Read full book review >
MAGGIE’S BALL by Lindsay Barrett George
Released: June 1, 2010

When a strong wind sends Maggie's ball bouncing away, the floppy-eared pup sets out on a mission. Through the town she traipses to find her beloved yellow ball. Decoys, including a lemon, a pocket watch and a balloon send her scurrying from market to clock shop and, finally, to the park, where the disheartened dog sits unknowingly near her toy. But the journey isn't without purpose, as a young girl finds the ball, and, what's more, a friend in Maggie. George effectively communicates Maggie's physical and emotional journey through multiple perspectives. Close-ups tell of Maggie's curiosity, dejection and joy, while aerial-like views create a visual roadmap of the town. The artwork's flatness hints at pre-Renaissance perspective, but the textures and bright palette—done in a water-based medium—conjure Mexican muralism. A consistent, directional progression of the story, large, easy-to-read type, the challenge of finding the characters and naming the objects and places, and the gentle, sweet ending make Maggie's adventure a perfect title for young readers, who will want their own pup to play with by tale's end. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
ALFRED DIGS by Lindsay Barrett George
Released: April 1, 2008

Alfred's not the most obedient of aardvarks, but he may be the cutest. When his pet ant Itty Bitty goes missing, Alfred casts off his mother's request to stay put while she's away on an errand. He leaves his cozy burrow at (of course) the very beginning of the dictionary to dig through the other letters in pursuit. Even younger children will have no trouble accepting the unusual shape of Alfred's universe, nor in following his meandering track as, in George's clean-lined cartoons, he goes all the way from "B" to "W" before catching up with his errant ant. A spread-filling Woodpecker provides a moment of fright, but then Mama drops in to the rescue amid a shower of loose letters, faces the beautifully rendered bird down, calmly conducts her contrite younglings to the Zoo—and then conducts them back to "A" aboard Zebra's Zeppelin. Strewn but not crowded with letters, and animals or objects to match, this pleasant excursion through the ABCs is just the ticket for audiences ready to emerge from pre-literacy. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2006

George sends two young children into a garden for her latest entry in the beautifully illustrated Who's Been Here? series. As Christina and Jeremy gather veggies for dinner, they point out chewed leaves, gaps in the rows and other signs that they haven't been the garden's only visitors. The author reveals the identity of those early diners—a chipmunk, a tomato hornworm, a crow and others—with close-up, finely detailed portraits on alternating wordless spreads. Meanwhile, other small animals, from a garter snake to a bumblebee, put in cameos amid glimpses of gracefully ruffled flowers and nets of greenery. As before, George offers surer depictions of flora and of fauna than of people, and here her closing notes make each highlighted creature seem more like an unwelcome invader than part of the natural setting—still, children working on sharpening their powers of observation won't want to miss this outing. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
THE SECRET by Lindsay Barrett George
Released: March 1, 2005

Smoothly combining images of rocks, leaves, flowers, and other natural items with painted figures in bright, realistic, low-relief digital collages, George takes her audience to ground level for a game of pass-the-secret. What Mr. Snail tells mouse is immediately passed on to a beetle, who informs the turtle, thus beginning a long chain of gossip that ends at Miss Snail. The secret, revealed by Miss Snail's answer, is "I love Miss Snail," and unlike the usual result of "Telephone," it plainly isn't garbled at all on its circuitous route. George keeps her text to a minimum, and uses a different verb for each exchange: "The moth shook it to the bee, / who buzzed it to the caterpillar. / The caterpillar / tickled it to the worm. / The worm / hummed it to the chickadee." Reminiscent of A Kiss for Little Bear, this offers unusual measures of verbal and visual delights. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >
INSIDE MOUSE, OUTSIDE MOUSE by Lindsay Barrett George
Released: April 1, 2004

A house mouse, who sleeps inside a clock, and a field mouse, who sleeps inside a stump, travel corresponding routes to greet each other at either side of the house window. Both the brief text and the full-bleed gouache paintings are parallel, offering the repetition and predictability that is especially appealing to young children. Though the story is slight, the concept is cleverly engaging with the next-to-last spreads depicting the overall route each mouse has taken to reach the window sill. George demonstrates her usual command of her medium; her delicate line perfectly suits the mouse's-eye view of house and garden (the house mouse passes under the nose of a large dozing dog while the field mouse passes a squirrel, all finely detailed). The occasional striking perspective focuses attention. With its large format, clear illustrations, and the most appealing mice readers have ever seen, this will be popular for both group and individual sharing. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

Detailed, scientific-quality drawings, simple, accurate explanations, and fold-out pages make this a satisfying treat for gardeners young and old. Featuring six common fruits and vegetables, Schaefer details how each flower is pollinated, forms seeds, and grows into the plant under the flap. The layout is fitting for the naturalistic theme, since it is reminiscent of poetry, down to the repeated line, ". . . where once a flower bloomed." She winds down by highlighting the planting cycle's end in winter, and its beginning again in the spring. The final spread details the pollination and fertilization of a flower, as well as its parts. There are also planting directions for the seeds featured. A glossary allows those without garden experience to better understand the text. George's illustrations are incredibly detailed, with intricate drawings of parts invisible on any casual visit to the garden. The multiracial children tending the garden are everyday kids with baseball caps and tennis shoes, showing that anyone of any age can harvest the fruits of their labors. Perfect for budding greenthumbs. (Picture book. 4-10)Read full book review >
MY BUNNY AND ME by Lindsay Barrett George
Released: March 31, 2001

A spare text accompanies and somewhat overburdens an intriguing visual tale about art and imagination presented in vivid, warm, full-color, and full-page gouache paintings. The endpapers and opening pages show a collection of simple, childlike pictures of rabbits. The story then moves on to show the rabbit artist, a boy of about ten (his signature on his drawings indicates that his name is Luis), cuddling his bunny, now transformed into a winsome live creature, in a landscape of childlike drawings of flowers, grass, trees, and house. "If you were real, we could do lots of things together," the brief text begins. Then the boy and the "real" bunny are shown together over the next few pages and their actions described in several lines of text: playing in the yard, reading a book, gazing at the night sky, and cuddling quietly. "But if you were really real, what I would do . . . is let you go," concludes the narrator, somewhat startlingly, since the bunny has been up to now treated as a pet. By letting us into Luis's daydream where his drawing comes to life, George, a nature illustrator (Around the World: Who's Been Here?, 1999, etc.) has attempted an interesting observation about the ways we can (and cannot) hold onto the things we create, but the result is somewhat muddled. The text seems to intrude, providing a narrative that might best be supplied by the reader. Luis looks a few years older than his rabbit-drawings might suggest. The lovely tactile bunny and handsome child will be enough for some readers; other children just learning to draw what they love may feel vaguely patronized by the mixture of childlike drawing and impressive "real" bunny and boy. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1999

PLB 0-688-15269-4 George offers alert naturalists a chance to go sleuthing around the world, and the results are invigorationg. Miss Lewis, a teacher, is off circumnavigating Earth; she corresponds with the students back home, telling of her travels and the creatures she encounters in Peru, Antarctica, Kenya, China, Japan, Australia, Alaska, and an island off the coast of California. She describes the wildlife, mentions particular sites she visits, often throws in an anthropological nugget or two, and then ends with a question that relates to some unusual trace that has been left by an animal—gouges taken out of cliff faces, a tree stripped bare, mysterious snowballs around a hot spring, a trail cut through the stony tundra. The animal is subsequently identified, although readers will not know until the end of the book, where the traces are explained, exactly what has transpired. George doesn't try to cram every page with information, but is selective, choosing material that distills the unique character of a place. Excellent, highly detailed illustrations accompany the text. (maps) (Picture book. 5-9) Read full book review >