Books by Lisa Desimini

THE GREAT BIG GREEN by Peggy Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Two fertile imaginations grow a grand salute. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An abundantly illustrated puzzle poem provides a spectacular celebration of green in the world. Read full book review >
LULU'S PIANO LESSON by Arlene Alda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"As lessons go, it's a mighty nice one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lulu's piano teacher, Mr Sharp, is a pretty sharp guy indeed, dressed all in black and sporting a bowtie, and it turns out he is quite a good teacher, too. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"A glossary serves as the index to pictures and text. (afterword from her son, map, chronology, further facts, author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Short poetic stanzas join jewel-toned illustrations to sing the satisfying story of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. Read full book review >
IRIS HAS A VIRUS by Arlene Alda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Written in a somewhat mystifying mix of prose and verse, this is a pricey but refreshing cup of literary chicken soup for illin' children. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Providing low-key reassurance for anyone who's had to stay in bed with a bug, Alda tracks young Iris's three-day malaise from that general feeling that things are not quite right, through limp exhaustion, nausea ("Her head was hot. / She threw up in a pot"), a soothing visit to the doctor, troubled dreams of "Bugs with spots, / Bugs on cots, / Bugs like ants, / Bugs with pants" and on to full recovery. Read full book review >
TRICK-OR-TREAT, SMELL MY FEET! by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Twin witches out to sabotage their neighborhood's trick-or-treating get what they deserve in this disappointingly unpolished holiday yarn. Read full book review >
THE SNOWFLAKE SISTERS by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Never has the snowy season been celebrated with more joie de vivre. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two snowflakes—along with "seven billion four / Hundred million, maybe more"—twirl a dance down night skies, hitch a ride on Santa's sleigh, reach Times Square just in time to see the Ball drop, then flutter off across recognizable New York scenes to Central Park, to spend the rest of the winter on a welcoming snow-lad. Read full book review >
POLICEMAN LOU AND POLICEWOMAN SUE by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Despite good intentions, a popular topic, and a closing page of vague safety tips ('When you need help, talk to a trusted adult or a friend'), this clunker will neither engage child readers nor inform them. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Between shared breakfast and dinner, a pair of uniformed police officers minds a small-town beat in this wooden, sexist companion to the much superior Dot the Fire Dog (2001). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Beneath a huge full moon, the hunchbacked flute player Kokopelli steps down from a petroglyph and dances across an atmospherically lit desert, drawing Coyote, Rattler, and other creatures to dance along behind. Read full book review >
DOT THE FIRE DOG by Lisa  Desimini
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Reserved for that reader who wants anything at all about firefighters. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A usually venturesome artist tries for a younger audience, with cutesy, sticky-sweet results. Read full book review >
GOOD MOUSEKEEPING by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Leap through the door.' (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
Whimsical verse marries curious art in a second collaboration by Lewis and Desimini (Doodle Dandies, 1998). Read full book review >
TOUCH THE POEM by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"The interplay of words and images expresses the playfulness and multiplicity of poetry itself, creating a rich effect that will draw readers back again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 4-9)"
There is poetry in the art and in the juxtaposition of art and text, as well as in the words themselves in this second ingenious poetry collection by Adoff and Desimini (Love Letters, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SUN AND MOON by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The sentiments are lovely, but the tale is driven more by the art and symbolism than plot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Boy meets girl in this contemporary parable about the strength of love and friendship. Read full book review >
TULIP SEES AMERICA by Cynthia Rylant
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The title is hyperbolic, but Rylant's poetic language and the art's striking forms and colors communicate equal strength and intensity of feeling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Inspired by her own journey westward, Rylant puts a young traveler and his dog, Tulip, into a green VW Beetle and sends them from Ohio to Oregon. Read full book review >
LOVE LETTERS by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Every spread stands alone, a vignette of immeasurable emotion. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
A collection of love poems spoken in the distinct voice of a sibling, schoolmate, student, playmate, secret admirer, and even the self. Read full book review >
NORTHWOODS CRADLE SONG by Douglas Wood
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1996

"Children will feel warm and comforted, secure enough in their small realms to fall easily asleep. (Picture book. 1 -5)"
This lullaby of the north has been translated from the language of the Menominee people and then adapted by Wood (Old Turtle, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MAGIC WEAVER OF RUGS by Jerrie Oughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

A second Navajo myth from the team that collaborated on How the Stars Fell into the Sky (1992). Read full book review >
FISH AND FLAMINGO by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A bit earnest, but truly handsome: Desimini at her best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A carefully constructed story about a singular friendship. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PEACE MARCH by Holly Near
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Music included; note on the march. (Picture book. 6+)"
A song originally written for the 1986 Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament (from L.A. to Washington, D.C., a nine-month event). Read full book review >
HOW THE STARS FELL INTO THE SKY by Jerrie Oughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A dramatically handsome setting for an especially noble Native American tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Oughton's first book for children is a lyrical retelling of a potent myth: It is First Woman's idea that ``the laws'' should be written for all to see. Read full book review >