Books by Louise Peacock

NUTS! by Louise Peacock
Released: Sept. 10, 2019

"This memorable story will help toddlers (and caregivers) connect behavior to the language of sharing. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cluster of fallen nuts is the setting for an exploration of one of life's most difficult concepts: not mine? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 20, 2019

"From outrage to regret, amends, and forgiveness, the drama between friends makes the moral an easy pill to swallow. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Lionel the lion always takes the lion's share by force—until his disappointed friends teach him that sharing is caring. Read full book review >
TOBY IS A BIG BOY by Louise Peacock
Released: July 9, 2019

"Familiar moments for children in growing families. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Toby feels displaced in his elephant family thanks to his needy baby sister, Iris. Read full book review >
OLIVER ELEPHANT by Louise Peacock
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A sweet, charming story of overcoming familiar difficulties during the hectic holiday season, with the help of those who love you. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Noah and his little sister, Evie-May, are Christmas shopping with Mommy. Read full book review >
AT ELLIS ISLAND by Louise Peacock
Released: June 26, 2007

The voice of a fictional immigrant girl joins with those of historical narratives and the author's own to paint a portrait of Ellis Island and the children who passed through it. Ten-year-old Sera Assidian addresses her dead mother in an imaginary letter as she makes her way from the Old World to the New to join her father. Each page turn presents a new facet of the experience, from the food on board the ship to the sight of the Statue of Liberty to the grueling uncertainty of detention at Ellis Island. Sharing the page are thematically selected excerpts from archival sources, photographs and Krudop's emotional gouaches. Threaded throughout are Peacock's own musings as she describes her impressions of the Ellis Island National Monument. All this makes for a busy composition, Sera's narrative rendered in faux-cursive, the archival materials appearing in boxes or different colors and the über-narrative in red—although, irritatingly enough, in changing typefaces. This last element is often ponderous and intrusive, an adult layer over what are children's voices, and ultimately limits the effectiveness of an otherwise artfully organized whole. (bibliography, websites) (Fictionalized nonfiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Peacock travels to historic sites from the Revolutionary War and weaves the history of Washington's crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton from three strands: straight details mingled with brief personal reflections; snippets from letters and documents of the time; and letters as they might have been penned by Harry, imagined as one of Washington's troops. The straight narrative is the most successful, as Peacock describes Washington's discouraged troops waiting out the bleak December following many defeats. The excerpts from actual writings offer the shiver of veracity. But Harry, the fictional soldier who writes letters to his sister, never seems as alive for readers as the other two voices used. Utterly adept are Krudop's somber paintings; the purples and grays convey the mood of winter battle scenes, and expand on the details found in small archival etchings. (Picture book. 7-11) Read full book review >