Books by Maja Dusíková

SLEEPING BEAUTY by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A fine choice for princess lovers and traditionalists. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-10) "
"Once upon a time, a king and a queen used to say to each other every day, ‘If only we could have a child!' " Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A rendering to bring a smile or possibly a giggle. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
This unadorned translation of Andersen's whimsical tale comes from a German edition of 2007. Read full book review >
HEIDI by Joanna Spyri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Some parents will eschew this version for a bedtime reading of the original, but for those youngest children who still need a swath of beautiful pictures to carry them through the story, this may well fit the bill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Squeezing a 300-page (give or take a few) classic into a mere 32 pages may sound impossible, but this new Swiss translation not only pulls it off, it never sacrifices heart for succinct storytelling in the doing. Read full book review >
ADVENT STORYBOOK by Antonie Schneider
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The individual short stories with a gentle lesson will be easily understood by young children and could be used by families for Advent or in Sunday-school programs. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A short story for each of the days of December leading up to Christmas is the premise for this charming collection of related tales told by Mother Bear to her son, Benjamin Bear. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS BELL by Rolf Krenzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Appealing watercolor illustrations with a soft focus and muted colors feature midnight-blue skies, snowy scenes of the stable in Bethlehem, and the traditional gathering around the manger. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This entry in the offerings-for-baby-Jesus genre features a little girl named Rachel, the daughter of a shepherd. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE, VIVI! by Antonie Schneider
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Although the text (translated from the German) is a bit clunky, and the theme well-trodden, readers will find Granny's offering heartwarming, and the illustrations soft and inviting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An extremely gentle look at aging and death. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by Jacob Grimm
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Maja Dusíková
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Bell's translation is ideal for reading aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
This rendition of Rapunzel hews very closely to the original, a familiar romantic adventure: Rapunzel's father is caught nipping rampion from the witch's garden to satisfy his pregnant wife's craving, and agrees to surrender the child to the witch to guarantee his wife's health. Read full book review >