Books by Marianne Martens

I CAN DRESS MYSELF! by Birte Müller
Released: May 1, 2007

"Bright colors and remarkably human-like expressions on Daisy and her increasingly exasperated mother further the appeal. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Müller's tale, originally published in Switzerland, loses nothing in translation, proving that precocious preschoolers are alike worldwide. Read full book review >
DUCK’S TALE by Harmen van Straaten
Released: April 1, 2007

"In the end, this is a duck's tale most fowl, er, foul. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Something seems to have been lost in translation in this Dutch picture book featuring a story-within-a-story framework. Read full book review >
WHO STOLE MY HOUSE? by Barbara Veit
Released: April 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1973. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Aside from a protagonist with an engagingly goofy look (and wits to match), this inane tale has little to recommend it. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2007

"This amusing, realistic and non-didactic treatment of a common experience is sure to please both toddlers and their parents. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Donkey returns for a second outing in which the topic is the universal problem toddlers have with sharing. Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOR ALL SEASONS by Géraldine Elschner
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Her clean watercolor illustrations match Elschner's straightforward story about childhood feelings and the passing of the seasons. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Millie the marmot goes into hibernation, her best friend Sunny the squirrel gets very sad. Read full book review >
A TALE OF TWO BROTHERS by Eveline Hasler
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Shelve it next to Charlotte Huck's Toads and Diamonds (1996), illustrated by Anita Lobel, and Robert San Souci's Talking Eggs (1989), illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
In this version of a common (though here unacknowledged) folktale type, two hunchbacked brothers get their just deserts. Read full book review >
SPRING FEVER by Udo Weigelt
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"While it presents a different slant on spring for preschoolers, the story may raise more questions than it provides answers about the meaning or interpretation of 'spring fever.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Spring is finally here and Freddy the Cat is at last outside and on the prowl. Read full book review >
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Marcus Pfister
Released: May 1, 2001

"In addressing one of childhood's basic insecurities, Pfister has produced an engaging work which children and adults will raptly appreciate 'just the way it is.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Perhaps the animals should have decided on a costume party instead of a "come-as-you-are" soiree. Read full book review >
EVIE TO THE RESCUE! by Hermann Moers
by Hermann Moers, illustrated by Gusti, translated by Marianne Martens
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Gusti makes wonderful use of light and shadow—especially effective touches are Evie's yellow slicker reflected in a puddle, and the long shadow preceding the lion cub into Evie's room. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Moers (Hugo's Baby Brother, 1992, etc.) comes up with an adventure that seems perfectly in line with what children dream up themselves. Read full book review >
RAGGED BEAR by Brigitte Weninger
by Brigitte Weninger, translated by Marianne Martens, illustrated by Alan Marks
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Deceptively simple, deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ragged Bear is ``old and worn, ragged and torn,'' but he is a forgiving soul. Read full book review >