Books by Marijke ten Cate

A STRANGE DAY by Iris van der Heide
Released: April 1, 2007

One windy day—the one on which Jack will learn if he's won the drawing contest—the postman has a mishap. During delivery to Jack's mailbox, a letter whisks away on the wind. The postman gives chase through the village, unbeknownst to Jack, who mopes along, obliviously despondent. Indeed, quite unconsciously, the boy stops a runaway baby carriage, blocks a soccer ball headed for the window of a patient in traction, catches a bird's egg (dislodged by the postman's efforts to unsnag letter from tree) and saves a dog thrown from a crashed bike. The panting postman makes the delivery ahead of Jack's arrival home, where the boy discovers not only the good news, but a collection of grateful villagers regaling him for his heroic deeds. This Dutch import is smoothly translated and teems with funny visuals. Ten Cate's full-bleed paintings depict verdant hills, azure sky and an animal array slyly borrowing from the villagers an assortment of articles (including the postman's hat and shoes). A breezy, kid-savvy delight. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
KISSES by Nanda Roep
Released: Oct. 30, 2002

When, snuggled up in bed, little Lisa raccoon asks Daddy for a kiss, she gets an entire catalogue to choose from: "Do you want . . . a witch's kiss? . . . a butterfly kiss? . . . a grandma kiss? . . . an Eskimo kiss?" Ten Cate (The Very Best Door of All, 2001) changes the scenery for each of Daddy's options, transforming Lisa's bedroom to a bamboo forest or a circus big top, adding beach toys and party streamers, then bringing it back to its original rumpled coziness when Lisa specifies, "a goodnight kiss!" Enlightened, Daddy offers such a somniferous buss that Lisa is out before it even lands. Though in itself a bit skimpy for a bedtime read, like Virginia Walter's Hi, Pizza Man!, illustrated by Ponder Goembel (1995), or, for that matter, Else Minarik's Kiss For Little Bear, illustrated by Maurice Sendak (1968), this import could easily spark an intimate, giggle-inducing, parent-child bonding ritual. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >