Books by Martin Leman

TEN LITTLE PUSSY CATS by Jill Leman
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

A bouncy, attractive counting book that features the title characters as they whittle themselves from ten to one. Nimble quatrains spell out the cats' fates: ``6 little pussy cats/nosing round a hive/One got stung/and then there were . . . 5 little pussy cats/'' and so on. Others get a fright, spy a mouse, chase a bird, and off they go. A few of the cats come upon more vibrant circumstances—one gets a shock from a rather ghoulish jack-in-the- box, another tumbles off the mantelpiece. These antics add a shiver to the proceedings without stirring up nightmares. The illustrator serves up inquisitive felines, rendered in a painterly, faux- primitive style in rich tones and distinct patterns. For all its simplicity, this is a sophisticated book, a good introduction to cats and counting, suitable for a variety of reading levels. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
SLEEPY KITTENS by Jill Leman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

While a neatly phrased rhyme enumerates the places three differently colored kittens can be found napping (``Under Mommy's sewing,/All over Granny's hat,/Snuggling next to Fido,/Or across a cuddly lap''), boldly stylized illustrations depict them snoozing, ``but never in their special box,/They're always where they shouldn't be,/Even in my bed with me. Good night!'' For the youngest, the handsome compositions of solid areas of color varied by a few eyes and whiskers and an occasional patterned passage will serve as an intriguing puzzle as they find the kittens and learn to ``read'' the simple forms. Just right for a toddler's bedtime. (Picture book. 1-4) Read full book review >