Books by Mary GrandPré

THROUGH THE WINDOW by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Despite sparkling prose, look elsewhere. (author's note, art reproductions, sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Moishe Shagal leaves his home in Belarus and grows up to become acclaimed artist Marc Chagall. Read full book review >
VINCENT CAN'T SLEEP by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A soft, sad, lovely introduction to a masterpiece. (images of original art, author's note, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Vincent van Gogh's lifelong insomnia leads to his masterwork The Starry Night. Read full book review >
CLEONARDO, THE LITTLE INVENTOR by Mary GrandPré
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An inspiring tale for inventors of all ages. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl secretly invents a machine to impress her father. Read full book review >
A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO MAKING YOUR HUMAN SMARTER by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"The story positively vibrates with fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans (2015), the saga of Miss Drake, a dragon living in San Francisco, continues as she tries to train her pet human in the ways of magic.Read full book review >
A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

" Delightful whimsy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This comedy starring a 3,000-year-old dragon and a scrappy little girl takes young readers into a fantasy world situated right next to ours. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A rich, accomplished piece about a pioneer in the art world. (author's note, painting reproductions, sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
This impressive biography of Vasily Kandinsky highlights the unusual connection between his art and the music that inspired it. Read full book review >
THE WEE HOURS by Stephanie Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Wrapping up on a comforting note sure to set toddlers' heads bobbing, this fanciful vision of what happens in the wee hours is the delightful nonsense of dreams. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Children will be tickled to see the wee hours of the morning come to life as irresistible, toddlerlike imps in this whimsical tale. Read full book review >
FLIGHT OF THE LAST DRAGON by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A title with appeal for readers interested in dragons, this picture book doesn't quite live up to other offerings with similar themes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The high-interest topic of this picture book about "the last dragon" fails to realize its full potential. Read full book review >
HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS CLAWS by John Iroaganachi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Whether read as a fable with African roots or as an allegory, this is a handsome treatment of a memorable tale. (Picture book. 7-14)"
When the dog's coup deposed King Leopard, the former ruler of the animal world exiled himself, returning with claws and sharp teeth of his own to govern by terror instead of with his previous gentle kindness. Read full book review >
THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by Jack Prelutsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

A distinguished trio combine for a fresh, accessible and wonderfully appealing reimagining of a classic 19th-century "program music" favorite ("program music" being music specifically created to describe or depict a visual image): Camille Saint-Saëns's evocative 1886 favorite. Read full book review >

THE BLUE SHOE by Roderick Townley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

In a story that begins like a fairy tale but ends with explosions, gunfire and villains dissolving into green goo, readers will plumb the depths of both a mighty mountain and the human heart. Read full book review >

TICKETY TOCK by Jason Robert Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

Tailor Schmuel learned to make time useful, to work and not stop "until that old clock says so!" Read full book review >

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling
Released: July 21, 2007

The epic adventure ends where, and as, it should in this long-awaited heart- (and, predictably, door-) stopping closer. Read full book review >

LUCIA AND THE LIGHT by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

In Root's original pourquois tale, Lucia skis up a mountain to find the sun that has abandoned her wintry land. Read full book review >

SWEEP DREAMS by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

As in all their work together, both Willard's words and GrandPré's art strongly express a feeling of "anything is possible"—even that a man could fall in love with a broom discovered in a grocery store. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

Renowned illustrator GrandPré collaborates with her husband and makes an authorial debut with this subtle tale of a frustrated young artist on whom inspiration sneaks up—even as he's trying to find it. Read full book review >

THE SEA CHEST by Toni Buzzeo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

A contemporary family adoption story and a 19th-century legend are braided together into a tale of extraordinary tenderness and remembered longing. Read full book review >

AUNT CLAIRE’S YELLOW BEEHIVE HAIR by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

A child catches glimpses of her family's past in what they've left behind in this richly sentimental portrait gallery. Read full book review >

BATWINGS AND THE CURTAIN OF NIGHT by Marguerite W. Davol
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

A beguiling, original creation myth that explains why bats hang upside down in large groups. Read full book review >

THE THREAD OF LIFE by Domenico Vittorini
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Preserve the jacket at all costs, for on it begins a remarkable visual sequence that continues inside: A bearded man in the costume of a Renaissance dandy flourishes a plumed quill pen and an inkwell shaped like a boot; on the title page, three mice are climbing over the boot, sitting near blank parchment; on the verso, a pool of ink is flowing from the overturned boot, and tiny black tracks scurry off the edge of the page. Read full book review >

CHIN YU MIN AND THE GINGER CAT by Jennifer Armstrong
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

Reduced to penury, the conceited widow of a Chinese official adopts an elegant cat that can catch fish with his tail. Read full book review >