Books by Max Grafe

Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It's so effective that it may well frighten some sensitive kids rather than lulling them to sleep; buy it for the more adventurous types. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this lyrical nighttime adventure aimed at the pre-K set, a boy holding his teddy bear falls asleep and begins to dream. Read full book review >
THE BEARSKINNER by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"It's an unabashedly old-fashioned retelling, making few concessions to modern sensibilities; as such, it carries a power rarely found in fairy-tale retellings. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-10)"
The devil makes a bad bargain in this rich retelling from the collections of the Grimms. Read full book review >
OLD COYOTE by Nancy Wood
by Nancy Wood, illustrated by Max Grafe
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The journey's measured pace allows children time to figure out what's coming, and to get used to the idea; the view of death as transformation rather than loss may provide some comfort. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Being "as old as coyotes get," a desert veteran takes one last walk in this grave but unsentimental valedictory. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE WOLF by Daniel Pennac
by Daniel Pennac, translated by Sarah Adams, illustrated by Max Grafe
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This is mystery writer Pennac's (Passion Fruit, 2001, etc.) first book for children to be published in the US; while he shows a sure sense of mood and tone, the lack of actual narrative is likely to leave audiences wondering: what's the point? (Fiction. 10-13)"
A slight French import goes heavy on symbolism but light on story. Read full book review >