Books by Michel Gay

ZEE IS NOT SCARED by Michel Gay
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2004

Little Zee (2003) returns for a night's horseplay (okay, zebraplay) with his parents. Annoyed at being sent away while the grownups watch a scary movie on TV, Zee sneaks back beneath a sheet, and sends them galloping out of the room with a loud "BOO." Eventually, after some mysterious household noises and much tiptoeing about in the dark, all end up snuggled together in bed. Zee's parents put up a convincing show of alarm in Gay's Marc-Simont-like illustrations, but with darkness indicated by the thinnest and most transparent of sepia washes, every figure is always plainly, reassuringly visible to young viewers. "Don't be afraid," Zee murmurs, in a bit of role reversal at the end of this cozy bedtime episode, "I'll stay with you and hold you tight. Good night!" Sleep tight. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >
ZEE by Michel Gay
by Michel Gay, illustrated by Michel Gay
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

Anxious for his parents to wake up so he can climb in bed for a snuggle, Zee tries to serve them breakfast in bed. He realizes that this morning his parents are very sleepy and only a big cup of coffee will be able to rouse them. Determined to do it all by himself, the little zebra prepares coffee, pouring it carefully into two large mugs. The addition of sugar cubes, cream, jam, and a bit of cereal make this a delicious breakfast. Unfortunately, a toy left on the floor trips Zee, sending the heavy tray to the floor. The coffee left in the pot is barely enough to fill Zee's toy teacups, but he delivers the remaining hot coffee to his waiting parents, helping them to drink from the tiny cups. Watercolor illustrations, rendered in few colors, on great swaths of white, depend on the graphic nature of zebras. Charming from A to Zee. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
THE CHASE by Beatrice Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

Via a French adaptation, an amusing cumulative tale from the Pacific Northwest. Seeing Rabbit scoot by, four larger animals conclude that they should run, too—only to discover that Rabbit's reason for speed (he's late for dinner) has nothing to do with them. Gay deftly captures every nuance of the foolish pursuit in broad brush-strokes that recall oriental painting. Simple, comical, satisfying. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >