Books by Neil Johnson

THE FALLING RAINDROP by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2010

"While the book sometimes struggles to resolve its message, story and aesthetic, this will serve as a fine read aloud and as a different spin on the water cycle. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Minimalist art and spare text create a narrative based on the water cycle, which is briefly explained in the front matter, but this is less a science book than a philosophical treatise on living in the moment and hoping for the best. Read full book review >
GHOST NIGHT by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The scare factor is diminished considerably by the glare of dark glossy pages, tiny images, and the inconvenience of flipping the glasses on and off to alternately view images and read. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Ghost Night ($16.99; Sept. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8037-1946-9): An unresolved love affair and sibling rivalry add some unexpected twists to this 3-D photographic ghost story. Read full book review >
BIG-TOP CIRCUS by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"But when Johnson does get specific, as in explaining how a young woman hangs by her hair, the information is so fresh and unusual as to make the rest of the book mundane by comparison. (Picture book/Nonfiction. 4-8)"
An exploration of one of the last of a vanishing breed of travelling entertainments—the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. Read full book review >
JACK CREEK COWBOY by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive, realistic portrayal of present practice in an occupation where, in the popular mind, the myths are still strong. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The author of several photo documentaries (All in a Day's Work, 1989) depicts two boys helping their ranch-hand dad herd cattle. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Multilevel bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using color photos of modern reenactments, plus a well- organized commentary enlivened by historical detail, the author/photographer of The Battle of Gettysburg (1989) re-creates the ``shot heard `round the world'' and the rest of the Revolutionary War's opening engagement. Read full book review >
FIRE AND SILK by Neil Johnson
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

``Fire and silk'' is a poetic description of the hot air and polyester that really form these genial giants. Read full book review >