Books by Neil Philip

HOT POTATO by Neil Philip
POETRY
Released: April 19, 2004

A rich, if skimpy, portion of reprinted verse, this pairs generally cheery scenes of children and grownups chowing down around tables, on a picnic blanket, in a tub, and sundry other venues, with the likes of Russell Hoban's encomium to a "Friendly Cinnamon Bun," and Lewis Carroll's to "Beautiful Soup." Read full book review >

HORSE HOOVES AND CHICKEN FEET by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

These 15 tales are well-documented and authentic in terms of sources, basic plot, and so forth, but the telling is flat and stilted and the finale of each often seems forced and anti-climactic, ending rather unceremoniously. Read full book review >

IN THE HOUSE OF HAPPINESS by Neil Philip
RELIGION
Released: March 24, 2003

Philip and Brent (Noah and the Devil, 2001, etc.) collaborate again to offer a lovely collection of prayers. Read full book review >

THE FISH IS ME by Neil Philip
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

A compilation of effervescent poems celebrate tub time. Read full book review >

BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Using the same format as in his previous collections of Native American literature (A Braid of Lives, 2000, etc.), Philip pairs his 15 translations of various tribes' lullabies with sepia-toned historical photographs of Native Americans. Read full book review >

NOAH AND THE DEVIL by Neil Philip
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 17, 2001

Illustrated with Brent's (Celtic Fairytales, not reviewed, etc.) glorious, gold-drenched watercolors, Philip weaves a number of Romanian pourquoi tales into the biblical story of Noah and the ark. Read full book review >

A BRAID OF LIVES by Neil Philip
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

Native American voices spanning a hundred years present a collective sense of childhood and a scope of individual experience. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 20, 1999

A collection of traditional folktales (from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, and Germany) that were Americanized by storytellers in the 19th century and early 20th century. Read full book review >

WAR AND THE PITY OF WAR by Neil Philip
POETRY
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

This startling and honest presentation of the horrors of war from Philip and McCurdy (American Fairy Tales, 1996, etc.) uses poems to thoughtfully balance the often romanticized vision of battle as an expression of bravery and honor. Read full book review >

FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A lovely edition of tales that hearkens back to the stories' roots in oral telling and wordplay. Read full book review >

IN A SACRED MANNER I LIVE by Neil Philip
FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

Carefully selected, sepia-toned archival photographs of Native Americans draw readers in with their haunting beauty, and reflect aspects of ancient stories. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1997

Philip (American Fairy Tales, 1996, etc.) competently retells the famous Greek story of Odysseus's ten-year journey home from the Trojan War, beset by the wrath of Poseidon, various monsters, witches, and his own pride. Read full book review >

AMERICAN FAIRY TALES by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 2, 1996

From the pair behind Singing America (1995), a gathering of a century's worth of stories that defy well-known European fairy tale conventions. Read full book review >

EARTH ALWAYS ENDURES by Neil Philip
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Paired with Curtis's classic photographs, these sacred chants capture the heartbeat of a people. Read full book review >

ODIN'S FAMILY by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

A retelling of Norse mythology, from creation to Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods, including stories about Odin, Loki, Thor, and the giants of Jotunheim. Read full book review >

FAIRY TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

Some of Andersen's best-loved tales, perceptively introduced by Philip (The Snow Queen, 1989), who treats them as high literature, never forcing them into ready-made formulas. Read full book review >

SINGING AMERICA by Neil Philip
POETRY
Released: June 1, 1995

An astounding array of poems about the American identity, representing the events and attitudes that have helped shape a unique history, by the compiler of Fairy Tales from Eastern Europe (1991). War, race, injustice, the American language and landscape all inspire deeply felt emotions, from fierce patriotism to fiery outrage. ``The Battle Hymn of the Republic'' co-exists with e.e. cummings' ``heroic happy dead.'' Walt Whitman sings America, and Langston Hughes, Ezra Pound, and Allen Ginsberg sing Walt Whitman. Read full book review >

THE COMPLETE FAIRY TALES OF CHARLES PERRAULT by Charles Perrault
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

An intelligent new translation of all 11 stories, true to the original (the three verse tales have, sensibly, been rendered as prose, but the morals are in lively verse) and doubly welcome since the only other edition of merit in print (Dover, 1969, paper only) omits three of the tales. Read full book review >

FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

Beginning with a brisk introduction concerning the unique aspects of Eastern European folklore, Philip (a British expert in folklore and children's literature) presents 22 stories told in a lively, colloquial style and ranging from brief Serbian creation myths to such long, formal tales as the familiar ``The Flying Ship,'' from the Ukraine. Read full book review >