Books by Nigel Gray

RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME by Nigel Gray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1996

No new ground is broken in this rehash of an age-old theme, but the sensitive drawings give it poignancy. Sam, tired of his bossy father, packs up his backpack and heads out into the rain. Sam gets lonely in his hiding place, and boredom sets in. He goes home for a forgotten toothbrush and his parents invite him for a piece of cake. He decides that the comforts of hearth and home are worth putting up with problem parents. Gray (I'll Take You to Mrs. Cole!, 1992, etc.) skims the surface of the action, never revealing the motivating factors behind Sam's leaving, so the story remains a list of telling details that delineate Sam's world. Close-ups of Sam's face and posture bring readers right into contact with the boy's developing sense of independence, his discovery of his loneliness, and his dignified re-entrance into the family. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >
I'LL TAKE YOU TO MRS COLE! by Nigel Gray
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

Whenever a young black boy makes a mess, his mother threatens to take him to Mrs. Cole's ramshackle house. One day, disinclined to do his chores, he runs away and ends up (after some trepidation) at the dreaded neighbor's—where he finds a cheery, red-cheeked matron in a Mick Jagger apron, a gaggle of friendly children, and a household nearly buried under clutter. He gets such a hearty welcome that thereafter his mother's threat has become a reward—``If you're good, you can go and play at Mrs. Cole's.'' Foreman darkens his frequently fiery colors to reflect the ominous drift of the boy's imaginings; for more fastidious readers, the reality may seem like a nightmare—and an unsanitary one, at that. This decidedly minor effort was originally published in Great Britain (and briefly available here in 1986); the language has been Americanized for those who can't figure out what a ``telly'' or a ``pram'' is. (Picture book. 6-8) Read full book review >