Books by Olga Ivanov

I LOVE A BOOK by Joe Rhatigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"This contemporary interpretation of Dickinson's classic poem 'There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away' has plenty of pizzazz to entice kids. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The title and cover illustration of an exuberant white child flying a small plane built of books will attract many a book maven. Read full book review >
LASSIE COME-HOME by Susan Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An irresistible treat for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The classic story of the faithful English collie is retold in a greatly simplified, attractively illustrated version for younger children. Read full book review >
MIA'S NUTCRACKER BALLET by Robin Farley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The all-animal cast of characters diminishes the effectiveness of this interpretation as an introduction to the story for younger children. There are many appealing retellings of the ballet in print; The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers (2007) remains the gold standard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A gray kitten named Mia poses in her glittering pink tutu on the cover of this somewhat confusing retelling of The Nutcracker ballet.Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN DOG by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Poignant and memorable. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 8-12)"
An absorbing story of an 11-year-old boy from Los Angeles who, when his mother is incarcerated for organizing pit-bull dogfights, moves in with his forest-ranger great-uncle and his chocolate Lab in their remote cabin high in the Sierra Nevadas. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Although the message is sometimes spelled out instead of implied, it's a minor flaw in this worthy, heartwarming effort. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Can an oft-rejected orphan settle into the stable, loving home of a pair of gentle sisters who are retired missionaries to Africa? Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF SHOE  by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"These amusing tales, all of them strong and distinct, total up to a nice, easily accessible package that will be a hit with dog lovers. (Short stories. 9-12)"
Nine brief, sometimes pithy short stories explore children's interactions with man's (and kids') best friend. Read full book review >
PAT-A-CAKE by R. A. Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

The classic nursery rhyme comes to life in this board-book version. One line from the traditional verse tops each spread, while a smaller font at the bottom extends the rhyme and creates a story. After a young boy and his toddler brother wake up the baker, the text follows them through the kitchen as he makes their cake. The final page presents the rhyme in its entirety along with the accompanying hand motions. Herman has perfectly captured the essence of a four-year-old: Billy never ceases the one-sided comments and questions that are preschooler trademarks. Unfortunately, Herman has also captured a common flaw: their lack of manners. "We want a cake! What kind will you make for us?" No "please"; no "thank you." The Ivanov's illustrations feature charmingly round-faced characters with bright eyes and expressive faces. The adult is the epitome of a baker, from the tall white chef's hat to the apron-covered round belly. Parents will smile knowingly at the things that delight Baby: the sticky dough, the flour canister and an opened jar of jam. Motions, a rhyme, a story and attention from a loved-one—what could be a better combination? (Board book. 1-3)Read full book review >