Books by Oscar de Mejo

OSCAR DE MEJO'S ABC by Oscar de Mejo
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"Provocative and intriguing. (Picture book. 5+)"
From the late expatriate Italian painter, who was acclaimed for the special and unusual vision he brought to children's illustration (The Tiny Visitor, 1982), an alphabet of paintings (with dates from 1973 to 1988) celebrating his adopted country. Read full book review >
LA BELLA MAGELLONA AND THE LITTLE CAVALIER by Oscar de Mejo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 1992

"Not for every taste, but much to ponder—especially in the gorgeous art. (Picture book. 5-11)"
Hard on the heels of Richard Kennedy's debonair Little Love Song (1992, reviewed 12/15/91, p. 1593), about a peanut-sized ladylove, comes another sophisticated tale about mismatched lovers, this time with their sizes reversed. Read full book review >
AN ALPHABET OF ROTTEN KIDS! by David Elliott
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 24, 1991

"For a wittier and better-natured treatment of the subject, see X. J. Kennedy's Brats (1986) or Cole's perennial favorite, Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls (1964). (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the funniest of these not very funny misdemeanors, ``Jacob,/also known as Jake,/wondered how long it would take/his mom to find the rubber snake/he hid inside her chocolate cake./Oh, Jacob!'' Ranging from naughty to mean or destructive, these young rogues are more likely to amuse kids than adults, though de Mejo's expressive, odd-sized figures and sly humor will appeal to those with a taste for his acclaimed surreal illustrations. Read full book review >