Books by Päivi Stalder

MY WISH TONIGHT by Päivi Stalder
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

A popular European radio station has ended its broadcasts for many years by sharing one wish from a child each night. Through simple text and vigorously lined, childlike drawings, 20 of these wishes are now gathered and presented for a larger audience. Some are funny ("I wish that I could fly to Mars and look for alien bones"), some are touching ("I wish that everybody in the world has a home"), some are perhaps unintentionally revealing ("I wish that during the night nobody has an accident") and some are poetic ("I wish that the moon doesn't lose me when I sleep"). Most poignant, however, is that all are universal, if not in exact action, then in emotion. Wolfermann's bright colors and roughly scribbled illustrations complement the innocence of these children's wishes as they float out over the airwaves or are made on a bright star. Certainly not an action-packed read-aloud, but it's an endearing exercise worth repeating while tucking in the covers at night. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
ERNEST’S FIRST EASTER by Päivi Stalder
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

It's Ernest's first Easter, so this bunny-in-training has just one house: Tommy's. He gets in at the expense of only one flowerpot, but once in Tommy's rather messy room, he is stumped for a good hiding place. Fred's dog basket won't do, and the other places he thinks of have all been used by previous bunnies, according to Fred. At last, he finds the perfect place—and Tommy's protracted hunt (which succeeds with a little help from Fred) bears this out. Tommy's thrilled, Ernest is proud and Fred is smug. All in all it's an entirely undemanding story that really doesn't do much, and its dialogue-heavy length belies its simplicity. All three characters are goodhearted, however, and Weldin's bright, fuzzy-edged paintings are full of good will, too. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >