Books by Paul Borovsky

THE STRANGE BLUE CREATURE by Paul Borovsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

Strange, indeed, this bulbous, pink-tongued extraterrestrial with a pointy mouthful of alligator teeth, who romps around from palace to schoolyard devouring crayons—``Even the broken ones.'' The princess sends soldiers after him—to no avail—but once she shows him what crayons are for, the problem is solved. Beginning with every house in sight, he crayons beautiful designs all over their outside walls and goes on to become a great artist. As in Daniel Lehan's picture books, the message about creativity is oblique, not didactic. An offbeat yarn with bright, cartoony illustrations, rendered with a sure hand. Not essential, but both the innocently voracious creature and the outcome have appeal. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
THE BLABBERMOUTHS by Gerda Mantinband
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 1992

A farmer who frees an old woman from a spell is rewarded with gold on the condition that he never tells; his wife—after the secret has been whispered throughout the village and he's been arrested for stealing—hoodwinks the jurors into thinking that her husband's story is as false as the other preposterous tales she's duped him into telling. Though the outcome doesn't have ``Clever Manka's'' splendid poetic justice, the woman's tricks here have a similar comical appeal. The simply told story is humorously extended in Borovsky's faux-naãf illustrations, which follow the narrative in a variety of cartoon-style frames. Good for telling, but the illustrations are small for group use. ``Adapted from a German Folktale''; LC deems it fiction. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >