Books by Reg Cartwright

WHAT WE DO by Reg Cartwright
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"In the end, a boy and girl appear—'We are children and we play'—which is what youngsters will likely want to do, mimicking each animal's movement, while hearing this story read aloud. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In rhyming text, Cartwright describes the movement of several different animals. Read full book review >
AT THE EDGE OF THE WOODS by Cynthia Cotten
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the peaceful forest crew and comforting color palette make this a soothing read, if not a great counting tool. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartwright's (Going Home, not reviewed, etc.) mossy greens, golden yellows, and smoky blues evoke a late summer in the woods as numbered sets of forest animals go about their business. Read full book review >
THE THREE GOLDEN ORANGES by Alma Flor Ada
Released: May 1, 1999

"Meanwhile, the Spanish countryside comes blazingly alive under the bold illustrations of Cartwright's stylized, utterly transporting artwork. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Ada (Under the Royal Palms, 1998, etc.) reworks the traditional story of Blancaflor, taking swipes at greed, vanity, and the practice of arranged marriages in the process. Read full book review >
THE BAND OVER THE HILL by Shirley Isherwood
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Isherwood's very forced, prolonged plot has an arbitrary feel, and while the child's preoccupation with his buttons is realistic, the father's single-minded pursuit, at his son's expense, appears unreasonable, and very nearly mean. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mr. Manders and Edward James, a pair of bears who are father and son, have always wanted to be in a marching band. Read full book review >
THE BOAT OF MANY ROOMS by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"In the same vein as Birds, Beasts and Fishes (1991), Cartwright's highly stylized oil paintings depict a white-bearded Noah amidst crowds of smiling animals on each mural- like page. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The story of Noah, told in episodic verse. Read full book review >
THE FIREBIRD by Selina Hastings
adapted by Selina Hastings, illustrated by Reg Cartwright
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A lively addition to folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
This is not the story made familiar by the ballet, but a related tale in which the firebird figures mostly at the outset, when one of its feathers is found by a huntsman who presents it to his king—a tyrant whose response is to send the poor fellow off to fetch the bird, which he is able to do with the advice of his admirable talking horse. Read full book review >
POLLY AND THE PRIVET BIRD by Ann Cartwright
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"All in all, an appealing fantasy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Deciding that her overgrown privet bush is about to take over her garden, Polly snips it into a giant, sweet-looking topiary bird that she rides aloft on an adventure: she rescues a child who has fallen from a boat. Read full book review >
BIRDS, BEASTS, AND FISHES by Anne Carter
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Glossary (19 obscure words); index. (Poetry. 6+)"
Fifty or so poems, grouped as the title suggests and varying in difficulty but generally of high quality, from traditional rhymes and familiar masters (Coleridge, Tennyson) to challenging and intriguing modern works (Sandburg, Philip Larkin). Read full book review >