Books by Remy Charlip

A PERFECT DAY by Remy Charlip
Released: May 1, 2007

A gentle summary of a flawless day points the way to bed. Charlip's utterly winning outing begins and ends with a verse about waking and sleeping. In between, father and son, who sport the same honey-colored ringlets, spend the day together doing the most important things in the world: watching clouds, having friends over for a picnic lunch, taking a nap, painting pictures for the kitchen wall, reading and thinking, dinner and bed. The words are simple—"cuddle up upon my lap. / Close your eyes and take a nap"—and the art is breathtaking. Using watercolor on thick Arches paper, Charlip produces color that glistens and glows with depth, from the azure blue of the cereal bowls and the father's mug, to the jewel-green grass and the summer rose softness of the picnic blanket. A few nice touches will elicit smiles. The gathered children each look like their assembled parents, and the picture books laid out for reading all belong to Charlip. A perfect day in a perfect volume. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

A small, gentle, loving lullaby, in a perfect marriage of text and image. Using watercolor washes to illustrate in the most straightforward fashion his simple text, Charlip (Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Read This Book, 2000, etc.) rhymes his way into the heart: "Baby hearts . . . / And baby flowers. / Baby clouds / and baby showers." He goes on to baby bunnies and kittens, baby books, tables, and toys, and closes with "Go to sleep now, moon and stars, / Trees and houses, bees and cars. / Go to sleep, my little one. / Sleep and dream now, day is done." A circus pyramid of smiling hearts leads into a marvelous double-page spread of mama sunflowers, thistles, columbines, and bluebells holding their flower babies; each baby cloud and raindrop has a rainbow-hued mama cloud or silver mama raindrop beside it. Cars, trees, birds, books, pets, and stars are all shown in parent/child dyad. The colors are soft but not saccharine, the music of the spare verse is lulling, comforting, and full of solace and reassurance. Dulcet bedtime reading. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

The illustrator of Karen Hesse's Come On, Rain! (1999) places Charlip's (Peanut Butter Party, not reviewed, etc.) rushed young narrator amidst an extended, multicultural family and gives her a book that is recognizably this one, sometimes even open to the same spread. As a clock ticks away in the background, she details her morning routine from first big stretch to schoolward rush, then reels off afternoon and evening tasks that somehow manage to fill every moment until bedtime. (There's a clock to watch on every page, and multiple clocks on those with many panels.) Often, she's got the book with her; as often, she leaves it behind. Somehow, she never gets to read it, even though it's open wide and she's not even going to an after-school activity. Figures are posed with casual, natural-looking grace; the legibly hand-lettered text alternates between the narrator's breathless chatter and family members' antiphonal comments ("WHO LEFT THIS BOOK IN THE FRIDGE?") slanting across opposite pages. Children might want to share this veteran writer's oblique, whimsical reminder to slow down and smell the printer's ink with their overscheduled parents. (Picture book. 7-9)Read full book review >
FORTUNATELY by Remy Charlip
Released: Sept. 1, 1964

This is fun. It's more of a word game for group use than a story. The text and pictures follow the adventures of a New York boy who received an invitation to a birthday party in Florida. "Fortunately a friend loaned him an airplane. Unfortunately the motor exploded. Fortunately there was a parachute in the airplane. Unfortunately there was a hole in the parachute..." and so it goes until quite fortunately, he made it to the party. Solid, uncluttered illustrations in the bold color pages are excellent. These alternate with dull, grayish black and white spreads which are not so successful. Nevertheless, the book should spark imaginative, endless juvenile imitation. Read full book review >
THE DEAD BIRD by Remy Charlip
Released: June 15, 1958

The bird was dead when the children found it. It was still warm and its eyes were closed. They wrapped the bird in grapevine leaves, dug a little grave and buried the bird. On top of his grave they placed ferns and little white violets and yellow flowers. And every day, until they forgot, they went and sang there. Remy Charlip's illustrations in mossy green and cerulean blue convey the tenderness of the little forest funeral — gently presenting the idea of mortality. The tone is reverent and solemn rather than morbid. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1956

The publishers note that this is the last of Margaret Wise Brown's scripts in their hands. Even if it were the only one she had ever done we would be the richer for having read it and studied the accompanying and sensitively attuned colored pictures by Remy Charlip. It is a successful expression of that elusive art of living each day and enjoying it to the utmost. To children it will be a story as warm as a hearthside and to adults, a measure of the success with which they have followed the principle of the little Indian, whose name was Carpe Diem. Firmly side sewn. Read full book review >