Books by Robert Ingpen

ZIBA CAME ON A BOAT by Liz Lofthouse
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The incongruity between Ingpen's haunting illustrations and Lofthouse's text, and the lack of geographic detail, create confusing desolation rather than the attempted emotional mix. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Aiming for depth, this refugee tale offers obscure impressions and dark vagueness. Read full book review >
THE DREAMKEEPER by Robert Ingpen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2006

"Many authors have produced less than good results trying to make a homespun family tale into a published creature; this one works. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Written as a letter to his granddaughter and full of lovely rhetorical and visual flourishes, Ingpen describes the fellow "who catches our bad dreams when they try to escape to become real." Read full book review >
DICKENS by Michael Rosen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Rewritten for teens who may be studying Dickens, this offering could be of great value, but as it is, the younger audience to whom it's aimed may be forgiven for passing it over. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Following the same format as their work on Shakespeare (2001), Rosen and Ingpen seek to introduce young readers to Dickens's life and oeuvre. Read full book review >
SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT by Werner Thuswaldner
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"His haunting landscapes evoke the atmosphere of village life in early–19th-century Oberndorf, and his portraits give the two men who created the hymn personalities behind the famous music. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Ingpen, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, has created stunning illustrations for this historical look at how the beloved Christmas hymn came to be written. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE OF THE POPPYKETTLE by Robert Ingpen
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Steer readers eager for further adventures of these wee folk to Michael Lawrence's Poppykettle Papers (2001). (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this awkwardly cut but adventurous adaptation, seven (or maybe five, or some other number, depending on the illustration) insect-sized Hairy Peruvians set sail across the Pacific in a modified Incan teapot, surviving storms, a close encounter with comparatively monstrous Galapagos iguanas and other hazards along the way. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE by Michael Rosen
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Beautiful and engaging. (timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 10+)"
Rosen makes the life and work of Shakespeare vibrant and exciting in this perfectly splendid biography. Read full book review >
WHO IS THE WORLD FOR? by Tom Pow
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Combined, the contemplative text and graceful artwork make a heartfelt testimony on behalf of mother earth and her many children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This Scottish poet's first picture book is a glorious hymn to the resplendent beauty and bounty of mother earth. Read full book review >
A CELEBRATION OF CUSTOMS AND RITUALS OF THE WORLD by Philip Wilkinson
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"In a world where religious, racial, and cultural differences often lead to conflict, this book may convince readers that what cultures share, through ritual and custom, is much more important than what divides them. (index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
 The title says it: a lavishly illustrated encyclopedia of traditional and contemporary customs and rituals representing cultures from every corner of the globe. Read full book review >
THE MASTER BUILDERS by Philip Wilkinson
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Palatable lessons on history, anthropology, and architecture. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
 One of four entries in the Mysterious Places series— simplified versions of Wilkinson's Encyclopedia of Mysterious Places; others are The Magical East; The Mediterranean; and The Lands of the Bible). Read full book review >
THE GREAT DEEDS OF HEROIC WOMEN by Maurice Saxby
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
 This companion to Great Deeds of the Superheroes (1990) has a tentative air: Whereas Saxby cemented the first collection of myths and legends by showing the common features of male heroes and hero tales everywhere, here he claims to have found no such correspondences. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF ACORNS by Robert Ingpen
Released: Oct. 26, 1990

In the ruminative, philosophical style of this Andersen Medal-winner's The Idle Bear (1987), a quiet, exquisitely illustrated story about a teddy bear reminiscing while he waits in a tree for his people to remember him. Read full book review >