Books by Robyn Eversole

Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"This primer on friendship wrapped in hijinks is paced for maximum pleasure. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this variant of "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse," two dragons learn to appreciate each other's talents and milieus. Read full book review >
RED BERRY WOOL by Robyn Eversole
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

A simple, sweet story about care, friendship, and literal-mindedness. A boy watches a flock of sheep on a farm with the red barns and checkerboard fields of long ago. Lalo, the very smartest lamb, loves the boy's berry-red wool sweater, which Lalo's mother says comes from their very own wool. Lalo wants his wool to look like that, and his mother tells him the steps for making a sweater, which Lalo memorizes: "Wash the wool. Spin it. Dye the wool. Knit it." Lalo tries to wash his wool in the pond, spins himself over a slope, tries to dye the wool by rolling in the berries far from home, and ends up thorn-covered and bitten by a snake. The boy always rescues Lalo, and when Lalo's mother tells him that "Knit means to bring things together," the smart lamb settles down next to the boy for storytelling and sunset-watching. The bright, clear acrylics of Coffey's debut are wonderfully textured, while the images are full of pattern and sunlight, as homespun and decorative as a well-loved quilt. Funny, touching, and evocative. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

The slippery, undefinable beauty of the experience of listening to music is captured in this pleasant tale that bobs along like birdsong. A narrative that appears in both Spanish and English follows the tale of a young flute player whose instrument can only be heard by her until she shares it with a little girl who lives in an apartment building. This child unlocks the flute's magic and from it pours butterflies, an owl, fish, and more. These gifts, settling among the other apartment-dwellers, and the music fill everyone with new joy. Karas, working with Matisse-like perspectives as well as the colors and squiggles of Mexican needlework, brings his own musical vision to each page. As notes warble forth, his idiosyncratic shapes venture across skewed landscapes in vivid accompaniment to the words. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
FLOOD FISH by Robyn Eversole
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

When it rains in the arid Australian outback a river that has been dry fills up with water, and with fish. Big fish. Nobody is sure where they come from, but the boy narrating the story thinks that perhaps the rocks in the bed feel the water and their sides crack open into gills. Everyone has opinions, but no real answers. When the river dries up again, the fish are gone, leaving no trace. It's a mystery. Eversole (The Magic House, 1992) grounds the story in facts in an author's note. The phenomenon is worthy of comment, but the brief text, with its mix of speculation and outright fantasy, is labored, and no match for the glorious illustrations. The oil paintings, with the texture of the canvas still visible, feature broad swaths of intense color: aquamarine in swimming scenes, the violet gray of a rainy day, and the brilliant red earth of the outback. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >