Books by Rosanne Litzinger

THE BECKONING CAT by Koko Nishizuka
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A beguiling tale. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
A fetching feline rewards an act of kindness in this fresh rendition of a Japanese folktale. Read full book review >
NEVER KICK A SLIPPER AT THE MOON by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"A big swing at charm and whimsy but, regrettably, a miss. (biographical note on Carl Sandburg) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sandburg's "Never Kick a Slipper at the Moon," which originally appeared in his Rootabaga Stories (1922), is given new life in a picture-book edition. Read full book review >
THERE WAS A WEE WOMAN... by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sometimes a shoe just isn't big enough for a whole family, even a miniature one, especially when said family consists of a mother, five children and a multitude of pets (including a cow). Read full book review >
SNAIL’S GOOD NIGHT by Ann Whitford Paul
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Emergent readers will likely feel a bit drowsy, too, by the close. (Easy reader. 5-6)"
Seeing that his friends Bunny, Mouse and Sparrow have disappeared, Snail rightly assumes that they're settling down for the evening and sets out to wish them a good night. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS WATCHED by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Both text and illustrations include Noah's wife and his sons and their wives as important working members of the expedition. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
A structured text and animal pairs introduced in alphabetical order are the devices used in this retelling of the Noah's Ark story. Read full book review >
THE FROG PRINCESS by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 2006

"The illustrator explains that the princess's untraditional yellow robe is a way to show the young woman's individualism, but the attractive watercolors lack a strong feeling for this unique cultural group. (author's and illustrator's notes) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
In this transformation tale, a princess says that she would rather marry a frog than one of her many suitors, and the carelessly tossed-off statement comes true. Read full book review >
THE MATZO BALL BOY by Lisa Shulman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Litzinger's bright, colorful, rounded figures provide a shtetl and rural atmosphere to the very familiar story. (author's note, glossary of Yiddish words) (Picture book. 3-6)"
This Passover version of "The Gingerbread Man" employs numerous Yiddishisms to tell the story of a runaway matzo ball boy as he escapes from the lonely bubbe (old grandmother) and her soup and then runs into and challenges the schneider (tailor), the yenta (village gossip), the rabbi, and a fox. Read full book review >
THE WAY THE STORM STOPS by Michelle Meadows
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Still, a gentle and comforting book to share with anyone afraid of thunderstorms. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In this simple rhymed tale, a young girl's mother comforts her until the storm subsides. Read full book review >
CREEPY THINGS ARE SCARING ME! by Jerome Pumphrey
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Litzinger's bright mixed-media paintings evince a variety of emotions of fear, wonder, and relief through the gentle, soft expressive faces of the child, while the scary images have just the right touch of humor to make a menacing concept bearable. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In a child's imaginary world of nighttime darkness, the simplest noises and shadows on the wall can creep into the preschooler's mind, looming large and frightening. Read full book review >
HAPPY TO YOU! by Caron Lee Cohen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Like an unexpected gift, Cohen's bubbly tale will brighten reader's days. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A birthday party sparks a day of joyfulness for a young boy. Read full book review >
WHILE YOU WERE CHASING A HAT by Lilian Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"The simplicity of the words, coupled with the uncomplicated yet beautiful illustrations, offers a soothing look at the natural world. (Harper Growing Trees series) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Softly muted pastels color this story of a runaway hat and all the things that the wind can do. Read full book review >
THE FOUR UGLY CATS IN APARTMENT 3D by Marylin Sachs
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A sweet read. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Lily, a ten-year-old latchkey kid, depends upon the kindness of her neighbors on the third floor of her apartment building whenever she forgets her key. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC KERCHIEF by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"Litzinger's artwork, with its pastel shades, lovely patterning, and homespun characters, is an added bonus (The Old Woman and Her Pig, 1993). (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tale tells of how a crabby old woman was transformed into, if not the epitome of sweetness, at least a pleasingly tart character, while a delight in language is evident everywhere throughout the book. Read full book review >
RUPA RISES THE SUN by Marsha Wilson Chall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers may chortle over their inside knowledge of sunrises and sunsets; they also may be puzzled by the point of the story: Rupa, hitherto so responsible and so valued by the village, looks like a useless old fool, the butt of a bad joke. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale with more atmosphere than purpose, about mistaking post hoc events for genuine cause and effect. Read full book review >
LEPRECHAUN GOLD by Teresa Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1998

"The soft watercolors are full of funny, smudged details, and the full-face portrait of the lady with the golden hair captures the magic of the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This charming tale has an Irish lilt that would certainly withstand an energetic reading out loud—and not just on St. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T CATCH ME by Charlotte Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"You can almost hear the giggles. (Picture book. 2-3)"
This entry in the Harper Growing Tree series has a text modeled on "There was a little turtle," and several other hand rhymes. Read full book review >
LOUELLA MAE, SHE'S RUN AWAY! by Karen Beaumont Alarcón
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

Alarc¢n's first book, given a farm setting, sends up a rallying cry in the search for the missing Louella Mae: ``Round up the horses!/Hitch up the team!/Hop in the buckboard/and look by the . . . stream.'' The last word appears on the following page, a device that is repeated throughout and that lends itself well to participation at story hours, since most children will be able to anticipate the rhyming word. Read full book review >
THE SOMEDAY HOUSE by Anne Shelby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Pair this with Eve Bunting's Fly Away Home (1991) or Elizabeth Hathorn's Way Home (1994) to set younger readers thinking. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This flight of imagination by Shelby (Homeplace, 1995, etc.) has a poignant cast. ``Someday,'' promises the narrator, ``we'll live in a house on a mountain. Read full book review >
THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG by Rosanne Litzinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

Where there's a need for a less ferocious version of Joseph Jacobs's cumulative tale, this is a far better choice that Kimmel's awkward travesty (1992). Read full book review >