Books by Rosemary Lanning

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVY! by Brigitte Weninger
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A warm, intergenerational family story, a sure story-hour hit. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The seventh title in the Davy series finds the little rabbit counting down the days until his birthday in a gentle story that's once again ably abetted by Tharlet's soft-edged, cozy watercolors. Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S AMAZING COMPUTER by Ursel Scheffler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The watercolors capably portray the home, train trip, and countryside, and details of a little dog's antics add humor to many scenes. (Fiction. 6-11)"
In this easy-to-read Swiss import, a boy visits his grandfather and they have a chat about computers, but that's not all that happens in tale that succeeds on several levels. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN JONATHAN SAILS THE SEA by Wolfgang Slawski
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"No one would deny Slawski his point—and the charming illustrations compensate mightily—but the long, twisted path to making that point may lose readers along the way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A shaggy dog tale with a seafaring slant, focusing on the wistful Captain Jonathan, of the tugboat Santa Maria. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Heinz Janisch
adapted by Heinz Janisch, translated by Rosemary Lanning, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Eccentric, if not cohesive, and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This unusual telling of a familiar story begins lyrically: ``It came to pass in the days when giants strode the earth and were heroes among men, God saw that His people had grown wicked. Read full book review >
MILO AND THE MAGICAL STONES by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Pfister's message—about making wise ecological choices—home. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pfister (Hopper's Treetop Adventure, p. 226, etc.) begins this book with his trademark fly-in-the-ointment approach: A happy bunch of cherubic cliff mice inhabit an idyllic island, where all is wonderful until winter forces the mice into dank, dark caves. Read full book review >
HOPPER'S TREETOP ADVENTURE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The soft watercolors wash the whole event with angelic light. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A modest adventure involving an ambitious bunny, a tall tree, and some hazelnuts. Read full book review >
LITTLE POLAR BEAR, TAKE ME HOME! by Hans de Beer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"Not, perhaps, a geography lesson, but a pleasant tale of a friendly sojourn. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home! Read full book review >
ABBY by Wolfram Hänel
by Wolfram Hänel, illustrated by Alan Marks, translated by Rosemary Lanning
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"The watercolor-and-ink illustrations match the mood, introducing humor that's especially welcome during the sorrowful parts. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Abby ($13.95; PLB $13.88; Oct. 15, 1996; 1-55858-648-2; PLB 1-55858-649-0): Moira lives on an island off the coast of Ireland with her family and her dog, Abby. Read full book review >
LOOK OUT, CINDER! by Dorothea Lachner
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1996

"This tale starts out pointless and stays there, unless the lesson is that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in order to survive, it's best to cozy up to the right types—the bullies, in this case. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A lackluster tale of blossoming friendship without enough meat on its bones to feed a cat. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP TRIP by Wolfgang Slawski
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"In the scratchy lines of the illustrations, the gawky postures of the participants, arresting perspectives of train stations and cities, and festiveness of the gathering crowds is a story that is utterly fetching. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Arthur hangs out at the local train station, observing the throngs, waiting for someone to come visit him. Read full book review >
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, DAVY? by Brigitte Weninger
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The characters, in word and art, are nearly indistinguishable from one another, even though Tharlet's hazy illustrations beautifully evoke both Davy's smallness and the exuberance that lands him in so much trouble. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A conventional story about a family of rabbits, the smallest of whom ruins his siblings' toys, playhouse, and secret burrow and learns that he can win their forgiveness only by working with them and fixing what he broke. Read full book review >
A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE! by Gerda Wagener
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"The scenes have a domestic warmth, juxtaposing the children's exuberance with Mother's exasperation in a way that is both authentic and gently humorous. (Fiction. 7-9)"
From the author of Leo the Lion (1991), a high-spirited addition to the Easy-to-Read series, accompanied by expressive watercolors. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS VISITOR by Anneliese Lussert
FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"A humble story, with a warm fire glowing at its core. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There are no surprises in this cozy Christmas tale, nor does it need any. Read full book review >
WHERE'S MOLLY? by Uli Waas
by Uli Waas, illustrated by Uli Waas, translated by Rosemary Lanning
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Lop-eared Molly's a charmer. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
An engaging story about a Jack Russell terrier that, startled by the fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve, disappears through an open door. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM THE ZOO! by Piotr Wilkon
by Piotr Wilkon, translated by Rosemary Lanning, illustrated by Wilkon
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"There's not much plot here, but the details are imaginatively developed—especially in the illustrations, rendered in pastels with luminous white lines highlighting delectable night-muted colors and the cages' geometry as an elegant counterpoint to the action. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Though old Matthew the zookeeper has checked all the locks, somehow the animals escape to wander the city, where, to Matthew's astonishment, no one seems surprised to see them mingling with the pedestrians, while a rhino helps itself to a child's ice cream and an elephant plays in a fountain. Read full book review >
NOAH'S ARK by Piotr Wilkon
by Piotr Wilkon, translated by Rosemary Lanning, illustrated by Wilkon
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Not a first purchase, but an acceptable addition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A trivialization—with a European flavor—of the familiar story. Read full book review >
LULLABY FOR A NEWBORN KING by Wilkon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"The story includes some well-chosen realistic details that give it immediacy, but what's special here is Wilko's luminous art in muted, subtly modulated tones enlivened by a sense of urgency as peasants (they do look European) and beasts hurry to the stable. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An internationally known Polish illustrator produces a variant on a familiar theme. Read full book review >