Books by Ruth Brown

THE QUAYSIDE CAT by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Gorgeous illustrations combine with the poetic language of the narrative to create a winsome journey. (Picture Book. 3-7)"
A wharf cat gets a taste of life at sea. Read full book review >
MONKEY'S FRIENDS by Ruth Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Though pretty and engaging, a miss. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Playful Monkey takes readers on a guessing game through a world of disparate animals. Read full book review >
GRACIE by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Brown's elegant pictures (no one does cats quite like her) suggest, in the best possible way, Classics Illustrated comics, and her story is similarly robust and interesting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A raging storm is prelude to a miracle at sea. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF TWO MICE by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"In design and plot something of an anti-Peter Rabbit, this unusual adventure beckons preschoolers ready for a chill or two. (Novelty/picture book. 4-8)"
"Once upon a time, there was a big old house." Read full book review >
THE OLD TREE by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A nifty environmental fable with a sophisticated text and Brown's gorgeous acrylic-and-watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pigeon mail carrier marshals tree creatures to save their beloved home. Read full book review >
RUGGLES by Anne Fine
by Anne Fine, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Readers will want to go with him. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The spirit of Harry the Dirty Dog lives on in this tribute to an old pooch with an unquenchable urge to roam. Read full book review >
HOLLY by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"As a paean to a cat, it is sweet; as a Christmas gift for a cat lover, it is lovely; as a child's book, it misses the mark. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This slight holiday offering presents Holly, a kitten adopted at Christmastime (hence her name), and follows her as she overcomes an initial shyness and establishes herself firmly in the family's affections. Read full book review >
MAD SUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Ruth Brown
Released: May 1, 1999

"With the extravagant improbabilities of the rhymes to entertain the younger set and intricate word games to engage older readers, Brown's homage to the absurd has wide appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Brown (Toad, 1997, etc.) delves into a visual and verbal world of M.C. Escher proportions. Read full book review >
BABA YAGA AND THE WISE DOLL by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Russian'' in style, but it is excellent witchy stuff. (Picture book/folklore. 6- 10)"
Superb artwork enhances this offbeat, minimalist retelling of the old Russian folktale in which Baba Yaga the witch is outwitted by an innocent little girl, with the help of a magic doll bequeathed to her by her now-dead mother. Read full book review >
TOAD by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Exquisitely slimy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gloopy, gloppy, bumpy, and lumpy: Toads provide slews of onomatopoeic opportunities for writers, and plenty of potential for artists interested in drawing warts, slime, and muck. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 1996

"Brown's ultimately successful battle to win monetary justice for herself and other aging R&B stars and her startling recollections of traveling throught the segregated South lift this above the usual run of show-biz bios. (photos, not seen)"
A key figure in rhythm and blues looks back on her turbulent past with the help of film journalist Yule (The Man Who ``Framed'' the Beatles, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE GIANT by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The beautiful art tantalizes the imagination, yielding intriguing new images with each rereading. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A little boy and his older sister explore a dark forest ``looking for a creature of enormous size, with a backbone as strong as a beech tree...and thighs as round as oaks.'' While the text mentions such pleasurably shivery possibilities as the scent of a moist bank being ``the giant's mossy breath'' or wind-blown brambles his snare, the illustrator's marvelous watercolors offer more evidence of an elusive giant, and perhaps other weird creatures, in the forest's shadowed recesses, the twisted, muscular shapes of trees, and some startling juxtapositions of fungi and knotholes. Read full book review >
ONE STORMY NIGHT by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A truly charming, offbeat alternative for Halloween or anytime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The wind is howling, but a full moon shines the night the little white dog comes in the wrought-iron gate to explore a stately home dating back to Elizabethan times. Read full book review >
THE PICNIC by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A charming book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A gifted illustrator (Our Puppy's Vacation, 1987) who is especially adept at depicting the English countryside takes the point of view of the animals living just under some sudden human activity. Read full book review >
ALPHABET TIMES FOUR by Ruth Brown
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An appealing and intriguing introduction to the concept of language. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
A noted illustrator selects 26 words that happen to begin with the same letter in English, Spanish, French, and German and provides handsome, creatively bordered paintings and pronunciations for each. Read full book review >