Books by Sarah Quinn

WINDBLOWN by Édouard Manceau
by Édouard Manceau, illustrated by Édouard Manceau, translated by Sarah Quinn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2013

"A book that at first glance might seem minimalist to the point of vacuity bears closer scrutiny when one appreciates the function the paper shapes can have in allowing a child to identify them in different orientations and even to practice counting. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Where do the seven colored shapes come from, and whose are they? Read full book review >
A DAY AT THE FARM by Séverine Cordier
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2013

"This farm book doesn't make it to the top of the haystack. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Three cute Caucasian kids pull on their brightly colored rain boots and head to the car for a trip to the farm with Mom and Dad. Read full book review >
MARTIN ON THE MOON by Martine Audet
Kirkus Star
by Martine Audet, illustrated by Luc Melanson, translated by Sarah Quinn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"No classroom clichés here. Rather, creativity and inspired teaching in full bloom. (Picture book. 4-7) "
Daydreams on the first day of school lead to a happy ending thanks to a refreshingly responsive teacher. Read full book review >
ALL BY MYSELF! by Géraldine  Collet
Kirkus Star
by Géraldine Collet, illustrated by Coralie Saudo, translated by Sarah Quinn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"This superlatively cute look at the bond between mother and child takes a proud place next to Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson's Owl Babies (1992). (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Mama's brood is left alone, chick imaginations run wild. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSTRATOR’S NOTEBOOK by Mohieddin Ellabbad
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2006

In their first English translation, these reproduced pages from the journals of an award-winning Egyptian illustrator and art director will introduce a wise, engaging and creative spirit. Loosely grouped around the theme of what has inspired him, Ellabbad adds postcards, photos and small prints to his own cartoon drawings on each page, then fills the spaces with comments in Arabic script—either dashed off in crooked lines or more formally composed—that are translated in narrow columns to the side. He covers diverse topics, from the value of random souvenirs, or of just looking, to observing how illustrators in other countries have depicted cats, his childhood dreams ("I am very lucky to have found this career, because now I can draw myself as the streetcar driver I always wanted to be.") and the beauties of Arabic bookmaking. That last is further evoked by the volume's "back-to-front" design and right-to-left visual orientation. Really just a gathering of random remarks, this won't draw a large audience, but it may spark an interest in what children in other countries read. (Nonfiction. 8-10)Read full book review >
EDDIE LONGPANTS by Mireille Levert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Eddie's very tall, lanky stature poses more than a logistics problem at school. Viewed as the oddball of the class, he's teased and called a giraffe, a walking staircase, ladderhead and even a skyscraper. When his mother arrives on report card day, and the teacher must greet the equally tall Mrs. Longpants from the rooftop of the school, classmate Pete's merciless bullying brings tears and pain to Eddie under the teacher's wrathful disapproval. Escaping up a tree to avoid the angry Miss Snowpea, Pete realizes that it's too high to climb down and he becomes scared, at which point, the big-hearted Eddie uses his fireman dad's hook and ladder to generously rescue the cowardly, ill-mannered Pete. Eddie's gangling awkwardness is overshadowed by his gentle, kind demeanor, subtly demonstrating the golden rule principle to all his misbehaving classmates. Levert's watercolor-and-gouache acrylic paintings offer a textured look of colors that bleed and blend for her exaggeratedly imagined scenarios of the verbal taunts. Coupled with a top-to-bottom layout accentuating the elongated focus of each scene, this is sympathetic and to the point. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >