Books by Shelley Gill

IF I WERE A WHALE by Shelley Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book's heart is in the right place, but its execution serves neither subject nor audience even adequately. (Board book. 1-3)"
Rhyming text introduces youngsters to a smattering of whales. Read full book review >
GABE by Shelley Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"The story's focus on Gabe, as cranky and independent as his human, makes for a surprisingly accessible introduction to the 1970s for middle graders. (afterword) (Graphic memoir. 8-10)"
Just as Steinbeck took Charley on his travels, teenage Gill went with Gabe: "Home was where your friends were, so Gabe and I became each other's home." Read full book review >
ALASKA'S DOG HEROES by Shelley Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Of primary interest to Alaskan readers. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Nineteen famous dogs from Alaska are introduced through short profiles in this illustrated look at some courageous canines. Read full book review >
PRICKLY ROSE by Shelley Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Though mostly of regional interest, this could easily be paired with other female tall tales, such as Anne Isaacs and Paul Zelinsky's Swamp Angel (1994), Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson's Thunder Rose (2003) and Lynne Bertrand and Kevin Hawkes' Granite Baby (2005). (Picture book. 5-9)"
"If it weren't for the Rose girls, what would Alaska be?" Read full book review >
ALASKA by Shelley Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Aside from one view of an oil-soaked stretch of coastline, the general tone is light, upbeat and welcoming, and whether driven by pleasure or purpose, readers will linger over both the pictures and the word portraits. (map) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Gill connects Endres's eye-filling nature photos with bits of Alaskan history, engagingly awkward rhymed stanzas set off in a larger typeface, pithy advice for newly arrived "cheechakos" ("Never go into the woods by yourself. Read full book review >
SITKA ROSE by Shelley Gill
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Pair with Jerdine Nolen's Thunder Rose (2003) for tall-tale telling, female style. (map) (Picture book/tall tale. 5-8)"
Two long-time Alaska residents take the name of a local and beloved flower and give it to an outsized heroine in this awkwardly scanned, rhymed tall tale. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Lin's illustrations make the mayhem memorable in an easy book to pair with Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Math Curse (1995). (Picture book. 5-9)"
This sprightly rhyming excursion into buying power puts lie to the notion that economics is by nature a dreary topic. Read full book review >