Books by Shirley Glaser

THE BIG RACE by Shirley Glaser
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

The creators of the overdressed Alphazeds (2003) follow up with a less fussy, but uninspired remake of the perennially popular "Tortoise and the Hare." This time, legendary designer Milton sends Harry Hare scuttling around the world to each continent (the route is mapped out on the endpapers), past simply composed landscapes on which recognizable sights or landmarks—from leaping kangaroos, Chinese kites and Brazilian samba dancers to the leaning tower of Pisa and the Statue of Liberty—are visible. It's all about sightseeing; Harry's rival, Tommy Tortoise, barely even puts in an appearance, and the actual point of the original fable has been lost. As the pages are split lengthwise into two frames running in opposite directions, signs on the first and last pages invite viewers to keep Harry Hare's journey going by turning the volume over. Unlike the similar conceit in Ann Jonas's Round Trip (1983), however, Glaser creates no connection between the top and bottom scenes—and the round-the-world idea has been better done too, in Carolyn Repchuk's The Race, illus by Alison Jay (2002). For collectors of celebrity crossovers. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)Read full book review >
THE ALPHAZEDS by Shirley Glaser
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

In a symbolic episode that's more style than substance, the alphabet's contentious letters congregate in a small room until four get together to form the first W-O-R-D, and give the rest the idea that "It wasn't simply about expressing themselves or showing off. They could be a part of something bigger…." Iconic designer Glaser draws each oversized letter from a different family of typefaces, Aurora to Zapf Medium Italic; along with the heavily ladled Lesson, his wife supplies each with a distinct personality, revealed in dialogue balloons and a Playbill-style cast list: "Confused C received a Drama Desk Award for his part in Cactus Circus." Like Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich's Bembo's Zoo (2000), this aims over children's heads, more toward students of design. (Picture book. Adult)Read full book review >