Books by Simon Mendez

CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Kirsten Hall
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The moving-picture feature, while gimmicky, can seem quite magical to young children, and this one has better text, illustrations and mechanism than most of this kind. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A shiny red cover with a see-through panel shows Santa ready to take off with his reindeer in this changeable picture book featuring panels that shift smoothly with the pull of a tab from one holiday scene to another, closely related one. Read full book review >
MAMA, WHY? by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2011

"The overall effect is soothing, affectionate, precious and cozy—practically guaranteed to lull little ones to sleep. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A lullaby featuring a polar bear mother and cub joins the legions of other tales of young ones asking their mothers the familiar—why? Read full book review >
ON THIS SPECIAL NIGHT by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though Mendez's large-format illustrations are appealing and the simple story is accessible to preschoolers, the ending demonstrates a lack of knowledge of the needs of this age group, who need to see to believe. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A group of farm animals is drawn together by an unusually bright star shining over a stable in their neighborhood in this sentimental Nativity story. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, SLEEPYHEAD by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A visual lullaby of love and peace sadly hampered by the limping scansion. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The tender reassurance of a mother's affecting presence at bedtime is a universally appreciated theme (hence its ubiquity), here handsomely rendered by Mendez in fuzzy-edged full-page paintings of animal families, accompanied by a gentle, sometimes lyrical, sometimes imbalanced rhyme. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAR AND THE WISHING TREE by Norbert Landa
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Pretty insubstantial, but definitely pretty. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A British import, this gentle but didactic story offers a lesson about sharing, caring and the watchfulness of moms. Read full book review >