Books by Simona Mulazzani

THE HOME BUILDERS by Varsha Bajaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"Whether children are listening in a group or as individuals at home, they will enjoy this book, but the science learning is limited. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What will young readers encounter in the peaceful landscape of this picture book? Read full book review >
FELIX by Giovanna Zoboli
by Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Simona Mulazzani, translated by Laura Watkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Overall, an agreeable world tour. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A house cat with just two lives left visits his extended family around the world. Read full book review >
ROCK-A-BYE ROMP by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A fine addition to the nursery bookshelf for baby and all. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Ashman's fresh take on the classic lullaby "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" first expands upon and then addresses the nonsensical aspects of the verses. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF SNOWFLAKE AND INKDROP by Alessandro Gatti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A love story with design elements and harmonious illustrations that might spread its appeal from children to adult readers looking for an unusual wedding gift and beyond. (Picture book. 6-8, adult)"
A snowflake meets a drop of ink in midair in this dreamy, creatively designed import. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SUPERMARKET by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek reminder that good food doesn't have to come in a box, jar or plastic bag. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Would a supermarket catering to animals stock pizza? Ice cream? Sugary snacks? Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF SLUMBER by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2014

"Mary Logue's Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (2013), and Mem Fox's classic Time for Bed, illustrated by Jane Dyer (1993), explore the same territory with greater success. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the crowded field of won't-you-please-go-to-sleep books, this visually pleasing but awkwardly rhymed story fails to forge any new paths into dreamland. Read full book review >
I WISH I HAD... by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Images to return to again and again, with the text a jumping-off point to a sweet philosophy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The unseen and unnamed narrator of this Italian import wishes for many lively and thoughtful things. Read full book review >
POETRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: ANIMAL POEMS by John Hollander
POETRY
Released: Jan. 22, 2005

The newest volume in the Poetry for Young People series continues the format; Hollander gathers 34 short selections on a common theme—here, real animals, as opposed to the imaginary sort—and prefaces each with cogent comments on the poet and on images or references in the poem that might be unfamiliar to young readers. His choices range from such chestnuts as Lear's "Owl and the Pussy-cat" and Blake's "The Tyger" to Wallace Stevens's "Earthy Anecdote," verses from Marianne Moore to a chameleon, May Swenson on tourists viewing bison, and, to close, a lyrical, 900-year-old fragmentary lullaby from Greek poet Alcman. Mulazzani poses animatedly the creatures in her painted illustrations, against simplified natural backgrounds, and aside from misrepresenting the titular feline in Yeats's "Cat and the Moon" as tiger-striped, sticks to literal interpretations. Despite notably inconsistent page design that even has the text of one poem (William Carlos Williams's "Gulls") switching from black to white in mid-course, this, like its predecessors, will help readers at least begin to understand what poetry is all about, without waxing too intrusively pedantic. (Poetry. 10+)Read full book review >