Books by Sonja Wimmer

THE KEY FROM SPAIN by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2019

"Based on a true story, an inspirational reclamation of history. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Immigrant musician Flory Jagoda preserved a repertoire of Ladino and Sephardic songs learned from her Bosnian Jewish family. Read full book review >
THE TRULY BRAVE PRINCESSES by Dolores Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"If every girl is a little princess, this book shows that to keep that crown requires only finding things to love in life and pursuing them. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A not-so-subtle deconstruction of the princess myth. Read full book review >
SUGAR AND SNAILS by Sarah Tsiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"A celebration of imagination and the limitlessness of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A whimsical reimagination of the familiar nursery rhyme that celebrates creativity and exploration instead of gender stereotypes. Read full book review >
A SURPRISE FOR MRS. TORTOISE  by Paula  Merlán
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"It's a little roundabout, but this friendship tale gets there in the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Old Mrs. Tortoise discovers wrinkles. It doesn't make her day. Read full book review >
CHIRPY CHARLIE'S TEETH by Marta Zafrilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Cute if not particularly memorable. (Picture book. 3-6) "
With the help of several animal friends and a little white girl named Julie, a little bird learns all about dental health. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY PURSE by Belle DeMont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Affirming of gender nonconformity if somewhat fragmented. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A purse-wearing boy inspires others to wear and do what they wish, too. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC HAT SHOP by Sonja Wimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A sweet import that inspires inner strength. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hats magically transform each person in town, giving them precisely what they need to become their best selves. Read full book review >
BOGO, THE FOX WHO WANTED EVERYTHING by Susanna Isern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An entertaining story with whimsical illustrations and lots of heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bogo fails in his attempts at zany self-improvement inventions but eventually realizes the power of his innate gifts. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF CAPTAIN SCAREDY CAT by José Carlos Andrés
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"The suggested coping strategy won't work for all children, but if read with proper gusto, the book will be a sure storytime hit. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A once fearless pirate captain gets his mojo back—just in time for bed. Read full book review >
JOHN'S WHISTLE by Lili Ferreirós
by Lili Ferreirós, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, translated by Jon Brokenbrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Charming but elusive. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Although John communicates only by whistling, he finds acceptance at home, admiration and friendship at school, and true love. Read full book review >
WALKING THROUGH A WORLD OF AROMAS by Ariel Andrés Almada
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Though the abrupt ending will raise more questions than answers, this is a grand story wrapped up in delicious packaging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like Water for Chocolate for the picture-book set. Read full book review >
THE SKY OF AFGHANISTAN by Ana A. de Eulate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Ardent advocacy for Afghan peace. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young girl dreams of the day peace will come to contemporary Afghanistan, the war-torn country she loves. Read full book review >
A NIGHT TIME STORY by Roberto Aliaga
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"While the dreamlike nature of the images is fairly accessible, children (and adults) may find themselves stopped cold by nonrhythmic sentence structure. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A winner of the Lazarillo Award, the prize in Spain for children's literature, Aliaga weaves a tale translated into English with mixed results. Read full book review >
THE WORD COLLECTOR by Sonja Wimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Beautiful, haunting descriptions of words and the power they hold will make this a favorite for linguaphiles, both old and new. (Picture book. 4-7) "
A young girl shares her love of words and their power in this fanciful tribute to language. Read full book review >