Books by Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of several books, including Ruby's Wish, for which she received the Ezra Jack Keats Award, among other honors. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


THE 9 LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD by John Bemelmans Marciano
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"Freely embracing the literary principle that, at bottom, evil is better fun than good, this envelope-pushing bonbon may not have an easily discernible moral, but that's its strength. (Gothic humor. 10-14)"
Adult readers may find themselves desperately searching the subtext of this book for hidden lessons; children will probably just relish it. Read full book review >
IVY AND BEAN TAKE THE CASE by Annie Barrows
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Only a stooge couldn't love Ivy and Bean. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The intrigue swirls thick 'round Pancake Court. Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE by Matthew Olshan
Released: May 14, 2013

"It remains to be seen whether young listeners will consider Lalouche a real contender. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
While he has no difficulty overcoming much larger and fiercer opponents in the boxing ring, the eponymous hero of this quirky collaboration may nonetheless struggle to find an appreciative audience. Read full book review >
IVY AND BEAN MAKE THE RULES by Annie Barrows
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Making the rules rules! (Fiction. 6-9)"
It's spring break, and Bean's big sister, Nancy, is off to Monkey Park, where she'll get to spend every day having secret, big-kid fun at Girl Power 4-Ever Camp for girls 11-14. Bean is 7. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"T-winsome. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Veteran poets tap into the never-ending interest in twins with a collection of poetry dedicated to twosomes. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A wickedly funny ramble. With bunnies. (Satiric mystery. 9-14)"
Horvath takes on the world of talking animals with all the absurdist, satirical panache fans have come to expect from the award-winning author. Read full book review >
EDWIN SPEAKS UP by April Stevens
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 14, 2011

"This tongue-in-cheek tale of birth-order blues is a confection as sweet as it is silly. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Edwin's mother is the epitome of 1950s femininity—smartly dressed, elegantly coiffed and preoccupied with adult concerns throughout this entertaining supermarket romp. Read full book review >
ARE YOU AWAKE? by Sophie Blackall
Released: May 24, 2011

"Diminutive in size—just right, really, for a midnight conversation—and pleasantly sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The titular question sparks a conversation many parents will find very familiar. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: March 8, 2011

"Gorey kids. (Picture book/poetry. 8 & up)"
Delectably satiric nursery rhymes play with naughtiness and punishment. Read full book review >
THE CROWS OF PEARBLOSSOM by Aldous Huxley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"The story, however, is a powerful hymn to smarts, with unrepentant scorn for the greedy and the witless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Huxley's story, his only children's book and not meant for widespread publication, starts good and grim—just the thing to hold a young audience. Mrs. Crow's eggs are mysteriously disappearing: 297 eggs a year, "a fresh egg every single day—except Sundays, of course, and public holidays." Read full book review >
PECAN PIE BABY by Jaqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Fresh and wise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A feisty big-sister-to-be narrates her ambivalence about her mama's impending childbirth. Read full book review >
BIG RED LOLLIPOP by Rukhsana Khan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2010

"Charming and spirited. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Dynamic visual design distinguishes this tale of sibling conflict in an immigrant family. Read full book review >
WOMBAT WALKABOUT by Carol Diggory Shields
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"These items are highlighted on the glossary page, orienting readers not only to the verbal, but the visual world of this satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A glossary of Australian words used in this story about six wombats who outwit "a dingo with the hungry eye" while on their walkabout through the bush launches readers into this gentle trickster tale. Read full book review >
IVY AND BEAN BOUND TO BE BAD by Annie Barrows
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Any child who's had to suffer a time-out will relate to this one. (Fiction. 6-10)"
How hard can it be to be bad? Read full book review >
JUMPY JACK & GOOGILY by Meg Rosoff
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A humorous tamer of monsters that will leave everyone saying, 'Phew,' along with Jumpy Jack. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The same duo that created Meet Wild Boars (2005) is back with a tale of two friends proceeding through their day. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2008

"Readers will look forward to the next installment of this series that celebrates the joys and thrills of friendship, unrestricted play and unfettered imagination. (Fiction. 6-10)"
The kids of Pancake Court are constructing a volcano from a giant mound of dirt, but right in the middle of the eruption Bean is called home. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

Even though she's still "a child with my hair yet cut across my forehead," the Emperor of China's daughter must leave her father's kingdom to marry the king of Khotan, who lives in a far-off desert oasis. Read full book review >
WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT BEING AN ONLY CHILD? by Cari Best
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"A spunky, compassionate, though somewhat conventional response to the only-child syndrome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rosemary, an only child, is the center of attention and object of affection. Read full book review >
IVY AND BEAN BREAK THE FOSSIL RECORD by Annie Barrows
Released: July 1, 2007

"Just right. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Best friends Ivy and Bean return for a very welcome third outing. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This strong follow-up to Ivy and Bean (June 2006) is bound to please fans. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Best mates Ivy and Bean reunite for some schoolyard hijinks in this sophomore collaboration from Barrows and Blackall. Read full book review >
IVY AND BEAN by Annie Barrows
Released: June 1, 2006

"Readers are bound to embrace this spunky twosome and eagerly anticipate their continuing tales of mischief and mayhem. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A charismatic duo makes their debut in this new chapter-book series. Read full book review >
SUMMER IS SUMMER by Phillis Gershator
POETRY
Released: June 1, 2006

"The two girls on the cover illustration are enjoying an old-fashioned swing with a wooden seat, but they are swinging higher than the kites that their brothers are flying, conveying the magical quality of childhood's sunny summer days. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gertrude Stein's "A rose is a rose is a rose" serves as the poetic structure for this somewhat surrealistic examination of summer's pleasures. Read full book review >
MEET WILD BOARS by Meg Rosoff
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Shelve this next to Nicole Rubel's Grody's Not So Golden Rules (2003) and like contrarian essays; young readers will be delighted to meet this fearsome foursome, and inspired to look around for their real-life counterparts. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Poster piggies for bad behavior, Boris, Morris, Horace and Doris rampage through this cautionary introduction: "They are dirty and smelly, bad-tempered and rude. Read full book review >
RUBY’S WISH by Shirin Yim Bridges
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Softly colored, Asian-inspired gouache illustrations accompany this tale of one little girl's dream to become more than was traditionally possible. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her debut effort, Bridges tells the story of her grandmother's unique place in Chinese history. Read full book review >