Books by Sophy Williams

THE CHILD OF CHRISTMAS by Sophie Piper
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Suitable for advanced preschoolers who can listen one-on-one to an adult reading a longer, more complex story or for older children who don't object to a book that seems designed for little ones. (Picture book/religion. 4-8) "
The Nativity story is retold in familiar, everyday language with a petite, illustrated format in this somewhat unbalanced Christmas offering imported from Great Britain. Read full book review >
THE LION CLASSIC PRAYER COLLECTION by Lois Rock
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Overall, a thoughtfully selected and arranged anthology, appropriate for larger library collections and church libraries as well as observant homes. (index of first lines) (Religion. 4-9)"
This attractively illustrated collection offers a traditional, comforting anthology of Christian prayers and Bible verses for children, suitable for use at home or in church programs. Read full book review >
SANTA'S ON HIS WAY by Ruth Martin
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The forgettable text is just a placeholder to accompany the illustrations, but the novelty of the changeable pictures and movable flaps will interest younger children during the long days before Christmas. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A slight story about Santa's countdown to Christmas Eve is paired with nostalgic, soft-focus illustrations with changeable picture cutouts and gatefold flaps offering surprises within the art. Read full book review >
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS by Sophy Williams
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The text is smoothly retold in contemporary language, although the level of difficulty of the text is not in alignment with the movable-picture feature and cardstock pages, which imply a preschool-aged audience. (Picture book/religion. 2-8)"
Opening the cover of this large-format book printed on heavy cardstock leads to a surprise: The circular illustration under a die-cut window in the cover changes from a view of the Christ Child in the manger to a close-up of the Three Wise Men. Read full book review >
THE WINTER DRAGON by Caroline Pitcher
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A reassuring story with a touch of fantasy for the night-light gang. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With the help of a paper dragon and his own imagination, a young boy confronts his fear of the dark. Read full book review >
STARRY TALES by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Still, this extends the scope of such Native American gatherings as Gretchen Mayo's Star Tales (1987), and readers will be captivated by the range of visions here. (Folktales. 9-12)"
McCaughrean maintains the dizzyingly high standards of The Golden Hoard (1996) and its sequels with this thematic collection of sky myths and legends. Read full book review >
CAT'S KITTENS by Paul Rogers
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This is a series of moody moments rather than a story—more of a cautious outing than a hair-raising adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For seven nights, a stray cat mothers her new kittens, teaching them the ways of the city. Read full book review >
STORIES FROM THE CLASSICAL BALLET by Belinda Hollyer
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"It's a minor misstep in an otherwise smoothly choreographed work. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A book about ballet that tries to do many things—and succeeds at most. Read full book review >
THE WITNESS by Robert Westall
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The sophisticated tale is adorned by Williams's graceful drawings in which the cat is truly feline, by turns sleek, sensual, and alert. (Fiction/Picture book. All ages)"
Freelance illustrator Williams (When Grandma Came, 1992) has lovingly redecorated this 1986 story by Westall (Christmas Spirit, p. 1422, etc.), the last book he ever wrote. ``The witness'' is a cat who lives in Judea after being kidnapped from Egypt where she had been a god. Read full book review >
MOVING by Michael Rosen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A familiar drama, developed with unusual sensitivity and style. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A cat that treasures its independence (``No one knows what I do./No one knows where I go'') and its freedom to choose when to join its humans (``they have me to tickle,/I have their laps'') suffers the indignities of a move. Read full book review >