Books by Tony Bradman

Released: Nov. 1, 2010

From disappearing coral reefs, beaches and bees to increased incidence of floods and malaria, eight short stories illustrate varied effects of climate change around the world. This timely collection comes from England, but its stories are set around the globe and through time, from the Philippines to Sri Lanka and from today to far in the future. The protagonists are young people whose personal worlds are changing and who want to make a difference. Watching belugas in Manitoba, a girl determines to be a marine biologist; disturbing dreams, perhaps from the future, convince another to start a school compost bin. Further afield, a boy in northern Siberia watches the efforts of foreign scientists studying climate change but ignoring its effects on the local culture. Some stories are hopeful, but others are surprisingly bleak; one main character dies. Experiencing these individual stories may help students imagine an issue that previously seemed abstract. The message is clear, but readers may come away more overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem than motivated to address it. Author biographies are appended. (Short stories. 10-14)Read full book review >
DADDY’S LULLABY by Tony Bradman
Released: May 1, 2002

A loving valentine to young fathers everywhere, this British import pairs a murmurous monologue with low-lit, realistically detailed illustrations. Only the cat's still up by the time Dad wearily comes through the door on Friday night—no, not quite true: baby's wide-awake. Time for a stroll through the house in Daddy's arms. After peeks at big brother and "the best mother a baby could have," the night owls settle down in an easy chair for a lullaby: " . . . Daddy is with you, / So don't make a peep. / Rock-a-bye baby, / Let's both . . . go . . . to . . . " Cockcroft (Snow Ponies, 2001, etc.), winner of the BBC's first Blue Peter award, displays rare expertise, lighting his speckled, spray-bordered scenes just enough to show cozy domestic details and tender facial expressions, and closing with an intimate morning-after family portrait. Fans of Mark Graham's similarly atmospheric pictures will grow misty-eyed over these, too. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1992

``We were all in school alien spaceship crashed through the roof,'' reports the narrator, who goes on to describe how frightened they all were of the ``Monster'' that climbed out and lumbered after them, finally removing its helmet and revealing a face as horrible as they had feared. Still, it was friendly, and they took a picture to remember it by before it flew away. In the generalized, attractively colorful illustrations, the children are cleverly posed so that their faces are never shown until the end—when it develops that they are three-eyed and green, whereas the ``monster'' is a fresh- faced human. Satisfactory sf for the youngest, with a salutary message as a dividend. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
DILLY SPEAKS UP by Tony Bradman
Released: May 1, 1991

With the promise of a stop at ``The Swamp'' (playground) on the way home, suburban dinosaur Dorla takes little brother Dilly to ``The Shopping Cavern'' (mall), where signs (``Marks & Stegosaurus''; ``MACDINO'') play on dinosaur names and where escalator riders are warned to carry their tails. The interaction is even more contemporary: every time someone speaks to Dilly, Dorla butts in to answer for him—until they get home and Dilly gets even by answering Mother's question to her: of course, she'd like to take him out again! Hellard's broad, uninhibited line is just right for turning these unwieldy creatures into comical caricatures—a pink-haired punk, a grouchy old lady, or the talkative schoolgirl and her eager little brother. Predictable, but fun and sure to please. (Picture book. 3-8) Read full book review >