Books by Warren Hanson

Released: March 19, 2013

"Amelia Bedelia may come to mind, but Mrs. Jolly Bones' unconventional behavior reflects her originality and flair rather than a lack of intelligence; would that more people flaunt their individuality…but maybe not in the toilet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mrs. Jolly Bones has a chore for every day of the week…but readers can be sure they've never done chores quite the way she does. Read full book review >
SEA OF SLEEP by Warren Hanson
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

A mother and baby otter make their way to the water for a relaxing bedtime swim as they observe the magic of the night sea. They gaze at the moon, the stars and the dolphins and listen to the waves. Hanson's cascading, repeating verse moves as rhythmically as the gentle waves he describes: "The Sea of Sleep is calm tonight. / Calm and still. / Her quiet ripples tiptoe on the shore, / Kissing quickly, / Then run away again, / Slipping swiftly back across the sand, / Carrying away the footprints of the day." The otters couldn't be cuter as they nestle together and float on the water cradled by "The Sea of Sleep," personified as a goddess-like figure with willows in her hair. Every statement applied to the actual ocean nicely mirrors the experience of falling into a deep sleep. LaMarche's misty images evoke the dreamy essence of the dark ocean with lush blues and glowing whites. Perhaps a tad overwritten at times but peacefully lulling—adult readers may find themselves drifting off with their little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
BUGTOWN BOOGIE by Warren Hanson
Released: June 1, 2008

A boy walking home at dusk narrates his fantastic woodland discovery: a diminutive but raucous party in a tree trunk. The revelers? Bugs of every description, many playing tiny guitars, fiddles and drums. Hanson's syncopated verse scans handily, making this a swell read-aloud for intrepid parents, teachers and librarians. "Every kind of bug was there, a-rockin' to the rhythm. / The Katydids had come and brought the Katykids in with ‘em. / The Mayfly was a waltzin' with her little Junebug brother, / As the Caterpillars did the twist, ticklin' each other!" The accomplished Johnson and Fancher take the fantasy several twists further, with mixed-media pictures teeming with strange critters that only occasionally correspond with entomological reality. The illustrations couple painterly techniques with textural, post-industrial collage elements, resulting in full-bleed spreads that are often amusing and occasionally creepy. In the illustration accompanying the quoted text, for example, two bloated, enmeshed caterpillars freakishly dominate the picture plane. Still, Hanson's cheerful cadences and imaginatively embellished refrains carry the day, and Fancher's typography is handsome and effective. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >