Books by William Lach

Released: March 1, 2010

A rhyming celebration of flowers gets a Silly Symphony artistic treatment with surprising success. At first blush, the grinning daffodil, morning glory and four-o'clock blossoms on the cover appear to have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. The verse, too, often struggles for both rhyme and scansion. But the enthusiasm that produced both is infectious, and as bloom after bloom, from the familiar—marigold, forsythia—to the more exotic—hellebore, nicotiana—and the downright unexpected—prickly pear, red maple—is introduced, readers can't help but appreciate the sheer variety of them all. Kennedy's mid-20th-century-Disney-inspired acrylics invest all the flowers with personality, from the bespectacled Franklinia to the thuggish ("shady") impatiens, and provide a small army of cheery bugs to watch over them. Ten pages of backmatter provide facts on each flower, instructions for three simple gardens and general gardening information. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

Lach pairs 19 poems (including some song lyrics treated as poems) with art from the Metropolitan Museum in New York in a thoughtfully compiled Christmas anthology. The collection includes many traditional selections, such as the passage from Luke with the angel announcing Christ's birth to the shepherds, "The Night Before Christmas," and the words to several Christmas carols and one spiritual. Works are included from well-known poets such as Poe, Longfellow, Walter de la Mare, Lewis Carroll, e.e. cummings, Ogden Nash, and Langston Hughes, along with a stunning, though perhaps lesser-known poem by Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky. The striking art features a wide variety of media, including reproductions of a stained-glass window panel, an antique Christmas card, a tapestry, and a collage, as well as some more traditional Rackham illustrations. The overall tone of the collection is sophisticated and elegant, and most children will require an adult's help to appreciate the volume's understated charm. (Poetry. 5+)Read full book review >