Sweet, simple, and nicely illustrated.



A miniature donkey needs love in this children’s picture book.

Harriet has always lived on a farm with about a dozen miniature donkeys like herself. Every day is much the same: eating, exploring, and playing. She has friends, Sally and Nacho, but tiny Harriet yearns for more attention from the farmer at feeding time; she can’t seem to make her way forward for hugs and affection. One day, something unexpected happens: Harriet, with Sally and Nacho, is driven to a large pasture owned by Mr. Michael, a friendly farmer. There’s plenty of oats, hay, and water, and, with only three donkeys, Mr. Michael can pay attention to each of them. Harriet decides the best thing about the new farm is definitely Mr. Michael’s hugs. Guiles (Harriet's Big Adventure, 2015) tells a very simple story well. Harriet’s plight is sympathetic but not overdone, and readers will enjoy seeing her desire for love and affection being met at last. It’s unknown how the donkeys come to be living on a farm or why some are moved, but for Harriet, as for small children, the world can be arbitrary like that. Whalen’s lovely, softly colored images are realistic yet still very expressive—a good choice that elevates the book.

Sweet, simple, and nicely illustrated.

Pub Date: Oct. 24, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5255-0880-6

Page Count: 28

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and...


Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun.   (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tricycle

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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