A sprightly collection of perennially entertaining Grimm tales introduces Fischer’s brilliant illustrations to a new...

IN FAIRYLAND

THE FINEST OF TALES BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM

A selection of Grimm fairy tales showcases the late Fischer’s illustrations.

“The Musicians of Bremen” displays Fischer’s signature lively, minimalist black outlines brushed with bits of bold color to represent the clever animal musicians, judiciously arranged across pure white backgrounds. For night drama, the animals appear as black silhouettes against dark blue. In “Riff-Raff,” Fisher draws the self-indulgent rooster and hen with rougher, freer lines and uses what looks like colored pencil in muted hues instead of ink, orchestrating their hilarious antics against his preferred white backdrop. The wily, heroic cat in “Puss in Boots” is rendered in expressive, sketchy black-pencil outlines, capturing his facial expressions and postures. Vignettes of the cat alternate with full- and double-page dramatic scenes. “Rum-Pum-Pum” features characters from Grimm tales drawn in black pen and ink; they march across plain pages in joyous, wordless visual processions. The final section, entitled “Fairy Tale Pictures,” provides the full texts of “Red Riding Hood,” “Lucky Hans,” “The Hare and the Hedgehog,” “The Brave Little Tailor,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Seven Ravens” with an impressive single-page, black-and-white drawing for each tale, visually incorporating its sequential events in surprising detail. Overall, the vigorous, energetic, humorous, visually delightful folk quality of Fisher’s art proves the perfect match for this Grimm assemblage. A brief biography of the artist concludes the collection.

A sprightly collection of perennially entertaining Grimm tales introduces Fischer’s brilliant illustrations to a new generation. (Fairy tales. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-7358-4339-4

Page Count: 144

Publisher: NorthSouth

Review Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2018

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For the dedicated nonfiction fan, this picture dictionary introduces media that are better experienced than described.

LITTLE LEONARDO'S FASCINATING WORLD OF THE ARTS

From the Little Leonardo's Fascinating World series

This entry in a series named for Leonardo da Vinci, an “original Renaissance man,” describes the many forms and functions of art in today’s world.

This colorful book shows very young children what art is and what different kinds of artists do. The author begins by listing several kinds of art as they appear in our lives, then describes historical art forms, such as cave painting and pottery design. Next, entire pages and spreads feature particular forms of art, artists, and materials, including sculpture, writing, drama, graphic design, architecture, and music. The role of computers in the creation of art today is mentioned, and readers are encouraged to imagine themselves as artists. The cartoon-style pictures show cheerful, ethnically diverse children in mainstream American settings creating art that often mirrors well-known pieces and styles of the Western tradition. A jazz band is included on the music page. An author’s note at the end of the book introduces six great artists of the past; three of these are women, but five of the six are white. While children throughout the book are representative of America’s diversity, readers will have to look elsewhere for inclusion of diverse contributions to the world of art. Volumes on math and science are similarly formulated but wordier. A page on anthropology in the science volume assumes a cultural perspective that all readers may not share.

For the dedicated nonfiction fan, this picture dictionary introduces media that are better experienced than described. (glossary, author’s note) (Nonfiction. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4236-4873-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Review Posted Online: Dec. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2018

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Lots of detail and complex vocabulary mean most young children won’t linger past check-in at this hotel; older children will...

BUG HOTEL

Bearing the tagline “A lift-the-flap book of discovery,” this board book for older children is meant to inspire garden explorations.

Its inviting house-shaped design with multiple peep-hole windows hints at what children will find inside. The first page explains that “A bug hotel is a multistory homemade habitat where creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes can find a place to stay!” The benefits of providing accommodations for six different garden critters are then detailed, one per double-page spread. Information about each creature’s ideal environment and how humans can foster that habitat is behind the largest flap on each spread, which also includes a cutout through which the insect can be seen. “Snails come out mainly at night, so a dark and protected habitat helps to keep them cool, happy and safe from predators….” Smaller flaps discuss characteristics of each critter—pollination for bees, metamorphosis for butterflies, etc. The final spread reviews the various materials needed to attract different bugs to the garden. However, there are no instructions included or even websites to consult to assist readers in actually constructing a bug hotel. Birdhouse, published simultaneously using the same format, is somewhat more successful, possibly because birdhouses are more common.

Lots of detail and complex vocabulary mean most young children won’t linger past check-in at this hotel; older children will still need help from a caregiver or teacher . (Board book. 4-6)

Pub Date: June 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-61067-766-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Kane Miller

Review Posted Online: June 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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