Search Results: "Leslie Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMAL ABC by Leslie Baker
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2003

An alphabet of rare simplicity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARIS CAT by Leslie Baker
Released: April 1, 1999

"Annie, in her navy knee socks and beret, is just as appealing as her troublesome pet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Soft, splashy watercolors with that medium's traditional luminosity limn the streets, markets, parks, and boulevards of Paris, as a calico cat, Alice, searches for her owner, Annie, who is visiting a great-aunt, Isabella. Read full book review >

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WHEN SNOW LAY SOFT ON THE MOUNTAIN by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Baker fills the pages with luminous shades of lavender, periwinkle, and silver grey: People, animals, household items, and landscape are rendered with a full and lively line. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hermes (On Winter's Wind, 1995, etc.), in her first picture book effort, pens a sweet and sentimental tale that glows with Baker's radiant watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL THOSE SECRETS OF THE WORLD by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"A poignant, beautifully wrought book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a gracefully cadenced text with telling echoes of ideas and images, an apparently autobiographical story: when Jane is four, she and her family see Daddy off on a crowded troopship to WW II; only Mama cries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR OLD HOUSE by Susan Vizurraga
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a quiet reverie—perhaps too quiet for most children—and it's certainly pretty to look at. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Vizurraga's debut, an old Victorian house gives up its secrets slowly, and glimpses from the past are signposts amidst the tangle of renovation and remodeling in the rooms and yard where a young girl imagines former inhabitants. Read full book review >

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HONKERS by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Leslie Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A lovely, beautifully crafted book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With Mama in bed waiting for the new baby, Betsy is sent to her grandparents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RABBIT AND THE MOON by Douglas Wood
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Baker's watercolors are another disappointment; Rabbit's limbs change length and proportions unpredictably, so that sometimes his shape is that of a natural-looking rabbit, and other times that of a human child in a fur suit. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
Wood (The Windigo's Return, 1996) retells a Cree legend that explains not only why there's a rabbit in the moon, but how the whooping crane came to have long legs and a red blaze on his head. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Except for the all-devouring Whittle Cat, the felines here are beneficent, if self-interested, so readers who feel that cats have gotten a bad rap in folklore will purr over this engaging gathering. (Folktales. 7-10)"
As a companion to Dogs of Myth (1999), illustrated by Barry Moser, the Hausmans offer nine (naturally) tales of puissant pussies, each depicted in luminous watercolors by a premier illustrator of cats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY OCTOPUS ARMS by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Though a little on the bland side, this effort should reassure little ones resting in the human arms of favorite story readers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who hasn't occasionally wished for more than two hands (or arms) in order to simultaneously accomplish all that one needs to? Read full book review >

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HICKORY DICKORY DOCK by Keith Baker
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A great addition to the collection of 'singing' books, with the added bonus of helping readers practice counting and time-telling skills. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The familiar nursery rhyme gains new verses in this latest from Baker, who rounds out the rest of the mouse's busy hours. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDE AND SNAKE by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 3-8)"
Hidden among other patterns as repetitive and brightly colored as his own variegated stripes, a snake challenges readers to discover him in one picture after another: "I'm playing with toys / twisting `round vases, / weaving through baskets, / and tangling with laces.'' The text doesn't add much here, but Baker's bold, handsomely stylized art is sure to amuse with its many clever pseudo-snakes and intriguing camouflages of the real one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S MOUSE? by Alan Baker
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A visually pleasing book that will appeal to very young children who enjoy simple books about animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An accordion-fold book with peek-through pages mimicking holes (e.g., in a hollow tree) through which animal characters can be seen in a three-dimensional effect. Read full book review >