Search Results: "Petra Mathers"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN AUNT MATTIE GOT HER WINGS by Petra Mathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Lucid and insightful, Mathers presents death and grief as natural processes with compassion and great care. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Lottie the hen must say goodbye to her beloved aunt Mattie in this gentle story about loss, grief and friendship. Read full book review >

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DODO GETS MARRIED by Petra Mathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite Mathers's oddly shaped animal cast and her funny little details (Dodo spells out her acceptance with laundry), there's an adult sensibility to much of this, but younger readers will respond to its warmth and good humor. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Operating on the premise that there's someone for everyone, the author of Lottie's New Friend (1999) hooks up Lottie's long-beaked Germanic acquaintance Dodo with a bitter, one-legged ex-helicopter pilot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOTTIE'S NEW BEACH TOWEL by Petra Mathers
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Move over, Minerva Louise (Minerva Louise at School, 1996, etc.). (Picture book. 5-7)"
On an outing with her friend, Herbie—a duck—a resourceful hen named Lottie finds multiple uses for her new polka-dot towel: on a hot beach, under a picnic, as a sail for a boat with a conked-out motor, and even in a wedding, when a sea breeze blows the bride's veil away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOTTIE'S NEW FRIEND by Petra Mathers
Released: April 1, 1999

"A brief, understated take on a common worry—not confined to childhood—with enlivening touches of wit and charm. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Although it appears to Herbie the duck that he's been displaced in the affections of his sidekick Lottie (Lottie's New Beach Towel, 1998) by Dodo, a new neighbor with an exotic accent, he needn't fret. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MOMMMY WAS MAD by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Then you smooth down the prickles,' readers will smile along with them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Christopher and Robbie (Mommy Pie, 2001, etc.) return to the scene on a bad day for Mommy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRANGE MR. SATIE by M.T. Anderson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Anderson closes with notes on recommended books and pieces—good thing, as this portrait makes an irresistible invitation to discover a relatively little known, but profoundly influential, 20th-century artist. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
The author of Handel, Who Knew What He Liked (2001) profiles another musical original: Erik Satie, surrealist composer and all-round oddball, a capricious, temperamental rule-breaker whose works reflect the dreamlike quality of his eccentric life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATCHWORK ISLAND by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"A charming tribute, as well as a fine reminder that such a patchwork of familiar forms and intense colors makes an enriching landscape for any infant. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Inspired by the bright textures and patterns of the landscape on Canada's Prince Edward Island, Kuskin pens a brief poem about a mother capturing its visual effect in a quilt for her baby, who can enjoy playing on the completed needlework scene and also sleep under it: ``These island nights can grow quite cool.'' Mathers's saturated colors and clean compositions are particularly appropriate to the subject; the interplay between geometric forms and fabric patterns that at some times literally represent landscape features and at others cleverly imitate them (e.g., in a patchwork of cultivated fields) is delightful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KITCHEN TALKS by Shirley Mozelle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Mathers's cheerfully quirky watercolors notwithstanding, this collection neither falls flat nor rises above. (Poetry. 4-8)"
The inanimate denizens of the kitchen nab the limelight in this somewhat uneven, amusingly illustrated collection of 20 short poems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN IT SNOWED THAT NIGHT by Norma Farber
POETRY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Lovely. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
Forget the legions of contrived tales about this animal or that making its way to the Manger; the late Farber (d. 1984), in an imaginative cycle of poems—whimsical, lyrical, and wise- -introduces a dozen creatures, follows their intersecting journeys, celebrates (in the title poem) the moment when they all help keep the melting snow from the Baby (``Cricket clung fast to a ceiling-hole,/Dove plugged a gap with his beak...Giraffe held his head against a crack...and the Three Grand Kings/raised a parasol...'') and, for balance, embellishes the story with three Queens who ``came late, but not too late,'' bringing ``a homespun gown of blue,/and chicken soup'' before hurrying home to their own children and chores. Read full book review >

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AUNT ELAINE DOES THE DANCE FROM SPAIN by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The story is slight but pleasantly frothy; Mathers, widely praised for her sophisticated colors and clean, imaginative design, breaks no new ground here but nicely captures the lighthearted spirit in her vibrant, delicately witty art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Aunt Elaine/thinks she's from Spain,/but she and Dad were born in Maine,'' confides Elaine's slightly nerdy-looking niece, Katy; as ``Elena,'' her aunt is enthusiastic about performing Spanish dances with what looks like a multicultural troupe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIERRE IN LOVE by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"An endearingly elegant pick for Valentine's Day, featuring well-matched art and text. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rodent Pierre—a wistful fisherman—is secretly in love with rabbit Catherine, an artistic ballet teacher whose studio he passes each morning. Read full book review >