Monday, September 25, 2006


FLETCHER AND THE FALLING LEAVES by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke (Greenwillow) Fletcher the Fox is distressed to discover that his favorite tree is losing its precious leaves. He tries tying leaves to the tree, catching them as they blow in the breeze, even assisting the tree in holding on to its last leaf as long as it can. But when nature takes it course, Fletcher feels like he has failed, until he sees the glittery garb in whichthe tree is adorned after the first frost. The transformation of the seasons is fully celebrated in this gentle picture book, featuring dear and unpretentious watercolors and a story full of the sincerity and eagerness of one friend trying to help another. I was already a fan of Tiphanie Beeke after her storytime charmer BOOK! BOOK! BOOK! by Deborah Bruss (Scholastic), but this latest seasonal surprise had me "falling" for her all over again. (4 and up)

Also of interest:
FALL IS NOT EASY by Marty Kelley (Zino Press) In this book, a tree tries to change color, and ends up looking like a rainbow, a hamburger, a smiley face and more! Children will love drawing their own trees in the midst of changes! One of my fall favorites, this book is by smaller publisher so the book is perhaps a little bit more obscure, but don't give up, it's as wonderful to find as a leaf with five colors.(5 and up)
A LITTLE BIT OF WINTERby Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (HarperCollins) A rabbit is asked by a hibernating hedgehog to preserve for him a little bit of the season. The profound characterization of the animals in this book evokes a comparison to the great Warner Brothers animator Chuck Jones; just as funny and expressive.
BLUE BURT AND WIGGLES by Derek Anderson (Simon and Schuster) Two friends try to stop summer fun from fading by using colorful art supplies to disguise autumn's approach.

On a personal note:
Advance review copies of VIVE LA PARIS are now officially all gone, so I cannot honor any further requests. To those who participated, your books are en route, and thank you for your enthusiasm and also your willingness to get the word out about this book, it is very important to me. I wanted to write a book that would introduce children of all colors and creeds to some of the background knowledge of WWII in a way that preserves optimism and hope. You'll let me know if I managed! I am so excited for you to meet Paris, her family of four brothers, her worst enemy Tanaeja, and her unexpected ally, Mrs. Rosen. Of course, our friends Sahara, Darrell and Miss Pointy that some may remember from SAHARA SPECIAL are back as well!

Even if you did not get an advance review copy, you will still have an opportunity to don your rose-colored is now available in bookstores! Hooray!!!

Happy fall, everyone!

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Anonymous said...

Amazon just delivered Paris: early! Can't wait to share with the kids in my book clubs.

Esme, kids do recognize the difference between the depth of field in your books and the disappointingly large number of micron-deep alternatives.

One of my not-very-enthusiastic 7th graders interrupted an unrelated conversation last week, to assure me that - should anyone ask - Sing a Song of Tuna Fish is her favorite book. EVER!

Michelle G said...

I am new to this blog. I stumbled upon it and I am glad that I did! Children's stories are my personal interest, I the love the art work and of course the story lines!

I have one request!
I think it would be fantastic if you had a calander listing each book of the day for the entire week or even the entire month, that way people/I could go to the local library and check out the books prior to your reviews!

Anonymous said...

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves looks very cute, I'm also a fan of Book! Book! Book!

Anonymous said...

Received and read Vive La Paris. I liked it even better than Sahara Special. Coming from a family of German Jewish survivors, I have been looking for a book to introduce my school kids to this history. Most books are too depressing or too adult. You've succeeded brilliantly in your goal of introducing WWII to a wide range of children who are amazingly unfamiliar with it. I will strongly recommend this book to our Battle of the Books chair for next year (books have already been chosen) and will buy some copies for my library here at my inner city k-8 school. Thank you for writing this book!


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