Category Archives: Hans Christian Andersen

The Color Of The Sun

This story takes place in one day of Davie’s life in Tyneside, his small town home.  He takes off on a journey after what appears to be the murder of a boy he knows.  Half real and half imagined, he meets characters from his town, which has rival gangs,. Davie thinks he knows who the murderer is.  As the story progresses, it gets harder to fathom what is real.  The ending is brilliant and leaves readers feeling positive and hopeful.  The book is beautifully written. mjw
Title: The Color Of The Sun
Author: David Almond
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Hachette Children’s Group. U.K.
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0785-9
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
Awards
: Hans Christian Andersen Medal, Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Adventure, Coming of Age, Death and dying, Violence, Young adult boys

When I Coloured In The World

A young child gets a box of crayons and an eraser from his mum.  He rubs out bad words and replaces them with good words.  He rubs out desert and writes red roses. He makes roses grow all over the world.  He rubs out darkness and replaces it with yellow light.  Hunger gives way to green wheat, drought to silver rain, war to light blue peace, and much more.  The abstract, colorful drawings complement the poetic text and its positive message. mjw
Title: When I Colored In The World
Author: Ahmadreza Ahmadi
Illustrator
: Ehsan Abdollahi
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Nazar Publisher. Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 2010
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-07-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Iran
Awards
: Iranian Flying Turtle Medal, 2010 Hans Christian Andersen shortlist
Subjects
: Colors, Crayons, Creativity, Erasers, Imagination, World

Feather

 

This philosophical picture book is by two Hans Christian Andersen Medal winners. A single feather is blown across the sky. It meets a kingfisher, a cuckoo, a heron, a peacock, and more birds, each one being asked by the feather, “Am I yours?” The feather is either ignored or dismissed, until she gets close to earth, where a mother hen and her chicks discover her. Feather has no courage left to ask the mother hen, but as the hen slowly unfolds her wings, she thinks, perhaps, that she is missing a feather. This profound story is illustrated with striking double-page spreads of the birds. mjw
Title: Feather
Author: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrator
: Roger Mello
Publisher
: Elsewhere Editions, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Chinese
Translator
: Chloe Garcia-Roberts
Original Publisher
: China Children’s Press and Publication Group
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0914671855
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: China
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: Author has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016.  Illustrator has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2014
Subjects
: Birds, Emotions

Three Little Monkeys

 

Tim, Sam, and Lulu are naughty, lively little monkeys that belong to Hilda Snibbs.  Each day when she returns home from doing her errands, she finds that the monkeys have made a bigger mess than they did the day before.  This delightful story is illustrated with detailed, mixed media and collage. mjw
Title: Three Little Monkeys
Author: Quentin Blake
Illustrator
: Emma Chichester Clark
Publisher
: Harper Collins
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-06-267067-0
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: Blake has won the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award, 2002
Subjects
: Animal behavior, Manners, Monkeys, Pets

You Can’t Be Too Careful

 

Follow the white rose and the gardener along alternative space-time paths in this study of causality, consequence, and the interconnectedness of life. More than a dozen eccentric characters are introduced – a circus monkey, a fake doctor who wants to play the bagpipes, Rajah the Malodorous, and more. The book expresses serious questions about the dangers of greed and the importance of kindness. Complex colored pencil drawings and torn paper illustrations will make you want to look again at this paradoxical story. mjw
Title: You Can’t Be Too Careful
Author: Roger Mello
Illustrator
: Roger Mello
Publisher
: Elsewhere Editions.   Brooklyn, NY
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Daniel Hahn
Original Title
: Todo Cuidado e pouco!
Original Publisher
: Companhia das Letras, Sao Paolo
Original Copyright
: 1999
ISBN
: 978-0-914671-64-0
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Author’s residence
: Brazil
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Awards
: 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, 2018 Batchelder Honor Award
Subjects
: Action, Avarice, Kindness, Greed, Roses

Daytime Visions : An Alphabet

daytime visionsThis surrealistic alphabet book consists of letters, written in upper and lower case, manuscript, and cursive and a series of unconnected phrases. Some make sense (D shows a downpour and K is a kiwi), but many are obscure (X is for “XX chromosome and I am expanding” and R shows two birds – “never meant to be rude.”) This is not a book for teaching the alphabet, but one that tells stories for each letter. Square pages with mixed media collage illustrations of cut paper, charcoal sketches, and broad brushstrokes on thick paper provide the interpretations for the letters. The author/illustrator is also a well-known cartoonist, graphic artist, singer, and composer in Argentina. mjw
Title: Daytime Visions: An Alphabet
Author: Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Illustrator
: Isol (Marisol Misenta)
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Isol and Elisa Amado
Original Title
: Abecedario a mano (Libros Para Ninos series)
Original Publisher
: Fondo de Cultura Economica
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-195-7
Hardcover pages
: 56
Age range
: 2-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Author’s residence
: Buenos Aires
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Argentine
Illustrator’s residence
: Buenos Aires
Awards
: 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, twice a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award – 2006 and 2008
Subjects
: Alphabets, Animals

Bicycling To The Moon

bicycling to the moonPurdy the cat and Barker the dog live in a sky blue house on top of a hill. Purdy dreams big. He wants to bicycle to the moon, win the singing contest, fly south with the migrating birds, be Supercat, and search for treasure. Barker is Purdy’s good friend, who likes to garden and take care of the house. The twenty short stories take place over a year and are accompanied by clever, quirky cartoon-style illustrations rendered in oil pastels, crayon, and watercolor. This laugh out-loud chapter book about two very opposite friends was written by Finland’s top children’s writer. mjw
Title: Bicycling To The Moon
Author: Timo Parvela
Illustrator
: Virpi Talvite
Publisher
: Gecko Press.  Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Finnish
Translator
: Rith Urbom
Original Title
: Maukka ja Vaykka
Original Publisher
: Werner Soderstrom Ltd.  Finland
Original Copyright
: 2009
ISBN
: 978-1-776570=32-4
Paperback pages
: 128
Age range
: 7-9
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Finnish
Author’s residence
: Finland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Finnish
Illustrator’s residence
: Finland
Awards
: Author has been shortlisted for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.  Illustrator has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and was awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2006
Subjects
: Cats, Dogs, Fishing, Gardening, Honesty, Loyalty, Short stories, Weather

Alive Again

Alive AgainA boy wonders if the blossoms that fall from trees will ever return. When there is no rain, will it rain again? If no wheat grows, will it grow again? And if no one goes on a journey, will there be new journeys? When spring comes, the boy’s father points out new blossoms, fresh rain, and born-again wheat. And tomorrow will be a day for a new journey. Striking collage artwork enhances this simple story about trust and understanding that will leave readers asking similar questions. mjw
Title: Alive Again
Author: Ahmadreza Ahmadi
Illustrator
: Nahid Kazemi
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd.  England
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Salis Publisher. Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-05-7
Hardcover pages
: 24
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Iran
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Awards
: Author was shortlisted for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Subjects
: Blossoms, Flowers, Journeys, Questions, Rain, Trust, Understanding, Wheat

The Life And Times Of Martin Luther

This informative biography begins with Luther’s birth, and moves through his youth, his decision to enter the priesthood, and his disenchantment with the church. The book focuses on the impact that Luther had on his times, including his translation of the Bible into German. Some of his 95 theses are explained. The detailed, historically accurate illustrations have a key at the end of the book providing more information. This book commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. mjw
Title: The Life And Times Of Martin Luther
Author: Meike Roth-Beck
Illustrator
: Klaus Ensikat
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original Title
: Von Martins Luthers Wittenberger Thesen
Original Publisher
: Kindermann Verlag. Berlin
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5495-7
Hardcover pages
: 44
Age range
: 7 up
Genre
: Information Book, Biography, Picture Book, Nonfiction
Book setting
: Europe
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: Illustrator has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award 1996
Subjects
: Christian Europe, History, Religion, Religious

The Little Black Fish

The Little Black FishAn old fish tells the story of Little Black Fish to her 12,000 children and grandchildren. Little Black Fish leaves the safety of his small stream to venture out and see the world. He meets many different creatures along the way, including the dreaded pelican and the helpful lizard. Little Black Fish has big questions and is determined to find answers. He makes it to the edge of the sea and finds his answers, though he does not survive. He learns about life, dangers, enemies, and friends. This famous Iranian children’s story is considered to be a political allegory and was banned in pre-revolutionary (1978) Iran. mjw
Title: The Little Black Fish
Author: Samad Behrangi (1939-1967)
Illustrator
: Farshid Mesghali
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd.  London, England
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Kanoun Par Varesh Fekri.  Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 1968
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-00-2
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction, Allegory
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Author lived in Iran
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: Illustrator has won 1974 Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration
Subjects
: Coming of age, Fishes, Freedom, Independence

What A Party!

What A PartyBe careful when your mother says you can invite anyone you like to your birthday party, or you may have the craziest party ever. Children, pets, parents, salsa dancers, and a reggae band all join together in this celebration of diversity. Jack brings Larry, a soccer ball, and coconut cookies. Jack tells Beto and Antonieta, who bring their parrot, pineapples, mangoes, and passion fruit. The buffet grows in this chain reaction to include pizza, couscous, sushi, and much more. This is a great introduction to different countries, and everyone relates to food! Friends, family, and food from around the world are illustrated in acrylic and oil pastels. mjw
Title: What A Party!
Author: Ana Maria Machado
Illustrator
: Helene Moreau
Publisher
: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Elisa Amado
Original Title
: Mas que festa!
Original Publisher
: Nova Fronteira.  Rio de Janeiro
Original Copyright
: 1999 text, 2005 illustrations
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-168-7
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Author’s residence
: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Awards
: Author has won the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Subjects
: Birthdays, Cautionary tales, Celebrations, Diversity, Holidays, Invitations, Multigenerational, Parties

Peter And The Wolf

peter-and-the-wolfPeter goes into the meadow with his friend the bird, when a duck waddles in and argues with the bird. Next, a fierce cat tries to catch the bird. Grandfather warns Peter about the wolf that may be in the meadow and Peter watches the wolf appear and eat the duck. Quick-witted Peter devises a plan to capture the wolf and help the hunters take the wolf to the zoo. This favorite Russian tale that children know because of Prokofiev’s music is stunningly illustrated with eccentric geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and innovative die cuts. mjw
Title: Peter And The Wolf
Author: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Martin West (English text)
Illustrator
: Kveta Pacovska
Publisher
: Mineditions, Michael Neugebauer Publishing, Ltd.
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Peter und der Wolf
Original Publisher
: Michael Neugebauer Publishing, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-988-15955-6-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Russian – Prokofiev
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Czech
Illustrator’s residence
: Prague, Czech Republic (Czechia)
Awards
: 1992 Hans Christian Andersen Medal
Subjects
: Grandfathers, Music, Wolves