Tag Archives: Animals

The Little Reindeer

On Christmas Eve, Ollie, who wears reindeer pajamas, has just gone to sleep when jingle bells wake her up. She grabs her sled and follows the sound. She finds a collar of bells on a tree branch and wonders who could it belong to. Next, she hears the crunch of a reindeer in the snow. Ollie fastens the collar on to the reindeer. Ollie and the reindeer go for a ride through the night sky. They have to stop because Ollie has to go back to bed and someone very special needs the reindeer that night. A double-page spread shows Santa and his reindeer flying through the night sky. This enchanting Christmas story has die cuts pages, silver foil, and splashes of red.. mjw
Title: The Little Reindeer
Author: Nicola Killen
Illustrator
: Nicola Killen
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original title: Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer

ISBN
: 978-1-4814-8686-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book 
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Cambridge, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Cambridge
Subjects
: Adventure, Christmas, Fantasy and magic, Holidays and celebrations, Reindeer

The Wind In The Willows

Sebastian Meschenmoser’s expressive artwork brings a new look to Kenneth Grahame’s classic story about Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger. More than one hundred watercolor vignettes and twelve full-page oil paintings bring life to the adventures of the lovable characters in pastoral Edwardian England. mjw
Title: The Wind In The Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
Illustrator
: Sebastian Meschenmoser
Publisher
: North South
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag. Zürich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2017 (1908)
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4295-3
Hardcover pages
: 220
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Illustrated Fiction
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Subjects
: Automobiles, Badgers, Boats, Folktales, Moles, Rats, Toads

Jamal’s Journey

Jamal is a little camel that has to walk, walk, walk through the desert to keep up with his friend, the boy, and the other camels in the caravan. A sandstorm separates them. He meets different desert animals, but none can help him. A wise falcon reunites Jamal with his family. Eventually they reach Dubai and the colorful marketplace. Rich watercolor paintings show the sights of the desert and the city. An author’s note tells that the story was inspired by Foreman’s visit to Dubai and that the word jamal means beauty and camel. mjw
Title: Jamal’s Journey
Author: Michael Foreman
Illustrator
: Michael Foreman
Publisher
: Andersen Press.  USA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Andersen Press Ltd. London
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5124-3949-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Dubai
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: Author/illustrator has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice
Subjects
: Adventure, Camels, Cities, Deserts, Friendship

Imagine

One little pigeon sets out on a journey to spread the message of peace to other birds of all shapes and sizes. John Lennon’s song is illustrated with brush and ink drawings colored digitally. The book has a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon and an afterword by Amnesty International. All royalties from sales of the book go directly to the charity. mjw
Title: Imagine
Author: John Lennon 1940-1980), with a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon
Illustrator
: Jean Jullien
Publisher
: Clarion Books
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-328-80865-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: London and Los Angeles
Subjects
: Birds, Peace, Pigeons, Song lyrics, Tolerance

Colette’s Lost Pet

Colette is new to the Mile End neighborhood of Montreal. She wants to make friends, but doesn’t know what to talk about. She invents a problem: she has lost her pet parakeet named Marie Antoinette. Her fib escalates a bit out of control and a neighborhood-wide search party is assembled. Do her new friends really believe her or is it just more fun to pretend? Artwork rendered in pencil, watercolor, and ink with digital coloration depicts Montreal’s urban setting. The text is hand-lettered. mjw
Title: Colette’s Lost Pet
Author: Isabelle Arsenault
Illustrator
: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher
: Random House, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-553-53659-1
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Montreal
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Awards
: Author/illustrator has won Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature three times
Subjects
: Birds, New experiences, Pets

A Well-Mannered Young Wolf

a-well-mannered-young-wolfA young wolf, whose parents taught him good manners, goes on his first hunting trip in search of his next meal. He offers his prey their last wishes. As he tries to fulfill each wish, his meals escape. The poor wolf finds himself very hungry. The surprise ending will delight young readers. Cartoon style illustrations in earth tones add visual humor. mjw
Title: A Well-Mannered Young Wolf
Author: Jean Leroy
Illustrator
: Matthieu Maudet
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Un jeune loup bien eduque
Original Publisher
: L’ecole des loisirs
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5479-7
Hardcover pages
: 30
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Chickens, Humor, Manners, Rabbits, Wolves

The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils

nilsNils teases an elf, is bewitched, and is turned into a thumb-size Thumbletot. He makes friends with a wise goose named Martin and together they travel all over the provinces of Sweden. The book was originally a commission from the Swedish National Teachers Association in 1902 to be a geography reader for the public schools. The story is still popular in Swedish culture. The text is simple and playful and the glorious illustrations incorporate intricate papercut pages. mjw
Title: The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils
Author: Selma Lagerlof (1858-1940), adapted y Kochka
Illustrator
: Olivier Latyk
Publisher
: Words and Pictures, an imprint of Quarto Publishing, CA
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Swedish
Original Title
: Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige
Original Copyright
: 1906
ISBN
: 978-1-91027-719-5
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: Sweden
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Adapter’s ethnicity:  born in Lebanon
Adapter’s residence:  France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Strasbourg
Awards
: Selma Lagerlof was the first female to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
Subjects
: Ducks and other waterfowl, Europe, Geese, Fantasy, Sweden