Reissued Titles-- 2009
de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk Little Sister and the Month Brothers
48 pp. Cavendish (Marshall Cavendish Corp.) 2009. ISBN 978-0-7614-5546-2
K-3 Illustrated by Margot Tomes. Reissue, 1976, Clarion. This Slavic folktale retelling includes elements of Cinderella and myths about the seasons. Little Sister has a cranky stepmother and a demanding stepsister, but with her innate courtesy and the magical help of the Month Brothers, she manages to win back her cottage and little farm. Intimate, unpretentious illustrations reminiscent of nineteenth-century woodcuts are accompanied by small captions that extend the text.


Demi, Genghis Khan
56 pp. Cavendish (Marshall Cavendish Corp.) 2009. ISBN 978-0-7614-5547-9
K-3 Reissue, 1991, Holt. In this book (originally titled Chingis Khan), Demi freely adapts from folklore and history to provide a terse but colorful sketch of the Mongol chieftain and his exploits. Small figures in tightly structured scenes and rich color tones set against ample white space--Demi's hallmarks--are used with added energy here, while lavish employ of gold paint lends opulence.


Joyce, Irma Never Talk to Strangers
32 pp. Golden (Random House Children's Books) 2009. ISBN 978-0-375-84964-0 LE ISBN 978-0-375-96964-5
K-3 Illustrated by George Buckett. Reissue, 1967. Readers are reminded never to talk to strangers--not a bear at the door or a rhinoceros at a bus stop. The dated illustrations (e.g., all the girls sport hair bows) may appeal to nostalgia-happy grownups. Though the humorous nonsense rhymes greatly oversimplify the intricacies of social interaction, they do touch on the basics of safety in a non-frightening way.


Kerr, M. E. If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?
178 pp. Cavendish (Marshall Cavendish Corp.) 2009. ISBN 978-0-7614-5545-5
YA Reissue, 1973, Harper. Alan Bennett is relatively happy living with his mother and grandfather, going steady with Leah Pennington, and playing football. Then Duncan Stein--a highly original character--arrives at Cayuta High. He begins publishing a newspaper and manages to bring romantic intrigue to the school through the power of the press. Extremely humorous at times, the story is also occasionally touched with sadness and poignancy.


L'Engle, Madeleine Camilla
247 pp. Farrar 2009. ISBN 978-0-374-31031-8
YA Reissue, 1951, Simon. Fifteen-year-old Camilla's father is worldly, superficial, and cold; her mother turns elsewhere for love. Camilla, locked within herself, finds release in a relationship with her friend's brother. L'Engle's characters have the extraordinary individuality and reality that keep the story deeply absorbing. Published originally as an adult book (Camilla Dickinson), it has too much to say to be limited to any age.


Lionni, Leo Theodore and the Talking Mushroom
32 pp. Knopf (Random House Children's Books) 2009. ISBN 978-0-375-84551-2 LE ISBN 978-0-375-94551-9
K-3 Reissue, 1971, Pantheon. Mouse Theodore feels upstaged by his animal friends' talents. Claiming to understand a talking mushroom's language, he earns everyone's respect--and the right to be "venerated above all other animals"--until his lie is exposed in a most humiliating way. Lionni's signature collages, in mottled greens and marbleized browns, create an irresistibly lush forest setting.


Lopshire, Robert I Want to Be Somebody New!
40 pp. Random/Beginner (Random House Children's Books) 2009. ISBN 978-0-394-87616-0 LE ISBN 978-0-394-97616-7
K-3 Reissue, 1986. This companion to Lopshire's well-known 1960 beginning reader Put Me in the Zoo is appropriate for young readers because of its simple sentences, bright art, and rhyming text. The story itself, however, lacks distinction and depends on knowledge of the first book.


Rand, Ann and Rand, Paul I Know a Lot of Things
32 pp. Chronicle 2009. ISBN 978-0-8118-6615-6
K-3 Illustrated by Paul Rand. Reissue, 1956, Harcourt. In poetic text, an offstage child narrator lists some of the many things she knows--from the most basic ("a cat goes meow") to the more abstract ("a leaf can be a ferry for a snail"). Paul Rand's simply composed, ahead-of-their-time illustrations don't look the least bit dated and perfectly reflect the concepts raised in the text.


Reynolds, Peter H. The North Star
64 pp. Candlewick 2009. ISBN 978-0-7636-3677-7
K-3 Reissue, 1997, FableVision. A boy on a journey gets lost when he takes a "well-worn path" instead of seeking his own way. After a bird reminds him to "follow the signs you already know," he discovers his guiding star and continues his voyage. While the simple ink and watercolor illustrations have appeal for young children, the didactic (if worthy) allegorical message won't resonate with them.


Ungerer, Tomi Moon Man
40 pp. Phaidon 2009. ISBN 978-0-7148-5598-1
K-3 Reissue, 1967, Harper. The Moon Man wishes he could experience life on earth. When a shooting star passes by, he hitches a ride. The subversive story of his rather unsuccessful visit continues to have child appeal. Ungerer's art is appropriately dark and dramatic as the story's adults act on their fear of the unknown, here embodied by the curious, cheerful Moon Man.


Ungerer, Tomi The Three Robbers
40 pp. Phaidon 2009. ISBN 978-0-7148-4877-8
K-3 Reissue, 1962, Atheneum. Three robbers in high black hats and black capes walk the roads in the dark of night "searching for victims." Everyone trembles and panics--until Tiffany comes along. Original, arresting, entertaining, beautiful, big, and wonderful; words are inadequate to convey the effect of Ungerer's use of color--bold black figures against an intense deep-blue background, with brilliant reds, yellows, and greens for dramatic highlights.


Ventura, Piero Book of Cities
64 pp. Universe 2009. ISBN 978-0-7893-1821-3 4-6 Reissue, 1975, Random. Ventura takes readers around the world to explore cities including Rome, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. The descriptive text and handsome detailed illustrations show the similarities and differences among famous cities. Creamy paper and a large format add to the volume's sophistication.