Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
By: John Burningham
ISBN: 0375814140
Hardcover Price: $14.95
It is always cause for rejoicing when the veteran English illustrator John Burningham produces a new picture book. His Hushabye is an intentional soporific, its pictures and words meant to encourage drowsiness in the very young. Burningham's pictures of various sleepy animals and a weary baby are as ingratiating as ever, but the text is weak -- sometimes rhyming gracefully, other times lapsing into clunky prose. An editor's help, sorely needed, is missing. Definitely a lesser Burningham work, its visual rewards are still many.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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