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BOOKS FROM THE 1990s

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THE SNOW COUNTRY PRINCE

Written by Daisaku Ikeda, translated into English by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith. 1990

“A gentle Japanese tale about two children who care for the birds, especially an injured swan, while their father is away for the winter fishing. The supernatural Snow Country Prince is grateful; perhaps he’s responsible for bringing Papa home? Wildsmith’s familiar, flamboyant art, his imaginatively observed creatures displayed against lovely impressionistic vistas, is handsomely showcased in this oversized volume.”

Kirkus Reviews

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THE CHERRY TREE


Written by Daisaku Ikeda, translated into English by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith. 1991

“Mourning their father, who died in a war that also left their home in ruins, Taichi and his sister Yumiko decide to help an old man who is wrapping a damaged cherry tree in straw mats as protection against the cold, in the hope that the tree will bloom… The story is minimal, but the images compelling… His colours are lush but tender, his stylised creatures beautifully integrated into the designs… his snow both decorative yet evocative, while the tree in full bloom radiates pure joy.”

Kirkus Reviews

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THE PRINCESS AND THE MOON

Written by Daisaku Ikeda, translated into English by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith. 1991

“When the Great Rabbit carries the ill-tempered Sophie off to the moon she comes to understand that to be treated like a princess she must look for the best in other people and herself.”


”We are constantly reminded that this peerless illustrator is also a painter of abstract”

Junior Bookshelf

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OVER THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Written by Daisaku Ikeda, translated into English by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith. 1992

“Akiko and Hiroshi are lonely on the island to which their parent’s work has brought them until they meet Pablo, who shows them the tropical world’s entrancing secrets, teaches them paddle and outrigger canoe, and shares the delights of a coral reef… Wildsmith has outdone himself in splendid paintings of a lush tropical isle aglow between a richly luminous sky and a gloriously beautiful sea. It’s good, too, to have the Japanese point of view on the lingering resentments born of WW2. A useful multicultural contribution that’s a joy to behold.”

Kirkus Reviews

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THE EASTER STORY

1993

“The story of Easter is told here through the eyes of the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem. This beautiful and sensitive retelling from Brian Wildsmith, one of our most acclaimed children’s authors of the 20th century, is perfect for sharing with children. It is presented in a beautiful gift format with stunning foil design on a cloth bound hardback cover.”

LoveReading4kids

“Some of the brilliant illustrations are as vibrant as Italian altar pieces, architectural backdrops lavish with golds, reds and purples...”

Books For Keeps

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THE TUNNEL

1993

“This dual language book is a great read for children learning French and is a fun story to pick up at story-time because, first of all, you can start the book from either end. There is no back cover, only the choice to start from the English side or the French side. This feature reflects the story, of two mole cousins who live on either side of the Channel and come up with a brilliant plan to dig a tunnel that connects the two countries, so that they can meet up…”


”…his evocative drawings and excellent English and French texts are well able to make each worthwhile point. Full marks to author/artist and publisher for good timing.”

Junior Bookshelf

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LOOK CLOSER

1993

“Does your child look closely at the ground to search for bugs? Do they notice details your completely miss? This is the book for them. A creative and interactive book, LOOK CLOSER invites the reader to do just that. Large, broadview pictures are paired with an up-close view on the next page. The authors ask you to look close to find out "what could it be?" Ladybugs, snails, ants - all the tiny common bugs that fill our world to welcome spring.”

Erin Buhr

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WHOSE HAT WAS THAT ?

1993

“As told through beautiful illustrations, a mischievous wind travels to several different countries, blowing the hats off people's heads, landing them on a few surprised animals, and, finally, blowing the hats to the moon.”

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WAKE UP, WAKE UP !

1993

“The sun wakes up the rooster who crows and wakes up the goose who honks and wakes up the sheep who bleat and so on until all the farm animals wake the farmer who feeds them…”

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WHAT DID I FIND ?

1993

“Opening his eyes and his imagination to the world around him, a child is surprised to find friends in very odd places, such as a penguin in the refrigerator and a whale in the bathtub.”

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NOAH’S ARK

1994

“When an artist of Brian Wildsmith’s eminence enters the world of pop-up something special is indicated, and so it is. While many of the effects must be credited to the paper engineer, Wildsmith has plenty of his own. In particular as ark and sea, dove and rainbow rise up from the page, they can be viewed as rewardingly from the back as the front and the utilitarian tabs which operate some of the gadgetry are in themselves small works of art. Each of the five pop-up spreads has its surprise. Pelican and elephant help to load the ark. Noah’s family act as a welcoming party as the animals enter. Lightening flashes across a stormy sky. A typical Wildsmith’s sun breaks through the clouds as the dove returns. Sun and rainbow join in benediction over Ararat. Pop-up collectors will want this one…”

Junior Bookshelf


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JACK AND THE MEANSTALK

1994

“When vegetables don’t grow quickly enough, what’s a gardener to do? If he’s a scientist like professor Jack, he goes into his laboratory and starts experimenting… he certainly didn’t mean to concoct a plant that shoots through the roof and into the sky, menacing humans and animals alike. Now it’s up to the animals to invent a simple, brilliant plan to stop Professor Jack’s beanstalk and save their homes. Brian and his daughter Rebecca have collaborated on a gracefully told fairy tale for today with brilliantly coloured paintings and a simple text that conveys a timely reminder that it’s living beings, not technology, that ensure the earth’s well-being.”

Good Reads


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SAINT FRANCIS

1995

“The is the story of the life of 12th century Christian monk who renounced an affluent lifestyle and took to the streets, restoring ruined churches gave up his wealth and lived and worked among the poor. He loved all God’s creatures and called them his sisters and brothers. His name was Francis.”


”…a spectacular book in gorgeous colours lavishly laced with gold.”

Church Times

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THE CREATION

1995

“Five interactive 3-D spreads depict the creation story from the book of Genesis. Man and woman, plants and trees, the creatures of the sea and air, all gods handiwork fill this full colour, vibrant, book.”


”...delicious illustrations and beautifully designed, awe-inspiring pop-ups...Wildsmith captures the wonder and poetry of the creation story in a book that families will treasure.”

Times Educational Supplement

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KATIE AND THE DREAM-EATER

Written by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamodo, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith. 1996

“Far away, beyond the rainbow and above the clouds, there is a magic land where unicorns and dragons live. Here too live the baku, shy creatures that eat up bad dreams. This is the story of a little dream-eater who went out to help a girl called Katie. He fought off all her terrible dream monsters and ate up her bad dreams until he was caught on the wrong side of her dream. What was Katie to do with him?”


”…Wildsmiths watercolours and paintings, ripe with Asian motives and saturated in an array of vibrant colours, depict a fanciful landscape that youngsters will love to explore…”

Publishers Weekly


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BRIAN WILDSMITH’S ABC

1996

“Brian Wildsmith's ABC does more than introduce children to the alphabet. It welcomes them to a celebration of each letter of the alphabet illustrated with wonderful, free-spirited art. Wildsmith, one of the world's leading illustrators, was awarded the Kate Greenaway medal for this ABC book. Now more than 30 years later, it remains fresh, vibrant, and enticing. Share it with a child you love.”

“Wildsmith's brilliant illustrations...are sure to encourage preschoolers to learn their ABC's.”

School Library Journal


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TUG TUG

1996

“All the animals are pulling each others' tails. But which tail belongs to which animal? Can you guess? This is the latest in the "What Next Books" series, which encourages very young children to listen, look, and work out for themselves what will happen next on the pages.”

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FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

1996

“It's winter and the snow is full of footprints. But who has made them? Is it a bear, a fox, or a squirrel. This is the latest in the What Next Books series, which encourages very young children to listen, look, and work out for themselves what will happen next on the pages.”


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JOSEPH

1996

“A retelling of the Old Testament story of Joseph whose jealous brothers sold him as a slave into Egypt. Wildsmith’s ink and colour artwork has never seemed more polished, his colourings more carefully shaded… he slao uses the Egyptian setting of Pharaoh’s court to beautiful effect, making it come alive with pyramids, hieroglyphic-encrusted walls and spires climbing to the sky. The gilt edging of the pages also gives the book the glow of majesty…”

Ileen Cooper, Booklist


”Perhaps the most beautifully illustrated of this year’s picture books is Joseph...It is enriched by spectacular pictures of Egypt.”

The Spectator


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AMAZING WORLD OF WORDS

1997

“A visiting alien, clad rather like a court jester and travelling in an extravagant Jules Verne fantasy of a spaceship, is landing on earth and encountering for the first time its objects and creatures. Ten to twenty objects and animals are illustrated around the margins of gloriously coloured pen-and- ink drawings; every spread represents a different environment (space, ocean, town, market, dinosaur museum, playground..) and all in site viewers to locate the border subjects within the pictures… As usual with Wildsmith’s work, the animals and birds are superb but there are also some extraordinary renderings of buildings and machines, many recycled from other of his books.”

Kirkus Reviews

“...Brian Wildsmith's Amazing World of Words may have changed the genre for good, bringing, as it does, the talents of one of Britain's leading artists to bear on it...exploding with colour and detail.”

Times Educational Supplement

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EXODUS

1998. Reprinted as Moses

“This award winning book by Brian Wildsmith is the story of how one man led his people out of slavery to a land that God had promised to give them. His name was Moses. With vivid, richly detailed illustrations Wildsmith captures all the major events of one of the greatest stories in the Bible. The story of the Exodus and the rescue of the Hebrews comes alive against stunning backdrops from the great palaces of ancient Egypt to the vast expanses of Sinai's mountains and wilderness.”


”…Filled with meticulous and decorative detail, glowing with rich colours and arranged to maximise dramatic impact, the paintings show the awesome events with excitement and beauty.”

School Library Journal

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THE BREMEN TOWN BAND

1999. Republished as The Bremen Town Musicians in 2012

“This is the story of how a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cockerel all met one fine day. They quickly became friends deciding it would be fun to go and join the Bremen Town Band. Off they went down the highway, singing and joking together. On the way they passed through a forest where the most incredible adventure awaited them.”


”This is a gorgeous picture book. The vividly colourful and highly detailed illustrations are a delight…”

Dolores Klinsky Walker