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Reviews: (by author)
Raschka, Chris. FIVE for a Little One. New York: Atheneum, 2006. ISBN 0-689-84599-4. $16.95.
Chris Raschka is the Caldecott-winning author of Norton Juster’s The Hello, Goodbye Window (Juster wrote The Phantom Tollbooth). Raschka’s illustrious career began several years ago with picturebooks about, e.g. John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, which he also wrote. The hilarious and controversial Arlene Sardine is one of my favorite picturebooks. Raschka’s illustrated many books for other authors, always in a distinctive, broad-brush art.
This lovely book is an ode to the five senses, written in brief concrete images a toddler can grasp, imagine, and mull over. The main character, a soft-looking bunny, floats through Raschaka’s words like little kids float through their day. I especially like the Taste page with the berry pie.
A. Allison, June 2007
Raschka, Chris. Talk to Me About the Alphabet. New York: Henry Holt, 2003. $16.95. ISBN 0-8050-6782-5.
Chris Raschka is an exuberantly imaginative author/illustrator. Here he turns his attention to the ABCs. Just when you thought there could be no more original alphabet books, he comes up with alphabet with attitude. The attitude belongs to the funny and dynamically-drawn brown-suited velocipede-riding gent who directly addresses the reader. He also plays throughout the book with a very flexible cat. I happen to know that Chris Raschka lives in NYC, and I smile to associate the character's attitude with the stereotype of New Yorkers: in your face--but with humor both in illustration (wonderful use of both color and line) and text.
A.A. May '03
Raschka, Chris. John Coltrane's Giant Steps. New York: Atheneum, 2002. $17. ISBN 0-689-84598-7.