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

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
What Is A Wise Bird Like You Doing In A Silly Tale Like This?

What Is A Wise Bird Like You Doing In A Silly Tale Like This?

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Uri Shulevitz
Illustrator: Uri Shulevitz
ISBN: 0-374-38300-6
Hardcover Price: $16.00
The title of this nonsensical picture book by Caldecott Medal-winner Uri Shulevitz invites a serious counter query: What is a gifted illustrator like you doing in a foolish endeavor like this? A virtuoso artist whose prior works include inspired illustrations for Arthur Ransome’s The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship as well as his own Dawn and Snow, Shulevitz was ill served by his editor who might have, at the least, urged some serious rethinking. Nonsense tales are a legitimate and popular genre, but a plot less narrative that meanders aimlessly will win Shulevitz no new fans. As always, the artist’s pictures are first-rate.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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