Reviews

I'LL MEET YOU HALF WAY

"Watts charts the friends' journey with panache, drawing on a near tropical palette for his color drenched illustrations. Readers looking for stories in the quiet tradition of the Frog and Toad series will cozy right up to this collaboration."  Publisher's Weekly. 

 "An Inspired combination, the author and the artist both convey the humor and warmth of a great friendship.  With vivid hues running heavily to greens, unusual perspectives, and cheerful, ludicrous characters, James Watts's illustrations are captivating.  The friend's embrace is a classic."  Parent's Choice.

  "WHO ARE YOU?"

"the vivid colored pencil and watercolor artwork features anthropomorphized bears in whimsical suits and pastel dresses"  School Library Journal. 

 "A nicely perceptive tale with humorous dialogue and warmly appealing illustrations"  Kirkus Reviews.

HOW RAVEN BROUGHT LIGHT TO PEOPLE

"...The Dixon/Watts collaboration is sensibly put together, conveying the timeless story and its luxuriant setting."  New York Times Book Review.  

ZACK'S ALLIGATOR

"Watts' colored-pencil illustrations underscore the humorous events.  The portraits of Bridget (the alligator) are especially expressive and appealing."  School Library Journal. 

 "Amusing antics will keep new readers turning the pages, and zesty watercolors, starring the athletic Bridget, add fun."  ALA Booklist.

 GOOD HUNTING, BLUE SKY

"A revised edition of Good Hunting, Little Indian (Harper, 1962). The original version depicted a boy dressed as a contemporary Navajo who dwells in a tipi instead of a hogan, and who goes hunting for game with bow and arrow in a forest setting.  Watts' new illustrations correct these errors.  The boy is now dressed as a member of the Algonquin group.  His parents and other tribespeople are clothed and housed authentically for their Eastern woodland forest...The illustrations are in pleasing full-color rather than the predominant yellows and browns of the 1962 edition."  School Library Journal.

 THE WEDDING OF THE RAT FAMILY

The richness and humor of Kendall's retelling is reflected in James Watts' spirited illustrations.  Each picture is suffused with oriental elements but maintains a closeness to the viewer that is perfect for a picture book."  St. Louis Post Dispatch.

"Watts' lively illustrations are full of comic detail; his rats are appropriately greedy and cunning."  Kirkus Reviews. 

 BACK IN THE BEFORETIME

"James' pencil illustrations are excellent, and his color cover is one of the prettiest of the genre to appear in a long while." Los Angeles Times. 

 "...the magical effect of the dust-jacket illustration...features Watts' eye-catching watercolor painting of Coyote with his Indian gear, a primeval landscape in the background."  Booklist.

 BRATS

"...it's all done in high humor, as are the slapstick black-and-white drawings that illustrate the spacious pages."  Bulletin for The Center of Children's Books. 

 BEST FRIENDS

"Watts' colored cartoons beautifully capture children in varied moods--eating the night away at a slumber party, sulking in loneliness, making contact on the telephone, rolling on the floor with laughter."  Publisher's Weekly. 

                                               

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