Synopses & Reviews
"In an age when infinite answers are available in an instant, maybe the questions we ask are what matter most. 'here's so much that I want to know,' writes Pfister, and in 13 short couplets he shows readers how questioning is a genuinely creative act a way of being fully engaged in the world. His verses are by turns fanciful ('Do apple seeds dream happily/ of growing up to be a tree?'), scientifically minded ('What turns the leaves from green to brown/ and sends them floating gently down?'), and even faith-based ('Who teaches butterflies to fly,/ splashing their colors through the sky?'). In a departure from his Rainbow Fish series, Pfister has created images as pithy as they are poignant, boldly graphic and dramatically cropped against white backgrounds. A blue-headed songbird is reminiscent of Asian watercolor; a storm cloud looks like it's been fashioned from salt dough; falling leaves seem cut from pieces of thickly tufted carpet. Although each was created using the same painted paper method (explained on the final page), the results are as varied as the questions. Ages 3 up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Bertie and his daddy are back for another bouncy, lavishly illustrated read aloud story book perfect for fathers day.
'The acclaimed creator of THE RAINBOW FISH series returns with Bertie, an irrepressible hippo who\'s not quite ready for bed. Bertie might wear his daddy out before he\'s actually ready for sleep.\n
How do birds learn how to sing?What brings summer after spring? What turns the leaves from green to brownand sends them floating gently down?
In thirteen engaging couplets, Marcus Pfister opens children’s eyes to the wondrous mysteries all around them.
This is Marcus Pfister’s 50th book for children! From Penguin Pete to Hopper the bunny to Bertie the young hippo to the international celebrity Rainbow Fish, his characters have charmed children and their caregivers the world around. For Marcus, “a good book acts as a bridge between a child and an adult, sparking lots of questions, and expanding the imagination of the child.” Marcus Pfister lives in Berne, Switzerland.
On his last Italian holiday, Marcus Pfister heard an old Lucio Dalla song, “Cosa sarà,” which became the inspiration for this book. “It’s my first book based on a poem,” he says, “and I felt it needed very simple, almost abstract illustrations, so I started to experiment with a new technique.
“First I transferred my drawing to thick cardboard. Then I cut out each piece of the drawing. I put acrylic paint on these pieces, then stamped them onto aquarelle paper, creating each illustration piece by piece.
“This technique gets quite fast and interesting results, and it’s simple to do if your pieces aren’t too complicated. I hope you’ll try it!”
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Booklist Reviews Bertie At Bedtime:
Bertie and his father may be hippos, but this story of getting a child fed and ready for bed is universal and
familiar. At first, young Bertie doesn't want to eat supper because he is busy playing. Dad says he will
play with Bertie after supper and toothbrushing, and he keeps his promise—chasing Bertie, giving him a
fun bath, and playing hide-and-seek. After three books (including classics such as Good Night, Hippo) and
a quick succession of bedtime dances, at least one hippo is ready for bed: Dad. Pfister's hippos are an
irresistible pair, full of sweetness and life. Although Pfister uses a single floral pattern for wallpaper,
flooring, furniture, and clothes, he keeps the art from becoming boring by running the pattern through
vivid and appealing shades of purple, blue, green, pink, and orange. The book's last spread is a charmer: as
Dad lies curled up on a bundle of blankets and pillows, Bertie cuddles up close. "Good night, Daddy," he
says. "Tomorrow we can play some more."