Picture Books

Picture Books

Trick or Treat, written and illustrated by Leo Landry

Trick or Treat
Written and illustrated by Leo Landry
Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 978-0547249698, trade hardcover, $12.99
"The last day of October had finally arrived. The empty house at the end of the street mysteriously came to life." Oliver, the ghost who lives in that empty house, lives for Halloween! He always has a big party. To get ready, he puts dust on the furniture, welcomes the spiders, wakes up the black cats, and delivers his invitations! This time, though, one envelope goes astray and two human trick-or-treaters show up. Are treats—or tricks—in order? Simple, cartoonish watercolor and pencil illustrations complement this sweet tale of the spirit of generosity and acceptance.

"Landry’s cheery watercolor and pencil illustrations and calm palette signal that this Halloween story is more treat than trick; together, the straightforward text and simple compositions build suspense and inject humor into this not-scary ghost story. Carve a pumpkin, dim the lights, and read Trick or Treat for a spooktacular holiday storytime."—The Horn Book Magazine

"In the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready, Oliver mistakenly drops an invitation to his party, and it lands near two human boys who are happy to be so honored…With economical wording, flat illustrations executed in pencil and watercolor and clever foreshadowing, the story further impresses by delivering a most satisfactory ending. The morning after Halloween, Oliver discovers an invitation from young Jack inviting him to his birthday party. Landry has carefully crafted a seemingly simple tale about graciousness, generosity and openness to new friendships and packaged it into what is sure to be a perennial Halloween favorite."—Kirkus Reviews

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Friends and Pals and Brothers, Too
Written by Sarah Wilson
Illustrated by Leo Landry
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0805076431, trade hardcover, $16.95
Brothers might not look alike, but they like the same things. In the fall they paint pumpkins. In the winter they ski and slide and slurp hot soup. All year long they have fun together, for these two are more than just brothers—they’re the best of friends!

"The childlike, unembellished watercolor and pencil illustrations fit the text perfectly, and the muted colors underscore the simplicity and joyful intimacy of the boys’ relationship."—School Library Journal

"This is a dear piece of work, not least because it fosters congenial relations between brothers. Wilson’s easy, rhymed text has a pleasing bounce and echo – ‘I call him squirrel. He calls me bear./We sing in bed. We mud our hair…In spring we bring out balls and bats./We look for frogs. We pet strange cats.’ – but it plays as background music to Landry’s irresistible watercolors. He has drawn the boys with elemental features: dots for eyes, jug-handle ears and snug helmets of hair; their sickle-moon smiles and arms waving above their heads convey innocence and bonhomie. These guys are simply having a good time."—Kirkus Reviews

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Emily’s Out and About Book
Written by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post>br>
Illustrated by Leo Landry
HarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN: 978-0061117008, trade hardcover, $16.99

It’s so much fun to visit new places and meet new people!

And social skills can make any trip out and about even better. Whether it’s knowing when to use their quiet voice, asking for something politely, or waiting patiently, toddlers will come to understand the importance of good manners as they follow Emily and her mother on a busy day in town.

Written by codirectors of The Emily Post Institute, Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, and with cheery illustrations from talented artist Leo Landry, this exciting outing is sure to be a hit with the stroller set.

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Written by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post
Illustrated by Leo Landry
HarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN: 978-0061116971, trade hardcover, $16.99
ISBN: 978-0061116971, library binding, $17.89

Sharing and caring make everybody happy.

Toddlers will laugh as they learn the importance of sharing toys and food, appreciating others, taking turns, and other fundamentals of good manners in this cheery book that explains two underlying principles of etiquette with a positive, fun attitude and in terms that every kid can understand.

"…an appealing and practical picture book that encourages young children to share with others and to show other people that they care about them…The book’s potentially weighty message is buoyed by the simplicity and lightness of its delivery in both the text and the inviting line-and-watercolor artwork. The last page advises adults on instilling social skills in young children."—Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

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Emily's Magic Words illustrated by Leo Landry

Emily’s Magic Words: Please, Thank You and More
Written by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post
Illustrated by Leo Landry
HarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN: 978-0061116803, trade hardcover, $15.99
ISBN: 978-0061116810, library binding, $16.89

It takes only a few magic words to have good manners. Let please, thank you, and excuse me act as your magic wand. Just by waving around these simple phrases, you can open doors, bring smiles to faces, and make friends. Thanks to the magical touch of Emily Post, the most trusted name in etiquette, learning good manners has never been more easy and fun.

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Space Boy
Written and illustrated by Leo Landry
Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 978618605682, hardcover, $16.00
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This world, decides Nicholas, is too noisy for him. Time to take a trip. He packs a snack, puts on his suit, and takes off…to the utterly quiet craters and vast deserts of the distant moon. In this utterly charming picture book, the allure of space travel and the longing for peace and quiet entice a young boy to take his space rocket to the moon for picnic.

"The spare and jovial watercolor illustrations brightly feature a nifty rocket and moonscapes surrounded by the starry universe. This has all the elements of a far-out bedtime read, including an understanding of the need to delay the inevitable (bedtime), buoyantly combined with space travel and moon walks."—Kirkus Reviews

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The Snow Ghosts
Written and illustrated by Leo Landry
Houghton Mifflin Company
IEBN: 0618196552, hardcover, $9.95
"In ‘the far, far north, where snow is always falling,’ lives a playful and companionable group of snow ghosts. Their pastimes include snowman contests, ice-floe races, and moonlit dances. Sometimes, with much effort, a ghost manages to turn from white to another color. Landry’s minimalist watercolor-and-pencil illustrations meld marvelously with the text. Whether speeding down icy hills on their bellies or wearing dark glasses to protect their eyes on sunny days, the ghosts have endearing charm."—School Library Journal

"The text is soft-spoken and specific with a touch of poetry underneath…the experience is comfy and inviting."—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Landry’s conveys his idea of these ethereal polar dwellers in sparse prose of amiable expression, matching the tranquil expressions on their faces."—National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature

"There is a childlike playfulness to these illustrations in winter blue, white and an occasional yellow. The book is small, and the illustrations even smaller, and that will appeal to many preschoolers."—Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database