Part poetry collection, part songbook, this bedtime volume will strike Hague fans as beautiful, others as precious. Hague's images, as always, are both ethereal and fantastical, recognizable by the palette alone (lots of ochre, brick red and moss green), and he creates worlds inhabited as comfortably by fairies and gnomes as by children and their parents. The volume has a self-consciously old-fashioned flavor, harkening back to Brahms and Tennyson and Robert Louis Stevenson, and evoking classic picture-book illustrations, a honeyed melange of Arthur Rackham and Jessie Wilcox Smith. A visual nod to the '90s is made with the inclusion of a multiracial cast. In his editorial choices, however, Hague leans heavily on English and European traditions, largely relying on the tried and true. ``Rockabye Baby,'' ``Star Light, Star Bright,'' ``My Bed Is a Boat''--they're all here, with few surprises. A section supplying the musical arrangements for each song enhances the usefulness of this collection. All ages. (Sept.)
PreS-This collection of 51 bedtime rhymes is divided into lullabies, night poems, and musical arrangements for piano and guitar. There is one selection per page, decorated with star-studded borders in blue, green, and lavender and full-or half-page, full-color paintings of sweet-looking children and nursery animals. Classics from Mother Goose, Kipling, and Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as contemporary favorites, are included. Sentimental and old-fashioned, this may have greater appeal for home purchase or for libraries in which the artist's previous books are popular.- Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
This collection of 26 lullabies (simple piano or guitar music is provided in a separate section) includes old favorites as well as new songs. More interesting than the lullabies is the roundup of 25 "Night Poems," featuring work by Christina Rossetti, Jack Prelutsky, and Nikki Giovanni, among others. Hague remains a better illustrator of plants, animals, toys, and elves than of babies and children, but his sweet artwork will please many readers.