Bruno Hachler is a freelance author and musician. He has published other titles for Michael Neugebauer publishing including Hubert and the Apple Tree and The Bear's Mystery. Currently he is working on a CD of children's songs, as well as on a novel for adults. Birte Muller was born on 7th September 1973 in Hamburg where she still lives and works today. After finishing school she travelled in Australia for six months. In 1995 she enrolled in Hamburg's University of Applied Sciences for Illustration and Communications Design. In 1999 her children's book illustrations were selected for the exhibition and the catalogue of the International Book Fair in Bologna.
PreS-Gr 2-Two of the three ravens perched in a tree are complainers. They hate the snow, the cold, and everything else about winter. The third bird is quiet, curious, and thrilled by the children below making snow angels. Of course, he has to try to make one, too, and the story unfolds delightfully. Hechler's plot, weaving in some flights of fantasy and a strong message about creativity and trying new things, moves ahead with simple, rhythmic dialogue that captures the characters and invites reading aloud: "`Brrrrrrr,' whimpered the first raven. `Oh, woe,' whined the second one. The third raven didn't say anything at all." Muller's comical paintings blend seamlessly with the joyful story, creating a stark landscape expressionistically splashed with surprising hues. The feathers on the quirky ravens reflect a patchwork of color from the sun and moon, and the varying perspectives generate visual interest. Children will enjoy the gentle humor in both the text and pictures, and in the visual story line that overflows onto the endpapers. A beautiful book.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.