• all below are wordless children’s picture books •

books

THE RED BOOK


Caldecott Honor Book

ALA Notable Book

Junior Library Guild Selection

New York Times Bestseller

Premio Andersen - Italy


Booklist: "[a] wordless mind trip for tots"


Horn Book:  “The author's simply drawn art...is appropriate to a pleasing puzzle that will challenge young imaginations and intellects.” 


School Library Journal:  "Lehman’s story captures the magical possibility that exists every time a reader opens a book."


Kirkus Reviews: “Simple, nicely drawn, and a friendly toast to the imagination.”

MUSEUM TRIP


A CCBC Best-Book-of-the-Year

A 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book


Booklist:  "Another winning picture book that blurs real and imagined worlds."


Kirkus Reviews: " A playfully subtle celebration of the possibilities

offered by... museums and, like museums, entirely worth several lengthy visits."


Publishers Weekly:  "Young readers will find endless satisfaction in traveling through the mazes...and art lovers will enjoy identifying some famous artwork."


[please scroll down if you’d like to see a list of the artwork that is depicted in the illustrations]


RAINSTORM


Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2007

ALA Notable Book

New York Public Library 100 Titles for reading and Sharing 2007

Junior Library Guild Selection


Kirkus Reviews: "Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent."


Publishers Weekly: "Even nonreaders can have a magical adventure all their own; they'll treasure it."


School library Journal:  "This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day."

TRAINSTOP 


2008 Parents’ Choice Award

Junior Library Guild Premier Selection

A 2008 Parent’s Choice Gold Award

A Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year

 

Horn Book: "Once again, Lehman... demonstrates her extraordinary knack for storytelling sans words.”


Kirkus Reviews: "Lehman employs the visual language of serial storytelling in masterly fashion...Comfortably mind-bending.”


Publishers Weekly:  “...the surprise on the final spreads brings...a playful challenge, to the way readers look at the world around them."

 

THE SECRET BOX


Best Children's Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews

Junior Library Guild Selection


Kirkus Reviews:  "...she [Lehman] invites readers (her wordless pictures clearly beg to be read, pored over) to feel the tenuous bonds of child life loosen. Wonderful!"


Publishers Weekly:  "A provocative example of the complexity that can be conveyed using only pictures."


Booklist: "Lehman's clean-lined, highly-detailed artwork creates an ingenious visual puzzle that invites repeated viewings and flights of imagination."


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Some notes about the books:

THE SECRET BOX:


This book is inspired by many things, from reading about how there are still streams in New York City, though now underground - to an old box I was once given filled with a neighbor's boyhood treasures from the early 1900s.



RAINSTORM:


This book is about many wishes I had when I was little, such as finding hidden keys and secret passageways, and living in lighthouse.   OK, I still have these wishes...!



TRAINSTOP:


I lived near a very old train station as a child, and loved the sound of the trains going by.  And when I became a subway rider, I was fascinated by all the strange things you could glimpse while the train sped through the tunnels, as well as by hearing the tales of abandoned stations and trainstops.



THE RED BOOK:


I used to stare at the maps in school and wish I could look right into a map itself and be able to see the actual places they represented and the people who lived there.


The Red Book is dedicated to my father, who gave me a love of books:

Donald Gregory Lehman 1932 - 1976.



MUSEUM TRIP:


I loved going on school trips, and especially ones where we visited museums.


Here are the artworks that are pictured in the illustrations:



pages 6/7 [& 8/9], left to right:


BIRTHDAY - Marc Chagall [1915]


SELF-PORTRAIT - Vincent Van Gogh [1889]


WHY SHOULD THERE NOT EXIST AN INVISIBLE WORLD...? - Odilon Redon [ 1887]


THE FLAMINGOS - Henri Rousseau [1907]




page 11, left to right:


small sculpture:  ELEPHANT - John B. Flannagan [1929/1930]


RED BALLOON - Paul Klee [1922]


BEATRICE - Odilon Redon [1885]


sculpture:  TWO FORMS - Henry Moore [1936]


THE POSTMAN ROULIN - Vincent Van Gogh [1888]


PAINTING FRATELLINI  - Joan Miro [1927]


THE GOLDFISH - Paul Klee [1925]


hanging mobile:  LOBSTER TRAP AND FISH TAIL - Alexander Calder [1939]


large freestanding orange sculpture:  GUI - Alexander Calder [1976]


SEATED HARLEQUIN - Pablo Picasso [1923]


small sculpture:  CHILDHOOD - Isamu Noguchi [1970]


DON MANUEL OSORIO MANRIQUE DE ZUNIGA - Francisco Goya [1787]


small sculpture: LARGE WALKING BOX - Isamu Noguchi [1952]


CARNIVAL EVENING - Henri Rousseau [1886]


sculpture:  THORN PULLER [SPINARIO] - roman c. 50 BC, from earlier greek work




page 12:


OCTOPUS VASE - Aegean/Minoan  c. 1500 BC


green statue feet: CHARIOTEER -  Greek c. 470 BC


sculpture: SHE-WOLF - Roman c. 500 BC



page 37:


THE POETESS - Joan Miro [1940]


sculpture: HEAD - Henry Moore [1937]




page 38/39


TWITTERING MACHINE - Paul Klee [1922]


LEGEND OF THE NILE - Paul Klee [1937]


TWO GIRLS READING - Pablo Picasso [1937]


THE GOLD OF THE AZURE - Joan Miro [1967]


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