Dec. 2006 - Midwest Book Review (March, 2007)

Seymour's Masquerade Ball*****

Lucy and Seymour are invited to a masquerade ball. But what will they wear? And who will win the masquerade ball contest? Now available at Amazom.com

Seymour's Masquerade Ball
Sally O. Lee
Lee Publishing
1419628097, $22.95, www.leepublishing.net

Sally O. Lee is an author, a painter, and an illustrator who has written and illustrated sixteen books for children. Her latest picturebook is "Seymour's Masquerade Ball". The story is a simply but engagingly told story of two rabbits, Lucy and Seymour, who are invited to a masquerade ball and must decide what they will wear and just who will win the masquerade costume contest. The illustrations are also simple, colorful, and equally engaging – a perfect vehicle for the story. "Seymour's Masquerade Ball" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition for family, school, and community library picturebook collections for children 4 through 6.

Midwest Book Review - September, 2006 - The Children's Shelf

Lucy And Seymour's Circus *****
Sally O. Lee-Lee Publishing
1419639862 $22.95, www.leepublishing.net

Lucy and her friend Seymour have plans to go to the circus, but to her dismay, Lucy wakes up not feelingvery well and her mother won't let her go. What can Lucy and Seymour do instead? How about creating their very own circus!! An original and imaginative story by author and illustrator Sally Lee, "Lucy And Seymour's Circus" is a brightly colored, entertaining, thoroughly "kid friendly" anthropomorphic picturebook that will entertain and engage young readers ages 3 to 7 from beginning to end. Ms. Lee, who has written and illustrated fifteen other books for children, has once again demonstrated her unique storytelling and artistic ability. "Lucy And Seymour's Circus" would make a welcome and popular addition to family, school, and community library collections for preschoolers and young readers.


Midwest Book Review - March, 2006 - The Children's Shelf

Lucy the Dancing Bunny
Sally O. Lee
Lee Publishing
35 Locust Street, Unit 5, Danvers, MA 01923
1419601083 $22.99 www.leepublishing.net

Lucy the Dancing Bunny is an easy reader picturebook about a white bunny who loves dancing more than anything. The simple sentences and soft color illustrations show how Lucy loves to dance in the rain or in the snow, with a friend or with a teddy bear, and especially, in her favorite pink dress. An endearing read-aloud story especially for young children just beginning to sound out their first words.



September, 2007

Midwest Book Review, Sept. 2007

Nightie Night, Lucy *****
Sally O. Lee
Lee Publishing
35 Locust Street, Danvers, MA 01923
9781419644894, $15.99 www.leepublishing.com

Nightie Night, Lucy is a softcover children's picturebook about a bunny rabbit girl Lucy and her pet cat Seymour who aren't quite ready to go to bed yet. Instead, the two of them imagine all sorts of wonderful adventures together. "First they decided to fly through space. / Then, Lucy became a ballerina on a big stage with bright lights. / Seymour rode his motorcycle through the rolling green mountains." A two-page picture spread in the author's iconic, lovable art style follows each setting, in this wonderful picturebook ideal for reading aloud right before bedtime.

 

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Midwest Book Review - February 2008 *****

The Cake Thief
Sally O. Lee
Lee Publishing
9781419683978, $22.50 www.leepublishing.net


Imaginatively written and colorfully illustrated by Sally O. Lee, "The Cake Thief" is the picturebook story of Clarence, a fellow who loves to steal cakes -- and does so from everyone in the neighborhood! One morning as Clarence is skulking through someone else's house seeking out a cake to steal, he instead finds an invitation to a party made out to 'The Cake Thief'. What a dilemma! Clarence has never received a party invitation before. He decides to go -- and in carrying out that decision learns some valued lessons that result in his never having to steal another cake! The story is lively, the simple text is superbly enhanced by the whimsical art style. The result is a welcome and recommended addition to family, school, and community library picturebook collections for young children.

Kirkus Discoveries - March, 2008

Lee, Sally O.
SEYMOUR’S MASQUERADE BALL
BookSurge (36 pp.), $18.95, March 30, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-419-628092

Cuddly creatures dressed to the nines in flamboyant finery attend a masquerade ball in this preschool picture book by Lee (The Cake Thief, 2008, etc.).

It’s just another day when Lucy, the rabbit, and Seymour, the cat, are interrupted during a game of catch by the arrival of a mysterious letter. The pair eagerly tears it open to discover an invitation to a masquerade ball, delivered on the finest stationery either has ever seen. They quickly rush to the wardrobe to search out suitably elegant attire for the occasion among its contents. But they fail to find anything appropriate to wear until they remember a strange trunk hidden in the attic. Lucy and Seymour unearth an assortment of jewels and formal wear and cobble together costumes from the castoffs. The night of the affair, Lucy and Seymour excitedly approach the ballroom and watch as the other guests arrive. Perry, a purple pig, disembarks from a similarly colored car, eyes shaded behind a green mask. A green dragon sports an orange bowtie, while Pierre the penguin goes without clothes altogether. Masked animals, bedecked in vibrant silks, satins, sparkles and velvets, soon fill the ballroom. Games, prizes and a delicious cake adorned in kaleidoscopic frosting are on offer for entertainment, including a costume contest with a surprise winner. Lee’s full-page illustrations display a variety of objects and shapes with a Southwesternfiesta style combined with Mardi Gras flare—the simple sketches of animals and scenes are splashed in a sunny array of vivid primary colors. A few of the color-coordinated fonts, which change hues with each new scene, blend into the background, but the overall effect adds visual interest to the story. Some images, however, are a bit blurry and slightly derivative of the style found in Dooby, Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin and Kevin Henkes’s Kitten’s First Full Moon.
An upbeat story replete with child-friendly characters.

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Kirkus Discoveries - March, 2008

Lee, Sally O.
MAGDALENA FINDS THE GOLDEN PEAR
Sally Lee Publishing (34 pp.), $22.95
August 5, 2003
ISBN: 978-1594575266

A bear’s epic quest for the Golden Pear illuminates valuable life lessons. Lee (The Cake Thief, 2008, etc.) returns with a spirited animal fable for preschool children that sheds light on basic moral principles. Magdalena is a cuddly white bear who sets off on a quest to find the Golden Pear. She is told by a “reliable source” that before she finds it, she must first learn a few simple lessons about life. Magdalena seeks out the advice of her friends. Edwin the Ant is unable to provide any
answers but requests help carrying sand he’ll use to build his home. Henry the Butterfly, with his pink polka dot wings, is equally clueless but needs assistance catching bugs for dinner. Next, Magdalena encounters Samantha the Snake, who doesn’t know much about life lessons. In fact, Samantha doesn’t even know the directions to her own home. Malcolm the Mouse is gathering nuts and seeds for winter, and Magdalena pitches in before moving on to Francine the Fish. But Francine needs to clean up her polluted pond. Although she is quite happy to help her friends out, Magdalena is disheartened when she discovers she is no closer to discovering the location of her much sought-after Golden Pear. Hungry and tired, she heads home. Along the way, she stops to nap beneath a tree that is suddenly filled with golden pears.

Magdalena delights in finding the elusive fruit and realizes that she’s discovered life’s simple lessons, and more so, the “secrets of the universe.” C harcoal and color pencil illustrations display soft, chunky crayon-like, folk appeal. Simple full and partial page designs warmly interact with the text’s mood and movement. Although references to the “reliable source” and the “secrets of the universe” are too advanced for the book’s intended audience, the overall effect is both inviting and endearing. Adorable characters demonstrate the unselfish qualities of true friendship.


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Lee, Sally
NIGHTIE NIGHT, LUCY!
Lee Publishing/BookSurge (34 pp.), $22.50
July 27, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-4196-7238-5, Kirkus Discoveries - May, 2008

Lucy heads off to dreamland with her trusted friend Seymour. It’s nighttime and Lucy the rabbit heads off to bed, bringing along her good pal, Seymour the cat, to keep her company. Though it’s time to rest, Lucy and Seymour still crave adventure, so the pair heads off on a series of imaginary explorations. They take a space ride, perform a ballet on a grand stage, cruise the country on a cool motorcycle, dive under the sea to check out the ocean creatures and experience the wilds of the jungle. The text couldn’t be simpler—Lee keeps the writing succinct, with a total word count just under 120. That’s just fine, as this tale doesn’t need florid writing to make an impact. The story comes alive thanks to Lee’s bold, color-saturated pictures, each of which can serve as a launching pad for conversations about dreams and playing pretend. Color is key to the success of this work, and it seeps into all aspects of the book—even the minimal text is framed by turquoise polka dots and other thematically appropriate artwork. Lee’s third book in the Lucy series (Lucy and Seymour’s Circus, 2007, etc.) is another wonderful effort from this talented author and illustrator. She is an artist first and foremost—drawing children into her world of smiling leopards and rainbow-colored butterflies with her evocative visuals. The energetic, inquisitive rabbit is the type of rich character who will no doubt take on dozens of “hare-raising” journeys, leaving the door wide open for more adventures. Charming illustrations make this story a sweet bedtime treat.

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