School Library Journal

K-Gr 4—Through bouncy verse and lively artwork, this creative collaboration explores the many different ways that lines are used...Whitman's descriptions employ a great range of adjectives and verbs, and Wilson's graphic-style art captures the actions of the lines with a host of colorful animal and monsterlike creatures engaged in various activities. For example, "Lines that twist" (the illustration shows a school bus navigating along a serpentine road), "lines that sway" (blades of grass bend gracefully in the wind), "lines that swish the flies way" (a cowboy-boot-wearing horse dispatches insects with its tail). Lines can also "curve" and "curl" (as in a mummy's unwinding bandages), "swirl" (from a whale's spout), and "zigzag" (across a rainstorm sky). ... Children will enjoy this book on many levels. It can be read independently for pleasure or used in a variety of ways in the classroom. Art teachers in particular will find this a wonderful addition to their curriculum.   —Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA



Children's Books

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The Night is Like an Animal
New York Times' "Outstanding Book of the Year"

Written and Illustrated by Candace Whitman
Farrar Straus Giroux


The night is like an animal that nibbles on the day.
Everywhere it takes a bite the sky turns dark and gray.


So begins this enchanting bedtime poem about the beauty of Night. Traveling across the earth, Night - in the form of an animal - brings peaceful sleep to children around the world. And when dawn comes, it departs, leaving hidden paw prints in the shadows and elusive memories of sweet dreams. Both children and adults will delight in following Nights' moonlit ramble.


Lines that Wiggle

Written by Candace Whitman
Illustrated by Steve Wilson
Blue Apple Press, 2009


Follow the line that runs through this picture book and turns itself into all kinds of things: the waves above an octopus, the veins in a leaf, the wrappings curling around a mummy, and the trapping threads of a spider web. Candace Whitman's catchy rhyming text is brought to life by a host of creepy critters from first-time illustrator Steve Wilson.


Many super positive reader reviews on Amazon!            





 A New York Times' "Outstanding Book of the Year"
 A Junior Library Guild Selection
 A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
 Recommended in The New Yorker and American Baby
 Peaceable Kingdom Press (Greeting cards) Selection


New York Times Bookshelf selection


Newsweek  "The Best Kids' Stuff": 

"Dreamlike paintings show Flora at the zoo, checking out all the animals; at the end she gets a smile and a swing in the air from Dad. That's all, and it's just right."



Newsweek's "Best Kids Stuff"

New York Times Bookshelf Selection
Written by Mem Fox
Illustrations by Candace Whitman
Mondo Publishing  (Also in Spanish!)


Flora loves looking at all the animals in the zoo, but what a surprise - she isn't the only one doing the looking! Flora looks at the giraffe, and the giraffe looks back. She looks at the ostrich, and the ostrich looks back, too. But when Flora looks at her dad, she gets the best surprise of all.

Beloved storyteller Mem Fox has created a lovely rhyme for zoo-loving children to read and chant out loud. Candace Whitman's enchanting torn paper pictures add to the joyous fun of the story.

Red, Yellow, Blue and You

Written by Cynthia Vance
Illustrations by Candace Whitman
Abbeville Kids 


Board book with sturdy, glossy pages.  


The primary colors come to life through watercolor collages and a light, rhyming story that children will enjoy time and time again.


 "Luscious watercolor collages form the raison d'être for this celebration of the primary colors." -- Kirkus Reviews