Books by Anita Lobel

LENA'S SLEEP SHEEP by Anita Lobel
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A lovely "Going-to-Bed Book" indeed. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Lena's parents tuck her into bed, she inadvertently unleashes a bit of ovine chaos by asking them to leave the curtains open so she can see the full moon. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 2012

"Good, basic food to feed the youngest of minds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lobel, no stranger to gardening—or concept books—serves up a feast once again. Read full book review >
NINI LOST AND FOUND by Anita Lobel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

Temptation leads Nini the tabby cat out an open door, away from her cozy house, through a vibrant garden and beyond, into dark woods. Read full book review >
HELLO, DAY! by Anita Lobel
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

Lobel once again demonstrates that in the hands of a skilled creator, simple is best. Read full book review >

NINI HERE AND THERE by Anita Lobel
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

Nini, the cat from One Lighthouse, One Moon (2000), is dismayed when she sees piles of suitcases: Her family is going away—without her! Read full book review >

ANIMAL ANTICS by Anita Lobel
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

This bright, bold alphabet concept book offers a circus tent of animal favorites dressed in a variety of hats and accessories below a series of agile acrobats contorting their bodies into the shapes of all 26 letters. Read full book review >

SO HAPPY! by Kevin Henkes
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

In a rich landscape that could be Mexico or the Southwest, a woman plants a seed; her son can't think of anything to do; and a little rabbit crosses a tiny bit of water "narrow as a ribbon." Read full book review >

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE by Rebecca Piatt Davidson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

A creative introduction to Shakespeare combines rhyming descriptions of some of the Bard's well-known characters with painterly illustrations in watercolor and white gouache. Read full book review >

THE STABLE RAT  by Julia Cunningham
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

The author of Dorp Dead (1965) and other distinctive short novels in the '60s and '70s flies into radar range again with nine poems, all but the last sharing an "animals at the manger" theme. Read full book review >

THE BLACK BULL OF NORROWAY by Charlotte Huck
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 2001

Huck's and Lobel collaborate again (Toads and Diamonds, 1996, etc.) in a retelling of a very old Scottish tale. Read full book review >

ONE LIGHTHOUSE, ONE MOON by Anita Lobel
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

In three short chapters of just a few words each, Lobel demonstrates her artistry for choosing the right ingredients to create a perfect concept book around the life of a small gray-striped cat. Read full book review >

NO PRETTY PICTURES by Anita Lobel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 17, 1998

A haunting look back by Lobel, a Polish Jew who "was born far, far away, on a bloody continent at a terrible time." Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

In this poem, a near-abstract thing is given, the aurora borealis, to the writer's love, ``stretching high into the sky, that fine big stack of shimmering swimmering lights, that good old reliable aurora borealis.'' Lobel's interpretation owes something to Cooper Edens's If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, portraying the poetic lines literally so that the light show is depicted as a pile of bladders of color delivered to a woman's doorstep. Read full book review >

MANGABOOM by Charlotte Pomerantz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1997

Although this tale is somewhat disjointed, its tender bonhomie compensates. Read full book review >

TOADS AND DIAMONDS by Charlotte Huck
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Deft storytelling combines with workmanlike pictures, making this picture book a useful, if not crucial, selection. Huck describes the many sources of this folktale, drawing particularly from Perrault's ``The Fairies.'' In this version, a widow and her natural daughter, Francine, make life miserable for the kind and charitable RenÇe, the woman's stepdaughter. Read full book review >

THE CAT AND THE COOK by Ethel Heins
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1995

Heins has taken 12 fables of Ivan Krylov, the Russian Aesop, and unfolded them into short texts full of crunchy poetic incrustations (``they tugged and shoved, sweated and strained, but the cart stubbornly refused to budge''). Read full book review >

AWAY FROM HOME by Anita Lobel
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

A name, an action, a city—that's all it takes for this gifted artist to devise an intriguing mini-drama for each letter; e.g., ``Edward escaped in Edinburgh'' or ``Henry hoped in Hollywood.'' Twenty-six children take their turns on a stage while six more respond with gusto from the front row. Read full book review >

PIERROT'S ABC GARDEN by Anita Lobel
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Another enchanting alphabet from the illustrator of On Market Street (1981, Caldecott Honor). Read full book review >

THIS QUIET LADY by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: May 26, 1992

A little girl, pictured looking at family albums and portraits in the small illustrations in subdued colors on the text pages here, describes the vibrant full-page paintings opposite: "This baby smiling in her bassinette...is my mother"; "This young lady laughing with those boys is my mother"; "This quiet lady, lovely and large...is my mother...And here is where I begin." Read full book review >

THE DWARF GIANT by Anita Lobel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1991

Set in Japan, a deeply felt variant on a classic theme that more often ends in tragedy. Read full book review >

THE ROSE IN MY GARDEN by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 18, 1984

"An old English floral design, in effect, come to exuberant life."
A horticultural House That Jack Built—with the infectiousness of a nursery rhyme, an abundance of child-wise visual detail, a rousing return-to-square-one climax. Read full book review >
ON MARKET STREET by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 6, 1981

An almost wordless alphabet book that is simple, original, gimmick-free, and bursting with the surprise and delight to be found on a stroll along Market Street. Read full book review >
A TREEFUL OF PIGS by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 2, 1979

The lazy farmer thinks he's safe when he promises to help his wife with the farm work "on the day that pigs grow in trees like apples," but she outwits him at this and every turn—and Anita Lobel makes the treeful of happy, apple-chomping, rope-harnessed pigs a properly silly sight. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 1977

"It's not the look most would envision for the story's simple humor, but it makes a splendid show, and this wily rooster, in all his golden glory, is a natural performer."
Lobel is in direct touch with the preschool funnybone in this folklike tale of a robber who creeps at night into a barn, aiming to make off with the rooster. Read full book review >