Books by Arthur Dorros

ABUELO by Arthur Dorros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"This book succeeds at both specificity and universality, presenting the distinct culture of the gaucho cowboy and the plains of South America through a story that will resonate broadly with many children and families. (Picture book. 4-7)"
More than 20 years after Abuela, illustrated by Elisa Kleven (1991), Dorros offers a gentle story of the lessons a grandfather imparts to his grandson while riding horses together on the plains before the boy moves to the city. Read full book review >
PAPÁ AND ME by Arthur Dorros
Released: May 1, 2008

"The exuberant art and simple text convey the dreamlike perfect happiness of a young boy's joyous day with his beloved Papá. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Dynamic, energetic, larger-than-life swirls of color vividly celebrate the loving relationship between a young Latino boy and his Papá. Read full book review >
JULIO’S MAGIC by Arthur Dorros
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Grifalconi's collages mingling manipulated photographs and painted surfaces have magic of their own, establishing a strong sense of place with a touch of the surreal. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Set in a small village of wood carvers in southern Mexico, this gentle tale celebrates artistic creation, community and kindness. Read full book review >
UNDER THE SUN by Arthur Dorros
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Ehmet is fairly generic, as is the whole text: if not for repeated narrative use of the words "Muslim," "Croat," "Serb," and "Bosnian," the whole thing could take place in any war setting. (map, author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
This middling war story, placed in Bosnia and Croatia in the early 1990s, follows a boy displaced and scrambling for survival. Read full book review >
CITY CHICKEN by Arthur Dorros
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"But Dorros shines, the wordplay at just the right pitch of sophistication, slyly winking at the readers as it invites them in on all the jokes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A storm of double-entendres and figures of speech turned into literalisms, plus a fine little twist on commonly held notions of city vs. country, make Dorros's story of a chicken that flew the coop a winner. Read full book review >
WHEN THE PIGS TOOK OVER  by Arthur Dorros
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Thanks then to the rest of the trippingly fun story for keeping the book afloat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dorros (Ten Go Tango, 2000, etc.) lets loose his usual bright humor, lively narrative, and momentum—here paired with the shining colors and kinetic characters in Greenseid's (Chicken For a Day, not reviewed, etc.) art—but he beats an aggravating one-note tune with his Spanish lesson. Read full book review >
TEN GO TANGO by Arthur Dorros
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"One tremendously fun introduction to numbers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From waltzing walruses to rhinos doing the rumba, an eclectic collection of light-footed animals shake and shimmy their way through the numbers one to ten in this counting book and primer of basic dances. Read full book review >
THE FUNGUS THAT ATE MY SCHOOL by Arthur Dorros
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

A science project literally mushrooms out of control in this wildly funny twist on a building problem common to more than a few schools. Read full book review >
A TREE IS GROWING by Arthur Dorros
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Readers will be exploring woods, sidewalks, and yards- -anyplace there are trees—with new eyes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
 A verdant testimony to the noble plants that shade our lawns and line our streets. Read full book review >
ISLA by Arthur Dorros
by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Rarely does the allegedly dull science of cultural geography get such spirited handling. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Dorros likes to outfit his grandmothers with wings (see Abuela, 1991, for another soaring granny) that allow them to take their grandchildren on culturally packed flights over ancestral haunts. Read full book review >
RADIO MAN/DON RADIO by Arthur Dorros
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"An upbeat but largely realistic picture of migrant life—and an entertaining boost to bilingualism. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 As Diego travels with his family looking for work—picking melons near Phoenix, cherries in California, apples in the Northwest—he tunes in to local stations, Spanish, English, or both; that's why his friend David, whom he hasn't seen since they picked cabbages on the Texas border, calls him ``Radio Man.'' When Diego relays a message through a call-in show in Washington, David hears it and they meet again. Read full book review >
ABUELA by Arthur Dorros
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Pronouncing glossary. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 Rosalba imagines how the grandmother who takes her to the park might soar with her over the city (New York), sharing the sights. Read full book review >
TONIGHT IS CARNAVAL by Arthur Dorros

A young boy who lives high in the Andes tells about his family's preparations for the annual festival, to take place in "the big village down the valley." Read full book review >