Books by Arthur Howard

GOATILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Erica S. Perl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 3, 2014

"An uninspiring remake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This Goldilocks is a kid. Literally. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER & TABBY DROP THE BALL by Cynthia Rylant
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A home run. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Batter up, Mr. Putter and Tabby! Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER & TABBY RING THE BELL by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"These four neighbors are great company, and their portrayal of aging is sweetly refreshing. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Show-and-Tell will never be the same after Mr. Putter and Tabby and Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke are through. Read full book review >
NOODLE AND LOU by Liz Garton Scanlon
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 2011

"Chirpy, instructive and fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Odd couples abound in children's stories, but somehow the notion of a chirpy blue jay being friends with a (succulent, pink, wiggly) worm may be a hard one to, um, get off the ground. Read full book review >
I REPEAT, DON’T CHEAT! by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: June 22, 2010

"A misstep. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Worrywart Jessica has a new, unexpected problem: Her best friend, Lizzie, has begun copying off Jessica's spelling tests and lying about the rules of games. Read full book review >
BULLIES NEVER WIN by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: June 23, 2009

"With messages on many different levels for both the bully and the bullied, this has a home on library shelves. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Worrier Jessica's previous problems with finding 100 things, remembering fire-safety rules and reading aloud all seem trivial in the face of Brenda Bailey, the bully of the first grade (Hooray for Reading Day, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR READING DAY! by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Linus and Snoopy would give Jessica a high five. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jessica worries about everything, especially reading aloud in her first-grade reading group. Read full book review >
THE HUBBUB ABOVE by Arthur  Howard
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"The United Nations could use a Sydney—most households could, too. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A heavenly quiet on the 52nd floor, high above chaotic Manhattan, is shattered when the new upstairs neighbors turn out to be elephants. Read full book review >
THE SOS FILE by Betsy Byars
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"An excellent package. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Mr. Margo gives his class the opportunity to earn extra credit by writing a personal essay for the "SOS File." Read full book review >
BUBBA AND BEAU MEET THE RELATIVES by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Howard's trademark droll art captures the down-home conviviality that is indeed 'paradise found.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Language that snaps, crackles, and tickles once again thrives in the further adventures of Bubba and Beau, the jowly, eggheaded toddler and his faithful mutt. Read full book review >
SERIOUS TROUBLE by Arthur  Howard
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Tucking plenty of wordplay into the brief text to complement his playful, loosely drawn illustrations, Howard produces another child-friendly episode, this one with an underlying message about parental expectations and being allowed to be one's own fool. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Another perceptive, deceptively cartoonish tale from Howard. Read full book review >
BUBBA AND BEAU GO NIGHT-NIGHT by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"No one will be able to resist the local flavor and sly fun of this boy and his dawg. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following on the heels of their debut, this tale features Bubba and Beau out on the town for adventures with a whole new cast of interesting friends. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER & TABBY CATCH THE COLD by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A powerful piece of Putter. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
There is a note of melancholy in this tale from Putterland, a place more typical of mirth and everyday adventures that have sprung a leak. Read full book review >
HOODWINKED by Arthur  Howard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"These illustrations enhance and enrich an amusing story that is sure to please. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When it's time to choose a pet, a young witch named Mitzi requires something that is definitely not cute or cuddly. Read full book review >
STOP, DROP, AND ROLL by Margery Cuyler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Stop, sit, and read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In 100th Day Worries (2000), Jessica was introduced as a bright, focused, well-loved worrier in both text and illustration. Read full book review >
BUBBA AND BEAU, BEST FRIENDS by Kathi Appelt
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A howling good time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A brand new baby and a newborn puppy find that they share the object of their affection—one very dirty blanket (and the object of their loathing)—soap. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER & TABBY FEED THE FISH by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readers young and old will laugh themselves silly. (Easy reader. 4-9)"
This is one of the very best of Rylant's Putter-Tabby dyad, as always affectionately depicted by the master of droll illustration. Mr. Putter decides to buy some fish to have at home. Read full book review >
COSMO ZOOMS by Arthur  Howard
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Howard demonstrates how chance plays a sweet role in life, and, with a few strokes of the brush, makes readers care about Cosmo and his yearning to achieve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Howard (When I Was Five, 1996, etc.) taps into both the sheer pleasure of skateboarding, as well as its condition of near- pandemonium. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER AND TABBY ROW THE BOAT by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Full of down-to-earth touches as well as whimsical ones—a blue jay tries to peck the artificial grapes on Mrs. Teaberry's hat, Mr. Putter's reminisces about the county worm race he won with an entrant named Jack—this is a comfortable and nifty addition to the series. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A great little entry in Rylant and Howard's easy-to-read series (Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears, 1995, etc.), about the adventures of a charming elderly man and his lovably skittish cat, shown in wonderfully expressive illustrations. Mr. Putter and Tabby are too old to be so hot: They sweat on the porch, in the kitchen, and under the oak tree, and finally decide to go down to the big pond to cool off. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS FIVE by Arthur  Howard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"A quietly comic work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jeremy tells what his life was like when he was five. Read full book review >
GOOSEBERRY PARK by Cynthia Rylant
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A tender tale delivered by a sure hand. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a humorous contemporary fable about friendship, courage, and loyalty, Rylant (Dog Heaven, p. 951, etc.) creates an unlikely trio of friends: Stumpy, a red squirrel, Kona, a Labrador, and Gwendolyn, a hermit crab. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER AND TABBY PICK THE PEARS by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A funny, easy-going beginning reader, with quirky, always affectionate, cartoons. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From Rylant (Dog Heaven, p. 951, etc.), a fourth pairing of good-natured Mr. Putter and sidekick Tabby. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER AND TABBY BAKE THE CAKE by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"706, etc.) doesn't need many words to pack a whole lot of personality into this fun early chapter book. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Mr. Putter is a conscientious gift-giver, and for Christmas this year he wants to give his good friend and neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, something very special. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER AND TABBY POUR THE TEA by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Howard catches the story's appealing pathos, as well as its humor, in a practiced cartoon style. (Easy reader. 4- 8)"
Mr. Putter craves someone to share his muffins and tea and stories; sensibly ignoring the pet store lady's conviction that only ``cute,'' ``peppy'' kittens are worthy (``Mr. Putter himself had not been cute and peppy for a very long time''), he goes to the animal shelter and chooses an old yellow cat—a little deaf, and with thinning hair, like him. Read full book review >