Books by Benjamin Chaud

LITTLE BEAR'S BIG HOUSE by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A sure hit that encourages independence—but not without a bit of gentle teasing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When disgruntled Little Bear leaves his family to seek adventure outside their forest home, he finds a deserted house—and just enough adventure for one day. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT MY UNBELIEVABLE SCHOOL… by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"Readers may wish their own schools looked more like this one, maybe minus the swimming instructor and the mashed-potato machine…. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Henry, the dapper lad in the black suit with the unruly hair, makes another appearance in Cali and Chaud's (A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum…, 2017, etc.) latest collaboration, this time showing a new student the highlights of their titular school. Read full book review >
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED AT THE MUSEUM... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"While some readers may eagerly connect these sights and sensibilities with the Night at the Museum film franchise, this attempt at a rollicking shaggy dog tale will probably occupy urbane, art-loving adults longer than it will their kids. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy and his dog encounter dinosaurs and Duchamp on a class trip to the museum. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT MY UNBELIEVABLE SUMMER... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 6, 2016

"Fun for a first read but unlikely to have children calling for another. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An answer to the classic first-day-of-school question is unspooled in tall-tale fashion by the white boy with the black unruly hair in the too-small suit first met in I Didn't Do My Homework Because… (2014). Read full book review >
THE BEAR'S SURPRISE by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A charmer, like its predecessors. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Little Bear has an exciting experience in store when he follows Papa Bear to work. Read full book review >
FAREWELL FLOPPY by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Predictable and only mildly amusing; no need to hop to this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy tries to abandon his pet rabbit only to discover—surprise!—he can't live without him. Read full book review >
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"A well-traveled premise, but like all of its ilk, a fertile source of inspiration for similarly dilatory students. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the grand tradition of John Burningham's John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the Boy Who Was Always Late (1987), a tardy lad spins exciting if unlikely excuses to a skeptical teacher.Read full book review >
THE BEAR'S SEA ESCAPE by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"As charming as two bears can be. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Papa Bear is once again in hot pursuit of Little Bear in this visually delectable, seek-and-find sequel to Chaud's award-winning The Bear's Song (2013). Read full book review >
POMELO'S BIG ADVENTURE by Ramona Badescu
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2014

"This jaunty little elephant provides a mammoth lesson for young readers about bravery, grit and fortitude. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pomelo, a small, posy-pink elephant, musters courage and embarks on a grand adventure—one with all the harrowing challenges and unexpected rewards of any good trip. Read full book review >
I DIDN'T DO MY HOMEWORK BECAUSE... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Ultimately, 'list' books wear thin, and this is no exception. It will likely be passed around, but repeated readings are not particularly rewarding. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Who doesn't want to learn new excuses for unfinished assignments? Read full book review >
THE BEAR'S SONG by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"This extraordinary picture book, first published in France as Une chanson d'ours (2011), is as happy a surprise as finding a honey-filled hive at the end of a fur-raising journey. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Hibernation is for grown-ups—Little Bear has adventure on his mind. Read full book review >
POMELO'S OPPOSITES by Ramona Badescu
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2013

"Simple, sunny, silly illustrations brilliantly convey the complexities and joys one can unearth when tilling a garden of language. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pomelo, a diminutive, round-eyed, pink elephant child, discovers opposites in his garden world. Read full book review >
POMELO EXPLORES COLOR by Ramona Badescu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"While preschoolers dip in and out for fun, older kids could use these inventively expanded color definitions as inspiration in an art or English classroom. (Picture book. 3-13)"
An unusual look at colors provides something for preschoolers and something more for older kids. Read full book review >
POMELO BEGINS TO GROW by Ramona Badescu
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Dr. Seuss has already explored most of the places he'll go, but there's always room for another heads-up that adulthood's coming—particularly one that doesn't take itself too seriously. (Picture book. 6-9, graduates, adults)"
A tiny pink "garden elephant" has a mighty epiphany in this buoyant, if sometimes oblique, French import. Read full book review >