Books by Bert Kitchen

WHOO GOES THERE?  by Jennifer A. Ericsson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

A hungry owl in a tall tree watches, listens and waits for his dinner. Read full book review >

THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by Doris Orgel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Similar in format to this team's The Lion and the Mouse and Other Aesop's Fables, this handsomely designed collection of retellings of six Grimm stories is distinctive in voice and image. Read full book review >

THE LION AND THE MOUSE by Doris Orgel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Grandly posed, with every whisker and hair not only in place but distinctly visible, Kitchen's noble, masterfully realistic animals make this far and away the most sumptuous "Aesop" in years. Read full book review >

THE FROG by Sally Tagholm
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2000

Seldom has a common frog looked so regal, outside of a fairy tale, as in this gloriously illustrated life cycle. Read full book review >

WHEN HUNGER CALLS by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

In his third book on animal behavior, author/illustrator Kitchen (Somewhere Today, 1992, etc.) highlights the eating habits of 12 animal predators. Read full book review >

AND SO THEY BUILD by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

An artist known for his elegant sense of design and meticulous paintings (Animal Alphabet, 1984, ALA Notable) depicts 12 animal-built structures: Australia's mallee fowl make self- warming nests of composting vegetable matter covered with sand, controlling the temperature until their eggs hatch; Africa's Cubeterme termites build columns of soil, riddled with chambers for different functions and topped with an umbrella-like cap to ``divert torrential rain''; a pregnant harvest mouse weaves a nest of still-rooted grasses, so that the nest continues to rise to greater safety. Read full book review >

SOMEWHERE TODAY by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The action in each scene is described clearly and briefly, with a few interesting facts about the animals included. Not for reference, but to use as a reminder of creation's beauty, and for simple enjoyment of the art. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)

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The creator of the outstandingly elegant Animal Alphabet (1984) presents 12 beautifully composed, exquisitely detailed full-page portraits of animals in action: a sea otter floating on its back cracking mollusks; an archerfish squirting down a ladybug; a pair of eagles, talons linked, dramatically plummeting in their courtship ritual; a pair of handsome blue dung beetles at work; a golden dormouse curled peacefully in golden dry grass. Read full book review >

PIG IN A BARROW by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Kitchen's art is still wonderfully detailed and appealing, but there's nothing very clever here in either the choice of subjects or their treatment. For admirers of Kitchens's splendid Animal Alphabet (1984), a disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)

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As in Gorilla, Chinchilla (1990), some rather inane verse (``The hen in a bucket/Watches her chick,/Who's learning to balance—/A difficult trick'') serves to caption some odd pairings, in this case of animals and their containers. Read full book review >

TENREC'S TWIGS by Bert Kitchen
Released: March 15, 1989

Kitchen (Animal Alphabet, Animal Numbers) is a master of finely detailed, beautifully composed portraits of animals; the African animals here are delineated in his usual impeccable style. Read full book review >