Books by Bob Graham

THE SILVER BUTTON by Bob Graham
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A book to bathe in, reminding readers that something magical is happening every instant. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Graham captures a moment in time, and like many moments, it is full to the brim. Read full book review >
MONSIEUR ALBERT RIDES TO GLORY by Peter Smith
Released: June 1, 2013

"Slow and steady wins the race—though being tardy enough to miss the avalanche helps. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Framing a distant cousin to "The Tortoise and the Hare" in loosely sketched watercolors and delicious dactyls, Graham and his brother-in-law present an aging but game Parisian who quixotically enters a bicycle race to the Côte d'Azur. Read full book review >
A BUS CALLED HEAVEN by Bob Graham
Released: March 1, 2012

"The destination sign on the bus reads 'Heaven,' and just so, a little piece here on Earth. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A city neighborhood takes shape around an abandoned school bus as Jell-O takes to a mold, in Graham's tickling, gladdening tale. Read full book review >
APRIL AND ESME, TOOTH FAIRIES by Bob Graham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"So very charming, touching and heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Fantasy and reality merge as two spunky tooth fairies in an Australian suburb complete their first assignment with aplomb. Read full book review >
I’M NUMBER ONE by Michael Rosen
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Sure to provoke discussions about bullying, especially since retaliation, even in this rather gentle way, could be deemed controversial. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mother and daughter leave for the day while four toys and the dog stay home. Read full book review >
HOW TO HEAL A BROKEN WING by Bob Graham
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"This isn't as personal as Matteo Pericoli's True Story of Stellina (2006), but it will draw a younger audience, and is imbued with the same sensitivity and sense of intimacy. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Captioned by brief phrases that sometimes give way to entirely wordless pages or spreads, this spare episode celebrates the spirit of compassion in a small child. Read full book review >
“THE TROUBLE WITH DOGS...” SAID DAD by Bob Graham
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Graham's loose, cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor and ink are full of motion and humorous details (including a mom with a tattoo and a nose ring), and Dave the puppy is appealing—if not well-mannered. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny, unruly puppy named Dave is the focal character in this follow-up to "Let's Get a Pup!" Read full book review >
DIMITY DUMPTY by Bob Graham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"You can almost hear it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Graham throws new light onto a familiar nursery rhyme, casting Humpty as the reckless scion of a family of circus acrobats, and giving him a very shy little sister who bravely comes through in the clutch. Read full book review >
OSCAR’S HALF BIRTHDAY by Bob Graham
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"An endearing family sure to warm hearts and possibly spark a new tradition. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The love and excitement of a family for their youngest member just cannot be contained for an entire year, so they must celebrate Oscar's half-birthday. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE WATERHOLE by Bob Graham
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Friends of George and Martha or Frog and Toad will read these connected stories over and over. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
"Messing around at the waterhole" pretty much sums up summer vacation for the animal friends in Graham's newest offering. Read full book review >
THE NINE LIVES OF ARISTOTLE by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Infused with sentiment that never boils over into sentimentality, this should be popular with recent Easy Reader grads. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A bold, young cat uses up his fund of lives at a great rate in this appealingly presented animal tale. Read full book review >
“LET’S GET A PUP!” SAID KATE by Bob Graham
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Graham also uses thick, sausage-shaped motion lines to indicate the puppy jumping or Rosy wagging her tail, and several of those motion lines behind a dog's rear will be gleefully (if incorrectly) pointed out by preschoolers as something other than motion lines. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Preschooler Kate and her parents are just getting over the loss of the their cat when Kate realizes that what they really need is not another cat, but a dog. Read full book review >
JETHRO BYRD by Bob Graham
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"The quote from Hebrews that opens the text, encouraging hospitality to strangers because some of them may be angels, characterizes the worthy concept behind this deceptively simple tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A light, sweet story of a little girl who finds a fairy family in her backyard—and a reminder to save time to notice the unseen world, which to children is often very real. Read full book review >
MAX by Bob Graham
by Bob Graham, illustrated by Bob Graham
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The rest of the text has a tender quality that can't be overlooked, and the artwork alone—cartoony watercolors of saturated color, broken into numerous panels—will keep young eyes wholly absorbed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
No one will accuse Graham (Benny, 1999, etc.) of excessive subtlety in this story of meeting life's challenges when you are good and ready. Read full book review >
QUEENIE, ONE OF THE FAMILY by Bob Graham
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A true sense of family and acceptance comes through in Graham's illustrations; they are loosely sketched and very appealing, while his use of small panels in the oversize pages gives the story momentum and direction. (Picture book. 4-6)"
From Graham (Greetings from Sandy Beach, 1992, etc.), a genial story about a surprising kind of tolerance, featuring a lovable family, a hen, and a dog. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR HOUSE by Michael Rosen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 1996

"Overall, it's real cartoon drama. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nine kids drag a cardboard box into a playground, where George immediately takes over: ``This house is mine and no one else is coming in.'' The others try to get past him, but George won't let them inside—and he explains why not: ``This house isn't for girls,'' ``This house isn't for people with glasses,'' etc. After he temporarily vacates the box to go to the bathroom, he finds that the others have declared the house off-limits to ``people with red hair.'' George, who has red hair, has an epiphany: ``This house is for everyone!'' Rosen (A School for Pompey Walker, 1995, etc.) has written a persuasive and entertaining morality play. Read full book review >
ROSE MEETS MR. WINTERGARTEN by Bob Graham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1992

"Another imaginative contribution from this fine Australian artist. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
The familiar scenario of rapprochement with an elderly curmudgeon gets a new spin: The Summers fill their garden with flowers; children Rose, Faith, and Baby Blossom join their parents each day to enjoy the sunrise from the roof. Read full book review >
GREETINGS FROM SANDY BEACH by Bob Graham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1992

"A worthwhile message presented in a comically realistic vignette with lots of child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Children's Book Council of Australia's ``Picture Book of the Year'' (1990) is a delightfully offbeat portrayal of a family of four at the beach for the weekend, with details that are perfectly plausible yet unlike the usual clichÇs. Read full book review >