Books by Bob Kolar

NOTHING LIKE A PUFFIN by Sue Soltis
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"What makes two things alike and what makes them different—what, indeed, confers individuality and the quality of being uniquely amazing—is exuberantly celebrated in a puffin-affectionate package. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Several essential facts about puffins emerge from this engaging, cheerful and astonishingly simple taxonomic exercise, filled with humor and a dynamic conversational style both visual and textual. Read full book review >
H IS FOR HALLOWEEN by Alethea Kontis
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 2010

"Sophisticated abecedarian fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Those wacky theatrical letters are back, this time for a mixed-up Halloween pageant (AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First, 2006). Read full book review >
THE LITTLE DUMP TRUCK by Margery Cuyler
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"Construction trucks for the youngest set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The titular little dump truck cheerily gives the youngest listeners the lowdown on its duties. Read full book review >
BIG KICKS by Bob Kolar
by Bob Kolar, illustrated by Bob Kolar
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The message that physical differences are not insuperable obstacles to friendship rests lightly on the plot, and will be readily absorbed by young audiences. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Biggie Bear knows a lot about jazz and stamp collecting, but nothing about soccer. Read full book review >
ALPHAOOPS! by Alethea Kontis
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A must for preschool and elementary classrooms. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A hysterical take on what might happen if the letters of the alphabet mixed things up a bit. Read full book review >
RACER DOGS by Bob Kolar
by Bob Kolar, illustrated by Bob Kolar
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Checkerboard endpapers show each doggie driver identified by name, including two female drivers, with one named Bingo—the only dog smart enough to read her map. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Kolar (A Cat and a Dog, not reviewed, etc.) illustrates his busy scenes of canines cruising in cars in a cool palette of blues, grays, and citrus shades, with cartoon-style characters in a retro style and flat perspective similar to that of J.otto Seibold's Mr. Lunch books. Read full book review >
DO YOU WANT TO PLAY? by Bob Kolar
Released: May 1, 1999

"The book is so bright and full of drolleries that children may pore over it for hours, and will return to these pages often. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Where Dave Ross's and Laura Rader's A Book of Friends (p. 537) faltered, Kolar's big, gregarious book succeeds; it's the ideal size for covering the giant topic of friendship. Read full book review >
STOMP, STOMP! by Bob Kolar
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's not very substantial, otherwise, although the color scheme—lime, aqua, and purple—of the wet-on- wet watercolors seems as willfully crazy as the small hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 In about three dozen words, Kolar chronicles the noisy progress of a small green dinosaur who is stomping his (or her) way through the neighborhood. Read full book review >