Books by Bob Kolar

THE BOY & THE BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Presented as a grand adventure, the moment when a child first learns to read is powerfully rendered in this well-made story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A nearly wordless picture book presents the "I can read" moment. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SCHOOL BUS by Margery Cuyler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 24, 2014

"While it's cute and will help to complete vehicle lovers' collections, this package doesn't do much to address school fears or preparedness in the preschool audience it appears to be aimed at. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rhyming verses stretch out the job of a school bus to 12 spreads. Read full book review >
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 >
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
by Bob Kolar, illustrated 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 >