Books by Bob Staake

TOYS GALORE by Peter Stein
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Clever verse coupled with bold primary-colored images is sure to attract and hone the attention of fun-seeking children everywhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fizzy yet revealing romp through the toy world. Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD by Bob Staake
Kirkus Star
by Bob Staake, illustrated by Bob Staake
Released: April 9, 2013

"Like nothing you have seen before. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
One little boy, one little bird and one big city come together in a wordless fable of friendship, school, loss and comfort. Read full book review >
LOOK! ANOTHER BOOK! by Bob Staake
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"The jaunty rhyme and easy-to-decode words make this a perfect choice for the new reader. (Picture book. 4-12)"
The energetic sequel to Look! Read full book review >
DON'T SQUISH THE SASQUATCH! by Kent Redeker
Released: June 19, 2012

"Pure, disarming horseplay served on a bed of charismatic artwork. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Mr. Sasquatch tempts fate—a good squishing—when he boards Mr. Blobule's city bus. Read full book review >
BUGS GALORE by Peter Stein
Released: March 13, 2012

"Squirmy and educational. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A veritable swarm of adjectives, opposites and, ew, bugs. Read full book review >
CARS GALORE by Peter Stein
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"One bright and lively ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A wacky roadway of discovery awaits readers in Stein and Staake's affectionate tribute to the automobile and its infinite design possibilities. Read full book review >
LOOK! A BOOK! by Bob Staake
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Children overwhelmed by the visual density of Where's Waldo? or the aforementioned I Spy albums will be drawn to these somewhat more open and visually groovy assemblages of images. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Staake ventures into "I Spy" territory with a set of big spreads teeming with tiny random objects, beaming children and silly cartoon figures, all rendered in a retro silkscreen style. Read full book review >
THE FIRST PUP by Bob Staake
ANIMALS
Released: May 25, 2010

"The spring of 2009 saw a host of First Dog books; this more mature work should win the vote. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This stylish, jazzy introduction to both the First Family and their new dog provides an entertaining and simple-to-understand look at the current residents of the White House. Read full book review >
WE PLANTED A TREE by Diane Muldrow
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2010

"Consider instead other children's works inspired by Maathai, such as Donna Jo Napoli's Mama Miti, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (2010). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Using a quote from Wangari Maathai as a springboard, Muldrow's poem delineates the tree's seasonal cycles and celebrates its benefits for living creatures. Read full book review >
PETS GO POP! by Bob Staake
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A little too much style, not enough substance. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)"
Two per spread, a cavalcade of pets runs, romps and plays. Read full book review >
THE DONUT CHEF by Bob Staake
FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Pour a tall glass of milk for this yummy treat. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The wild popularity of a new donut shop brings on the kind of competition that no donut-lover wants, the kind where traditional glazed and sugar donuts give way to such imposters as Gooey Cocoa-Mocha Silk and Cherry-Frosted Lemon Bar. Read full book review >
SPUTTER, SPUTTER, SPUT! by Babs Bell
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Chris Demarest's My Little Red Car (1992) makes a natural continuation for the joyride. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In a tale for tots with topical overtones, an enthusiastic young driver in a toylike red auto goes Zoom! Read full book review >
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMP by Jack Lechner
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

Lechner's debut sets out to prove that cuddliness is not the only criterion children use in choosing a lovey. Read full book review >
THE RED LEMON by Bob Staake
FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Pair with some lemonade and perhaps a muffin, and enjoy the depth of meaning behind this computer-enhanced visual feast. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Wildly colorful pages filled with geometrically shaped figures tell the tale of Farmer McPhee and his lemon orchards. Read full book review >
HELLO, ROBOTS by Bob Staake
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Chock-full of funny visual details (such as the pie baked on a backyard grill), with a thumping rhythm that makes this an excellent read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Blink, Zinc, Blip, and Zip comprise an unusual household of brightly colored robots in this charming rhyme. Read full book review >
PIGS ROCK! by Melanie Davis Jones
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"The context may be a little early for some kids, but they'll cheer the happy symphony of elements. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's hard to say at what age children absorb what's going on with music and bands and life on the road, but it's bound to be early given the attention paid to the bubble-gum guys. Read full book review >
MY LITTLE 123 BOOK by Bob Staake
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: March 1, 1998

"There are things to count, 120, and a nice final spread recaps the exercise. (Board book. 2-5)"
 There is a lot going on in the polished design of this counting book, with some scenes and objects more readily recognizable in their simplicity or sophistication than others. Read full book review >