Books by Byron Barton

MY BUS by Byron Barton
Released: April 15, 2014

"A pleasant ride, dissonance between the actual and described setting notwithstanding. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In an elemental bit of grouping and number play, Joe the bus driver picks up and drops off animal passengers on his route. Read full book review >
Released: June 18, 2013

Barton's books about transportation are notable for their spare simplicity and bright pop-art illustrations; here, four gain added value with features that both entertain and encourage reading skills.

Introducing the setting for each mode of transport, the books open simply: "On the road," "In the sky," etc. Each subsequent page then highlights a different type of truck, airplane, etc., and with a true minimum of words conveys a good bit of information about their functions. Read full book review >

MY CAR by Byron Barton
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Fledgling car-enthusiasts can learn all about the wonderful world of automobiles as Sam proudly touts the merits of his zippy red car. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 30, 1998

Robber barons and corporate moguls may cringe at Weeks' unperturbed attack of industry, but Wobblies and environmentalists will rejoice. Read full book review >

WEE LITTLE WOMAN by Byron Barton
Released: May 30, 1995

The echoes of other versions of this tale gain all the invigorating impact of an original in Barton's capable hands. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE RED HEN by Byron Barton
Released: May 30, 1993

Barton, well known for the simple forms and vibrant, creatively juxtaposed colors in his informational books for the very young (Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, 1989), stays closer to this familiar text than he did in his retelling of The Three Bears (1991), coming up with a good, well-cadenced version. Read full book review >
THE THREE BEARS by Byron Barton
adapted by Byron Barton, illustrated by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

An illustrator noted for innovative use of bright color and bold forms turns in a predictable performance. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 1990

"As usual, Barton's handsomely designed, brightly colored pages draw the eye as his thick, lined figures work busily away."
"Bones, Bones. We look for bones." Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 1989

Using an extremely simple text, the author of several informational books for the very young—on such subjects as wheels, airports, and boats—takes on the animal world with a look at a favorite topic: "A long time ago. . .There were dinosaurs with horns and dinosaurs with spikes." Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1988

"A great introduction to a popular topic."
In the bold, beautiful style made familiar in his other nonfiction for young children (e.g., Airport and Machines at Work), Barton follows a six-person crew (one—the narrator—female; two black) on a space shuttle mission. Read full book review >
MACHINES AT WORK by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 25, 1987

"The very simple images here make the book appropriate to the youngest; its directness is likely to inspire spontaneous dramatic play."
Using the bold, black bordered forms and simple colors familiar to readers of his other popular books, Barton introduces seven pieces of heavy machinery in action (plus people with drills and pickaxes) with a brief, imperative text ("Knock down that building. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 1986

"These will delight the youngest, and have enough meat for older preschoolers and beginning readers."
Four very simple picture books on modes of transportation. Read full book review >
AIRPORT by Byron Barton
illustrated by Byron Barton
Released: March 1, 1982

In the pictures, as in a frieze, children can see what happens when you take a plane trip. Read full book review >
BUILDING A HOUSE by Byron Barton
Released: April 6, 1981

You could almost, watching, do it yourself—by carefully noting the steps depicted in each bright, brisk, clearly delineated picture. Read full book review >
WHEELS by Byron Barton
Released: March 16, 1979

Just about the least inventive, least rewarding treatment of the subject imaginable: even the pictures aren't worth looking at. Read full book review >
HESTER by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 29, 1975

But Barton's first wobbly-lined picture, of Hester's dining room all set for the party, is the very dream of Halloween that any first grader would delight in drawing for himself, the stock haunted house is not only incongruous but warmly inviting and a little sad among all the high rises, and the sweet old witch's welcoming, well-behaved friends are such a grotesque gang of freaks that the whole adventure proves to be a captivating blend of good cheer and satisfying shivers. Read full book review >
JACK AND FRED by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 23, 1974

"Barton uses all the limitations of primary school artwork — distorted proportion, identical facial expressions, exaggerated postures — to create a slaphappy mood, and humans can laugh at Fred and Jack's little joke — wondering all the while who is deceiving whom."
The family of Jack (the rabbit) is drawn with mock-first grade naivete — as a not very human conglomerate of wavery ovoids and doodled faces. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1974

"The happy match between Barton's blatant pop art style and the tone and setting of the story make it easy to relax and enjoy the ride."
We did not think we could take another picture book about a scaredy cat who turns suddenly brave after one pivotal experience, but Barton clearly asks no one to take Harry's metamorphosis seriously. Read full book review >
BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 24, 1973

"There's a lesson perhaps for those who seek one, but mainly this pop style runaround is just a quick haw haw."
A circular chain reaction of bad temper and general botheration disrupts Barton's primary colored comic style farm when a bee stings a bull "so hard that the bull jumped and ran around, making the cow so nervous that she kicked the farmer's wife." Read full book review >
APPLEBET STORY by Byron Barton
Released: March 19, 1973

"Well, there is lots of action for those who enjoy following those frenetic visual sequences which Barton borrows from the comics."
In the pop style of his Where's Al (KR 1972) and exhibiting the same partiality for overturned carts and mounting pandemonium, Barton follows an apple (A) which the wind blows (B) off a tree and into a city (C), then down (D) over an outdoor cafe and onto eleven (E) ice cream sundaes whose consequent collapse sends the waiter into a fury (F) and then to the garbage (G). Read full book review >
WHERE'S AL? by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 21, 1972

"With no words but the few that come in cartoon-style bubbles from the boy's mouth and almost no details on the black-outlined shapes of primary color, this might be described as minimal pop and it's minimally amusing."
Through city traffic that looks like it just emerged a little wobbly and shaken from Anne Rockwell's Thruway, a boy chases his runaway dog as the dog chases a cat. Read full book review >
ELEPHANT by Byron Barton
illustrated by Byron Barton
Released: Nov. 4, 1971

"Preschoolers will enjoy following the animal's mutations, and the book's three distinct moods (of elephant image, dream and reality) provide the narrative development."
In a series of pictures without words a little girl encounters a stuffed elephant in a toy store window, two linked elephants on a circus billboard, another on the TV at home and another in the book she looks at before falling asleep. Read full book review >