Books by Craig Orback

BORN TO DRAW COMICS by Ginger Wadsworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2019

"An appealing but oddly truncated biography. (author's note, artist's note, places to visit, sources, notes) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The story of how Charles Schulz became a cartoonist and created the "Peanuts" comic strip. Read full book review >
GIFTS FROM THE ENEMY by Trudy Ludwig
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"The story loses focus on occasion, but no one who reads it will forget the history. (vocabulary list, study guide) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
This book is a biography of Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener, but from time to time, he seems like a supporting character. Read full book review >
ZACK'S STORY by Cameron Dokey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A lighthearted camp romp with just enough danger and misadventure to keep the pages turning. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Eleven-year-old Zack Wilson has dreamed of summer camp his whole life, and here he is at Camp Wolf Trail having the time of his life in this debut volume in the Boys Camp series. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

Considering nature as artistic medium, Thomas opens with a poem about nature sketching winter; Orback illustrates it so, adding bits of color on succeeding pages. The warmth of the final winter page leads the reader into spring. Here the conceit is that nature "draws spring in pastel chalk" and softly colored pages reflect the poetry about the births of animals and buds on trees. Spring ends with rain and leads into summer's watercolors. These pictures are much more vibrant than during spring: "Summer colors sparkle." When Thomas begins her poem about autumn, the illustrations are oils in large blotches of fiery oranges and yellows. And Thomas crowds names of colors into long words: "redorangepurplebronze / indigogoldgreen. . . ." Finally, the poem returns full circle to winter's black-and-white ink drawings. There is a strikingly rare synergy between the poetry and the illustrations in this truly remarkable addition to the pantheon of books on the four seasons for school-aged children. (Poetry. 7-11)Read full book review >