Books by David Lucas

I WAS MADE FOR YOU by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"A cozy gift for Christmas—just like Cat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sentient but unwitting knitted cat, intended as a gift for a girl named Daisy, journeys through a snowy night seeking his purpose. Read full book review >
A LETTER FOR BEAR by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A wintry, holiday read much like a gingerbread house: slightly slanted but poignant, sweet, soul-warming and studded with delicious details that warrant close inspection. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bear, a postman, has never, ever received a letter of his own, and he wants one desperately. Read full book review >
THE SKELETON PIRATE by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Exhilarating pirate fare. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The terror of the seas is not flesh-and-blood; he's all skin-and-bones! Read full book review >
THE LYING CARPET by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Fabulous (as in fablelike), this will tug relentlessly on the mind and heart of any child ready to read it. (Fable. 8-12)"
Children are ready for philosophy at a very young age: "What is real?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit, after all. Read full book review >
SOMETHING TO DO by David Lucas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"While reminiscent of other imagination adventures like Harold and the Purple Crayon and Antoinette Portis's Not a Stick (2008), this stands out as a unique work because of its emotionally simple charm. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Little bear wakes up big bear, bouncing on its stomach and lamenting, "There's nothing to do." Read full book review >
CAKE GIRL by David Lucas
by David Lucas, illustrated by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Sweetly surreal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dreamlike episode explores the qualities of friendship. Read full book review >
THE ROBOT AND THE BLUEBIRD by David Lucas
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"The illustrations convey the robot's simple dignity, color, perspective and sequencing neatly choreographing the tale's emotional trajectory. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucas produces his most meditative work to date in a tale that reads like a mechanical improvement on Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince." Read full book review >
WHALE by David Lucas
by David Lucas, illustrated by David Lucas
ANIMALS
Released: June 12, 2007

"A good choice for readers in search of stories about compassion rewarded or, like Lynda Gene Rymond's Village of the Basketeers (2005), illus by Nicoletta Ceccoli, of young people rescuing communities threatened by unusual natural disasters. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Another unabashedly oddball tale from the author of Nutmeg (2006). Read full book review >
NUTMEG by David Lucas
by David Lucas, illustrated by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Readers' imaginations will soar along with Nutmeg's as bursts of color transform her dreary world with promises of adventures, culinary and otherwise, to come. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Countering the raft of cautionary stories about the hazards of reckless wishing, this topsy-turvy tale suggests that sometimes the results are...delectable. Read full book review >
RUBBADUCK AND RUBY ROO by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The plot may not mean much to younger viewers, but they will enjoy poring over Lucas's simply drawn setting: a land of lost toys built from stray playing cards, chessmen, tin mechanicals, Erector Set pieces and similar bric-a-brac. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Addressed at least as much to adults as children, this folktale-style story pairs two abandoned toys with conflicting, but not incompatible, natures. Read full book review >
HALIBUT JACKSON by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Nevertheless, Halibut Jackson's transformation pushes the limits of believability. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A shy boy comes out of his shell in this unusual debut. Read full book review >