Books by Donald Saaf

SKINNY BROWN DOG by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"A tasty treat for reading aloud that should get a rave reception. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After a scrawny stray wanders into his bakery, Benny the polar bear lures the well-dressed dog out with a piece of bread and the words, "A bakery isn't anyplace for a dog." Read full book review >
JUMP UP! by Dan Zanes
by Dan Zanes, illustrated by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"There is little need for the cardboard sleeve pasted to the inside cover; the CD will not reside there long. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Infectious, joyous and zany are a few words that come to mind to describe Zanes and his music. Read full book review >
TEN LITTLE SLEEPYHEADS by Elizabeth Provost
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Still-wakeful young listeners, if there are any, will be more than willing to take a repeat ride. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this inventive bedtime countdown, ten different insects—portrayed in sleepwear but with distinctive physical features, and even identified on the endpapers—drop off one by one around or inside a hollow tree: "Ten little sleepyheads / talking to their toys. / One falls asleep / in the middle of the noise." Read full book review >
THE EASTER BUNNY THAT OVERSLEPT by Priscilla Friedrich
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Altogether, a charming minor classic in tawdry new dress. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This protean holiday tale's third redaction (1st edition, 1957, illustrated by Adrienne Adams; revised edition, 1983, re-illustrated by Adams) has been dumbed down "for a new generation" (as the Publisher's Note has it) and paired to stiff, coarsely painted collages constructed in part from clipped photos and patterned wallpaper. Read full book review >
WHAT DO DUCKS DREAM? by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Who would have thought a cat might dream of wearing red high heels? (afterword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
With a nod to Freud for her inspiration, Ziefert suggests that animals dream just as people do. Read full book review >
PUSHKIN MEETS THE BUNDLE by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"This take on the new-baby situation is rendered in bright, flat gouache colors; there is a fair amount of humor in the illustrations and Saaf shows a nice command of visual pattern and repetition, full of child appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pushkin, a very personable white dog in a red sweater, loves his life, living with his people, Kate and Michael, on a quiet street, sharing their lives and sleeping in their bedroom. Read full book review >