Books by Ed Emberley

THE CROCODILE AND THE SCORPION by Ed Emberley
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"The usual morals about the consequences of treachery or the inflexibility of innate nature don't apply here in this uncharacteristically unsatisfying retelling. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
It's all about the squabble in this odd variation on a fable that usually, to clearer purpose, pairs a suicidal scorpion with either a hard-shelled turtle or a vulnerable frog. Read full book review >
NIGHTY NIGHT, LITTLE GREEN MONSTER by Ed Emberley
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Does the original monster need tweaking? Maybe not, but it's nice to see him have a little companionship. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A baby sibling for a modern childhood classic. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"The Emberleys offer such a joyful, imaginative interpretation of the classic that even the youngest will understand the unstated message to "eat, drink and be merry." (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this playful riff on Aesop's fable, an ant's load is made light when her spirit is lifted by the grasshopper's music. Read full book review >
MICE ON ICE by Rebecca Emberley
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An accessible, inviting title for brand new readers. (Picture book/early reader. 4-6)"
The latest collaboration from the father-and-daughter team is nice indeed. Read full book review >
GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER! by Ed Emberley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 8, 2011

"A natural and seamlessly designed extension of a modern classic, certain to be more durable in this form than the easily destroyed paper original to boot. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Understated but effective animations and interactive effects boost a long-standing favorite into the storytime stratosphere. Read full book review >
THE LION AND THE MICE by Rebecca Emberley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Likely a bit more turquoise and abstract than Aesop had in mind, but fantastic visual fun. (Early reader/folktale. 2-5)"
Aesop's lion and mouse (or mice, as this case has it) have never looked more stylish. Read full book review >
TEN LITTLE BEASTIES by Ed Emberley
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Perhaps the audio addition will add some much-needed magic to this dizzying outing, but as a stand-alone book, this offers little appeal. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The Emberleys' romp joins the heavily populated field of titles loosely based on common childhood rhymes. Read full book review >
THE RED HEN by Ed Emberley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

Following the success of their Chicken Little (2009), the Emberleys join forces to reinterpret another avian folktale with artwork that is somewhat reminiscent of Byron Barton's collaged version of the same story, but with a generous helping of zany color and wacky personality thrown in. Read full book review >

IF YOU'RE A MONSTER AND YOU KNOW IT by Rebecca Emberley
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

In this rollicking interpretation of "If You're Happy and You Know It," brightly colored, digitally created monsters à la Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley's Big Scary Green one run amok, wriggling and roaring, stomping and twitching! Read full book review >

EMMA’S RIVER by Alison Hart
by Alison Hart, illustrated by Paul Bachem, by Ed Emberley, illustrated by Ed Emberley
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

Ten-year-old Emma travels up the Mississippi on the steamboat Sally May in 1852, defending her pony against ruffians, throwing improbable temper tantrums and learning about social injustice. Read full book review >

WHERE’S MY SWEETIE PIE? by Ed Emberley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

The titular question encourages readers to lift flaps in search of the sweetie pie in question. Read full book review >

THERE WAS AN OLD MONSTER! by Rebecca Emberley
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: July 1, 2009

Three generations collaborated to create this catchy spin on the storytime classic. Read full book review >

CHICKEN LITTLE by Rebecca Emberley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2009

An old chestnut of a tale comes to rip-roaringly glorious, hilarious, gorgeous life in the hands of two picture-book masters. When Chicken Little is knocked senseless by a well-placed acorn, the only thing to do is to grab an umbrella to "protect his scrambled noggin" and head for the hills sans plan. Read full book review >

BYE-BYE, BIG BAD BULLYBUG! by Ed Emberley
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

In a return to the concept that produced the brilliant Go Away Big Green Monster (1993), Emberley offers a new character to stand up to. Read full book review >

THANKS, MOM by Ed Emberley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

This fun romp is first and foremost a visual lollapalooza involving a group of circus animals decked out in nuclear-strength color costumes on great fields of white, which provide even further amperage. Read full book review >

THE WING ON A FLEA by Ed Emberley
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Using intensified colors against solid black backgrounds, Emberley has really pumped up the visuals in this reissue of his 1961 debut. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Children who lack the vocabulary to distinguish the emotions they're feeling may find some comfort in this book, which makes use of masks to unmask feelings. Read full book review >
GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER! by Ed Emberley
Released: April 1, 1993

By turning these stiff, die-cut pages, even very young children can assemble a green monster with "two big yellow eyes...a long blue nose...[and] a big red mouth with sharp white teeth..." and then make it go away again, feature by feature. Read full book review >

ED EMBERLEY'S BIG PURPLE DRAWING BOOK by Ed Emberley
Released: Sept. 24, 1981

"Pandas, poodles, and a few more animals made with circles complete this latest, unexceptional installment in Emberley's seemingly endless series."
Emberley starts this off with some water play—a "Nessie" family, alligators looking up out of the water, a person (a pair of upside-down legs) diving into the water, and so on—and, as step-by-step drawing books go, the sequences are jaunty and clever. Read full book review >
ED EMBERLEY'S CRAZY MIXED-UP FACE GAME by Ed Emberley
Released: March 1, 1981

"Of course kids can and have played similar games without such lockstep instructions; and though some of Emberley's step-by-step drawing books have worked like sparks, this one will only stifle whatever spontaneous hilarity the pastime might ordinarily allow."
You've probably seen those split-page picture books that invite kids to line up unmatching tops and bottoms to create unheard-of creatures, faces, landscapes, or whatever. Read full book review >
ED EMBERLEY'S BIG GREEN DRAWING BOOK by Ed Emberley
Released: Oct. 1, 1980

"Complete with Dracula, a three-masted schooner, and the resident fauna of planet Zort, this seems to be a catchall for Emberley's odds and ends—not as basic and nifty as some of his drawing books, though ingenious enough to amuse."
Paired, overlapping circles form the basis of the "prata" people and animals that open Emberley's latest batch of step-by-step drawing demonstrations. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1980

"Like the green book, it's second-class Emberley, but good for some doodling diversion—and this one can help to satisfy some of that Halloween fever."
Like Emberley's Big Green Drawing Book (p. 129, J-37), this starts with a basic shape—a potato in the previous book, here a carrot that can become a clown, mouse, bird, bee, or rocket—but then settles into a series of step-by-step drawings. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1979

"To be sure."
A neat trick of a nonbook—which might serve incidentally as an early reading lure. Read full book review >
ED EMBERLEY'S ABC by Ed Emberley
Released: April 20, 1978

"This book can help you get ready to print your letters," promises the jacket flap, and it's true that you do see the letters in the process of formation. Read full book review >
A BIRTHDAY WISH by Ed Emberley
Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"An extended funnypaper schtick, unabashedly contrived and mechanically ingenious."
A birthday wish is granted in a roundabout way, via wordless cartoons that recall those that were once shown before the main feature. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD OF OP by Ed Emberley
Released: Oct. 23, 1975

"Wizard."
If nothing else, Emberley's exercises in black and white magic are an ingenious answer to the industry-wide cutback in color reproduction. Read full book review >
ED EMBERLEY'S DRAWING BOOK OF FACES by Ed Emberley
Released: April 24, 1975

"However, if this results in just a fraction of the creative doodling that the previous books inspired (even though it won't appeal to as wide an age range), it's worth the purchase."
Emberley's step-by-step cartoons of human and animal faces are far less varied and versatile than his Make a World (KR, 1972) and Animal (1970) drawing books. Read full book review >
KLIPPITY KLOP by Ed Emberley
Released: Sept. 26, 1974

With no introduction nor any need for one, "Prince Krispen and Dumpling went for a ride." Read full book review >
ED EMBERLEY'S DRAWING BOOK by Ed Emberley
Released: March 16, 1972

"Emberley invites junior cartoonists to take off on their own from the basics he supplies, and he makes it seem so easy and enjoyable that they're bound to go on to more creative doodling."
Ed Emberley's smart and simple Animal Drawing Book (1970) was a disarmingly contemporary example of the popular if not quite respectable add-a-line drawing lesson. Read full book review >
GREEN SAYS GO by Ed Emberley
Released: Aug. 15, 1968

"Vivid instruction with a sense of humor—a top value in the wide spectrum of color books."
Ed Emberley, who thinks color habitually, here teaches color specifically: what it is, what it says, what it stands for. Read full book review >
DRUMMER HOFF by Barbara Emberley
Released: Oct. 1, 1967

"They're wildly patterned, wildly colored woodcuts always under control until the grand and glorious blast-off, and then even Drummer Hoff burns."
two three four. two three four... Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 1967

"Except for the pastel coloring this resembles Mr. Emberley's blithe Parade Book—and both are irresistible invitations."
The complete annotated animated London Bridge—first the verse with a delicate toy-soldier-and-turrets illustration for each alternative, then the rules of the game, then the song (with the refrain), then other verses, then a short history of the bridge itself. Read full book review >
ROSEBUD by Ed Emberley
Released: March 16, 1966

"Emberley's cool green and blue water world and his animals are handsomely stylized but static, except in the baboon scenes."
This supplies an imaginative, adventurous life history for one of the most familiar and most phlegmatic of children's pets—the 5 & 10¢ store's hand-painted turtle. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 1965

"An excellent outlet for exuberant young comedians, and an ideal introduction to the always popular art of puppetry."
JUDY: Well, what do you want, old lobster nose? Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 1964

"Good looking and likely to be effective."
When night falls, cats take one last run around the house, dogs take to barking at sounds they've slept through all day, and some kids pass their own average for noise. Read full book review >