Books by Edward Koren

POEMS I WROTE WHEN NO ONE WAS LOOKING by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"As clever and funny as the poetry of Jack Prelutsky in his prime and less edgy than Shel Silverstein's, this deserves and should have no trouble drawing chuckles and belly laughs from a wide audience, even outside the confines of National Poetry Month. (Poetry. 7-11) "
Katz and Koren follow up Oops! (2008) with another set of 100 or so rhymed (usually) knee-slappers paired to scribbly ink drawings. Read full book review >
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR ROOM IN 10 EASY STEPS by Jennifer LaRue Huget
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

Children and their adults are in for a treat with this new showcase for Koren's illustrations. His wry, bushy, squiggly style is well-matched by Huget's puckish and not entirely serious advice. Her young heroine points out that you should never even attempt a cleaning until your mom has used all three of your names. The advice starts out fairly well, with a division of your stuff into three piles: broken things, stuff you are too old to play with any more and stuff you want to keep absolutely forever. But then she suggests you take the first two piles and put them in a big box and drag them into your sister's room. Remembering the names of every single one of your stuffed animals will take some time, as will putting all your clothes in the hamper or under the bed. And so on. This is all imagined in the illustrator's signature impetuous black line and wildly pastel color. Good for great giggles—and at the end, she promises even more awesome advice on fixing your hair. (Picture book. 6-9)Read full book review >
OOPS! by Alan Katz
Kirkus Star
by Alan Katz, illustrated by Edward Koren
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2008

Making a strong bid for the year's most uproarious set of new verse, this collection opens with a "Whoosh!"—"The wind is blowing / quite a breeze. / The wind is blowing / on my knees. / The wind is blowing / its spring dance. / It tells me I / forgot my pants." It closes by rhyming "laugh" with "giraffe," and in between delivers an unrelieved spate of clever knee-slappers on topics from sports to siblings, shopping to passing gas. Koren illustrates each of the 100-plus entries with characteristic crosshatch sketches—mostly of children wearing innocent, glum, annoyed or ingratiating looks, as appropriate. Katz's earlier outings, most of which were illustrated by David Catrow, may have more visual flash, but this one's both larger and more suited to independent readers. Children—never mind adults—will find the urge to read aloud from these pages well nigh irresistible. One more: "I stuffed my lunch / in my race car— / salami and some soda. / It used to be a Chevy, / but it now is a / Toy-odor." (Poetry. 7-11)Read full book review >
THELONIUS MONSTER’S SKY-HIGH FLY PIE by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2006

Sierra takes a romping, rollicking rhyme to recount an amazing and vastly amusing culinary adventure. Intrigued by the taste of fly, the Thelonius the monster emails a spider ("a savvy insider") about technique, makes a huge and sticky crust and goes forth to gather flies. (Sierra's rhymes are fabulous, even to rhyming "sewer" and "manure.") Thelonius invites "eleventeen monsters" to partake, but since he's neglected to bake it, the pie buzzes and then takes off, the flies' feet come unstuck and the crust lands to be deliciously devoured and praised by all—including the grateful flies. Koren's irresistible and irrepressible monsters appear in their traditional black and white, with touches of acid green (the text and the flies' wings are also in green). The pictures are as full of humor as the text: Thelonius uses both a computer and a quill pen; the flies stuck to the crust form an orchestra and chorus before they take off, and the signage is hilarious. Brimming with read-aloud possibilities, and not a single fly was injured in the performance of this tale. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
VERY HAIRY HARRY by Edward Koren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

New Yorker cartoonist Koren transfers his trademark hirsute, Bigfoot-like figures to a new format, but then doesn't do much with them. Running to a few large words per page, the text is cast as Ben the Barber's monologue as he distracts a young customer by suggesting such uses for extreme shagginess as staying warm in winter, hiding food, pets, and sports equipment, or making shade—but all he can conjure up for the downside is that it could be itchy. Stepping back into a knee-high pile of clippings at the end, Ben leaves Harry happily contemplating his new look (not all that much changed from the old) in the mirror. Next to fellow cartoonist William Steig's Pete's a Pizza, or, more on topic, Kathleen Krull's Clip, Clip, Clip: Three Stories About Hair, illustrated by Paul Brewer, this comes off as a hesitant, under-plotted effort. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >