Books by Elisa Kleven

COZY LIGHT, COZY NIGHT by Elisa Kleven
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"It is worth noting that this title is printed and bound in the United States and that its paper is labeled 'from responsible sources.' That would not help a less effective tale, but it truly enhances this 32-page delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The idea of "cozy"—hyggelig in Danish and Gemütlichkeit in German but not so nuanced in English—is what drives this deliciously illustrated, rhymed seasonal tale. Read full book review >
GLASSWINGS by Elisa Kleven
Released: April 18, 2013

"A joyously optimistic book. (author's note) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Seasoned illustrator Kleven presents a rich, colorful picture book with a strong ecological message. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP WISH by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Although it may not be eventful enough for the masses, this quiet story could be just right for a preschooler who is about to begin school, has just moved or is shy about meeting new peers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dreams of angels help the new dog in the neighborhood make friends. Read full book review >
ONE LITTLE CHICKEN by Elka Weber
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Enlivened with Kleven's vibrant folk-art collage renderings, this tale will have readers thinking twice before ever saying 'finders, keepers' again. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
A story of justice and generosity from the Talmud. Read full book review >
WELCOME HOME, MOUSE by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Kleven's inspiring words and her paint, ink and cut-paper art burst with the same kind of joyous creativity displayed by Stanley. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Every word and brush stroke is spot-on in this luminous celebration of creativity, conservation and compassion. Read full book review >
THE WEAVER by Thacher Hurd
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 22, 2010

Where do dreams come from? Read full book review >
A CAROUSEL TALE by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Kleven's playful, light-infused collages sing and dance on the pages like the carousel in springtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ernst, the endearing blue crocodile (Ernst, 1989, etc.), reappears in this joyous, childlike tale that celebrates the power of the creative imagination to transform the broken into something new, wonderful and whole. Read full book review >
WISH by Roseanne Thong
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Still, for pure fun, this will inspire children to try out all of these ways of wishing. (endpaper maps) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Featuring tidbits of children's folklore from 15 countries, this small collection provides a double-page spread on each custom, starting with a four-line poem followed by a short paragraph giving just enough information for young readers to absorb. Read full book review >
THE APPLE DOLL by Elisa Kleven
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Two final pages tell how to make an apple doll, a craft sure to be added to the standard apple curriculum. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lizzy loves her apple tree in all seasons, but now that it's fall, she's very worried about her first day at school. Read full book review >
ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME by Julia Durango
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 27, 2007

"Utterly angelic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An African-American spiritual provides the inspiration for this exuberant lyrical lullaby. Read full book review >
THE WISHING BALL by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2006

"Kleven's colors are bright and cheerful, her characters are charmingly expressive and her brushstrokes are lively and energetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nellie, a lonely, hungry stray cat, dreams about a wishing star that will make her wishes come true. Read full book review >
THE PAPER PRINCESS FLIES AGAIN by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Kleven's tale is a slight bit of whimsy that will appeal to imaginative young readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In previous installments in this series, Lucy found a torn and tattered paper princess, made her beautiful new clothes and created a paper dog to keep her company. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE GREEN WORLD by Tony Johnston
FICTION
Released: April 8, 2005

"A bouncy, lyrical alternative or companion for the likes of David Mallett's Inch By Inch: The Garden Song (1995), illus by Ora Eitan, or Frank Asch's Earth and I (1994). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Amid swirls of brightly colored birds, bugs, seeds, leaves, wild creatures, buildings and people, a child ties her shoes, then goes out to plant, nurture and spread a garden—all to the tune of Johnston's song-like verses: "I've got a little pair of shoes. / (How I love my little shoes!) / Got a little pair of shoes / to dance the whole green world." Read full book review >
THE PAPER PRINCESS FINDS HER WAY by Elisa Kleven
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Younger readers will gladly go along on her odyssey, and thoughtful older ones may glimpse the metaphorical journey underlying it. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In lightly sentimental language that will strike a chord with Velveteen Rabbit fans, Kleven takes the small paper doll introduced in Paper Princess (1994) through further adventures and changes. Read full book review >
FIESTAS by Jose-Luis Orozco
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"This will also be useful for teaching young children Spanish and for introducing some of the Latin American holiday traditions. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Orozco (Diez Deditos, 1997, etc.) once again combines his talents as a musician, a songwriter, and an educator to create this collection of songs set into the framework of the year's festivities, with an emphasis on holidays of Latin American (particularly Mexican) origin. Read full book review >
SUN BREAD by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Though not an especially riveting story, the richly detailed illustrations, with the promise of an accompanying activity, hold alchemy of their own. (Picture book 4-7)"
The winter winds are whipping through the village, leaving everyone cold and disheartened—and the baker decides to change all that with a loaf of bread. Read full book review >
THE DANCING DEER AND THE FOOLISH HUNTER by Elisa Kleven
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Part eco-awareness tract, part trickster tale, this delivers a heavily earnest message just lightly enough to keep it from sinking under its own weight. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Kleven (Sun Bread, 2001, etc.) folds folkloric elements into this original tale, just as she incorporates yarn, swatches of cloth, cut paper, and bits of photos into her brightly busy paintings. Read full book review >
A MONSTER IN THE HOUSE by Elisa Kleven
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A wondrously silly tall tale with grandly domestic origins; expect laughter as readers grasp the truth of the monster's identity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kleven (The Puddle Pail, 1997, etc.) offers up a kid's-eye perspective on the amazing tumult created by a baby in the house. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The book is a sprightly, upbeat celebration. (Anthology. 2-6)"
A nifty compilation of Latin American songs and finger rhymes, some of them original, some recalled from Orozco's Mexican childhood, and some collected during tours in Latin America and Spain. Read full book review >
THE PUDDLE PAIL by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"The buoyant tale is set out in somewhat cluttered scenes in garish colors, but the collage technique and the repetition of patterns—to help children understand Ernst's activity—are pleasing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Kleven reprises the character of Ernst: In another story about the blue crocodile and his bossy brother, Sol, the two have distinct personalities, and Sol attempts to impose his will on the younger. Read full book review >
ISLA by Arthur Dorros
by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Rarely does the allegedly dull science of cultural geography get such spirited handling. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dorros likes to outfit his grandmothers with wings (see Abuela, 1991, for another soaring granny) that allow them to take their grandchildren on culturally packed flights over ancestral haunts. Read full book review >
THE PAPER PRINCESS by Elisa Kleven
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Fine for reading aloud or alone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The illustrator of Dorros's Abuela (1991, ALA Notable) again depicts an aerial journey. Read full book review >
THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Enchanting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little red bird meets a lion and wonders why the end of his tail is a different color each day. Read full book review >
ABUELA by Arthur Dorros
by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Pronouncing glossary. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Rosalba imagines how the grandmother who takes her to the park might soar with her over the city (New York), sharing the sights. Read full book review >