Books by Elliot Kreloff

THE LUCKIEST SNOWBALL by Elliot Kreloff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2019

"A fair-to-middling story saved by striking illustrations with lots of sparkle. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy adopts a talking snowball, storing him in the freezer and introducing him to the changing seasons. Read full book review >
IT'S A SEASHELL DAY by Dianne Ochiltree
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"A charming beach-day book to share with a young child beginning to show interest in the natural world. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cute, curly-headed boy and his young mother, both Caucasian, head to the beach for a day of collecting seashells. Read full book review >
MIGHTY MAX! by Harriet Ziefert
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

Mighty Max, as he calls himself, is an ordinary young boy who likes to wear a red cape. But Max doesn't think he's ordinary, much to his dad's chagrin. And though Max's father does his best to rein in his spunky, silly, daredevil of a son, Max continues to find ways to be the superhero he believes he was meant to be. He climbs rock piles, rides his bike without hands or feet pretending to be Evel Knievel and selflessly saves threatened sand castles at the beach. Whenever Max's dad tells him to sit down, which is often, Max does—"but not for long," as Ziefert's text repeats over and over, ending with this sing-songy reprise. Kreloff's simple childlike drawings appropriately leap off the page. Thick black lines with shots of big color and collage elements seamlessly communicate Max's wild innocence and ebullience. Though Mighty Max may not actually save the day, and certainly deserves a more heroic ending, he'll put smiles on readers' faces. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >
BIGGER THAN DADDY by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

Ziefert enters Charlotte Zolotow territory with an intimate bit of give-and-take between little Edward, who wishes he were bigger, and his father as they walk home from the playground, engage in a bit of playful role reversal (" ‘You've been a bad boy,' said Edward. ‘And you haven't finished your juice.' ") and then get ready for bed. In distinctly childlike crayon-and-cut-paper pictures, Kreloff depicts the pair with light brown skin, frizzy hair and smiles. Young readers and listeners, whether from single-parent households like this or otherwise, will smile too. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >
MOMMY, I WANT TO SLEEP IN YOUR BED! by Harriet Ziefert
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

A sweet nighttime routine is followed by tears when Charlie can't sleep in his own bed—he doesn't know how. The bedtime ritual begins by covering the birdcage: "Good night, sleepy parakeet." The pet bunny is next, then the baby. Each gets tucked into its own bed and kissed good night. Then Mommy and Daddy go to bed, too. But Charlie winds up crying outside their door with a request familiar to all parents: "I want to sleep in your bed." Both of his parents try to get him to sleep, but ultimately Charlie finds sleep on his own—in helping his bedtime friend get to sleep, he is his own Sandman. Kreloff's crayon drawings are childlike—simple block figures, uneven lines, imperfect shading. But they suit the mood and topic perfectly, capturing the facial expressions of the loving parents and the distraught child. The focus is placed on objects that universally mean bedtime—moon and stars, nightlights, beds, pajamas and stuffed toys. A perfect read before falling asleep. (Picture book. 2-5) Read full book review >