Books by Else Holmelund Minarik

LITTLE BEAR’S NEW FRIEND by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: April 1, 2002

"Despite flashes of poker-faced humor that hark back to the classic Sendak-illustrated titles, a cozy ending and even, with the mountain lion stalking the cubs through the tale, some suspense, this patchy, uninspired revival won't win Little Bear any new fans. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Having jumped from printed page to TV screen, Little Bear now jumps back, with a fresh adventure written by the author of the originals, but a new illustrator and format. Read full book review >
AM I BEAUTIFUL? by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"An engaging variant on a familiar theme; just right for sharing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While Mother Hippo wallows, Young Hippo takes a walk. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GIRL AND THE DRAGON by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The whimsically offbeat story makes a good vehicle for Gourbault's debut; her greedy dragon is just scary enough and not very bright, the child refreshingly assertive and self-possessed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author of Little Bear (1957) concocts a wry modern fable. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 1989

"Stevenson augments the humor of this winning, offbeat tale in his usual deft, witty style."
In a wryly exaggerated fable for budding yuppies, Percy (a beaver) is lucky enough to find a fistful of real gold on a riverbank. Read full book review >
WHAT IF? by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Aug. 1, 1987

"Not important, but it should provide some chuckles when shared with the youngest."
In the late 50's and the 60's, Minarik performed an enormous service to children's literature by writing the Little Bear books, masterpieces that demonstrated that books for beginning readers could have charm, wit, insight into human nature, and poetic cadence that gracefully represented real speech. Read full book review >
A KISS FOR LITTLE BEAR by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 25, 1968

"Hardly, albeit a droll vignette; have a look."
A little Little Bear book with very little of Little Bear and with illustrations shadowed by the ominous overtones of Higglety Pigglety Pop. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 1963

"All sugar and a little water; a let-down from Minarik."
A brief encounter between a little giant girl and an elf boy, both sent to ather flowers by their respective mothers, ends with a sigh and the uninspired words "we can't all be the same size". Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAR'S VISIT by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 27, 1961

"An I Can Read book to instill a great sense of accomplishment in beginning readers."
Under the skilled hand of illustrator Maurice Sendak and simple sensitive text, Little Bear is back again on a visit to his grandparents. Read full book review >
CAT AND DOG  by Bryan Langdo
Released: Oct. 26, 1960

"And in the end, order is restored by a little girl who loves them both."
As convincing and winsome as Little Bear are the puppy and kitten of this latest conjuring of Else Minarik. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAR'S FRIEND by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 14, 1960

"Pathetic fallacies abound here, but somehow in the hands of this author-illustrator team, they merely compound the charm of the story."
Once again the little bear of Else Minarik and Maurice Sendak (illustrator) proves himself to be as wistful and tender a little creature as exists in the child's library. Read full book review >
FATHER BEAR COMES HOME by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Aug. 19, 1959

"A simple but elegant vocabulary and a reassuring atmosphere of family tenderness make this an ideal selection for the apprentice reader."
Four episodes in the life of Little Bear, each abounding in that tender and gracious humor which distinguishes Else Minarik's hero from the usual run of teddy bears:- Little Bear embarks on a fishing trip, Little Bear gets and loses the hiccups, Little Bear welcomes Father Bear home from sea, and finally, Little Bear has an encounter with a mermaid. Read full book review >
NO FIGHTING, NO BITING! by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 17, 1958

"Else Holmelund Minarik whose Little Bear indicated a uniquely charming talent has outdone herself here and Maurice Sendak's illustrations reaffirm the impression that he is one of the most gifted illustrators of contemporary children's books."
Joan, a quite proper Victorian young lady, wants to read a book, but little Rosa and Will will not give her a moment's peace. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAR by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Aug. 21, 1957

"A cuddly story which could be also be a boon to baby sitters at bedtime."
A primer with a soothing quality, the story of Mother Bear and Little Bear is told with repetition of simple words for fledgling first-grade readers. Read full book review >