Books by Garth Williams

BENJAMIN’S TREASURE by Garth Williams
FICTION
Released: March 31, 2001

In 1951, beloved illustrator Williams (Stuart Little, Bedtime for Frances, the Little House books) published a novel called The Adventures of Benjamin Pink. Read full book review >

J.B.'S HARMONICA by John Sebastian
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

James Bear has always wanted a harmonica, but when he gets one, and practice yields results, people compliment him with comparisons to Dad—an accomplished concert player. Read full book review >

KING EMMETT THE SECOND by Mary Stolz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 1991

In Emmett's Pig (1959), Emmett received his heart's desire; ``King Emmett,'' a pig described as his but kept on a farm at some distance from his N.Y.C. home. Read full book review >

THE FIRST FOUR YEARS by Garth Williams
Released: Feb. 1, 1971

"The spirit as well as the format is that of the Little House (though the format will mislead those who expect a functional resemblance)."
Laura wasn't sure about marrying Manly, she'd 'always said she'd never marry a farmer' . . . Read full book review >
BEDTIME FOR FRANCES by Garth Williams
Released: May 11, 1960

"In any case, here's a book that will be surely popular."
Frances is a lively, imaginative and appealing small badger. Read full book review >
THE RESCUERS by Margery Sharp
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1959

An absurd and beguiling fantasy in which a trio of mice perform a heroic rescue of a Norwegian poet from the dungeon of an impregnable prison. Read full book review >

OVER AND OVER by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: Sept. 18, 1957

"A happy book for three and four year olds to call their own, with expanded captions that beginning readers will find satisfaction in reading to themselves."
... children will wish to pore over the pleasant pictures in the simple story of the holiday round which highlight childhood's year. Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE ANIMALS by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Oct. 3, 1956

"Weak stitching."
To each his own- so these three small bears discover in the story and pictures by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams. Read full book review >
HOME FOR A BUNNY by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1956

"Garth Williams' colored spreads for the book have subtle, exact details which keep revealing themselves each time the pictures are looked at."
None but the bunny's home is his own and he doesn't find it until he meets another bunny. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDLY BOOK by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1954

"Good reading aloud."
With Garth Williams' pictures, perfectly keyed to her verse, here are poems about the things Miss Brown liked:- cars, trains, fish, snow, people. Read full book review >
THE SAILOR DOG by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1953

"On the bounding main, Scuppers is wrecked - but he repairs his ship, hits an Arabian port (where the dogs are veiled), gets new gear and heads for the sea again - happily."
Funny, sagacious pictures by Garth Williams go with the one-dog, he-dog adventures of Scuppers. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E.B. White
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1952

"The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often informative as amusing, and the whole tenor of appealing wit and pathos will make fine entertainment for reading aloud, too."
A successful juvenile by the beloved New Yorker writer portrays a farm episode with an imaginative twist that makes a poignant, humorous story of a pig, a spider and a little girl. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1952

"Garth Williams' illustrations are not inspired but there's more fun in them than in the text."
A well-meant fantasy about a dog who owned himself. Read full book review >
LITTLE FUR FAMILY by Garth Williams
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 1951

"A soft lulling repetitious style is a perfect bridge between waking and sleep."
The new edition of this gentle little story is, we think, much more successful in its present simple form than in the furry novelty format in which it first appeared in 1946. Read full book review >
WAIT TILL THE MOON IS FULL by Garth Williams
Released: June 15, 1948

"Simple and nice."
It's a big Margaret Wise Brown this season, from Harpers — and there are lovely Garth Williams' pictures for a text unexceptional for this author. Read full book review >
STUART LITTLE by E.B. White
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1945

"The story would have a real chance on its own merits without these really appallingly bad episodes."
Of course this will sell—as an E. B. White item and one that the publishers are pushing hard, playing it for an adult as well as a juvenile sale. Read full book review >
THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS by Garth Williams
Released: March 17, 1943

"Her happiness comes with Almanzo Wilder, whom she marries at the end of the book."
Illustrated by Helen Sewell and Mildred Boyle, and a splendid addition to the other fine books in the series. Read full book review >
LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE by Garth Williams
Released: Nov. 20, 1941

"For some reason, the almost-a-young lady Laura isn't quite as real as the child of the wilderness."
These books are written in the third person, as if they were fiction, but actually each successive volume provides another panel in the autobiography of the author This one is for distinctly older girls than its predecessor, as Laura secures her first post as school teacher, and puts her own school days behind her. Read full book review >
THE LONG WINTER by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Released: June 15, 1940

"Sell as true story material."
Yet another panel in the saga of the Ingalls' family, and a good one. Read full book review >
BY THE SHORES OF SILVER LAKE by Garth Williams
Released: Oct. 20, 1939

"A splendidly written contribution to factual frontier material, of special interest to the Middle Western market."
One always hesitates as to whether these stories of Laura Wilder's childhood belong with fiction or non-fiction, so place this where you have found the others sell best. Read full book review >
ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK by Garth Williams
Released: Oct. 20, 1937

"It is perfect Americana."
If anything, it is better than her enchanting Little House in the Big Woods. Read full book review >
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE by Garth Williams
Released: Sept. 19, 1935

"Personally, I liked it certainly as well, perhaps better than the other."
Sequel to Little House in the Big Woods, and true story of the author's own childhood, and of the days when her father, feeling that civilization was coming too fast to the Big Woods, uprooted his little family and took them, via covered wagon, to Kansas. Read full book review >
FARMER BOY by Garth Williams
Released: Oct. 1, 1933

"The story of a vanishing phase of American life, with delightful illustrations by Helen Sewell."
A juvenile AS THE EARTH TURNS. Read full book review >