Books by Graeme Base

LITTLE ELEPHANTS by Graeme Base
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An offbeat and winning mix of earthiness and enchantment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A magical mouse helps young Jim save the family farm. Read full book review >
THE JEWEL FISH OF KARNAK by Graeme Base
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Detailed paintings accompanied by panels of hieroglyphics grace a slim plot and a perplexing puzzle.

Jackal and Ibis are two (amusingly) low-life characters in ancient Egypt. Read full book review >

THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL by Graeme Base
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Wilbur, a boy transfixed by a story about a lost golden snail, decides to embark on his own search. Read full book review >
ENIGMA by Graeme Base
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Bertie Badger undertakes a magical mystery tour to recover a cache of missing props. Read full book review >

UNO’S GARDEN by Graeme Base
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Base plays with words, images and even numbers in this lavishly illustrated introduction to the importance of natural balance. Read full book review >

JUNGLE DRUMS by Graeme Base
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

The author of The Water Hole (2001) creates elaborately worked scenes of vast African plains and thick jungles, in which lurk disguised creatures and subtle transformations for sharp-eyed young observers to spot. Read full book review >

TRUCKDOGS by Graeme Base
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2004

In a surreal yet compelling alternate Australia, where all creatures are vehicle/animal hybrids, a village of TruckDogs faces extinction. Read full book review >

THE WATER HOLE by Graeme Base
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

After the comic futuristic chronicle The Worst Band in the Universe (1999), Base returns to his Animalia (1987) roots. Read full book review >

THE WORST BAND IN THE UNIVERSE by Graeme Base
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Steven Spielberg meets Lewis Carroll via Jimmy Page in this latest opus from the irrepressible Base (The Discovery of Dragons, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

THE DISCOVERY OF DRAGONS by Graeme Base
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

Embellishing colorplates that appeared in a 1990 calendar, and with his tongue resolutely in cheek, Base (The Sign of the Seahorse, 1992, etc.) narrates a mock-scientific treatise on serpentology in the voice of Victorian scientist Rowland W. Greasebeam, B.Sc., F.R.Aud., who claims to have located original letters (``from a variety of sources that propriety demands must remain confidential'') proving the discovery of dragons by a ninth- century Viking, a thirteenth-century Chinese maiden, and a fellow Victorian naturalist. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

The Australian creator of the best-selling Animalia (1987) concocts an underwater yarn in which the ugly Grouper and his henchmen, who have opened up some barrels of toxic waste on the ocean floor in a real-estate takeover attempt, are heroically outwitted by an intrepid band of soldier crabs in full regimental regalia, the amiable Pearl (waitress at the Seahorse Cafe), and the ``Catfish Gang,'' including Pearl's loutish brother Finneus (``really just your normal teenage Trout''). Read full book review >