Books by Graeme Base

THE LAST KING OF ANGKOR WAT by Graeme Base
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"These pages beckon readers to return again and again to pore over the details. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Four boastful Asian animals learn a lesson in humility. Read full book review >
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

"Base's fans will be thrilled to have another challenge to pore over. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Detailed paintings accompanied by panels of hieroglyphics grace a slim plot and a perplexing puzzle. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL by Graeme Base
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lots to mull over for future sea adventurers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"Base's rhyming text is undeniably pedestrian, but his tableaux are stylish and packed with witty touches. (Picture book. 5-10)"
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

"Depicting humans with comically sheep-like features and populating his world with a host of extravagantly odd animals, Base provides a visual feast that makes his point in a simple, direct but never overly earnest way. (Picture book. 7-10)"
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

"Not the strongest plot around, but, along with the pleasures of poring over accomplished, sometimes beautiful art for cleverly hidden details, children will be drawn by the silly switcheroos and comical expressions of dismay among the animal cast. (Picture book. 7-9)"
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

"Quite strange, quite good. (glossary, list of full-color plates and TruckBug identification) (Fiction. 10-14)"
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

"Reading this one aloud may lead to riotous story hours. (Picture book. 6-12)"
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

"A humorous, self-referential tour de force with resplendent illustrations. (Author tour) (Picture book. 10+)"
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

"At least as imaginative as—and less earnest than—Gurney's Dinotopia (p. 921), and illustrated with greater skill; there's also the ecological message. (Picture book. 6+)"
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 >