Books by Greg Newbold

IF MONET PAINTED A MONSTER by Amy  Newbold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"An engaging approach to fine art—but the premise shows signs of wear. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From the creators of If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur (2018), introductions to 16 more artists who didn't paint monsters—but could have. Read full book review >
IF DA VINCI PAINTED A DINOSAUR by Amy  Newbold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Art history with a little smile. (thumbnail biographies) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Following up If Picasso Painted a Snowman (2017), introductions to 19 more painters and their best-known styles. Read full book review >
IF PICASSO PAINTED A SNOWMAN by Amy  Newbold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A playful introduction to various art movements, albeit a narrow one with weak backmatter. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A range of art styles is explored in this picture book that invites readers to imagine how various artists would paint a snowman. Read full book review >
THE BARNYARD NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Beth Terrill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

Santa recruits a new transportation team in this farm-themed parody of Clement C. Moore's Christmas classic. When his reindeer are unable to complete their round of deliveries on Christmas Eve, Santa stops in at a nearby farm to ask for help. Residing at this particular farm are eight animals who have trouble getting along, plus an intelligent mouse named Pip who has already written his letter to Santa. Pip has the bright idea to outfit the animals with helium-balloon harnesses, and by working together they pull the sleigh and save the day. Terrill does a creditable job of adapting the familiar poem to her new setting, although the logistics of the intermediate verses get a bit complicated with falling toys and popping balloons. In a thoughtful concluding page, the little mouse's letter to Santa is shown, asking only for peace in the barnyard. The illustrations are infused with starlight and moonlight reflecting on the snowy landscapes, showcasing a jolly Santa and comical, cartoon-style animals. Children who are familiar with Moore's classic will enjoy the humor and rollicking language of this version as an introduction to comedic parody. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
SPRING SONG by Barbara Seuling
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

As Winter Lullaby (1998) gives way to a new season, snow melts from highlands, reeds grow in wetlands, new grass shoots up, and cottonwoods bud, signaling the reappearance of bears and skunks, the call of frogs, the construction of new nests and tunnels. Alternating double-paged spreads show the wide sweep of a setting, then the animal that lives in it. Newbold's landscapes and wildlife portraits, all rendered in crisp detail and strong, sculpted-looking lines, seem to explode past the edges of the page, matching the rhythmic force of Seuling's rhymed question and answer text: "When reeds grow across the marshy wetlands, what do bullfrogs do?" [turn the page] "Croak the light long / their mating song." Seuling and Newbold play this seasonal wake-up tune with nary a false note. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >
WINTER LULLABY by Barbara Seuling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

This carefully crafted question-and-answer book is more than a lullaby; its excellent content need not be saved for bedtime. Alternating spreads ask questions and then provide answers: "When wind whistles through the evergreen forest, where do the bats go?" is answered in the next spread, "To caverns deep, for a long sleep." The series of questions explains natural phenomena—where bees, snakes, mice, fish, etc., go when it becomes too cold for them. The last of the questions in this quick but compelling read comes as two children return home from sledding, chilly and ready for a cozy perch on their father's lap by the fireplace. The pastoral illustrations offer first expansive views of nature, followed by close-up depictions of the animals' snug retreats; a patchwork of crops is shown from a distance or from overheard, its vegetation slightly rounded; a desert scene comes with a dramatic sky. From mountains to desert, from hayloft to underwater stream, the imagery and ideas offer delight. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >