Books by Holly Hobbie

ELMORE by Holly Hobbie
by Holly Hobbie, illustrated by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A sweet tale of interspecies positivity. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A lonely porcupine, his friendship rejected by the other woodland creatures, finds a way to bridge the divide. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"This is a quiet Night Before Christmas, one to savor and read over and over, year after year. (artist's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hobbie's fresh interpretation of the beloved Christmas classic offers a new way to see the arrival of St. Nick, from the perspective of one of the children of the household, rather than just the father. Read full book review >
GEM by Holly Hobbie
Kirkus Star
by Holly Hobbie, illustrated by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"A stunning gem indeed. (notes about toads) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Hobbie explores the wonders of spring through the eyes of a toad that survives the perils and pleasures of its trek to a country garden, where he encounters the author's granddaughter, Hope. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING BUT THE HORSE by Holly Hobbie
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"They cannot compensate for the disappointing story, though. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Toot and Puddle's creator offers a nostalgic sucker-punch. Read full book review >
FANNY & ANNABELLE by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This lighthearted endeavor is a welcome addition to her repertoire. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hobbie's newest characters, the irrepressible Fanny and her homemade doll, Annabelle, return for another adventure (Fanny, 2008). Read full book review >
LET IT SNOW by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Four paper Christmas ornaments are included with the volume, showing Toot, Puddle and Opal engaging in winter activities. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Popular pigs Toot and Puddle celebrate Christmas together in Woodcock Pocket, the second Christmas story in Hobbie's enduring series. Read full book review >
THE ONE AND ONLY by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Another satisfying, sympathetic addition to Hobbie's repertoire of slice-of-life tales. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Hobbie's latest offering in the series, readers revisit a familiar, beloved character, Opal, as she adjusts to the obsessive presence of a new girl in school. Read full book review >
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Hobbie has once again illustrated her story with exquisite attention to detail in her peerless watercolors. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Toot is bitten by more than the travel bug in this addition to the series. Read full book review >
THE NEW FRIEND by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"They will tickle you pink. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A marvelous addition to the Toot & Puddle series. Read full book review >
CHARMING OPAL by Holly Hobbie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Children will be comforted by this warmly humorous take on a familiar dilemma. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Charming" truly is the word for both story and art in this latest Toot and Puddle installment. Read full book review >
TOP OF THE WORLD by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"In Holly Hobbie's world, 'whim' rhymes with 'friend' and readers will forgive her this whim and remain her friend, still eagerly awaiting the next Toot & Puddle adventure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Every new Toot & Puddle adventure is an eagerly awaited event, and while this one arrives on many levels, it takes a wrong turn somewhere and leaves someone at the station. Read full book review >
PUDDLE'S ABC by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hobbie's porkers in play clothes return for a fourth episode, just as winning as the previous three. Read full book review >
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE by Holly Hobbie
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Gentle watercolors add a light touch to Toot's malaise without compromising the compassion found in this graceful treatment of a delicate issue. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hobbie (Toot & Puddle, 1997, etc.) brings back her winsome swine for a sympathetic look at the blues. Read full book review >
A PRESENT FOR TOOT by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The storyline has too many gaps, but Hobbie's watercolors are delightful, and Puddle's search for the perfect present is endearing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hobbie's porcine characters (Toot and Puddle, 1997) are back in a sweet but disjointed effort. Read full book review >
TOOT & PUDDLE by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

The activities of a homebody and an enthusiastic world traveler are contrasted in illustrations brimming with humor. Read full book review >