Books by Jim Arnosky

TOOTH & CLAW by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Smartly focused on characteristics that will most interest young animal admirers, this is an attractive addition to a popular series. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Powerful acrylic paintings and detailed pencil sketches introduce awe-inspiring predators whose jaws and claws support their carnivorous diets. Read full book review >
LITTLE BURRO by Jim Arnosky
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"A characteristically empathetic and appealing nature story from the master of the form. (author's note) (Picture book.3-5)"
Beautifully written, and illustrated in warm pastel tones, this gentle story of a little burro's discovery of the pleasures of a Southwestern desert lake is well-suited to preschool children, who will identify with the burro's adventure. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2012

"Renewed public interest in a 'green' world makes this a timely and welcome return for Crinkleroot. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Forest-dweller Crinkleroot reappears to lead 21st-century readers outdoors, urging them to appreciate and give back to nature. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2012

"This is another splendid invitation to children to explore the natural world. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Larger-than-life-size paintings, intricate drawings and a chatty, informative text combine to introduce the world of insects and spiders, "the largest biomass on Earth." Read full book review >
MONSTER HUNT by Jim Arnosky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 12, 2011

"This personal look at a popular subject is sure to please. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Stating that "[t]oday's mystery could be tomorrow's science," a veteran wildlife observer ponders the existence of such legendary creatures as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster. Read full book review >
THUNDER BIRDS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Nature's flying predators are magnificent creatures,' the author writes, and this is a deserved celebration. (bibliography, metric equivalents) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A baleful osprey holding a rainbow trout in its talons glares at readers from the cover of this elegant introduction to predator birds, Arnosky's latest exploration of the natural world. Read full book review >
MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS by Bob Dylan
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A beautiful concept with gorgeous artwork but flawed design. (Picture book and CD. 3-10)"
For this book-and-CD set, prolific artist and naturalist Arnosky has illustrated Dylan's catchy song about man naming animals—bear, cow, bull, pig, sheep and snake—with pencil-and-acrylic paintings of more than 170 animals in a series of peaceable kingdom images. Read full book review >
SLOW DOWN FOR MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Though fiction, the story was inspired by an actual event, and the author's customary attention to environmental detail makes it an excellent companion to his All About Manatees (2007) and A Manatee Morning (2000). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pregnant Florida manatee, accidentally injured by a passing motorboat, is rescued and rehabilitated in a tank on land, where she gives birth before both are released back into their canal home. Read full book review >
I’M A TURKEY! by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The information slides down oh-so-easily in this good-natured nature romp. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Although not a Thanksgiving book per se, this title is seasonally timed to find its way onto many a display. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A richness of reptiles, indeed. (author's note, more reading) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians stare out from the pages of this eye-catching introduction to reptiles. Read full book review >
THE PIRATES OF CROCODILE SWAMP by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"This sure-to-please adventure for middle-grade readers is a promising new direction for the prolific nature writer. (Fiction. 8-11)"
After a wild ride down I-95 with their unpredictably violent father, Sandy and Jack Casperin find themselves in the Florida Keys, far from home. Read full book review >
CROCODILE SAFARI by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Pair this excellent introduction to the species with his new novel, The Pirates of Crocodile Swamp (2009), for a toothy treat. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Less well known than their alligator cousins, crocodiles live in the United States too, although not in abundance: Approximately 2,000 have been counted by airplane. Read full book review >
DOLPHINS ON THE SAND by Jim Arnosky
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Once again, this prolific illustrator, author of more than 100 books, has created an appealing path for children to follow toward a better appreciation of the wonders of the natural world. (Informational picture book. 3-5)"
A pod of dolphins resting on a sandbar finds itself stranded when the tide recedes, until humans in rescue boats come with aid. Read full book review >
GOBBLE IT UP! by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A CD with Arnosky playing the guitar and singing his song is part of the package. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
"You'd gobble them up and they'd taste good" is the repeated line in this jaunty song about animal feeding that invites young children into the natural world. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A well-researched addition to both libraries and junior naturalists' shelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Part of the launch of Scholastic's republishing of Arnosky's All About...books in paperback, this displays all the trademark characteristics that have made the author such a staple in the nature and animal sections of libraries. Read full book review >
WILD TRACKS! by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"This slim, though oversize, package will spur aspiring nature detectives to do some tracking of their own. (table of contents) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Both picture book and field guide, Arnosky's 100th book shows how the shape and pattern of animal tracks reveal the identity and activity of the track maker. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"With its emphasis on getting out and doing, this is the perfect antidote to 'Nature Deficit Disorder' and should help prepare grown-ups and kids alike for their own explorations of local waterways. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Encouraging kids to get their hands wet—literally—this new offering from the ever-energetic Arnosky introduces them to the geology and flora and fauna of one of our landscape's more accessible ecosystems, the brook. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"When it comes to exploring the natural world, there's no better companion than Arnosky. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
One of children's literature's most ardent guides takes readers on a beguiling tour of America's only living coral reef, off the Florida Keys. Read full book review >
BABIES IN THE BAYOU by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"No one does this better than Arnosky, and here, he is at his best. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A poetic text and soft acrylics present the various baby animals found in a bayou. Read full book review >
GRANDFATHER BUFFALO by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"While the attachment between Grandfather Buffalo and the newborn calf may be zoologically suspect, this is unlikely to bother young readers, who will instead find the intergenerational bond pleasingly recognizable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An old buffalo finds himself slowing down, but he still maintains a place within the herd in this gentle nature story. Read full book review >
UNDER THE WILD WESTERN SKY by Jim Arnosky
NATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

This companion piece to Following the Coast (2004) takes the author-illustrator and his wife out into the Great American West, photographing and sketching cacti, cowboys, arroyos and wildlife. Read full book review >
COYOTE RAID IN CACTUS CANYON by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Once again Arnosky's appealing brand of nature lesson will foster an appreciation of the natural world in any child. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Veteran wildlife-watcher Arnosky turns his attention to the desert biome in this gentle account of the disruption of the peaceful world of Cactus Canyon by the visit of a pack of four young coyotes. Read full book review >
BEACHCOMBING by Jim Arnosky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2004

"An enticing read before any trip beachward, from a veteran naturalist. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
"Walk the length of a beach one way. Then turn and walk back, looking down at the very same spots. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING THE COAST by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"As such, it will disappoint readers in search of hard facts about salt marshes, but those who want to spend some time on the road with one of children's literature's most enthusiastic observers of nature will be rewarded. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Follow the author and his wife on their annual drive from Florida to Delaware as they travel from salt marsh to salt marsh, observing and sketching the wildlife therein. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT SHARKS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"Regrettable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Arnosky turns his usual artistry and care to a subject sure to find a ready audience. Read full book review >
ARMADILLO’S ORANGE by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"The lesson contained within is a comforting one for young children, but the realities of the natural world, usually Arnosky's strong point, are here regrettably subverted to that lesson. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young armadillo learns to value his neighbors in this slight tale. Read full book review >
ONE WHOLE DAY by Jim Arnosky
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"His love and appreciation of the natural world are very evident in this title; he just needs someone to help him with his words. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The wild ponies of Assateague Island capture the imagination of nature artist Arnosky (Turtle in the Sea, p. 948, etc.), who describes these beautiful creatures from sunrise to sunset using handsome double-paged acrylic paintings and a nearly rhyming text. Read full book review >
TURTLE IN THE SEA by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Arnosky's gentle combination of lesson and beautiful artwork will serve to capture the nature-lover in every child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another nature lesson and environmental message from a specialist in translating the wonders of the natural world into terms children can understand. Read full book review >
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: April 1, 2002

"Still, this is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to know more about the great outdoors, and especially for anyone who is a budding nature artist—and who better than Arnosky to serve as an example? (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Each chapter of this field guide focuses on one wildlife field trip in which the reader can discover, investigate, identify, and learn about the various plants and animals that live in the wild. Read full book review >
RACCOON ON HIS OWN by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

A young raccoon goes for an unexpected solo trip through a swamp. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT FROGS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Budding biologists will take a longer leap with Judy Hawes's new edition of Why Frogs Are Wet (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-7)"
Usually a naturalist among naturalists, Arnosky (One Whole Day: Wolves, not reviewed, etc.) stumbles with this somewhat careless primer. Read full book review >
WILD AND SWAMPY by Jim Arnosky
FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"A first look at an unusual habitat and some of its inhabitants. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
"Every mammal sighting in a swamp is a surprise," notes Arnosky as he takes the reader and viewer exploring. Read full book review >
A MANATEE MORNING by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dreamy green and gold acrylic wash illustrations celebrate a gentle manatee and her baby swimming in the waters of Crystal River, Florida. Read full book review >
RATTLESNAKE DANCE by Jim Arnosky
Released: June 1, 2000

"This reptilian jamboree just doesn't have the finger-snapping, hip-swaying rhythm of Libba Moore Gray's Small Green Snake (not reviewed) or Gail Jorgensen's Crocodile Rock (not reviewed). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The author of All About Rattlesnakes (not reviewed) proves a better naturalist than songsmith here, preceding an eerie lyric about a cavern full of rattlers in a trance, swaying in unison with a musical arrangement (done by Christopher Drobny) that features a spoken portion, a bewildering array of repeat signs, and notation for two dances supposedly on "page 32"—though the book's pages are unnumbered, and there is but one dance described on the last page. Read full book review >
ARNOSKY'S ARK by Jim Arnosky
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Children will respond to this visually and verbally eloquent showcase. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Arnosky (Watching Desert Wildlife, 1998, etc.) welcomes the new millennium with this abbreviated gallery of favorite animals, matched to a plea for conservation. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 1999

"Wee wit is plentiful in this pint-sized pleaser and its companion, Mouse Numbers (0-395- 55006-8). (Picture book. 1-3)"
Combining the simplicity of Harold and the Purple Crayon with the palette of Winnie the Pooh, Arnosky (Watching Desert Wildlife, 1998, etc.) cleverly demonstrates a mouse's creativity in constructing the letters of the alphabet out of sticks. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"The jolly woodsman is forever on the lookout, his eyes open in every habitat, and young readers who have identified backyard birds and tracked wildlife alongside Crinkleroot before will be glad he's back. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his 12th appearance, Crinkleroot, the Santa Claus of the natural world, takes Walking Stick on a hike from the woods down to the lake to search for Sassafrass, a small orange snake he's befriended. Read full book review >
WATCHING DESERT WILDLIFE by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Glorious colors—the emerald green of a Sonoran whipsnake, the pink stain of a pronghorn's waterhole—lift the desert landscape and its creatures out of the dust and into the light. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Arnosky (Crinkleroot's Visit to Crinkle Cove, p. 892, etc.) departs from his usual wildlife settings with a trip to the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts of the American Southwest. Read full book review >
LITTLE LIONS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 1998

"Still, toddlers will cozy up to these pictures, which do not idealize wild creatures as much as present them for observation in terms that make sense to the very young. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mother mountain lion basks in the sun while her roly-poly kits play on the rock ledge beside her. Read full book review >
WATCHING WATER BIRDS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Remarking on his own drawings, the author encourages readers to copy his illustrations in addition to sketching birds outdoors, taking this bird lesson a step beyond mere identification. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
A cross between a naturalist's diary of backyard observations and a guide to identifying water birds, for newcomers or for pint-sized veterans of duck-feeding at the local pond. Read full book review >
CRINKLEROOT'S GUIDE TO KNOWING ANIMAL HABITS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Softly colored watercolors provide a sweeping overview of habitats with details of animals found there, making this an appealing adventure from Arnosky (Rabbits & Raindrops, 1997, etc.). (Picture book. 7-10)"
Crinkleroot's 11th adventure is a cross-country tour of 8 habitats and an introduction to 80 different wildlife species. Read full book review >
RABBITS & RAINDROPS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"It's an admirable attempt to make nature accessible, but the real story is in the playfulness of the bunnies and the world they inhabit. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Arnosky (Nearer Nature, p. 964, etc.) continues his nature observations in this tale of five bunnies who come out to play in the grass with their mother and spot a caterpillar, butterfly, bird, spider, bumblebee, and more small creatures before raindrops chase them back under the hedge. Read full book review >
NEARER NATURE by Jim Arnosky
NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"This is a book to be savored, not only for the information it conveys but for its affirmation of the beauty of nature. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
For 20 years Arnosky (I See Animals Hiding, 1995, etc.) has lived on a Vermont farm ``tucked back against the mountains,'' far from main roads, cities, and villages. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT OWLS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"One night scene shows ghostly owls, swooping between shadowy trees, with white hand-lettered owl cries and the names of the birds indentified in white type; it's a poetic composition that is also confusing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A first look at owls for younger readers. Read full book review >
I SEE ANIMALS HIDING by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"It's a top notch book for providing young naturalists with a glimpse into one of the animal kingdom's best kept secrets. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Camouflage is the theme of Arnosky's guide; readers journeying through these pages will delight in searching out the woodcocks, snowshoe hares, screech owls and others who are perfectly concealed in simple watercolor sketches. Read full book review >
ALL NIGHT NEAR THE WATER by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"As in McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, an aura of security pervades the simple, descriptive text and lovely art here, making this a wonderful introduction to wildlife observation. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
A night in the life of a mallard and her new ducklings. Read full book review >
EVERY AUTUMN COMES THE BEAR by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Again, real natural history in a lovely book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a brief, conversational narrative, Vermonter Arnosky describes a bear arriving on the rocky, wooded hill near his home, disturbing a bobcat in his explorations, taking a last drink from the spring, clawing a tree, and choosing a den for the winter (``Nestled there against cold rock, with only fat and fur to keep him warm''). Read full book review >
CRINKLEROOT'S 25 BIRDS EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

For the youngest, a fine concept book. Read full book review >
OTTERS UNDER WATER by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"First-rate natural history for the youngest. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
A very simple descriptive text captions full-bleed color- pencil illustrations of two young otters on a morning fishing expedition, largely under the waters of their northern pond. Read full book review >
CRINKLEROOT'S GUIDE TO KNOWING THE TREES by Jim Arnosky
NATURE
Released: March 31, 1992

"An attractive introduction, with illustrations that convey information as lucidly as the brief but concise and well-organized text. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
The appealing old woodland character introduced in I Was Born in a Tree and Raised by Bees (1977) explains the parts of a tree, uses leaves, seeds, and fall colors to differentiate among species, and then describes the differences between hardwood and softwood forests, emphasizing the advantages of a mixed woods to the many creatures who live in it. Read full book review >
LONG SPIKES by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 1992

"Young readers who can perceive the drama in this simple story will be the wiser for it. (Fiction. 10+)"
In early spring, yearling fawns Long Spikes and his sister lose their mother to coyotes, led by a wily female with a hooked fang. Read full book review >
FISH IN A FLASH! by Jim Arnosky
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"All that's missing is how to kill a fish—one suspects that what this gentle artist likes best is to admire his fish and then set them free. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
In joyful text and expressive drawings, an artist-naturalist makes vivid the bliss of a favorite sport. Read full book review >
THE EMPTY LOT by Dale H. Fife
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

"Reverting to his earlier cartoon style, Arnosky lightens the mood while still observing the wildlife with a practiced eye. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Harry has come to look over a lot he's selling—his buyers plan a parking garage or a factory—but finds that the area already has plenty of tenants: a tree is an apartment house for birds; frogs and insects share the stream; children have built a tree house. Read full book review >
Released: July 30, 1990

"A cheerful introduction to some of the simple pleasures of the natural world."
The jovial woodsman ("born in a tree and raised by bees") is back, inviting readers to join him in the summer woods. Read full book review >
COME OUT, MUSKRATS by Jim Arnosky
Released: March 22, 1989

In the style of his Watching Foxes (1984) but surpassing it in virtuosity and visual presentation of information, a description of muskrats' behavior in a cove within view of Arnosky's red barn in northern Vermont. Read full book review >