Books by Jim Aylesworth

MY GRANDFATHER'S COAT by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Sweet and tender and joyful. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 4-9)"
An immigrant tailor passes the American dream on to new generations, one stitch at a time. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE DOO, CREAK, POP-POP, MOO by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A snapshot of country life full of sounds and sentiment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What can you hear on a farm? Read full book review >
THE MITTEN by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Fresh. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little boy goes out to play in the snow with the mittens his grandmother knitted him, but comes back with only one. Read full book review >
OUR ABE LINCOLN by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A charming tribute. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
Adapted from an old song and presented as a children's pantomime, this picture-book survey of the life of the 16th president is well suited for classroom use with early elementary students. Read full book review >
LITTLE BITTY MOUSIE by Jim Aylesworth
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Additionally, the lilting verse and sing-song refrain make this a treasure of the genre. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In this outstanding alphabet rhyme, a wee, purple-frocked mouse goes "Tip-tip tippy tippy" through a lovingly detailed house, going "Sniff-sniff sniffy sniffy" all the way along. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Jim Aylesworth
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Though not straying as far from standard versions as Diane Stanley's Goldie and the Three Bears (p. 1024), this new rendition gives the classic tale a fresh shot of charm. Read full book review >
NAUGHTY LITTLE MONKEYS by Jim Aylesworth
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Not to fear, they simply go off to the zoo in the morning, just as young readers go to school. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Exuberantly naughty monkeys abound in this energetic alphabet book. Read full book review >
THE BURGER AND THE HOT DOG by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"258, etc.) has cooked up a batch of humorous, mixed-media illustrations in a loose, washy style, using coffee for the brown tones for additional thematic flavor. (Poetry. 5-9)"
Kids who devour poems by Silverstein and Prelutsky will sink their teeth into this collection of poetry featuring a banquet of fanciful food characters. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF TRICKY FOX by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Source note. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
A veteran educator, Aylesworth slips young would-be tricksters a friendly warning in this trippingly retold folktale. Read full book review >
THE FULL BELLY BOWL by Jim Aylesworth
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The magic is gone, but the regrets are few in this thoroughly realized, easy-to-cherish tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A concise and covertly cautionary original folktale is complemented by precise and charming colored-pencil illustrations in this wholly delightful book. Read full book review >
AUNT PITTY PATTY'S PIGGY by Jim Aylesworth
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"McClintock emphasizes expression over action, and employs the same dainty brown line and soft watercolor wash of this team's previous book. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
Aylesworth and McClintock (The Gingerbread Man, 1998) tackle the story of the old woman whose pig won't go over the stile, hindering her from going home. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD MAN by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"With Richard Egielski's The Gingerbread Boy (1997) hot off the press and other fine variations of the tale still in print, it's hard to make the case for this one, other than to appreciate its antique look. (Picture book/folklore. 4-6)"
A traditional cumulative tale, which Aylesworth (My Sister's Rusty Bike, 1996, etc.) endows with a lively pace, is illustrated in a decidedly old-fashioned style, giving the book the look and feel of a reproduction of an old edition. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE NIGHT by Jim Aylesworth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"The artist's use of perspective assigns the red car of the traveler a personality—it has a character all its own, dwarfed by city skyscrapers or stationed in a driveway, mirroring moonlight in its glass. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a lullaby to night, readers settle in with a lonely father on a long drive through a landscape of hills and highways; he is longing to reach home, where his children and wife wait. Read full book review >
MY SISTER'S RUSTY BIKE by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A quirky and wonderful journey. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Aylesworth (Wake Up, Little Children, p. 856, etc.) has again teamed up with Hull (his collaborator on The Cat and The Fiddle and More, 1992, etc.) for a wild ride through the country: ``I once rode around America/On my sister's rusty bike./I found some crazy places and/Some folks I think you'll like.'' A visit to Massachusetts yields cats with purple fur, West Virginia features pink pet sheep, Indiana has blue-spotted cows, and Oklahoma has a horse who loves TV. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, LITTLE CHILDREN by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Inviting illustrations bathe verdant country scenes in a warm, impressionistic glow. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Subtitled ``A Rise-and-Shine Rhyme,'' this wake-up story does for mornings what bedtime stories have long done for evenings. Read full book review >
THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE AND MORE by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Good fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beginning with the familiar rhyme, Aylesworth adds a dozen or so similar verses, all equally silly: ``Hey gravy gravy!/The ram joined the navy,/The skunk sprayed French perfume;/The little hen laughed/To see such sport,/And the mop ran away with the broom.'' None has the mystery or simplicity of the original, but kids will enjoy chuckling over them and will want to make up their own—an activity that'll lure them into examining the verse's form and logic. Read full book review >
THE FOLKS IN THE VALLEY by Jim Aylesworth
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 30, 1992

From ``Alarm clocks ring;/It's almost dawn'' to ``Z's the sound/Of their well-earned rest;/They sleep in peace./Their lives are blessed,'' a daylong depiction of a picturesque way of life. Read full book review >
OLD BLACK FLY by Jim Aylesworth
Released: April 10, 1992

"Sheer delight for eyes, ears, and funny-bones. (Picture book. 3+)"
"Old black fly's been/buzzin' around...And he's had a very/busy bad day," begins this alphabetical litany of misdemeanors ("He frolicked on the Eggs/for the birthday cake./He licked up the Frosting,/ for goodness sake./Shoo fly!/Shoo fly!/Shooo"). Read full book review >