Books by John Stadler

WILSON AND MISS LOVELY by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: June 23, 2009

"Sweetly surreal. (Picture book/novelty. 4-7)"
After just one week, Wilson the rabbit loves his teacher, Miss Lovely, so much that he just can't wait for the next one. Read full book review >
THE BALLAD OF WILBUR AND THE MOOSE by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: June 10, 2008

"Yup, a real knee-slapper. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Originally published in 1989 and billed here as new and revised (though evidently not enough to update the copyright year), this somewhat tall Western yarn recounts the exploits of young Wilbur Little, a lime-juice-loving pig-herder who takes on a crooked gambler and then a set of rustlers with help from his ex-pugilist blue moose, Alvin. Read full book review >
CATILDA by John Stadler
by John Stadler, illustrated by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Deceptively simple at first glance, this suspenseful episode will keep a surprising range of readers rapt. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reminiscent of John Burningham's classic Come Away From the Water, Shirley (1977) and other stories in which the text and pictures tell very different tales, this pairs a hushed conversation between never-seen parents and a child's silent, adventure-filled sojourn over the ocean to reclaim a left-behind teddy bear. Read full book review >
WHAT’S SO SCARY? by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"No Paint (below). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stadler's cartoonishly drawn characters escape both disaster and authorial control in this freewheeling romp. Read full book review >
ONE SEAL by John Stadler
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A surprising last twist reveals the lone boy once again scurrying after his fleeing kite and leaves ample room for speculation as to what glorious event will occur next. (Picture book. 4-7)"
PLB 0-531-33195-4 Chasing after his kite, which has been liberated by the wind, a small boy spies a solitary seal, the first in an extraordinary assortment of animals. Read full book review >
THE CATS OF MRS. CALAMARI by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Great loony stuff. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From its title to its last page, absolutely inspired silliness from Stadler (Cat Is Back at Bat, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
CAT IS BACK AT BAT by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Good practice for novices, who may want to make up their own rhymed, comical situations. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
On each double spread of this amusing very easy reader, Stadler links three rhyming words in a brief sentence and illustrates the silly results, some of which are funnier than others: ``A goat in a coat sails a boat'' is predictable, but ``A crab tries to grab a cab'' is worth a chuckle when he appears on a city street with a briefcase. Read full book review >