Books by John Warren Stewig

NOBODY ASKED THE PEA by John Warren Stewig
Released: March 15, 2013

"Not for young children, but good fun for middle-grade fans of fractured fairy tales as well as highly useful in classrooms. (Picture book. 8-12)"
An extraordinarily arch and campy version of "The Princess and the Pea" is told from multiple points of view. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS WATCHED by John Warren Stewig
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Both text and illustrations include Noah's wife and his sons and their wives as important working members of the expedition. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
A structured text and animal pairs introduced in alphabetical order are the devices used in this retelling of the Noah's Ark story. Read full book review >
WHUPPITY STOORIE by John Warren Stewig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2004

"An author's note explains the origin of the tale and compares to variant retellings. (Folktale. 4-8)"
A fresh and spirited retelling of an oft-told Scottish tale. Read full book review >
MOTHER HOLLY by John Warren Stewig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Westerman (Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, 1995, etc.) wields color like a magic wand, making well water translucent, peacock feathers iridescent, and the heavy silk of Rose's blue gown palpable. (Folktale. 7-10)"
A spirited and re-imagined retelling of a lesser-known tale by the Brothers Grimm. Read full book review >
MAKING PLUM JAM by John Warren Stewig
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A good choice to inspire storytelling sessions and children's own writing. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Eccentric aunts Jane, Lizzie, and Alice star in Stewig's (Mother Holly, 2001, etc.) memoir-ish account of a boy's summer sojourn to the country. Read full book review >
CLEVER GRETCHEN by John Warren Stewig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"This Gretchen's a winner. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
A fresh and buoyant look at the well-known folktale. Read full book review >
KING MIDAS by John Warren Stewig
Released: March 15, 1999

"Such wonderful details bind the art and the text with perfect alacrity, ensuring that this book will not be long on the shelves. (Picture book/folkore. 5-9)"
A polished, poignant retelling of a familiar legend and its worthy moral, that some things in life are worth more than their weight in gold. Read full book review >
STONE SOUP by John Warren Stewig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1991

"All in all, a pleasing new version of a popular favorite. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Stewig changes the soldiers in this familiar story into a young girl and sets it in a framing tale whose beginning sounds like an updated, psychologically correct ``Three Little Pigs'': Grethel and her mother love each other but they're too poor to subsist, so Grethel decides to set out and try her luck. Read full book review >