Books by Jonah Winter

JFK by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by A.G. Ford
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Overwrought and flawed history accompanied by unappealing illustrations. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
An homage to the 35th president of the United States, marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Read full book review >
YOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?! by Jonah Winter
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Say hey! An all-star gem to share with grandparents, parents, children, baseball fans and anyone else. (author's note, career highlights, glossary of baseball terms, online resources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The greatest baseball player of all time?! Read full book review >
JUST BEHAVE, PABLO PICASSO! by Jonah Winter
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An energetic and affectionate introduction to an artist who was always somewhat larger than life. (biographical note) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A terrific opening—a serene, classical landscape interrupted by Pablo Picasso's exuberant burst through the canvas of this bucolic scene—leads into a simplified look at Picasso's artistic development from adolescent prodigy through his 20s. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"In any consideration of noteworthy lives, Baker stands tall and sparkles as a determined, brave and singular woman of color. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
The African-American singer and dancer was idolized in France because of her extraordinary talent as a stage performer and scorned in the United States because of her color. Read full book review >
WILD WOMEN OF THE WILD WEST by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"Young researchers eager to know more about outlaw Belle Starr and adventurer and philanthropist Nellie Cashman might start here, but they will have to move on to more reliable sources. (timeline, map) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
A good idea by a fine author and illustrator goes somewhat awry in this middle-grade collective biography of 15 women of the Old West. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE GARBAGE BARGE! by Jonah Winter
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

A stinky story never seemed so sweet. Read full book review >

PEACEFUL HEROES by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Atop Addy's powerful oil-and-collage portraits heightened with passionate swirls of brushwork, Winter pays fervent tribute to 14 nonviolent crusaders. Read full book review >

THE FABULOUS FEUD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN  by Jonah Winter
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

Author and illustrator set the opening scene as impeccably as their subjects: Life in Victorian England is grim. Read full book review >

YOU NEVER HEARD OF SANDY KOUFAX?! by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

This book promises to be spectacular with its cover—a 3-D lenticular rendering of the great left-hander, from windup to follow-through—and largely delivers. Read full book review >

GERTRUDE IS GERTRUDE IS GERTRUDE IS GERTRUDE by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

Gertrude is Gertrude and a rose is a rose and Jonah and Calef are writer and artist. Read full book review >

BARACK by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by A.G. Ford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Winter brings all the passion he can muster to this picture-book biography of the Democratic presidential candidate, to whom he dedicates the book. Read full book review >

STEEL TOWN by Jonah Winter
FICTION
Released: May 20, 2008

Evocative illustrations pulse with energy and poetic prose describes the nation's industrial past in loving detail. Read full book review >

MUHAMMAD ALI by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

Biblical syntax and cadences lift The Greatest from sports legend to prophet in this remarkable homage. Read full book review >

THE SECRET WORLD OF HILDEGARD by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Using heightened language that matches his mother's exquisite, hieratic pictures, Jonah Winter limns the life of an extraordinary woman, the 12th-century Hildegard of Bingen. Read full book review >

DIZZY by Jonah Winter
Kirkus Star
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Sean Qualls
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

The syncopated rhythms of bebop form the backbeat to this introduction to Dizzy Gillespie. Read full book review >

THE 39 APARTMENTS OF LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN by Jonah Winter
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

Those appreciative of Beethoven's work can now commiserate with the difficulties of owning five legless pianos and having to move in and out of 39 apartments all because of rude neighbors who couldn't tell a good note from a toneless bang. Read full book review >

ROBERTO CLEMENTE by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2005

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente dreamed of playing baseball. Read full book review >

Released: May 15, 2001

Before 1947, Latino baseball players, like their African-American counterparts, found that acceptance into the Major Leagues was based on the tint of their skin rather than the talent they possessed. Read full book review >

FRIDA by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Ana Juan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

A picture-book homage to the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, whose indomitable spirit has become a revered icon for struggling women artists. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1999

In this worthy packet of information about famous players from the Negro Leagues, Winter's narrative is marred only by a comic-book tone and exclamation points that detract from otherwise spectacular statistics and stories. Read full book review >

DIEGO by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, translated by Amy Prince, illustrated by Jeanette Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Winter's small, bordered paintings, in rich, intense colors, nicely evoke folk motifs and other themes in Rivera's work, including his concern for ``poor people'' and their ``war for equality.'' An excellent beginning biography. (Biography/Picture book. 6-10)

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A bilingual life of the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, weighted toward his early life (he was a poor scholar whose sympathetic parents provided plenty of artistic materials and sent him to art school quite young) and his pride in his heritage. Read full book review >