Books by Jonathan London

FROGGY GETS A DOGGY by Jonathan London
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

Froggy returns for another minor adventure in his well-documented life with this 23rd outing.

This time, Froggy wants to get a dog. Read full book review >

HERE COMES FIREFIGHTER HIPPO  by Jonathan London
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"What job will Little Hippo tackle next? Readers will be there for it. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The imaginative Little Hippo is back, this time as a pint-sized firefighter. Read full book review >
FROGGY'S WORST PLAYDATE by Jonathan London
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Not the most smoothly transitioned of Froggy fare, but endearing nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Fans expect a flop flop flop in every Froggy adventure, but in this latest work, Froggy's emotions flip-flop more than his webbed feet ever do. Read full book review >
HERE COMES DOCTOR HIPPO by Jonathan London
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sweet but not filling. (Picture book. 3-5)"
London's newest character, Little Hippo, is big on imagination, even if he is a pint-sized pretend doctor. Read full book review >
LITTLE LOST TIGER by Jonathan London
Released: May 1, 2012

"A beautifully written episode with a strong conservation message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In lyrical free verse, nature-writer London gives readers a tiny peek into the lives of a Siberian tiger cub and his mother. Read full book review >
LITTLE PENGUIN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

Children are introduced to emperor penguins, the largest of the penguin species, as readers follow a single emperor chick from his hatching to his first swim in the sea at five months of age.

As Little Emperor grows, readers learn how these birds survive the harsh cold of the Antarctic, how they communicate, how and what the chicks are fed and about the predator that Little Emperor faces when he finally reaches the sea. Read full book review >

A PLANE GOES KA-ZOOM! by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

London's rhymed text is easy to follow, easy to read and, importantly, easy to engage; like the subject, it lifts young readers and carries them off. Read full book review >

I’M A TRUCK DRIVER by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: June 22, 2010

A dream-come-true for lovers of construction trucks and big machinery. Read full book review >

LITTLE SWAN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

This elegantly simple and informative story chronicles a year in the life of a family of trumpeter swans. Read full book review >

A TRAIN GOES CLICKETY-CLACK by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

A good picture book on trains can be as pleasurable as witnessing the real thing tear the air and move the earth under your feet. Read full book review >

MY BIG RIG by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

In a merry head trip, London takes a young trucker on a transcontinental voyage in a big rig. Read full book review >

A TRUCK GOES RATTLEY-BUMPA by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Joining the slew of automobile-oriented picture books is London's newest all-around toddler-pleaser covering the colors, styles, sounds and purposes of trucks: "A truck could be blue." Read full book review >

FROGGY’S SLEEPOVER by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

London's ever-endearing Froggy attempts to swing his first sleepover at his friend Max's house. Read full book review >

GIVING THANKS by Jonathan London
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

A young boy explains how his Dad, like his Indian friends, believes that things of nature are a gift and in return something must be given back—a thank you. Read full book review >

WHEN THE FIREFLIES COME by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

In image-rich, sometimes impressionistic prose, the prolific London captures sights and sounds of summer afternoons, then celebrates a game of baseball played in the gloaming until called by darkness. Read full book review >

FROGGY GOES TO THE DOCTOR by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

A lightweight addition to the often charming Froggy canon. Read full book review >

MUSTANG CANYON by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

There are still wild horses roaming what was the Old West thanks to a wise Congress that in 1971 passed a law to protect them. Read full book review >

CROCODILE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Through night and day, across a year, Crocodile lays and hatches her young, eats crunchy turtles, and evades predators. Read full book review >

SUN DANCE WATER DANCE by Jonathan London
POETRY
Released: June 1, 2001

Luminous art and a lyrical text capture the joys of an incandescent country summer day from bright morning to dusky evening. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 31, 2001

London and Hubbard (Hip Cat, 1993) team up again, this time for a dubious celebration of a park through the seasons. Read full book review >

FROGGY EATS OUT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

The latest Froggy from London is as much fun as its predecessors to read aloud, with all its zips, zwits, and zoops. Read full book review >

WHITE WATER by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

On the banks of the Green River in Desolation Canyon, Utah, father and son prepare for a weeklong white-water rafting adventure. Read full book review >

WHERE THE BIG FISH ARE by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

Two friends decide to build a raft to sail out to where the big fish are. Read full book review >

CRUNCH MUNCH by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Filling his short, rhymed, repetitive text with chomps, crunches, slurps, slops, and other sounds of chowing down, London (Snuggle Wuggle, 2000, etc.) invites young children to compare their own eating habits to those of a frog, giraffe, aardvark, cow, and other animals. Read full book review >

GONE AGAIN PTARMIGAN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Spectacular paintings show the Ptarmigan, or Arctic grouse, through the seasons as he struggles to survive both the harsh climate and a host of predators. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Morin returns to the East African setting of his powerful Orphan Boy (Tololwa M. Mollel, 1990), pairing large animal images constructed of paint and mixed media with small but clear color photos, to go with London's (Loon Lake, above, etc.) strongly rhythmic text. Read full book review >

LOON LAKE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Rain Bird, Rain Goose, Call-up-a-Storm. Read full book review >

FROGGY PLAYS IN THE BAND by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

Like all of London's Froggy stories, this one is a charmer, but it lacks the tempo, funny little asides, and sight gags that percolate through his other adventures. Read full book review >

COUNT THE WAYS, LITTLE BROWN BEAR by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

An evening repast enjoyed outdoors inspires a flurry of counting games for a mother bear and her young cub. Read full book review >

WHAT DO YOU LOVE? by Jonathan London
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

A pair of anthropomorphic pooches frolic through their day enumerating their favorite things. Read full book review >

FROGGY’S BEST CHRISTMAS by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

The irrepressible Froggy's best Christmas is also his first, as he usually hibernates through it. Read full book review >

SHAWN AND KEEPER SHOW-AND-TELL by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2000

A lively easy reader in which the author takes a page from Letterman's stupid pet tricks and the illustrator captures the hilarity. Read full book review >

FROGGY GOES TO BED by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2000

The effervescent Froggy is up to usual tricks in his eighth appearance (Froggy Plays Soccer, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

SNUGGLE WUGGLE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

London and Rex have teamed up again (Wiggle Waggle, not reviewed) to produce a captivating bedtime tale for the preschool set. Read full book review >

WHO BOP? by Jonathan London
Released: Feb. 29, 2000

PLB 0-06-027918-4 In a tongue-tangling word-romp, London (Hip Cat, 1993, etc.) invites children to "jump right in, to swirl and spin" with the animal-attendees of his sock hop. Read full book review >

FROGGY PLAYS SOCCER by Jonathan London
Released: March 1, 1999

This latest Froggy title (Froggy Goes to School, 1996, etc.) is utterly unfocused, with the star careening from soccer dolt to Mr. Superkick. Read full book review >

THE WATERFALL by Jonathan London
Released: March 1, 1999

London (Ice Bear and Little Fox, 1998, etc.) describes a family's trip into the mountains to backpack up a creek. Read full book review >

ICE BEAR AND LITTLE FOX by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

Icy blue and white paintings dominate this handsome story of a polar bear during his first year away from his mother. Read full book review >

DREAM WEAVER by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

Through the eyes of a curious child, readers observe the behavior of a single yellow spider and his world in a lyrical bedtime story. Read full book review >

PUDDLES by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

From London (see review, above), a joyous celebration of a world all wet the morning after a night of rain. Read full book review >

ALI, CHILD OF THE DESERT by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

Ali and his father are traveling by camel through the Sahara Desert to market, when a sandstorm whips up out of nowhere, separating them. Read full book review >

WHAT NEWT COULD DO FOR TURTLE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

A story of friendship and reciprocity that teaches without preaching, from London (Old Salt, Young Salt, p. 901, etc.). Vivid illustrations by Voce transport readers to a swamp in spring, where birds chirp, and Newt, crawling out of the sun- warmed mud where he has been hibernating for the winter, is stuck. Read full book review >

FROGGY GOES TO SCHOOL by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

Froggy's back (Froggy Learns to Swim, 1995, etc.) and on his first day of school, he wakes up late and goes to class in his underwear! Read full book review >

OLD SALT, YOUNG SALT by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

When the men at the shore refuse him the chance to help drag the boat to the water, Aaron recognizes how much he longs to be treated as an adult. Read full book review >

JACKRABBIT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1996

London adds to his works about wild creatures (Master Elk and the Mountain Lion and Honey Paw and Lightfoot, both 1995; Condor's Egg, 1994) with this poetically written book based, once again, on a true experience. Read full book review >

THE VILLAGE BASKET WEAVER by Jonathan London
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1996

In the coastal village of Belize, a boy takes over the tradition of basket weaving when his beloved, infirm grandfather can no longer carry on. Grandfather Carpio laments to his grandson Tavio that young people no longer learn from the elders ``how to do the dances and sing the old songs.'' All the old ways, in fact, are in danger of being forgotten. Read full book review >

FIREFLIES, FIREFLIES, LIGHT MY WAY by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

The luminosity of Messier's acrylic paintings is a perfect complement to the theme of a magical night journey. Read full book review >

RED WOLF COUNTRY by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

This book brings environmental awareness to readers, not by preaching facts and figures, but by tapping into the forces of nature with matching artistic energy. Read full book review >

I SEE THE MOON AND THE MOON SEES ME by Jonathan London
HUMOR
Released: March 1, 1996

London (Where's Home?, p. 858, etc.) has charmingly adapted a nursery favorite. Read full book review >

MASTER ELK AND THE MOUNTAIN LION by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

The creators of Voices of the Wild (1993) highlight California's Tule elk (once nearly extinct) in this dramatic but sketchy vignette. Read full book review >

WHERE'S HOME? by Jonathan London
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

Hoping for a fresh start, a homeless teenager and his father head for San Francisco in this first novel from an author of picture books (The Sugaring-Off Party, p. 228, etc.). San Francisco is crowded with street people and short on employment. Read full book review >

LIKE BUTTER ON PANCAKES by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

From pre-dawn to dark night, a young boy's day on a farm is recorded in a few expressive lines of text per page. Read full book review >

THE SUGARING-OFF PARTY by Jonathan London
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

In her reminiscences about a sugaring-off party for her grandson Paul, Grand-märe makes this yearly event come alive. Read full book review >

VOICES OF THE WILD by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

In a spare, stalwart first person, a dozen animals describe themselves and their wariness of a man who paddles his kayak to observe them in their northern habitat. Read full book review >

HIP CAT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

``Living all alone in a riverside shack:/Oobie-do the Sax Man Scat Man,/the cool cat man'' takes his sax to the city and wails ``his song of longing, his song of joy,/his song of loneliness and looniness'' to great applause but so little pay that he's reduced to working at the Doggie Diner. Read full book review >

FIRE RACE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

The Yellow Jackets are known to keep fire on top of their snowy mountain; boldly, Coyote offers to ``make them pretty'' if they close their eyes. Read full book review >

GRAY FOX by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

A quiet, poetic text and luminous art depict a fox's year from fall to summer when, mesmerized by headlights, he's struck by a truck on a country road. Read full book review >

THE OWL WHO BECAME THE MOON by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

Two themes—a ride on a steam train beneath a full moon, and the wild animals that might be ranging through the snow-covered mountains beyond the train's windows—are linked in a simple, poetically evocative text in which the owl rather enigmatically ``sits on a limb/and winks and whoos/and becomes the moon''; several of the animals curl up in their burrows and fall asleep; and the train goes on its way, its sounds contrasting with the otherwise prevailing silence. Read full book review >

Released: March 25, 1992

From a velvety moonlit wetland scene in "Big Moon" to the glory of a deciduous forest in the "Moon of Falling Leaves," Locker once again proves himself a gifted landscape artist. Read full book review >

THE LION WHO HAD ASTHMA by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

``Sean is a lion roaring in the jungle...At suppertime, he's a GIANT munching trees.'' Each double spread shows a lively little boy at the left (the trees are broccoli) and the vibrant creature he imagines himself to be at the right. Read full book review >