Books by Jonathan London

FROGGY'S BIRTHDAY WISH by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Predictable fare to be sure, but series fans will likely follow Froggy wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In his 24th adventure, Froggy finally celebrates a birthday. Read full book review >
HIPPOS ARE HUGE! by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"The combined effect is a playful, clever introduction to the hippo that works for read-alouds or independent study. (index, author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Hippos are huge, graceful and dangerous, as depicted in this colorful, informative book for the youngest naturalists. Read full book review >
LITTLE PUFFIN'S FIRST FLIGHT by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 2, 2015

"A bracing nature adventure for animal-loving preschoolers. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A horned puffin hatches, grows and flies for the first time on the Alaskan coast. Read full book review >
THE SEASONS OF LITTLE WOLF by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Respectful and informative, with dashes of humor and drama. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
The creators of The Eyes of Grey Wolf (1993) bring the same close intimacy to this sequel—a chronicle of a cub's eventful first year.Read full book review >
FROGGY GETS A DOGGY by Jonathan London
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"Die-hard Froggy fans may enjoy his latest small adventure, but this doesn't offer anything new in the crowded let's-get-a-dog pack. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Froggy returns for another minor adventure in his well-documented life with this 23rd outing. 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

"Not the most factual or fascinating book on the penguin shelf, still this offers a chick's point of view, which may appeal to younger audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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. Read full book review >
A PLANE GOES KA-ZOOM! by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A deft weave of word and image. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"Well-suited to read-alouds that encourage participation, this is sure to come as a breath of fresh air to adults accustomed to the usual construction-truck fare. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"A successful introduction. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
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

"All Aboard! (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"The big rig is even better. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"The text is basic and slight with a pleasant rhyming cadence meant for the earliest listeners, and every illustration is loaded with a wide variety of these oversized vehicles. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"Well-honed illustrations from Remkiewicz depicting the dark of the night and the mild cavortings of Froggy and Max will give readers a taste of both nighttime's spookiness and the beautiful sanctuary of home. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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 simple message with a unique spirituality enriched with handsome art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"The thong-thong of backyard badminton,' will bring back those hazy crazy days for any readers wondering whether winter will ever end. (Picture book. 7-9)"
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

"Froggy is typically good at offering a little direction to young readers—about sportsmanship, for instance, or how not to eat in restaurants—but no such is tendered here, be it positive or negative example, except for a slight introduction to the event. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lightweight addition to the often charming Froggy canon. Read full book review >
MUSTANG CANYON by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"One could only hope one day to see a herd of Mustangs in the wild, pounding resolutely to their own purpose, and that longing will start here for many young imaginations. (afterword, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"For young crocodile enthusiasts or for classroom use, this is a fine introduction to the habitat and habits of American crocodiles. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
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

"A standout. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"There are many better books that take readers on seasonal adventures; this one, alas, is not much more than cloyin' and annoyin'. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"Froggy, though you may not want to take him home. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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

"Kastner depicts the action-packed adventure of white-water rafting splendidly, with her earthy oil paintings filled with color and life. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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

"Gustavson (The Day Eddie Met the Author, see above, etc.) fills two-page spreads with rich paintings that immerse readers into the wet and wild world the two boys experienced one unforgettable summer. (Picture book. 7-10)"
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

"It's not Denise Fleming's Lunch (1992)—or for that matter Peter Spier's classic Gobble, Growl, Grunt (1971)—but it does cheerily celebrate the pleasures of noisy eating while deftly introducing the idea that for us such behavior is an option, not a necessity. (Picture book. 4-6)"
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

"A solid nature title, with paintings that are a visual delight and a text that reads like poetry. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
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

"Like Manya Stojic's Rain (2000), which has a similar setting, or, from Down Under, Katrina Germein's Big Rain Coming (2000), a sense of place is as vividly evoked as the universal relief when the saving rain falls at last. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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. These are names native people of the North give to the loon. Read full book review >
FROGGY PLAYS IN THE BAND by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Neither one appears with much success—forget about the usual dazzle—in this work. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"However, older ones, with a surer grasp on their number line, will enjoy this clever foray into counting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"The gentle rhythm of the text, as it moves from daytime to evening activities, make this an ideal choice for bedtime, softly sending sleepy readers off to dream land. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"A cameo from 'Santa Owl' is the only surprise here, but as Froggy continues to hop through the holidays, he has plenty of fans hopping along behind. (Picture book. 5-7)"
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

"After all, 'they were the best of friends.' (Fiction. 4-7)"
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

"It's a jolly take on a theme as evergreen as the characters, though unlike Peggy Rathmann's 10 Minutes Till Bedtime (1998), it may give Froggy's younger fans some new bedtime maneuvers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"Besides providing a cuddly bedtime story, London's tale also aids little ones in identifying a broad assortment of familiar animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"Working in confident, vivid colors, Cole sets out a playful visual introduction to musical instruments; the scenes are fairly bursting with joyful dancers who are so engaging that joining the hip-hop hoppin' may be the only way to go. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"Remkiewicz's illustrations have charm; it is in their appeal that this book will find its audience. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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

"A poetic appreciation of the beauty of nature and respect for its awesome force. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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

"A striking volume. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"Fascinating and fun spider facts cap off a rare effort where engaging text, distinct illustrations, and smart design jibe perfectly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"The illustrations are full of light, color, and motion, especially in the adroit depictions of mud and water, reflections and perspectives. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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

"Lewin's watercolors capture the iridescent shifts of rainbow hues across the desert sand and sky, as day fades into night. (Picture book. 6-9)"
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

"These oversize pages are full of small, refreshingly simple lessons on how friends help each other; with a rhythmic telling that may have readers chanting along, the story is perfectly delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A story of friendship and reciprocity that teaches without preaching, from London (Old Salt, Young Salt, p. 901, etc.). Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO SCHOOL by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Remkiewicz's bright watercolors feature punchy, bouncy, bug-eyed animals wearing emphatically exaggerated expressions: This bunch is easy to love. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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

"691, etc.) have both shone elsewhere, but this may be the collaboration that got away. (Picture book. 6-9)"
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

"Included is a photo of the jackrabbit that inspired the piece. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"A thoughtful tale about the importance of keeping traditions alive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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. Read full book review >
FIREFLIES, FIREFLIES, LIGHT MY WAY by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"A fortunate match of the author of Master Elk and the Mountain Lion (1995) and an illustrator new to picture books. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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

"But the book's primary function is achieved admirably: to put readers in wolf country, running with the pack. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"Nevertheless, a lovely mood piece for sharing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"Books with more precise, specific observations, like Susan Bonners's Hunter in the Snow (1994), deliver clearer insight into the natural world's checks and balances. (Picture book. 5-7)"
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

"Topped by the predictable happy ending, this slides down rather easily, but Aaron's desperate wish for a home may spark a response in younger readers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
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.). Read full book review >
LIKE BUTTER ON PANCAKES by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"The bold drawings have the naive look of a child's scrawl; these artfully complement the text. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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

"Simple, descriptive language makes the memory vivid even if Pelletier's colorful folk art did not also conjure this tradition gloriously and well. (Glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Her vibrant colors and expressive figures are the strongest feature of a book that will appeal to admirers of Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Bebop (1992), though this is neither as witty nor as original. (Picture book. 4-9)"
``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

"Afterword by Julian Lang, a member of the Karuk tribe; bibliography. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
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 good balance between tenderness toward life and recognition that it goes on after an individual death. (Picture book. 4-9)"
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

"More a lullaby than a story; slight, but attractive. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"Folklorist Bruchac and poet London work together on brief, dignified retellings of Native American legends for the accompanying text, properly pointing out in an afterword that tribes in different areas see different seasonal patterns and hold different beliefs. (Poetry/Folklore. 7-9)"
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

"Westcott's colorful, lightly sketched illustrations deftly express Sean's feelings through his own body language and that of his animal friends. (Picture book. 2-7)"
``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 >