Books by Jose Aruego

THE LAST LAUGH by Jose Aruego
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

A sly snake with a fondness for sneaking up on unsuspecting animals and making them jump earns both humiliation and a taste of its own medicine in this nearly wordless outing—dedicated "to bullies everywhere." Read full book review >
RACCOON’S LAST RACE by Joseph Bruchac
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Readers will hope this foursome keeps on rolling. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
Azban the Raccoon is a favorite Abenaki trickster and this father-and-son storytelling pair creates a lively, clever, and authentic version of his story. Read full book review >
DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE! by Karen Beaumont
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

There is a good blend of musicality, movement, and suspense—all pegged for the preschooler's ear—in this cumulative rhyme-along from Beaumont. Read full book review >
TURTLE’S RACE WITH BEAVER by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Each animal bursts with personality in this sure winner. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
In the spirit of the traditional "Hare and the Tortoise," the Bruchacs retell a Seneca tale. Read full book review >
LIZARD’S GUEST by George Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

The latest installment of Lizard's adventures (Lizard's Home, 1999, etc.) begins with Lizard exuberantly dancing and singing, until he stomps on Skunk's toes by accident. Read full book review >
ROSA RAPOSA by F. Isabel Campoy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Jaguar had better keep his promise to return. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Deep in the Brazilian jungle, Rosa Raposa is making mischief. Read full book review >
THE LITTLEST WOLF by Larry Dane Brimner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Move over, Leo the Late Bloomer, it's Little One's turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like eating at a restaurant called "Mom's," there are those who avoid any children's title with the word "Littlest" in it. Read full book review >
WEIRD FRIENDS by Jose Aruego
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Rare is the child who doesn't recognize or enjoy the art of this successful team, but these days, informational books need more than pretty pictures. (pronunciation guide) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Two veteran illustrators take on nature study in this expanded version of Aruego's Symbiosis: A Book of Unusual Friendships (1970), with indifferent success. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A winner. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
Noted storyteller Bruchac (Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, p. 1498, etc.) teams up with his son, James (Native American Games and Stories, not reviewed) to present a pourquoi tale from the East Coast Native American tradition. Read full book review >
MOUSE IN LOVE by Robert Kraus
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A weak effort from veterans who generally do better. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A trite valentine abbreviated to the point of confusion. Read full book review >
ANTARCTIC ANTICS by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The animated, icy doings are faithfully chronicled by Aruego and Dewey, but lest readers think this is all tongue-in-cheek, the author includes short list of further information. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A blithe collection of poems about emperor penguins based on factual information about the species. Read full book review >
APRIL SHOWERS by George Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

Cheerful illustrations accompany a lackluster text that seems more suited to a storyteller's live performance than the page. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A concluding song (melody by Bill Haymes) needs an accompaniment to support its syncopated rhythms and implied harmonic changes, but the lower staff has been left blank—so why print it at all? (Poetry/Picture book. 5-8)"
Animals celebrate seasonal delights—from an ice-skating January cat to November pigs feasting on pie and December's union of all the characters to carry a Christmas tree. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY RHYMES, SPECIAL TIMES by Bobbye S. Goldstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Index. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-7)"
The title sets the tone—32 lighthearted poems celebrate parties, presents, and being the special person of the day; also included are a few non-children who might have birthdays—a mother, a grandfather clock, the moon. Read full book review >