Books by Karl Swanson

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Still, this makes an engrossing survival tale, and provides unusual insight into Muir's character. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A dramatic retelling of an episode from renowned naturalist Muir's memoirs, set to equally dramatic, if somewhat jumbled illustrations. Read full book review >
WHEN GRAMPA KISSED HIS ELBOW by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Grandpa share. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gifted storyteller (The Dancing Skeleton, 1989) presents a familiar theme—a happy relationship between grandparent and child—with unusual insight and sensitivity. Read full book review >
HOMEBODY by Joyce McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"The story is told in a fresh, lucid style that effectively dramatizes the familiar situation; Swanson's soft full-color art, reflecting the shadows and evening light in which the cat conceals herself, extends the quietly poignant tone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peebles sneak away from their ramshackle house, leaving a pile of trash and abandoning their dog and cat. Read full book review >