Books by Kathleen Krull

STARSTRUCK by Kathleen Krull
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"An informative and entertaining title for aspiring young scientists. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
An introduction to the brilliant African-American astrophysicist who, from an early age, found his passion in the skies. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"Readers with siblings will relate to these stories of brothers and sisters who got along and who didn't, and only children may feel relieved to be alone. (Collective biography. 8-12)"
Krull delves into the intriguing subject of famous sibling rivalries. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Ginsburg is on the highest court but not on a pedestal in this informative, well-told biography. (timeline, court system outline, case list) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought long and hard every step of her journey to become only the second woman to be named to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Thoughtful and evocative, this book will bring a score of new readers to Carroll's impressive work. (glossary, sources) (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Tumble down the rabbit hole into a wonderland filled with rhymes and whimsical wordplay. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A patchy, unusually wrong-footed outing from the deservedly esteemed historian. (maps, index, source list) (History. 10-13)"
A portrait of the Revolutionary War as a family spat that got out of hand. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A bit patchy productionwise, but vivacious and well-argued. (timeline, glossary, source list, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
A tribute to the indefatigable Supreme Court justice—the only member of that esteemed bench ever to become a meme. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An inspirational lot, overall, of women who have 'enhanced our country in many resplendent ways.' (selected sources, index) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Frank profiles of 45 women who, for the most part, made the best of a "weird job." Read full book review >
CORETTA SCOTT KING by Kathleen Krull
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Foibles and tragedies receive due acknowledgement, but readers should come away impressed by her uncommon independence of spirit and opinion. (source and reading lists, indexes) (Biography. 9-11)"
An admiring portrait of a gifted singer who didn't exactly stand back when her illustrious husband stepped on to the public stage. Read full book review >
SACAJAWEA by Kathleen Krull
Released: June 9, 2015

"The author of the justly renowned What the Neighbors Thought series digs a little deeper with these equally engaging single volumes. (source and reading lists, indexes) (Biography. 9-11)"
This brisk and pithy series kickoff highlights Sacagawea's unique contributions to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Readers will enjoy delving into the exploits of intrepid explorers across time and, literally, space. (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Another in the popular What the Neighbors Thought series, this title tells of daring, curious, hardy men (mostly) and women from different countries and eras who took bold risks in uncharted territories out of senses of adventure, curiosity and mission. Read full book review >
WHAT'S NEW? THE ZOO! by Kathleen Krull
Released: June 24, 2014

"A romp through zoo history presented with pizzazz. (sources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
For at least 4,400 years, people have collected and displayed animals for entertainment, education and enlightenment. Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 2013

"Mightily entertaining and if unlikely to broaden a young reader's knowledge of the history of science, certain to humanize it. (reading list, no source notes or index) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Krull profiles 20 scientists—warning away at the outset anyone interested in the actual details of their discoveries because here, she's all about dishing on their lives and egos instead. Read full book review >
THE BEATLES WERE FAB by Kathleen Krull
Released: May 14, 2013

"Parents and (more likely) grandparents who want to introduce children to their favorite band would do better to play a song or two on whatever device is handy—though as Brewer and Krull note, the transformative impact of the Beatles was such that kids may not even recognize the originality of their music. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Many adult readers will agree wholeheartedly with the title of this heartfelt paean to the Fab Four, but unfortunately, Krull and Brewer don't quite manage to offer enough evidence to effectively convey to children the Beatles' unique appeal and immense contributions to pop culture. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2013

"An insightful glimpse into a key period in Alcott's life and women in nursing. (notes on women in medicine and the Battle of Fredericksburg, sources, map) (Picture book/biography. 9-11)"
During the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott served as a volunteer nurse, caring for Union soldiers in Washington, D.C., between December 12, 1862, and January 21, 1863. This well-researched biographical vignette explores the brief but pivotal episode in Alcott's life. Read full book review >
BIG WIG by Kathleen Krull
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"This braiding of history, humor and hair positively poufs. (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
This "little history of hair" entertains largely with hair-brained ideas about how humans tame their tresses. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2010

Not many biographies of the 16th U.S. president begin "Poor Abraham Lincoln." Read full book review >
ALBERT EINSTEIN by Kathleen Krull
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Another standout in a uniformly stellar series; here's hoping Einstein isn't the last Giant. (Biography. 10-14)"
As she did for Giants of Science Leonardo, Newton, Freud and Curie before him, Krull delivers a splendidly humane biography of that gold standard of brilliance, Albert Einstein. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Inspiring. (sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
As soon as Philo Farnsworth learned how to talk, he began asking questions—about how things worked and why things happened. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

With customary vivacity and a fine sense of irony, Krull portrays her subject as a genial family man who suffered reverse after reverse thanks to a bad combination of deep-seated optimism and zero business sense—but pulled through when his love of storytelling and sense of audience at last led to a novel that instantly became (she notes) the Harry Potter of its day. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"No matter—she was propelling her way into history.' (author's notes, sources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
When young Hillary Rodham's hopes of joining NASA as an astronaut were dashed because she was a girl, she didn't stop dreaming or doing, all the way (almost) to the top. Read full book review >
FARTISTE by Kathleen Krull
Released: June 3, 2008

"Put that tired copy of Walter the Farting Dog away: This long-overdue tribute to Le Petomane, 'the man who made his pants dance,' is a total blast. (historical note, resource list) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Filling an unconscionable gap in the education of American youth, this rhymed account introduces Joseph Pujol, a 19th- to early 20th-century vaudeville performer who created uncontrolled hysteria from Marseilles to Paris thanks to an ability to fart out (odorlessly) music and many sound effects. Read full book review >
MARIE CURIE by Kathleen Krull
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Readers will emerge from this account with a new appreciation for both the scientific and social advances made by Curie, whose towering achievements justly earn her a place among the 'Giants.' (bibliography, web resources, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Krull presents another top-notch scientific biography in the outstanding Giants of Science series. Read full book review >
POCAHONTAS by Kathleen Krull
Released: May 1, 2007

"They lack the specificity of Rosalyn Schanzer's illustrations in John Smith Escapes Again (2006) and leave the question of authenticity unresolved. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Lush jewel tones illustrate this exploration of the short life of one of the most intriguing figures of colonial American history. Read full book review >
SIGMUND FREUD by Kathleen Krull
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"To tactfully admit young readers into such a contentious dialogue is no mean feat, and marks this offering as truly stellar. (Biography. 10+)"
Krull lives up to the promise of the first two entries in her Giants of Science series with this lucid and thoughtful examination of Freud's life, work and legacy. Read full book review >
ISAAC NEWTON by Kathleen Krull
Released: April 1, 2006

"A bibliography, web site and index round out the volume; the lack of detail on the use of sources is regrettable in an otherwise solid offering for middle-grade students. (Biography. 10-14)"
Hot on the heels of the well-received Leonardo da Vinci (2005) comes another agreeably chatty entry in the Giants of Science series. Read full book review >
LEONARDO DA VINCI by Kathleen Krull
Released: July 1, 2005

Debuting a new series, Krull presents a compelling argument that the great painter of the Renaissance was one of the West's first real modern scientists. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2005

"Budding magicians won't find more than hints here of how Houdini did it, but a tempting set of print and digital resources caps this perceptive and dramatic tribute. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Still a name with which to conjure, Houdini left swaths of his past and his techniques shrouded in mystery—but here veteran biographer Krull peeks behind the curtain for glimpses of his life, his feats and his character. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2004

"Krull, as always, gets it all and makes us want to know more. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Krull, whose many gifts include the ability to make a complicated life comprehensible, and Dyer, whose pictorial sweetness does not mask an iron vision, offer the life of the feminist, spiritualist, and activist Victoria Woodhull. Read full book review >
A POT O’ GOLD by Kathleen Krull
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A real treasure. (Anthology. 5+)"
This handsome edition includes over a dozen Irish stories; poetry by the likes of Allingham, Tynan, and Yeats; riddles, oaths, and curses; battle cries and blessings; ancient folk cures and recipes for Irish soda bread, stew, and marshmallow crackers. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"Some of these original images are absolutely haunting; the magic of his name will make this a huge hit, but it's the lively writing that puts the hat on the cat. (bibliography, citations, Web sites) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
"Once upon a time, there lived a boy who feasted on books and was wild about animals." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Readers will be sobered to see just how many of the dead rock stars died because of drug use, but Krull never equates their creativity with their excesses. (Biography. 9+)"
Krull takes her remarkable gift for witty, brief, and incisive biography to new heights in this compendium. Read full book review >
M IS FOR MUSIC by Kathleen Krull
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Best for those ready to explore an interest in music, this will also appeal to those just learning the alphabet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sophisticated paintings in olive, tan, gray, rust, aqua, and black raise the age level of the appeal of this abecedarian collection of musical terms. Read full book review >
HARVESTING HOPE by Kathleen Krull
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A notable achievement. (Biography. 8-12)"
Cesar Chavez, like his heroes Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, believed in non-violent change. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2003

As groups of almond-eyed aliens troop past or peer in from page edges, Krull sifts through basic facts and official explanations about the mysterious debris found near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and offers rationales for the rumors that have circulated ever since. Read full book review >
CLIP CLIP CLIP by Kathleen Krull
Released: March 15, 2002

"Readers hoping to brush up on hair basics will find no better starting place—and that's the long and short of it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Economically folding several related topics together, Krull (Supermarket, 2001, etc.) starts at the top and stays there. Read full book review >
SUPERMARKET by Kathleen Krull
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"A fascinating peek into an amazingly complex industry that is virtually taken for granted by most of us. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
A behind-the-shelves look at the inner workings of supermarkets offers readers an in-depth examination of how the myriad foodstuffs come to be available in the grocery store. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Fabulous reading, great for research, deliciously and subversively feminist, this will sit happily on the shelf with the presidents, artists, musicians, and others this duo has covered so well. (bibliography) (Biography. 8-12)"
"Well-behaved women rarely make history" is the pendant to this collection of 20 brief biographies in what is now the masterly style of this dynamite team's previous "Lives of . . ." books. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

In a now familiar format, Krull (Lives of the Artist, 1995, etc.) introduces prognosticators from Nostradamus and Hildegard of Bingen to Jules Verne, Nicholas Black Elk, Jeane Dixon, Marshall McLuhan, and the anonymous Mayan creators of a calendar that shows a major cataclysm coming on December 21, 2012. Read full book review >
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Kathleen Krull
Released: June 1, 1997

"Not just for school reports—this volume is far more fun than that. (maps, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From Krull (Lives of the Artists, 1995, etc.), a grand tour of the 50 states in the company of Emily and her grandmother. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"Rudolph died in 1994; her post-Olympic accomplishments are described in an afterword. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Only after reading this book does the subtitle—``How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman''—appear rife with understatement. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Fresh, spirited, and unconventional. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10+)"
Krull vigorously beats more dust from the rug of High Culture with this followup to Lives of the Musicians (1993) and Lives of the Writers (1994). Read full book review >
V IS FOR VICTORY by Kathleen Krull
Released: May 8, 1995

"A handsome coffee-table book, its retro look matching its retro take on the war. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A scrapbook of images from the war years, with entertaining commentary, and full of (mostly) b&w photographs, posters, and banners arranged in colorful, inventive ways (titled, faded, overlapping, tinted, and with the text superimposed). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Hautzig's full-color photos are technically superb in further chronicling the life of contemporary Indians. (Further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Krull (Lives of the Writers, 1994, etc.) tells the story of Thirza Defoe and Shawnee Ford, two Indians (a term she says is ``increasingly preferred over'' Native American) who attend the Milwaukee Indian Community School. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This may not be the only book you'll need on these writers— for one thing, their quirks get more attention than their works— but you'll have to look far to find a better first one. (Biography. 10-14)"
Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage from the author and illustrator of Lives of the Musicians (1993). Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1994

"Further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A perceptive documentary portraying three Mexican-born children, Pedro and Francisco Tapia and Cinthya Guzman, and their community in Chula Vista, between San Diego and the border. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Glossary; name index; bibliography. (Biography. 8-12)"
A collection of anecdotes about 19 musicians from Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie that's offered ``as a way of getting closer to the musicians—and the music''—but that may only distance readers from traditional music by portraying it as an incomprehensible milieu populated by odd characters. Read full book review >
GONNA SING MY HEAD OFF! by Kathleen Krull
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Index of first lines. (Nonfiction. 6+)"
Citing the splendid Fireside Book of Folk Songs (1947, o.p.) as inspiration, Krull gathers 60 lively favorites, old and new, with contemporary appeal—protest and work songs, games and dances, spirituals, nonsense, love songs, etc. Her arrangement is creative: alphabetical order leads to some nice serendipities, e.g., ending with some searching w's—``What Have They Done to the Rain?; ``Will the Circle Be Unbroken?''—and ``Yankee Doodle,'' while an index of song types brings out many other connections. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1991

"An acceptable, if undistinguished, addition to young readers' collections. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Krull's second book about her irrepressible heroine takes up the excitement and disappointments of show business. Read full book review >