Books by Maira Kalman

GIRLS STANDING ON LAWNS by Daniel Handler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Terrific appetizer for discussion. (Poetry. 8 & up)"
This trim, clothbound first in a series from Kalman and Handler for the Museum of Modern Art offers an intriguing painting-and-prose response to a selection of photographs of, as the title indicates, girls and young women standing on lawns. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Impressive complexity put artfully and respectfully within the grasps of young readers. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
Beautiful and a little sad: the complex, brilliant, flawed nature of the third U.S. president. Read full book review >
LOOKING AT LINCOLN by Maira Kalman
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"In enjoying the art, readers will pick up some bits of history along the way. (notes, sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Kalman's narrator sees a man who reminds her of Abraham Lincoln and goes to the library to find out more about the 16th president in this appealingly childlike introduction. Read full book review >
WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler
FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"A poignant, exhilarating tale of a love affair gone to the dogs. (Romance. 14 & up)"
A toy truck, bottle caps, rose petals, a cookbook and a box full of other seemingly unobtrusive mementos are dumped on the doorstep of Ed Slaterton by his ex-girlfriend, Min. Their unlikely romance lasted just over a month. Read full book review >
FOOD RULES by Michael Pollan
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A pleasure for foodies and a fine gift for anyone who prizes a good meal—but maybe not if that person works for General Mills or in the advertising biz."
What should you eat? How should you eat it? Pollan, doyen of all things food-related, serves up the answers in this jauntily illustrated version of his 2009 book. Read full book review >
13 WORDS by Lemony Snicket
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"WORD NUMBER 1: Bird. / The bird sits on the table." Read full book review >

SMARTYPANTS (PETE IN SCHOOL) by Maira Kalman
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

A delightful, cleverly written combination of wackiness and academia. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many young children are obsessed with fire-fighting vehicles. Read full book review >

WHAT PETE ATE FROM A-Z by Maira Kalman
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Pete is a dog of alphabetic appetites, who eats everything, from cousin Rocky's accordion to a whole lot of yo-yos. Read full book review >

NEXT STOP GRAND CENTRAL by Maira Kalman
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Kalman (Swami on Rye, 1995, etc.) plays eccentric tour guide to the Big Apple's Grand Central Station, just in time for the building's big re-opening. Read full book review >

CHICKEN SOUP, BOOTS by Maira Kalman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Other authors have asked children to consider what they'll do with their lives, but never like this. ``You were not. Read full book review >

MAX IN HOLLYWOOD, BABY by Maira Kalman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

In a third romp, the debonair dog who fell in love in with a Parisienne Dalmatian (Ooh-la-la, 1991) is making a film, allowing his creator to sport with Hollywood imagery in every detail. Read full book review >

OOH LA LA (MAX IN LOVE) by Maira Kalman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Here, the gifted dog-poet (Max Makes a Million, 1990) journeys to Paris in the springtime, allowing his creator to sport with the visual ambiance of that lovely city and with bilingual wordplay. Read full book review >


This whimsical extravaganza—clever and urbane—celebrates New York's wildly varied cosmopolitans while recounting how the hero, who is a dog and a poet, finally gets a publisher and will be able to realize his dream of going to Paris. Read full book review >