Books by Paul Galdone

Released: March 18, 1985

"Certainly these pictures will project to storyhour crowds, but they are all blare and no echo."
A Galdone-illustrated folktale can be counted on for visual thrust and expression, but in recent years those Galdone trademarks have become perfunctory. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 1983

"Even Galdone's drawings lack spirit, with repetitive, minimally varied shots of Monkey and Turtle facing off against a slapdash tropical background."
Described as "a Philippine tale," this story of a turtle who finds a banana tree in the river and a monkey who cheats her out of its fruit begins with a catchy folklore situation but ultimately trails off in bits and pieces. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"But for the single child, listening or looking, it's a crudely executed artifice."
In intent, another "Scary Story"—following The Tailypo and King of the Cats; in actuality, a lame excuse for a story framing a central scare sequence. Read full book review >
Released: April 19, 1982

"But there's nothing fresh about any of it, just a competent professional performance."
Galdone borrows from folklore for this little tale of Fox and the progressively lip-smacking contents of his sack. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"In this mock-Victorian interpretation, the conclusion comes off particularly well—'So the young man went home and married his own dear silly'—and the two hearts set below, one grinning, one demure, reinforce the feeling that what we have is not so much a dimwit tale as a valentine."
A genial rendering of the classic Joseph Jacobs' tale—with less suggestion of witlessness and less pictorial ingenuity, perhaps, than the Margot Zemach version (now o.p.), but probably more popular appeal. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING PIG by Paul Galdone
Released: March 1, 1981

"Never mind that Galdone's pictures have become predictable—they still give his stories more life and simple fun than many more ambitious illustrators can summon."
Once more a king announces a contest for his daughter's hand; once more a poor peasant sets out to win it; and once more Galdone disarms with his down-to-earth egalitarian humor. Read full book review >
KING OF THE CATS by Paul Galdone
Released: April 1, 1980

"Instead of using a folk tale as occasion for display, Galdone applies himself to the spirit of the story—with results that should transfix a kindergarten audience."
With his well-known facility for expressive if unsubtle accompaniment, Galdone plays up the spooky humor of this tale from Jacobs. Read full book review >
A  STRANGE SERVANT by Blanche Ross
translated by Blanche Ross, illustrated by Paul Galdone
Released: Oct. 3, 1977

"With the merchants outbidding each other for possession of the marvelous rabbit, and the peasant successfully blaming its new owner for the animal's unreliability, it's a good joke in any language—though Galdone's pictures, accessible as ever, haven't the variety Or (surprisingly) the story-telling thrust that any tale requires."
A rabbit is pawned off as an obedient messenger by a poor peasant who thereby outwits three rich merchants. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"Ah well, some like it obvious."
The story of the magic porridge pot gone out of control is an old favorite (and one of ours) and Galdone gives it an amusing twist by having the mother forget the magic words (frantically shouting "halt!" and "cease!" instead of "stop!" as the porridge flows down the village streets) and the little girl come to the rescue. Read full book review >
PUSS IN BOOTS by Paul Galdone
Released: April 9, 1976

"A Puss for the people."
Like Stobbs last year, Galdone trims Puss's tale for younger listeners and sacrifices also the dash and splendor of Marcia Brown's illustrations. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1975

"We must admit that his ogling threshers and mowers have less individual appeal than the typically Galdone-y loping cow, stuffed looking horse and ever-so-self-satisfied fox, but children will follow along breathlessly with every one of them right up to that last snip snap snip when the Gingerbread Boy goes ''the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven."
Galdone has already proven many times over that he is perfectly at home with those traditional nursery tales that are still preschoolers' favorites, and his expressive, unassuming style just right for their very young audience. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Nov. 12, 1974

"None of the impish subtlety of deRegniers and Gorey (KR, 1972), but then, 'all the better to catch hold of you with, my dear.'"
"Do I find you here, you old sinner! . . . Long enough have I sought you!" exclaims the huntsman before cutting Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother out of the greedy wolf's belly. Read full book review >
Released: March 4, 1974

"Round the wonderful bean."
A brisk, rhymed "Jack and the Beanstalk" first published in England in 1807 and set off here with bright, broadly comic (and, in the case of the looming giant, broadly grisly) pictures. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE RED HEN by Paul Galdone
Released: Aug. 1, 1973

"The industrious hen provides the action, and it's all played out in a minutely realized dilapidated old farmhouse and a sunny yard that fairly leaps with wheat and weeds and flowers."
Everymother has her day, and the freeloading cat, dog and mouse their comeuppance, in fresh, expressive pictures that do full justice to the enduring tale. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1973

"But even the goats (until that idyllic conclusion) have a wildly insistent look about them, and those who find Brown's troll too scary will be grossed out by this one's large blue nose (especially when seen from below), yellow teeth, bulging eyes, and hair of floating rainbow colored scribbles."
Galdone's troll is every bit as gruesome as any we've seen, but without any of the awesomeness that Marcia Brown or the D'Aulaires suggest. Read full book review >
THE THREE BEARS by Paul Galdone
Released: Feb. 17, 1972

"The typography is scaled to match the sizes of the Little Wee, Middle-Sized and Great Big Bears' voices and Goldilock's uncouth manners offset the flowery prettiness of the Bears' surroundings."
A well-groomed and impeccably behaved Three Bears ("They did no one any harm, and never thought anyone would harm them") go for a walk in the woods to pick flowers while a disheveled pastel Goldilocks wreaks minor havoc in their cottage. Read full book review >
Released: April 29, 1971

"The fox's wary glances, self-satisfied grin and disdainful posturing provide all the comment a child will need on the straightforward narration of the text."
This picture-book version of three of Aesop's better-known fables includes the fox's pursuit and rejection of the "sour grapes," his comeuppance at the hands of the stork over the shape of their soup dishes, and his flattery of the crow into singing and dropping the coveted cheese from her mouth. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 20, 1970

"No one will want to abandon Leslie Brooke but like Galdone's Henny Penny, this animates the tale for the widest possible audience."
Three little pigs to savor, and a wolf to lord it over: from the clover-sprigged jacket (three-leaf of course) to the third little pig covering the steaming pot from which the wolf's tail protrudes, this is a blithe, unbloody business with a leer on the face of the wolf that you can only laugh at. Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 1970

"And with more compassion, less mockery."
A serio-comic treatment of the fable in situ—i.e. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 26, 1969

"Presumably why it alone endured."
Jack Sprat could eat no fat,/ His wife could eat no lean,/ And so between them both,/ They licked the platter clean has always had a ring of finality but the blurb claims—and Mr. Galdone evidently believes— that children inquire "And then what happened?" Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 1969

"And some of it is worth seeing."
The Jataka tale of the monkey who twice outwits the predatory crocodile, first by pretending that he keeps his tastiest part, his heart, in a tree, then by persuading him to be a talking rock (and so reveal his whereabouts), is amusing enough but no better as a picture book until you reach his last laugh: feigning a jump into the crocodile's wide-open mouth — and knowing that the crocodile will have to close his eyes — he pounces on the crocodile's head, springs across to the fiver bank and gets home free to his tree. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 1969

"Light fare that's likely to turn up at least once in the kitchen: the recipe is given and George's curiosity is catching."
Not Lincoln's doctor's dog but an indulgent spoof of same. Read full book review >
HENNY PENNY by Paul Galdone
illustrated by Paul Galdone
Released: Oct. 1, 1968

"Artful artlessness, that catches the tempo and amusement of an old favorite, that doesn't smother it With special effects."
Led by the misled Henny Penny, five mettlesome fowl march across sunny pages, follow sideling Foxy Loxy into his cave and disappear forever in deep green gloom. Read full book review >
THE WISE FOOL by Paul Galdone
Released: March 27, 1968

"Paul Galdone's hypercharged drawings rev up the drama and stretch out the suspense but at least you can't miss the point."
Rabelais' table of the cook who tries to charge for the smoke from his roast is a classic instance of turnabout fair play; the fool who arbitrates his dispute with the porter pays him off with the sound of the latter's coin. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 1968

"You don't, of course, need the book otherwise."
A little-known, decidedly lesser Grimm story ("The Fox and the Horse") is the basis for an amusing set of pictures as the old horse, turned out by the ungrateful farmer, is assisted by the fox in capturing the lion, thereby assuring himself of the farmer's protection for the rest of his life. Read full book review >
LITTLE TUPPEN by Paul Galdone
Released: Feb. 23, 1967

A simple, sturdy Scandinavian cumulative tale on the pattern of The Old Woman and Her Pig; a smallish, squarish format Just the shape of mother hen sitting; appropriately expressive but not exaggerated illustrations: a pleasant package for the littlest listeners. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1966

"It is a jingly set of verses and Galdone has done amusing sketches in color to picture the happy wackiness of this early childhood perennial."
According to the publisher, this version of Simple Simon was first issued in 1840 as Park's History of Simple Simon. Read full book review >
TOM, TOM THE PIPER'S SON by Paul Galdone
Released: Feb. 10, 1964

"The well drawn, energetic illustrations increase the captivating quality of the rhymes—which will charm those who hear and see Tom's rambling journey through the English countryside and on to France."
Paul Galdone is once again at his exuberant, unrestrained best (as he was in A Capital Ship, 1963) caricaturing Tom and the diverse people and animals the piper's son encountered. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 8, 1963

"If you don't like what Saxe did with the original — welcome to the club."
The illustrator has set his pictures against the John Godfrey Saxe version of the famous Indian legend. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1962

"The basic question of visually interpreting mankind's oldest story for children on so grand a scale and through one's private imagery can never even arise since this particular effort is so evidently unappealing."
An artist who has achieved superb effects in comic and human interest themes and considerable originality in depicting light verse for children has gone far afield in attempting to illustrate the story of creation. Read full book review >
THE THREE WISHES by Paul Galdone
Released: Oct. 15, 1961

"Facial expressions are his forte and he uses them to the hilt in this simple retelling."
Another tried and true folk tale illustrated in the comic manner of Galdone. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1961

"From the malt, 3 huge bags- full, to the farmer gaily sowing corn, children will delight as the poem spins and joins and then unravels back to 'the house that Jack built'."
Paul Galdone's humorous and animated illustrations in three colors effectively bring back to life another of these well loved Mother Goose rhymes. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 1960

"With humor and logic, the somewhat sadistic element of the story becomes less forbidding."
The classic story of the old woman and her pig is told here with the pictures by Paul Galdone. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 17, 1959

"Paul Galdone whose animal stories and drawings have won him a considerable reputation catches the humor of the penguin without sacrificing accuracy in his treatment of the aquatic bird."
A very wistful penguin looks longingly at the Arctic sky, wishing that — since he has wings, he could fly like a proper bird. Read full book review >
ANATOLE by Eve Titus
Kirkus Star
by Eve Titus, illustrated by Paul Galdone
Released: Aug. 1, 1956

"But the circumstances under which he carries out his project—to live up to his social responsibilities—have an unmistakable French savoir faire."
The logical thing for a mouse, especially a French one, to do is to taste cheese—as Anatole does. Read full book review >