Books by Paul O. Zelinsky

Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham
Released: March 1, 2012

"Just label it F for funny. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A wry twist on an alphabet story makes for laugh-out-loud fun. Read full book review >
EARWIG AND THE WITCH by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Earwig, as a spunky as any Jones heroine, keeps young and old readers chuckling through sadness at an era's end. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
A cunning heroine learns magic in Jones' last, posthumous offering. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This enjoyable trio deserves its rightful place away from the confines of any toy chest. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Who could imagine the introduction of a self-conscious stingray could lead to such great things? Read full book review >
DUST DEVIL by Anne Isaacs
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Artfully crude, comedic artwork, friendly, understated narration and a wildly hyperbolic story combine to create a new classic. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Isaacs and Zelinsky tell an even taller tale about Angelica Longrider, the outsized heroine of their hilarious, Caldecott Honor-winning Swamp Angel. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Poignant and compelling, this sequel sparkles. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Even more tender than its predecessor, these six related stories skillfully capture the bittersweet challenges of childhood independence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Cool ingredients for read-aloud laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if a family of five kitchen magnets were marooned in the fridge with only their cardboard box for warmth? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"A blend of Toy Story and the stories of Johnny Gruelle and A.A. Milne, this is a solid collection that will serve as a good read-aloud, as well as a nice choice for young readers, who will enjoy exploring the warm, secret world of toys. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A little girl has three toys who are best friends: Stingray, a stuffed stingray who claims to know it all, Lumphy; a daring and curious stuffed buffalo; and Plastic, a bouncing, red toy who has yet to find out her true identity. Read full book review >
DOODLER DOODLING by Rita Golden Gelman
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A happy paean to the possibilities of the confluence of boredom and imagination. (Picture book. 5+)"
A bored little girl doodles some "teachers teaching"—then flying fliers, fliers teaching, teachers flying, teachers teaching flying fliers, and (with great glee) fliers flying teachers (a goggled and helmeted pilot steers a very alarmed, very matronly teacher). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"And everyone will want more than one copy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lightning can strike twice: 12 years after Wheels on the Bus (1990), Zelinsky offers another pop-up tour de force, infused with humor and replete with astonishing special effects. Read full book review >
AWFUL OGRE’S AWFUL DAY by Jack Prelutsky
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A bad day has never been a better romp. (Poetry. 6-10)"
In 18 poems, grisly enough to delight the taste for the macabre in any child, Prelutsky takes the Awful Ogre through his predictably awful day. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by Paul O. Zelinsky
adapted by Paul O. Zelinsky, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Suffused with golden light, Zelinsky's landscapes and indoor scenes are grandly evocative, composed and executed with superb technical and emotional command."
Exquisite paintings in late Italian Renaissance style illumine this hybrid version of a classic tale. Read full book review >
SWAMP ANGEL by Anne Isaacs
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"To say that you are entering Caldecott land doesn't begin to do this book justice. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-9)"
This Tennessee tall tale concerns Angelina Longrider, who even as a child was a real big gal; in fact, and without being too gender-specific, she strongly resembles another wonderkid by the name of Paul Bunyan—and she's just as much fun. Read full book review >
MORE ROOTABAGAS by Carl Sandburg
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Splendid in every way. (Fiction. 4+)"
Three volumes of the "American fairy tales" the poet called "Rootabaga Stories" were published between 1922 and 1930; later, according to an introduction by Sandburg scholar George Hendrick, he wrote dozens more that have never been published. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A delightful blend of period flavor, contemporary sensibility, and innovative composition. (Fiction. 8-12)"
One of the landmarks of children's fantasy: an enduring favorite first published in 1907, now reissued in the "Books of Wonder" series with a dozen splendid new color illustrations that extend an award-winning artist's already extraordinary range. Read full book review >
STRIDER by Beverly Cleary
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

"Zelinsky's perceptive drawings are an excellent bonus. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Leigh Botts, of Newbery-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw, is still learning to cope with his parents' divorce—a task to which he brings his earlier sensitivity and a new self-confidence. Read full book review >
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Paul O. Zelinsky
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

"Destined to be a classic."
Special kudos to paper-engineer Rodger Smith for his extraordinary (and sturdy!) animation of Zelinsky's lively, sophisticated yet accessible, delightfully detailed rendition of this preschool favorite—including a reprise that rivals a last burst of fireworks. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 1986

"A distinguished edition of one of Grimm's favorite tales."
After comparing several of the original Grimm variants, Zelinsky has selected and retold to make his own version. Read full book review >
THE LION AND THE STOAT by Paul O. Zelinsky
Released: March 1, 1984

"Affectionate and sparkling."
Three sneaky episodes in the competitive life of rival artists, a lion and a stoat—and a showcase for the elegant wit of author/illustrator Zelinsky (who displays the assurance here of a much older pro). Read full book review >
RALPH S. MOUSE by Paul O. Zelinsky
Released: Aug. 11, 1982

"A little short, perhaps, on Cleary's under-the-skin empathy; but as usual the little things, down to Ralph's learning to say vroom-vroom-vroom, not pb-b-b, pb-b-b (the motorcycle noise), to start his car—and moorv (vroom backwards) to back it up, tune readers in to Ralph's experiences."
Still ensconced at Mountain View Inn in Cucaracha, California, Cleary's endearing little talking mouse with the motorcycle finds himself the cause of trouble at the inn. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1981

"The overall effect is quaint, but spry."
In the tradition referred to here as a "tell and draw" story, this old rhyme puts a "wee maid" and a fat mouse in a new five-sided house; then adds two chimneys (a dead giveaway for readers who've seen this trick in a simpler version); has the maid take off on a stumbling walk and then rush home again; and then—with a few clever touches (dirt swept out of the house becomes cat whiskers; a swept-off walk becomes a tail)—steps back to reveal house, path, and trimmings as the outline of a giant cat. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1981

"A dubious undertaking not very well executed."
A literary conceit, mocking the conventions and sentiments of old-time fiction, has precious little chance with youngsters of nine or so. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 1978

"Set in 1875 and played as the fluffiest of spoofs, it's all expertly timed, performed with flair, and illustrated in kind."
This is subtitled "How Deadwood Dick Saved the Banker's Niece"—but Dick is really eleven-year-old runaway Seth Marple, and instead of saving Emily when she's sent to stay with her uncle but finds no one waiting for her at the station, Seth convinces her that the town is full of bandits and she'd better stay with him in his lean-to hideaway. Read full book review >