Books by Peter Sís

THE PILOT AND THE LITTLE PRINCE by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 27, 2014

"Extraordinary and wonderful. (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
What was essential about one golden-haired boy in love with flying becomes visible in Sís' richly visual biographical portrait of French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE by Kate Banks
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A moving, thoughtful apprentice tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Baz's coming-of-age journey exceeds all his expectations. Read full book review >
MADLENKA SOCCER STAR by Peter Sís
FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

For fans fresh off the excitement of the World Cup, joyful Madlenka is back, but she's not walking around the block—this time she's dribbling, turning and twisting with her brand-new soccer ball. Read full book review >

THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

Ryan's fictional evocation of the boy who would become Pablo Neruda is rich, resonant and enchanting. Read full book review >

THE DREAM STEALER by Sid Fleischman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

So slender and slight it feels light enough to float from your hands, Fleischman and Sís's latest chapter-book collaboration supplements their previous Newbery-winning pairing, The Whipping Boy (1987). Read full book review >

THE WALL by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

Sís has loved to draw for as long as he can remember, and this work tells the parallel stories of his early years drawing and the rise and fall of communism in Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

PLAY, MOZART, PLAY! by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2006

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, Sís beautifully harmonizes words and illustration in a delightful and accessible biography of the composer for the picture-book audience. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE OF PAPER by Carlos María Domínguez
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"A brisk, evocative mystery for book-lovers who may feel bound to read it twice."
A swift, jaunty literary mystery. Read full book review >
THE HAPPY TROLL by Max Bolliger
by Max Bolliger, illustrated by Peter Sís, translated by Nina Ignatowicz
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

First U.S. edition of an economically told moral tale, in which a troll loses his beautiful singing voice after a yen for gold turns him prideful. Read full book review >

THE TRAIN OF STATES by Peter Sís
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Combining the author/illustrator's stated "love for [his] adopted country with [his] admiration for antique circus wagons," this offering serves up 50 cars, one for each state, and "a most marvelous caboose" (Washington, DC). Read full book review >

THE TREE OF LIFE by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

Charles Darwin never learned to draw, so the record of his famous, five-year voyage on the Beagle consists solely of wonderfully detailed diaries, letters, and journals. Read full book review >

ANIMAL SENSE by Diane Ackerman
POETRY
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

Poet and naturalist Ackerman (The Night Crossing, 1994, etc.) examines the five senses by way of the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

SCRANIMALS by Jack Prelutsky
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Sís's hallucinogenic art takes Prelutsky's ever-clever comic verses in new directions in this topflight returning superstar collaboration (The Gargoyle on the Roof, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

MADLENKA’S DOG by Peter Sís
ANIMALS
Released: April 2, 2002

The urban child introduced in Madlenka (2000) takes another stroll around her multicultural block, this time accompanied by an imaginary but convincingly present dog. Read full book review >

BALLERINA! by Peter Sís
FICTION
Released: April 30, 2001

Sís continues his series of preschool-level stories (Dinosaur!, not reviewed, etc.) exploring the boundaries of fantasy and reality within areas of particular fascination to preschoolers. Read full book review >

MADLENKA by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís, illustrated by Peter Sís
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 2000

Madlenka is losing her tooth and sets out to make her happy announcement to everyone in her multiethnic New York City neighborhood. Read full book review >

SHIP AHOY! by Peter Sís
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

In a third book that links the imagination of a small child with the toy vehicles in his possession, S°s (Trucks, Trucks, Trucks, p. 538, etc.) puts realistic scenes of a child on the lefthand pages, and the scenes the child envisions on right. Read full book review >

THE GARGOYLE ON THE ROOF by Jack Prelutsky
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

PLB 0-688-16553-2 With customary vim and darkly musical verse, Prelutsky introduces gremlins, griffins, goblins, basilisks, and their kinfolk, playing readers like stringed instruments, keeping them rapt with quick changes in tempo and by varying the architecture of his poems. Read full book review >

TRUCKS TRUCKS TRUCKS by Peter Sís
Released: April 1, 1999

Following in the path of Fire Truck (1998), S°s transports young listeners to a realm they love, the world of trucks. Read full book review >

TIBET by Peter Sís
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

A grown man reads through a diary of his father's travels in China and Tibet, written long ago and kept locked away for many years in a red box. Read full book review >

FIRE TRUCK by Peter Sís
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

S°s (Starry Messenger, 1996, etc.) celebrates a universally cherished childhood favorite—the fire truck—in simple, clean lines and smooth planes of color. Read full book review >

SLEEP SAFE, LITTLE WHALE by Miriam Schlein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

An elongated lullaby—pages that unfold, concertina-style, into a look at dreaming animals from around the globe. Read full book review >

STARRY MESSENGER by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 31, 1996

In the same vein as S°s's Follow the Dream (1991), this work, subtitled ``Galileo Galilei,'' artfully introduces the fascinating life of Galileo to young readers. Central to this portrait of Galileo's life is the refinement of the telescope for mapping the heavens, leading him to challenge the Ptolemaic belief that the earth was the center of the universe. Read full book review >

MONDAY'S TROLL by Jack Prelutsky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1996

In a companion volume to The Dragons Are Singing Tonight (1993), a talented duo introduces a variety of trolls, ogres, witches, a bigfoot, and a yeti. Prelutsky's verse is as rhythmic as ever and full of child- pleasing grotty humor, with crotchety witches and grubby goblins fully present. Read full book review >

THE 13TH FLOOR by Sid Fleischman
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

A tale of time travel, filled with Fleischman's trademark combination of humor and wild adventure. Read full book review >

THE THREE GOLDEN KEYS by Peter Sís
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

A man in a hot-air balloon is blown off course by a storm. Read full book review >

STILL MORE STORIES TO SOLVE by George Shannon
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

Akbar the Emperor draws a line across the floor and challenges his jester Birbal to make it shorter without erasing anything. Read full book review >

A SMALL TALL TALE FROM THE FAR FAR NORTH by Peter Sís
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

In an intriguing global verso to his Follow the Dream (1991), S°s embroiders on an autobiographical tall tale, remembered by Jan Welzl (1868-1951) from his youth in Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

THE DRAGONS ARE SINGING TONIGHT by Jack Prelutsky
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Eighteen deftly fashioned verses in the trademark Prelutsky style, with catchy rhythms, clever rhymes, and witty wordplay and conceits (``If you don't believe in dragons,/It is curiously true/That the dragons you disparage/Choose to not believe in you''). Read full book review >

KOMODO! by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís, illustrated by Peter Sís
ANIMALS
Released: May 27, 1993

As in Martin/Gammell's Will's Mammoth (1989), reality turns to fantasy when a child is so fascinated by dragons that her parents take her to the Indonesian island of Komodo, where, escaping crowds of tourists, she wanders into the jungle and encounters a ten-foot monitor lizard—the Komodo dragon of her dreams. Read full book review >

AN OCEAN WORLD by Peter Sís
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

Virtually the only text in this book dedicated ``To all who care about our world'' is a postcard from Sis to his family, explaining that a whale raised at ``Ocean World'' is soon to be set free. Read full book review >

FOLLOW THE DREAM by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

A brief, straightforward, uncontroversial summary of the events leading up to Columbus's first voyage and of the outward voyage itself—a book that serves to caption a series of dreamlike, highly imaginative illustrations blending the visual inspiration of 15th-century maps with this gifted Czech artist's perception of his own emigration as an escape from Europe's encircling walls. Read full book review >

MORE STORIES TO SOLVE by George Shannon
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 26, 1991

Like Stories to Solve (1985), a collection of very brief riddle-stories, each with its solution given after a page turn. Read full book review >

THE WHIPPING BOY by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 14, 1986

"Thin at times, this comic adventure story does offer readers a nice change of pace."
A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity, written in a style reminiscent of 19th-century melodrama. Read full book review >