Books by Richard Egielski

GUMPTION! by Elise Broach
ADVENTURE
Released: April 6, 2010

"Altogether a hearty delight for any young adventurer with a drop or two of gumption. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peter's Uncle Nigel, explorer by trade, knows how to show his nephew a good time. Read full book review >
HOMEWORK by Arthur Yorinks
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Tony wrote another draft; too bad his creators didn't do the same. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Tony's homework routine consists of reading a comic book and falling asleep, and tonight's like any other—almost. Read full book review >
THE FABULOUS FEUD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN  by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Budding maestros will enjoy this dramatic tale, but youngsters unable to place the context may not relate much to these two mustached men. (author's note, website) (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
Author and illustrator set the opening scene as impeccably as their subjects: Life in Victorian England is grim. Read full book review >
WHAT A TRIP! by Arthur Yorinks
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Stranger things have happened—but not often. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Always good for an offbeat tale, Yorinks and Egielski this time send a klutzy lad falling into and back out of a parallel dimension no different from ours—except that there are no curves there. Read full book review >
THE WHISTLE ON THE TRAIN by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"As the tableaux open with each turn of the page, the book lacks the interactivity of Paul O. Zelinsky's The Wheels on the Bus (1990), but it should prove highly popular in storytime. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)"
A modern intercity train takes its passengers from the big city to Littleville and beyond to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus." Read full book review >
THE END by David LaRochelle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"The reversed narrative, hilarious turn-of-the-page plot twists and bright, comical, precisely drawn art add up to an uncommonly clever outing that invites reading—in either direction. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Not to be confused with a recent Unfortunate Event of the same title, this funny, playful folklorish episode may be told front to back, but it's actually laid out in reverse. Read full book review >
SAINT FRANCIS AND THE WOLF by Richard Egielski
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The attractive design includes decorated borders around the illustrations and an old-fashioned typeface in brown against beige backgrounds with the look of parchment or vellum. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Caldecott Medalist Egielski focuses on one incident in the life of St. Read full book review >
THREE FRENCH HENS by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"This clever and original tale is the sort that is read over and over during any season, quite likely becoming a family favorite in any household that enjoys quirky characters, droll humor and excellent writing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poulette, Colette and Fifi are three très chic chickens from France who arrive in error at Phil Fox's in the Bronx rather than to Philippe Renard's in Paris. Read full book review >
LIBERTY’S JOURNEY by Kelly DiPucchio
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An author's note provides additional information about the Statue of Liberty as well as the words to the poem inscribed on its base. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lady Liberty steps out for a cross-country adventure in this intriguing story illustrated with striking paintings by Caldecott Medalist Egielski. Read full book review >
THE SMALL WORLD OF BINKY BRAVERMAN by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Wells leaves big narrative gaps that give the tale a herky-jerky pacing, but readers will get the gist, and may regard the labels around them with new eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A country boy forced to stay with smothering city relatives finds some surprising allies in this imaginative, if sketchy, reminiscence. Read full book review >
THE FIERCE YELLOW PUMPKIN by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The mice do indeed scamper off, but young audiences are more likely to stay put, ready for a repeat encounter with this long-buried episode. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a previously unpublished tale from Brown (whose newly unearthed early work is filling the shelves lately), a "fat little, round little, yellow little pumpkin" enviously regards a one-eyed scarecrow while growing into a "fiery orange-yellow pumpkin. Read full book review >
SLIM AND JIM by Richard Egielski
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"A heavily battered typeface adds to the generally raffish air of this droll, action-packed (and very silly) modern fable. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Channeling Aesop through Charles Dickens, Egielski (Locust Pocus! Read full book review >
LOCUST POCUS! by Douglas Kaine McKelvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"Only for those who like to go 'eeyew.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
McKelvey's rhymed menagerie of creepy-crawlies falls somewhere between a single poem and a collection, as the verses vary in meter and rhyme, but are not given separate titles. Read full book review >
THE WEB FILES by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Paced breathlessly, related in a deadpan first-person narration by the Ducktective himself, the story's outrageous silliness will tickle children—even as the references to old TV detective shows will delight the adults who read it to them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There's trouble brewing in the barnyard, and it's up to Ducktective Web and his faithful sidekick Bill to sort it out. Read full book review >
THREE MAGIC BALLS by Richard Egielski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Children can ponder further adventures, as Rudy seems to do when he purchases the balls on payday. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once again, the team that created Buz (1995) and Jazper (1998) hangs imaginative, eye-catching art on a slight story line. Read full book review >
JAZPER by Richard Egielski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"When Jazper's father wants him to just be himself for a while, so he does, in a very reassuring ending. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With all signs of a fervent—perhaps febrile—imagination intact, Egielski (The Gingerbread Boy, 1997, etc.) once again dovetails highly finished, brightly painted illustrations with a manic text. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD BOY by Richard Egielski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Readers know the rest, but this bright, winning update, with its vast city backgrounds and a gingerbread boy recipe (that, unlike the story, allows the cookie to come out of the oven before it is subjected to icing) enclosed, makes the chase seem new. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Egielski (Buz, 1995, etc.) applies his paintbrush to a familiar tale—and transplants it to an urban setting—about the gingerbread boy who is too enticingly delicious to avoid pursuit, and too naive and inexperienced to recognize a foxy deception. Read full book review >
PERFECT PANCAKES IF YOU PLEASE by William Wise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Neither author nor illustrator neglects the happily-ever-after ending, in which Maximilian is shipped off to the moon, the king temporarily realizes his folly, and the princess gets her man. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bejeweled caricature of a king, perfectly rotund and greedy, offers his daughter's hand in marriage to the suitor who can produce a stack of perfect pancakes. Read full book review >
"FIRE! FIRE!" SAID MRS. McGUIRE by Bill Martin Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"That stereotyping contradicts the spirit of fresh perceptions shown in the rest of the book, but its bold, breezy tone helps compensate for the offense, and youngsters will be captivated by the colorful scenes and forceful language. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Women are depicted here in a number of unexpected roles, including the heroic. Read full book review >
BUZ by Richard Egielski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"The book is good, clean fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A clever concept, executed with style and wit. Read full book review >
CALL ME AHNIGHITO by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1995

"Children may like the pictures better than the story; its appeal is limited by Conrad's choice of narrator. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Designated fiction by LC, this account of the peregrinations of a Greenland meteorite is based on fact. Read full book review >
THE LOST SAILOR by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Still, a book that offers more visual and literary pleasures than most. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The captain's unequaled luck seems to be the result of his phenomenal powers of observation—he can even steer through fog "by instinct, by the feel of the air on the hairs of his arms and the breath of the ocean in his nose." Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN JULY by Arthur Yorinks
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Here's one holiday book to keep out all year long. (Picture book. 4+)"
With their own inimitable sparkle, an irrepressible duo tackles a hoary subject: Santa delayed. Read full book review >
THE LETTER, THE WITCH, AND THE RING by Richard Egielski
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"And of course his sorcery only skims the cauldron."
Winding up the hocus-pocus begun in The House With the Clock in Its Walls (1973), this takes Lewis' friend Rose Rita on a Northern Michigan vacation with Mrs. Zimmerman, the grandmotherly witch who has just inherited a cousin's farm up there. Read full book review >