Books by Richard Michelson

THE LANGUAGE OF ANGELS by Richard Michelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A lively introduction to the work of a Hebrew language scholar and lover—and his family. (afterword, further reading) (Picture book. 7-10)"
The ancient Hebrew language enters the modern world. Read full book review >
LIPMAN PIKE by Richard Michelson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"An insight into baseball and America that is at once historical and timeless. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Lipman Pike played "Base" every chance he could get in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Read full book review >
BUSING BREWSTER by Richard Michelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Well-meaning but incomplete. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Brewster is nervous and excited about starting first grade at Franklin, but, shortly before the big day, he and his brother Bryan find out they are to be bused to Central, the white school. Read full book review >
ANIMALS ANONYMOUS by Richard Michelson
POETRY
Released: July 8, 2008

"Adults who work with and love teens for what they are will enjoy this volume, but the target teen audience might not appreciate it as much. (Poetry. 14 & up)"
Teenagers are animals, this author/illustrator team cleverly indicate. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 13, 2008

"Gentle, powerful and healing. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Two boys, one an African-American, one a Polish Jew, learn from their fathers' pride and self-respect. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Perhaps more information about Indians and how they did not generally instigate conflict could be included, but otherwise a flawless work—recommended for both home and school reading. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
When John Tuttle arrived in Dover, N.H., in the 1600s, cleared some land and built a cabin, he had no way of knowing how many future Tuttles would benefit from his actions. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE ALLEY by Richard Michelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A beautiful blend of story and art. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jewish Abe and African-American Willie are best friends, but only secretly at night, through the windows of their city apartment buildings. Read full book review >
OH NO, NOT GHOSTS! by Richard Michelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A straightforward, humorous tale, perfect for Halloween. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It's a dark and creepy night, and a boy and girl are supposed to sleeping. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

A valentine to the renowned Savoy, narrated by a lad born on the day it opened in 1926 and illustrated with eye-filling watercolors featuring sharply dressed hep cats and hot, high-steppin' crowds. Read full book review >
TOO YOUNG FOR YIDDISH by Richard Michelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"There is a glossary of words used in the text. (Picture book. 6-12)"
This is a sweet story about a language that, like the Jews themselves, manages to survive despite the effects of extermination and assimilation. Read full book review >
TEN TIMES BETTER by Richard Michelson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The wordplay is completely engaging, and artist Baskin, who has been delighting generations of children at least since Hosie's Alphabet, triumphs again with evocative and often startling animal images in a muted palette. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Paintings full of freshness and spirit, poems whimsical and sly, and yes, even a bit of mathematics all make this book irresistible. Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S GAMBLE by Richard Michelson
Released: March 1, 1999

"Moser's skilled sepia illustrations add an intimate touch to this poignant tale. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A young brother and sister can't understand why their grandfather prays all the time, instead of telling them exciting stories about his past. Read full book review >
ANIMALS THAT OUGHT TO BE by Richard Michelson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Each clever poem is accompanied by watercolor interpretations that swing from a gargoyle effect to faunal mug shots. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A collection of 14 jaunty poems about unusual pets, for ``sometimes when I lie in bed/fantastic creatures fill my head./Animals you never see./Animals that ought to be.'' Michelson and Baskin (the team behind Did You Say Ghosts?, 1993) introduce readers to the Nightnoise Gladiator, who fends off things that go bump in the night; the I'm-All-Ears, to eavesdrop on and pass along conversations normally out of earshot; the Talkback Bat, who says everything children would if they weren't sure they'd be punished. Read full book review >
DID YOU SAY GHOSTS? by Richard Michelson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Some are done up in ways that are almost comically crude, which, together with Michelson's teasing tone, gives young readers the option of laughing or shivering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An anything-but-soothing bedtime rhyme for two voices: ``Everything will be all right./There aren't any ghosts in sight...'' ``GHOSTS! Read full book review >