Books by Robert Lawson

EL CUENTO DE FERDINANDO by Munro Leaf
Released: March 1, 1962

"But those brave and humble enough to sneak it off the shelves will find it considerably more rewarding than the drab little stories that appear in so many textbooks."
The popularity of Ferdinand the bull has long been established. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WHEEL by Robert Lawson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 1957

"Conn's romance with the pretty little German girl whom he meets on the boat means a new life for him after the wheel is a success."
The last book to appear by the late Robert Lawson, The Great Wheel is the story of Cornelius Kilroy, a twelve year old lad in Ireland, who follows his aunt's advice to keep his face to the sunset and follow the evening star. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN KIDD'S CAT by Robert Lawson
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 6, 1956

"His only fault is the omission of the 'ly's' from his adverbs and, as ever, the drastic plots and events he relates have a subtler to reality than the liberal dressing of humor might indicate."
Patterned on the confidential humor of Mr. Revere and I, and Ben and Me, here is the inside story of Captain Kidd and how he came to an undeserved end, told with strict adherence to the facts of the case by his worldly, practical cat. Read full book review >
THE TOUGH WINTER by Robert Lawson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1954

"And the reader's reward is Mr. Lawson's matchless description of incident, in words and pictures."
Mr. Lawson's latest animal story takes the characters on The Hill through a humorous if hard three months and still proves he can personalize his animals without being in the least sentimental. Read full book review >
EDWARD, HOPPY AND JOE by Robert Lawson
Released: June 15, 1952

"Full color jacket."
This falls between the magic of Robbut Hill and the let-down of Robbut but is quite definitely "good Lawson", and another plus count in his candidacy for the title of an American Kenneth Grahame. Read full book review >
SMELLER MARTIN by Robert Lawson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 1950

"Later at his country home Smeller not only aided the romance of his Aunt Agatha and a nearby professor but detected a thief and solved a murder for the police."
A cocky, tongue-in-cheek story with a very funny gimmick, this is sure to be a hit in spite of possible adult disapproval. Read full book review >
THE FABULOUS FLIGHT by Robert Lawson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1949

"And the author's pictures get better and better as the story progresses."
There will be a good deal of pro and con discussion about this story this fall wherever children's book trade people and librarians gather, very much the way there was about Stuart Little. Read full book review >
ROBBUT by Robert Lawson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1948

"But don't be misled- it's second string Lawson."
Oh Mr. Lawson, Mr. Lawson, how can you let down your admirers with so hackneyed a theme as this in your latest lovely book. Read full book review >
MR. TWIGG'S MISTAKE by Robert Lawson
Released: Oct. 8, 1947

"Robert Lawson's line drawings are perfect for such an endearing mole, but readers of his adventures will regret his disappearance into thin air."
Children will chuckle over this and adults groan (particularly if they have battled moles in garden and lawn) — and only Robert Lawson could get away with this many and frequently hilarious story of what happened when young Amory, nicknamed Squirt, fed Bita Vities cereal to his pet mole, nicknamed General DeGaulle because he was leader of the Underground. Read full book review >
AT THAT TIME by Robert Lawson
Released: Oct. 3, 1947

"The growing pains of youth- which youth will appreciate."
There's a slight difference of opinion here, but majority rules, and we are placing this as autobiography for young adults. Read full book review >
MR. WILMER by Robert Lawson
Released: May 21, 1945

"Plus juvenile sale, particularly as it is a made to order setting for Robert Lawson's beguiling drawings."
Underplaying, rather than overplaying, the idea of a man who can talk with animals, this is the story of Milquetoast-y William Wilmer, who for years has been an insignificant, spineless cog in the Safe, Sane and Colossal Insurance Company, and who — on his 16th birthday — discovers he can talk animal. Read full book review >
RABBIT HILL by Robert Lawson
illustrated by Robert Lawson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1944

"The Lawson illustrations are sure to capture the hearts of all prospective purchasers — but as a story, it doesn't quite come off."
Lawson is difficult to place so far as his juvenile audience is concerned. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1944

"Chiefly a picture book — drawn says he, from life — with 'rural' scenes illustrating his alphabetized captions."
Sundry remarks and observations on the joys, perils and vexations of rustic residence together with suggestions of cautionary nature for the inexperienced-so runs the substance of the subtitle to this glossary of life in the country as experienced by cosmopolites who have bought a little place in Connecticut. Read full book review >
WATCHWORDS OF LIBERTY by Robert Lawson
Released: June 15, 1943

"Robert Lawson's illustrations are more storied than usual — each one really adding that touch to the background his text supplies."
An important book, which should not be confined to this age group, as it brings into general information (and how this age group loves to collect miscellaneous facts) the sources of sayings that have become an integral part of our national inheritance and tradition. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE WOMAN WANTED NOISE by Val Teal
Released: March 1, 1943

"The Robert Lawson pictures—simple line drawings—are just right for the text."
We loved this one, and prophesy that the youngsters will too. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF SIMPSON AND SAMPSON by Munro Leaf
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 31, 1941

"Judge for yourself — is this a book for children, or a book adults will buy using children as an excuse?"
Are Munro Leaf's name, plus Robert Lawson's beautiful pictures sufficient to warrant wide popularity for this new venture, which I personally, felt much too adult in its conception, its execution and its humor for small children. Read full book review >
I DISCOVER COLUMBUS by Robert Lawson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 10, 1941

"Lawson's illustrations are perfect for the text — and it's a very taking take-off all in all."
A spoof on Columbus, which I liked better than Pen and Me, its satire is more pointed, its humor more subtle. Read full book review >
THEY WERE STRONG AND GOOD by Robert Lawson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 1940

"But it just seems to lack the spark, and the jacket drawings are a trifle austere and forbidding — so it seems to me."
I like the idea behind this book. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 2, 1939

"And he has made delightful pen and ink illustrations. (Fantasy/historical fiction. 7-12)"
Hugely entertaining (and enlightening) mouse-eye view of the career of Benjamin Franklin. Read full book review >
WEE GILLIS by Munro Leaf
Released: Sept. 30, 1938

"So when the chance came, he proved himself as a topnotch bagpiper and acceptable to both sides."
Wee Gillis' father's people were Highlanders; his mother's people were Lowlanders, and he was faced with the problem of which he should be. Read full book review >
MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS by Richard Atwater
Released: Sept. 26, 1938

"It is all given reality when he receives a present of a penguin, which makes its nest in the refrigerator on cubes of ice, mates with a lonely penguin from the zoo, and produces a family of penguins which help set the Poppers on their feet."
This is rather a silly story, and I don't believe children will think it particularly funny. Read full book review >