Books by Ruth Krauss

AND I LOVE YOU by Ruth Krauss
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Kellogg interprets a poem originally published in 1987 as Big and Little with pastel illustrations by Mary Szilagyi. Read full book review >
THE GROWING STORY by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

Despite his mother's repeated reassurances, a tyke who observes changes in chicks and a puppy as seasons pass has trouble believing that he's growing too. Read full book review >

BEARS by Ruth Krauss
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

Sendak illustrates Krauss's 1948 original with visual and thematic references to his own Wild Things, interpreting a small drama in 27 words as a tale of childhood rivalry. Read full book review >

GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT SLEEPYHEAD by Ruth Krauss
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

Krauss's blatant variation on Goodnight Moon, originally published as Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes (1964) with illustrations by Elizabeth Schneider, gets an intimate remake thanks to Dyer's gentle sleepy-time scenes of a chubby, rosebud-lipped toddler surrounded by plush companions—each of which (child included) gets put to bed to a rhythmic litany: "Goodnight windows / Goodnight doors / Goodnight walls / Goodnight floors." Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 10, 1981

"Someone's likely to be lit up by those lemons-on-fire and might even take a heady dive into that "lake in the middle of a sentence."
. . ."in a poem you make your point with lemons-on-fire." Read full book review >
SOMEBODY SPILLED THE SKY by Ruth Krauss
Released: March 12, 1979

"But she throws away the title line with a blue splot, and overall her ordinary-looking black line and pale blue pictures betray a literal, linear sensibility when what is called for is the abandon of Bileck's Rain Makes Applesauce."
Drizzle tonight off the east coast of my head," reads Krauss' weather report, assuring old admirers that her head still grooves to its own isobars; and "b Ballet" encourages readers to let go too: ". . . be a button they push you and the moon comes out." Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1974

To this reader at least a sub-mushroom setting is a handicap to overcome, and Ruth Krauss' scattered snatches of childlike conversation only increase the risk of preciosity. Read full book review >
I WRITE IT by Ruth Krauss
Released: April 1, 1970

"Felicity or Isaac or Pedro or Sean (from the multilingual signatures on the last page)."
Everywhere I write it: "On a piece of paper. . . Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 1968

"Really a cartoon strip despite its packaging, and in essence just as ephemeral."
. . . and Other Stories You Can Make Up Yourself if you want to be what you're not—and you're not easily discouraged. Read full book review >
THIS THUMBPRINT by Ruth Krauss
Released: Aug. 1, 1967

"Original nonsense that will probably be response-less."
If you have an uninhibited imagination (like Miss Krauss). a violet fingerprint can suggest anything—a singer, a dog, an Indian, a cowboy. Read full book review >
THE CANTILEVER RAINBOW by Ruth Krauss
Released: Sept. 30, 1965

"It should also find its way to what seems to us the most logical appreciative readership—college students with a taste and curiosity for the avant garde."
It was off-beat off Broadway first and it comes as a surprise to find these poem-plays and happenings being listed by the publishers at the 11 to 13 age level. Read full book review >
BOUQUET OF LITTLES by Ruth Krauss
Released: Oct. 23, 1963

"A little book by a big author which is more than a little precious."
The author of A Hole Is to Dig (1952, p. 401) and Open House for Butterflies (1960, p. 288, J-142), here unaccompanied by Sendak, has turned from the wry, humorous approach to the world of little people to a quainter, more old-fashioned view. Read full book review >
A GOOD MAN AND HIS GOOD WIFE by Ruth Krauss
Released: Sept. 12, 1962

"Marc Simont's one color funny pictures bring out the heartiest humor in Ruth Krauss' new book."
How the good man cured his good wife of a bad habit will surprise and delight most audiences. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 1962

"A disappointment from the usually dependable Ruth Krauss."
It is hard to find conviction in the concept here. Read full book review >
OPEN HOUSE FOR BUTTERFLIES by Ruth Krauss
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 1960

"Charming, funny, sometimes wise, the text supported by the irresistible diminutive drawings of Maurice Sendak will find an appreciative audience, in many cases, among the readers at whom it is directed, and, as frequently, will be championed by their parents."
The charm of this verbal free-for-all cannot be disputed, but coming as a sequel to A Hole is to Dig, this second book by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak to some extent lacks the spontaneous charm of the first. Read full book review >
A MOON OR A BUTTON by Ruth Krauss
Released: March 4, 1959

"It would seem likely that the picture book age child would reject this."
Sometimes Ruth Krauss manages to capture the evolution of an idea in a schoolroom with complete charm and veracity. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 2, 1958

"Side sewn and reinforced."
On the shaky foundations of words said by children Ruth Krauss has evolved inconsequential flights of fancy. Read full book review >
MONKEY DAY by Phyllis Rowand
POETRY
Released: Sept. 4, 1957

"Not unlike Millions of Cats, this is for a distinctly older group than the author's earlier works."
Monkeys and more monkeys, presents, parties and paper hats are skillfully blended in a merry lap-sized book by the practised hands that gave us Bears, etc. Here are a little girl who loves monkeys, and the wedding of monkeys and flocks and flocks of baby monkeys. Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: March 20, 1957

"Guaranteed a hit for the 3 to 5 year olds."
David was bored. Read full book review >
I WANT TO PAINT MY BATHROOM BLUE by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 1956

"The pictures are in many shades of pastel."
With help again from Maurice Sendak, here is another book of the things one dreams about rather than does- like painting the bathroom blue and sprinkling seeds all over the sunny earth and having a whole house for all one's friends. Read full book review >
IS THIS YOU? by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1955

Brain teasers for small fry, from an expert at them, adds up to a book of one's own that might make its author pleasantly more aware of immediate surroundings. Read full book review >
I'LL BE YOU AND YOU BE ME by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1954

"Varied type sizes keyed to text."
Ruth Krauss' imagination mellows with successive books. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1954

"By the author of A Hole Is To Dig here is a grab bag of instructions for such tricks of the age as having sales, playing with parents and "how to be inside a whale"- some naughty, some nice, some sugar, some spice."
Wanna know how? Read full book review >
A VERY SPECIAL HOUSE by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1953

"Better, and closer to young imaginations than last year's A Hole Is To Dig."
Maurice Sendak's very entertaining pictures- all kind of round and angly and spidery at the same time- are perfect for Ruth Krauss's verses. Read full book review >
A HOLE IS TO DIG by Ruth Krauss
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 1952

"What they should be is more thought provoking."
When a book of imaginative nature such as this comes along, we get all excited, expect it to be top flight. Read full book review >
THE BUNDLE BOOK by Ruth Krauss
Released: June 15, 1951

"The warmth of cherished "secret fun" infuses this gentle story which has a gleeful humor the toddler will recognize and appreciate."
The sweetly soft, pastel illustrations by Helen Stone are lovely, but may appeal more to Mother rather than the toddler, in this delectable story-game for very little children and their mothers. Read full book review >
THE BACKWARD DAY by Ruth Krauss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 6, 1950

"The idea will amuse when the tedium of too much routine is overpowering, and also show that a joke is a joke and not to be kept up indefinitely."
The appeal of this little book is its nonsense for the little boy who wakes to decide that "Today is backward day" carries through his dressing backwards, walks backwards, sits backwards at the breakfast table — and is joined by his father and mother and little sister. Read full book review >
THE BIG WORLD AND THE LITTLE HOUSE by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1949

"But this doesn't much matter in a book which has its own story."
This is a book with a purpose — but not too emphatically that to lose out as a quite charming story of how a family brought a house back to life. Read full book review >
THE HAPPY DAY by Ruth Krauss
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 1949

"Possibly a book that has more perfection to an adult than to a child, but somehow I think children will grow into it, too."
A lovely book, which scarcely needs the captions, for the idea is evident in the enchanting pictures in soft blacks and whites, with one touch of color at the end. Read full book review >
THE GREAT DUFFY by Ruth Krauss
Released: June 15, 1946

"A love of a book."
A delectable book for the distracted parent who wants to wean small sons from too constant demand for the comics. Read full book review >