Books by S.D. Schindler

SPIKE AND IKE TAKE A HIKE by S.D. Schindler
Released: April 18, 2013

"Here's hoping the happy pair have more adventures to come. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wacky wordplay accompanies a hedgehog and a coatimundi as they walk to lunch at Cousin Rosa's. Read full book review >
HORNBOOKS AND INKWELLS by Verla Kay
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Whether studying colonial life or comparison/contrast, teachers will surely reach for this. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Terse rhyme introduces children to 18th-century schooling. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Batter up! (Picture book. 6-12)"
One of the joys of baseball is its intergenerational appeal. Read full book review >
MAGNUS MAXIMUS, A MARVELOUS MEASURER by Kathleen T. Pelley
FICTION
Released: April 13, 2010

"Pelley's text is brightly humorous and musical—'Now that he was the town's official measurer, Magnus Maximus had to measure all kinds of NESSes, from the wobbliness of a jellyfish to the itchiness of an itch'—and that goes for Schindler's illustrations as well, with their busily elegant line work, their lustrous washes of color and, best of all, their high and brilliant tomfoolery. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Magnus Maximus has a walrus mustache, a benign countenance and a preoccupation: measuring and counting. Read full book review >
THE TYRANNOSAURUS GAME by Steven Kroll
DINOSAURS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Listeners might be induced to create their own collective yarns after seeing this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rainy day at school turns a dozen restless children into master storytellers. Read full book review >
CAT DREAMS by Ursula K. Le Guin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A perfect fit for storytimes on cats, naps and dreams. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A tortoiseshell cat enjoys a run after a chipmunk and some leaps over the furniture, but she's ready for a nap. Read full book review >
TRICKING THE TALLYMAN by Jacqueline Davies
FICTION
Released: April 14, 2009

The tallyman is a census-taker, and in Davies's book, he is Phineas Bump—"heartsick, saddle-sore, and down on his luck"—and something of a clever-boots poking through the "rooty Vermont woods" in 1790 to take his count of the locals. Read full book review >
COME TO THE CASTLE! by Linda Ashman
Released: April 1, 2009

"EWSLUGp2007, illustrated by Robert Byrd, remains an informative delight bound to find its audience. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Wit meets historical accuracy in a pitch-perfect mix of laugh-out-loud text and entertaining image. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Capped with a fuller picture of the work of Lomax and his son Alan, as well as enticing source notes, this account can't help but broaden the insight of little dogies everywhere into the histories and meaning of these enduringly popular songs. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Interspersing her narrative with verses from "Home on the Range," "Sweet Betsy from Pike," "The Old Chisholm Trail" and like cowboy chestnuts, Hopkinson retraces the early career of the greatest collector and recorder of American folk songs ever. Read full book review >
MONSTER MESS! by Margery Cuyler
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Simple but sublime, best suited to the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cheerily skewed take on the familiar monster-under-the-bed schtick. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF THE ABANDONED TOYS by Julian Fellowes
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"It should find a ready audience—of children, as well as parents—to cherish it. (Illustrated fiction. 8-10)"
In a pair of cozy read-aloud tales, Doc, a worn plush bear discarded when his hospital's Children's Ward is spruced up, meets a quartet of like survivors in a dump, lends expert aid to reset a blackbird's dislocated wing and later pitches in to get a lost toy bunny back to its distraught boy. Read full book review >
LOUDER, LILI by Gennifer Choldenko
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A good read-aloud or read-alone that is sure to delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lili is so shy that her voice, when she actually says anything, is usually too soft to be heard. Read full book review >
TERRIBLE STORM by Carol Otis Hurst
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Great for sharing and storytelling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Remember the blizzard of 1888? Read full book review >
THE STORY OF SALT by Mark Kurlansky
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

The author of Cod's Tale (2001) again demonstrates a dab hand at recasting his adult work for a younger audience. Read full book review >
THE SNOW GLOBE FAMILY by Jane O’Connor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Schindler's colored inks and gouache in a wry, slightly exaggerated style capture the Victorian setting perfectly, vivacious line and muted color making a fine winter bedtime treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A small and gentle foray into imagination. Read full book review >
BOY, WERE WE WRONG ABOUT DINOSAURS! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
DINOSAURS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

A spirited text and humorously detailed line-and-color illustrations discuss the evolving nature of dinosaur research, emphasizing the ways recent discoveries have changed the ways paleontologists understand the always-fascinating creatures. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Though not quite as intimate a glimpse into Thoreau's character as D.B. Johnson's Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (2000) and its sequels, this too will leave readers curious to know more about this gentle rebel. (biographical afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this well meant (if a little overdone) tribute, the great maverick Thoreau shrugs off the scorn of Concord's bustling, consumerist townsfolk—some of whom exhibit respiratory ailments from the sooty air—and builds his cabin near Walden Pond. Read full book review >
WHITTINGTON by Alan Armstrong
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2005

"It's a lovely paean to the power of story and the words that carry it along. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Into Bernie's barn, filled with castoff animals he has either actively collected or hasn't the heart to refuse, wanders Whittington the cat, an ugly bruiser of a tom who seeks community. Read full book review >
GRANDY THAXTER’S HELPER by Douglas Rees
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Those wanting a more gentle take on the tale will enjoy the read. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this variation of the folk theme in which mortals cheat death, Grandy Thaxter is a sturdy old New Englander in a solid clapboard house and Mister Death is a tall, lanky old fellow dressed in black tails and top hat. Read full book review >
A CONFUSED HANUKKAH by Jon Koons
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Schindler's comical rendition captures the Eastern European environment; however this is needless folly even for Chelm. (Folktales. 6-9)"
Hanukkah is approaching, the Rabbi's out of town, and the villagers have forgotten how to celebrate, so they send Yossel to the next town to find out what the traditional observance entails. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN by Kevin Lewis
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Lewis shows an all-too-common tendency to drop or add syllables to his rhymed lines at random, but he expertly captures the rumbling drama of the pumpkin's descent, and sets up the punch line perfectly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Lewis and Schindler transform a tale usually associated with Thanksgiving into a "thumpety bumpety thumpin' bumpin' round and roll-y" Halloween disaster-in-the-making, narrowly averted by some quick thinking and ending with a hilarious twist. Read full book review >
THREE PEBBLES AND A SONG by Eileen Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"An indirect but eloquent reminder that art, too, is a staff of life. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Unlike the rest of his family, Moses the mouse can't focus on gathering supplies in anticipation of the coming winter. Read full book review >
ONE WITCH by Laura Leuck
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The monster-ridden cast and ghoulish goulash will elicit choruses of delighted 'Eeeewwwwws!' (Picture book. 6-8)"
In jaunty rhyme, one witch gathers up a fish tail from two cats, a blackbird's claw from three scarecrows, and similarly appetizing ingredients from similarly iconic ookie-spookies, up to the spider's soup donated by ten werewolves. Read full book review >
SPINNING SPIDERS by Melvin Berger
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"Back matter provides a web-preserving activity and offers two Web sites for further consultation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A beautifully illustrated, informative entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series explores the biology of spinning spiders. Read full book review >
SKELETON HICCUPS by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"For all the hiccupping, this outing has a quiet feel not up to the standards of some of Cuyler's earlier books, but the right audience will enjoy its fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Who hasn't shared the aggravation of a whole day's worth of bone-rattling hiccups? Read full book review >
HOW SANTA LOST HIS JOB by Stephen Krensky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Keep on truckin', Santa. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Assembly-line workers are being replaced by machines—but Santa? Read full book review >
THE COD’S TALE by Mark Kurlansky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Readers of this title will never again look at fish and chips in quite the same way. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An awesome introduction for young readers to the Atlantic codfish by the author of the bestselling adult title, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997). Read full book review >
CACKLE COOK’S MONSTER STEW by Patricia Rae Wolff
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Igor first, though; he may hate shopping, but he does like eating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wolff manages to be gross without getting nauseating in this witch's brew of ABC's. Read full book review >
JOHNNY APPLESEED by Rosemary Benét
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2001

Schindler (Hog Music, 2000, etc.) beautifully illustrates a poem from the Benéts' Book of Americans (1933) with spacious scenes of a cheerful, bearded, apple-cheeked wanderer, sometimes seen in youth, sometimes in old age, juggling apples and tending both gnarled fruit trees and slender saplings in sunny, sparsely settled landscapes. Read full book review >
COVERED WAGONS, BUMPY TRAILS by Verla Kay
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Diane Stanley's Roughing It on the Oregon Trail (p. 722) does a better job of capturing the flavor of the journey by wagon train. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
A pioneer family travels from Independence, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in a covered wagon some time in the 19th century. Read full book review >
SAM’S WILD WEST CHRISTMAS by Nancy Antle
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Best of all here is Antle's (Lost in the War, 1998, etc.) delight in language, humorously conveyed to readers, as pure an encouragement as can be to keep turning the pages and a good introduction to the pleasures of wordplay. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
This easy-to-read comic adventure yarn, for all its simplicity, has real narrative momentum and a pleasing mess of puns, while Schindler's fine ink-and-watercolor illustrations lend the tale an even greater merriment. Read full book review >
GOLD FEVER by Verla Kay
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"As an introduction to a vital piece of American history, it's wryly humorous and unflinchingly candid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kay debuts with a rollicking tale about an idealistic farmer's quest for gold and glory during the gold rush of 1849. Read full book review >
CLEVER CROW by Cynthia DeFelice
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Schindler provides nice symmetry between Crow's shiny treasures and Emma's under-the-bed box. (Picture book. 3-8)"
From DeFelice (Willy's Silly Grandma, 1997, etc.), a rollicking, rhyming read-aloud with a clever little girl and the crow of the title. Read full book review >
HOW MANY FISH? by Caron Lee Cohen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"A gentle drama about an odd fish out—it is captured in the pail but escapes when the small pail-wielder's attention is claimed elsewhere—will appeal to children and boost their confidence in taking on more difficult reading material. (Fiction. 4-6)"
This My First I Can Read title is a rhythmic puzzle for the youngest of readers. Read full book review >
BETCHA! by Stuart J. Murphy
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Readers may come away with the sense that they are not slaves to numbers—it's the other way around. (further reading) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Playing with numbers—that's what this book from Murphy (The Best Vacation Ever, 1997, etc.) is all about. Read full book review >
BAT IN THE DINING ROOM by Crescent Dragonwagon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A surprising, lovely book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
``A bat flew into the dining room,/at the hotel restaurant by the lake./Mistake.'' Dragonwagon (Alligators and Others All Year Long, 1993, etc.) pens a lilting, loosely rhymed text about a bat who finds itself in an alien indoor environment, the human pandemonium that ensues, and the observant little girl who imagines how the bat must feel. Read full book review >
TUNDRA MOUSE by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Younger listeners may need help with Lissie's interruptions story; older ones may want more information on tundra micespecifically, what becomes of the mice when their burrows are invaded or crushed by humans, as they are here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
McDonald (see review above) and Schindler have created an uncommon blend of folkways and natural history that underscores a gracefully told, lovingly illustrated Christmas story. Read full book review >
A TREE IS GROWING by Arthur Dorros
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Readers will be exploring woods, sidewalks, and yards- -anyplace there are trees—with new eyes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A verdant testimony to the noble plants that shade our lawns and line our streets. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF NICHOLAS GREEBE by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Schindler's best pen-and-ink efforts, suggestive of Edward Gorey in New England mode, put some meat on these bones, but this sputtering tale wouldn't spook Ichabod Crane. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When old Nicholas Greebe dies on a wintry day, his shivering family buries him hastily in a shallow grave. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1996

"The story's length, theme, and complexity may not recommend it to younger readers, but it will reward those school-age children just beginning to struggle to keep up with the latest fads. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Madame LaGrande is fashion's latest slave in pre-Revolutionary Paris. Read full book review >
IF YOU SHOULD HEAR A HONEY GUIDE by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An attractive, surprising, and useful volume. (Picture book/nonfiction 5-9)"
With outstanding care and restraint, Sayre (Grasslands, 1994, not reviewed, etc.) introduces this unusual bird and tells the story of symbiosis in a spare, poetic text that is also exciting for reading aloud. Read full book review >
WONDERFUL ALEXANDER AND THE CATWINGS by Ursula K. Le Guin
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A first chapter book to charm both newly independent readers and their elders. (Fiction. 5-10)"
The endearing winged cats who escaped the city to be cared for by two reliable country children (Catwings, 1988, etc.) make a third appearance in this tale of a self-important kitten from nearby who discovers that his true worth is not what he has supposed. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Better-than-average slapstick; Schindler's adroit caricatures suit the playful tone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another offbeat tall tale from the authors of Charlie Malarkey and the Belly-Button Machine (1990); William Kennedy is also the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Ironweed and other adult fiction. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Crediting editors and designers is a nice touch. (Poetry. 7+)"
A veteran author and illustrator bring their common interest in nature to a beautiful anthology of high-quality poetry: 91 poems from such as Roethke, Sandburg, Ciardi, Merriam, Millay, and Zolotow and from Leila and Tanya Dreskin (ages 5 and 7), plus several haiku and Native American songs. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY BUZZARD by Tres Seymour
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Pure fun. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An effervescent, kid-appealing parody of a popular folk song (``Yonder Tree''): An impish-looking boy details the delights of his bizarre pets (``I love my warthog and my warthog loves me./He blows his round nose on my sleeve./He borrows my toothpaste, my brush, and my floss./My mom has asked him to leave.'') Read full book review >
GREAT-AUNT IDA AND HER GREAT DANE, DOC by Leah Komaiko
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The huge, bumptious dog, sturdy kid, and jowly old lady (who has a twinkle in her eye from the start) make a likable trio. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Skateboarding down the block for his weekly visit with his elderly aunt, the peppy, freckled kid, sweatband holding his squared-off red hair bolt upright, dolefully anticipates the usual tedium while Aunt Ida stops to chat with friends during their walk with her Great Dane. ``If Doc and me could have our own way/We'd get up and GO, MAN, GO!'' While he endures the sedate pace, the boy imagines what he and the dog could do if they escaped: ``rope cattle on the prairie,'' perform in a circus... Read full book review >
ODDS ON OLIVER by Constance C. Greene
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Greene's first foray into humorous fiction for a younger audience than her popular series about Al and Isabelle. Read full book review >
BIG PUMPKIN by Erica Silverman
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"A sure-fire addition to the Halloween shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a nicely cadenced variant on the cumulative tale about a turnip, a witch is vainly trying to tug a pumpkin off its vine in order to bake a pie. Read full book review >
WHOO-OO IS IT? by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

Just before dark, a nesting barn owl hears a faint sound, familiar yet mysterious. Read full book review >
NOT THE PIANO, MRS. MEDLEY! by Evan Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Schindler deftly extends the humor with his overdressed, irrepressible Mrs. Medley and long-suffering Max. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Levine's first book is a tall tale with a role reversal guaranteed to amuse: Max's grandma, Mrs. Medley, takes half the day to get to the beach—she keeps going home for more stuff. Read full book review >
CATWINGS by S.D. Schindler
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Schindler's exquisitely detailed drawings, warmed with the softest of added color, make a perfect accompaniment to what should serve as a satisfying young reader or as a read-aloud."
A charming, if insubstantial, little story about the setting out into the world of four alley kittens who were born with wings—perhaps "their father was a fly-by-night" Once they begin to fly, their mother (Mrs. Jane Tabby)—because she realizes that the neighborhood is "terrible. . .and getting worse," and because she is making her own plans with Mr. Tom Jones, who has proposed—sends them out to seek their fortune. Read full book review >