Books by Simms Taback

DINOSAURS by Simms Taback
Released: April 1, 2012

"All of the dinos, even T. Rex, sport friendly smiles that will undoubtedly be mirrored on the faces of any toddler in visual range. (Board book. 2-4)"
From the late, great Taback, a half-dozen burly dinos on sturdy foldout squares. Read full book review >
POSTCARDS FROM CAMP by Simms Taback
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 2011

"Share with kids before and after camp—newbies will be astonished at how typical Michael's experience is; seasoned campers (and their parents) will laugh all the way through. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A reluctant camper gradually adjusts over the course of the summer, which is communicated entirely in postcards and letters between him and his father. Read full book review >
MOMMIES AND BABIES by Simms Taback
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Taback's other spring 2010 books, Zoom (ISBN: 978-1-60905-007-8) and 4 5 6 (ISBN: 978-1-60905-006-1), are both superior. (Board book. 1-2)"
A wee (4" X 4") trim contains this partially successful introduction to farm animals and their young. Read full book review >
COLORS by Simms Taback
by Simms Taback, illustrated by Simms Taback
COLORS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Equally diminutive companion volumes are 1-2-3 (ISBN: 978-1-934706-89-3) and Animals (ISBN: 978-1-934706-87-9). (Ages 6-18 mos.)"
Arrayed within a baby's hand-sized trim are the usual suspects of any beginning concept book—red, yellow, blue, orange and so on—along with a few oddballs. Read full book review >
SIMMS TABACK’S CITY ANIMALS by Simms Taback
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"The heavy cardstock should withstand many readings—good thing, as this one is sure to be a favorite among young patrons. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following the same format as Simms Taback's Safari Animals (2008), the author/illustrator celebrates the animals that make their homes in the city. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Maybe die-hard riddle fans will eat it up, and it's fun for the eye, but otherwise not one to run to. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As the mouthful of a title indicates, the only subjects covered are supposed to be about space, snakes or bugs, though the riddles sometimes stretch these boundaries. Read full book review >
I MISS YOU EVERY DAY by Simms Taback
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This will likely open the door for a conversation about how they can keep in touch with loved ones who are far away. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Taback's trademark illustrations bring to life the adventure of a young New Jersey girl who mails herself across the country. Read full book review >
KIBITZERS AND FOOLS by Simms Taback
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

If you sat Webster, Aesop and Sholem Aleichem around a rickety table and served them some chicken soup with or without the rice, you might achieve something as delightful as Taback's old world Yiddish storytelling-cum-definitions-cum-morals, all learned from his zayda (grandfather). Read full book review >
BEACH PARTY! by Harriet Ziefert
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Splash!' (Board book. 1-5)"
This play rhyme in board book form invites young listeners to sashay like a menagerie of marine life, each one with its own verb: "Can you walk like a penguin? Read full book review >
SIMMS TABACK’S BIG BOOK OF WORDS by Harriet Ziefert
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The only misstep is the telephone, a black number with a dial and a cord that children may not recognize at all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Caldecott Medal-winner Taback wields a strong black line and vibrating color on each of these pages, where an object sits on a plain white background. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Simms Taback
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Adults in the know will enjoy pointing out his identity to children, but the joke will be lost on those not familiar with the history of children's literature. (Picture book. 4+)"
Caldecott Medalist and Honoree Taback (Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, 1999, etc.) has outdone himself with deeply colorful, intricately detailed and witty mixed-media illustrations of each figure in this familiar cumulative tale: cheese, rat, cat, dog, cow, maid, man, judge, rooster, and newly added artist. Read full book review >
WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND by Harriet Ziefert
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 18, 1998

"Antique ads, photos, ticket stubs, newspaper clipping, and stamps pasted into the art augment the period of history in a grand story about a brave generation who won't soon be forgotten. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a lighthearted look at the immigrant experience, Ziefert retells a cumulative 19th-century American poem that describes a cheerful man who comes to the US, buys a farm, sets up house, and makes a life. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY by Simms Taback
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

A die-cut hole approach to an old favorite that offers a view of the old lady's stomach and its expanding bestiary. Read full book review >
SAM'S WILD WEST SHOW by Nancy Antle
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"The art includes typical tones of the old West and a variety of lively purples and greens adding to the carnivalesque atmosphere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rollicking sweetheart of a yarn about teamwork, in western dress, part of this publisher's Easy-to-Read line. Read full book review >