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

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
COLORS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A rollicking sweetheart of a yarn about teamwork, in western dress, part of this publisher's Easy-to-Read line. A traveling band of entertainers floats down from the sky to bring a little excitement to a quiet frontier town and come face to face with some ornery bandits. Read full book review >