Books by Stephen Huneck

Stephen Huneck is an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, and printmaker who won 2003 Silver award from the Society of Illustrators. He and his wife, Gwen, are the owners of Stephen Huneck Galleries in Woodstock, Vermont; Martha’s Vineyard, Massac

SALLY GOES TO HEAVEN by Stephen Huneck
Released: April 1, 2014

"Gentle, understated and comforting to both children and adults. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The final entry in the late Huneck's series about Sally the black Labrador is a touching account of Sally's death from old age and her joyous experiences in heaven. Read full book review >
SALLY AT THE FARM by Stephen Huneck
Released: March 11, 2014

"A playful romp that has lost little in its adaptation and miniaturization. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
The black Labrador of picture-book fame makes her board-book debut. Read full book review >
SALLY GETS A JOB by Stephen Huneck
Released: April 1, 2008

Huneck continues his popular series about Sally the black lab with this sixth entry in the series. When she's left at home, Sally wishes she could go off to school or a job like the other members of her family. In simple, first-person narration, she considers all the jobs she could do, including driving a school bus, teaching school, running for president and opening a restaurant. The names of quite a few occupations and fields of study are included, such as biologist and paleontologist. Huneck's droll sense of humor is evident in both text and illustrations when Sally imagines licking the plates clean in her restaurant or cleaning up after the elephants as a zookeeper. After thoughtful consideration, Sally decides her real job is taking care of her family, illustrated in a rather odd final spread by playing tug-of-war with a sock, with the son of the family on the other end of the sock. Though this is not the most dynamic of Sally's adventures, Huneck's woodblock print illustrations in his distinctive folk-art style are always as charming as Sally herself. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Huneck offers another drolly humorous story in his series about Sally, the black Labrador, who this time visits a "dog-friendly lodge" in a wintry mountain setting. Sally's first-person narrative describes arriving at the lodge and meeting new canine companions, including two rescue dogs, as well as activities such as snowshoeing, snowboarding and skiing. When Sally tries to take a shortcut back to the lodge, she loses her way and has to be located by the rescue dog pair. The human owners are never shown directly, and the dogs get along quite well on their own, having their own fun and solving their own problems. The refreshingly simple text is hand-lettered at the bottom of each page, with just a couple of sentences per page. The innocent tone of the uncomplicated story is well-matched to Huneck's distinctive woodcuts, showing Sally and friends in striking contrast against the wooden floor of the lodge or cavorting on the snowy mountainside. (Picture book. 2-7)Read full book review >
SALLY GOES TO THE FARM by Stephen Huneck
Released: April 1, 2001

Sally's latest adventure finds her once again taking a road trip, but this time it's to a farm. Sally, the now familiar large black Labrador Retriever, is excited to be taking her first trip into the country. As they near the end of their long drive, they begin to see and smell signs of new animals and new adventures. Sally meets Molly, a Golden Retriever, and together they explore the sights and sounds of farm life. They sneak a drink of milk from Bessie the cow and share a snack with Penelope the pig. They play tug-of-war with Harriet the horse and take a ride on the tractor. They finish the day with a visit with the scarecrow and with a snack of some pie stolen off a windowsill. Feeling full, Sally and Molly decide to stretch out in the hammock. After all, "farming is hard work." Understated humor and Sally's exuberance at discovering new things makes this a wonderful addition to the Sally series. Readers will delight in the boldly colored and skillfully rendered woodblock illustrations that depict the agricultural landscape and its inhabitants. While the illustrations will not disappoint, readers may be a little startled to see woodblock prints of dogs sniffing each other's posteriors. A playful romp through the fields. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >