Books by Stephen Krensky

I KNOW A LOT! by Stephen Krensky
Released: July 2, 2013

"This appealingly illustrated, confidence-boosting board book will inspire little ones to think of—and perhaps catalog aloud—all of the important things they already know about their world. (Board book. 1-3)"
Krensky offers an unassuming celebration of a child's burgeoning knowledge about the big, wide world she lives in. Read full book review >
NOW I AM BIG! by Stephen Krensky
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Should give toddlers a satisfying dose of independence. (Board book. 2-4)"
A young toddler reflects on his life and contrasts all things he did as a baby to what he can do now. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD MOUSE by Dean Morrissey
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A gentle tale—no serious dark-magic threats here—that grips through its visual lushness. (Picture book. 5-9) "
Rollie is a curious, young field mouse discontent with his life in the field. Read full book review >
THE GREAT MOON HOAX by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

Krensky spins a wisp of history into a diaphanous tale that's accompanied by arty illustrations that fail to add substance or even a sense of period. Read full book review >
PLAY BALL, JACKIE! by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

Matty and his father, avid Dodgers fans, are in the stands for the first game of the 1947 baseball season. Read full book review >

NOAH’S BARK by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

Krensky uses the basic elements of the Noah's Ark story for his own original pourquoi tale of how the animals came to have their own distinctive sounds. Read full book review >

MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

Young Violet likes "sliding and slithering and shedding her skin whenever it got old," as well as distinctly un-snakely activities such as racing with rabbits, hanging with bats and fooling around with chipmunks. Read full book review >

CHAUCER’S FIRST WINTER by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

Chaucer, a little bear cub, decides not to hibernate so he can keep playing with his friends, a fox and a squirrel, all winter. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: June 2, 2009

The road to heck is paved with intentions like the one that produced this book. Read full book review >

SPARK THE FIREFIGHTER by Stephen Krensky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

In the town of Hardscrabble, volunteer firefighters aren't easy to come by. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2008

Krensky tells the remarkable story of George Washington Carver with humanity and grace. Read full book review >

SISTERS OF SCITUATE LIGHT by Stephen Krensky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2008

When the British threaten their town during the War of 1812, two patriotic sisters outwit the marauding redcoats in this true story. Read full book review >

BIG BAD WOLVES AT SCHOOL by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: June 26, 2007

A lupine black sheep if ever there was one, Rufus blows off all of his classwork at Big Bad Wolf Academy to lounge in the meadows, howl at the moon and generally fool around. Read full book review >

THE CRIMSON COMET by Dean Morrissey
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

In another nighttime fantasy overflowing with visual extravagance, Morrissey sends two children to the Moon aboard a spaceship constructed from battered, photo-realistically depicted antique toys and bric-a-brac. Read full book review >

HANUKKAH AT VALLEY FORGE by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Taking a small segment of American Revolutionary history noted in Jacob Rader Marcus's United States Jewry 1776-1985, Krensky constructs a story around an American soldier's Hanukkah observance one cold December night at Valley Forge. Read full book review >

MILO THE REALLY BIG BUNNY by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

This tale of a clumsy, oversized rabbit who comes through in the clutch is a flop from start to finish. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

Infused with a blue glow, Harlin's nautical paintings add an oddly spectral air to this fictionalized account of the Atlantic crossing made by John Adams and his son to France in 1778, in search of support for the beleaguered Patriot army. Read full book review >

PAUL REVERE’S MIDNIGHT RIDE by Stephen Krensky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

In a departure from other Paul Revere stories, Krensky (How Santa Lost His Job, 2001, etc.) tells the tale from the perspectives of Paul Revere, British General Gage, and his commander, Lord Percy. Read full book review >

HOW SANTA LOST HIS JOB by Stephen Krensky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Assembly-line workers are being replaced by machines—but Santa? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 14, 2001

The tiny (less than five feet tall) sharpshooter known as Annie Oakley began life as Phoebe Ann Mozee on an Ohio farm. Read full book review >

LIONEL AT SCHOOL by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Krensky's appealing primary-grader (Lionel in the Summer, 1998, etc.) takes on school challenges sure to interest beginning readers, and once again Natti's cheerful, two-to-a-spread, pencil, colored-pencil, and watercolor wash illustrations accompany them. Read full book review >

TAKING FLIGHT by Stephen Krensky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

Who were those daring young men in the first flying machines? Read full book review >

LIONEL IN THE SUMMER by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

Lionel and his family are back for more adventures in this latest Easy-to-Read installment. Read full book review >

BREAKING INTO PRINT by Stephen Krensky
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

From an author who has written about this topic before, though fictionally (The Printer's Apprentice, 1995), a brief history of book-making (subtitled ``Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press''), from illuminated manuscripts created by monks and Chinese attempts at movable type, through Gutenberg's press and the subsequent explosion of the printed word. Read full book review >

MY TEACHER'S SECRET LIFE by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

A boy figures he's got the scoop on his teacher's life once the last bell rings: Mrs. Quirk tidies the halls with the rest of the teachers, works out with the gym teacher, sups on leftovers from the cafeteria, listens to a story, and, along with her colleagues, unfurls an air mattress from her desk drawer at bedtime. Read full book review >

STRIKING IT RICH by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

History in highly congenial style—wit sizzles in both text and illustration—marks this entry in the Ready-to-Read series a winner. Read full book review >

THE PRINTER'S APPRENTICE by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

Two young apprentices in colonial New York get involved in the most controversial event of their daythe arrest and trial of printer Peter Zenger. Read full book review >

THE IRON DRAGON NEVER SLEEPS by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

The abortive strike staged in 1867 by Chinese workers on the Sierra Nevada portion of the transcontinental railroad, as perceived by 10-year-old Winnie Tucker, daughter of a Central Pacific mining engineer who is superintending the blasting of the Summit Tunnel. Read full book review >