Books by Steven Kellogg

FARTY MARTY by B.J. Ward
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Alas, toilet humor always seems to lure kids in, whether the story warrants it or not (Marty's is the latter). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Walter the Farting Dog has new company in Marty, a cat with star potential. Read full book review >
SNOWFLAKES FALL by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"MacLachlan and Kellogg celebrate the small things, but the small things turn out to be the big things after all: the children, "No two the same— / All beautiful." (Picture book. 4-7)"
Falling snowflakes highlight the beauties and joys of winter in this celebration of the uniqueness of not only every snowflake, but every child. Read full book review >
THE GREEN BATH by Margaret Mahy
Released: July 1, 2013

"A rumpus in the bathroom that readers are sure to try to emulate, even if only in their imaginations—lay down some towels before filling the tub! (Picture book. 4-8)"
A very imaginative boy has the bath adventure of a lifetime. Read full book review >
CLORINDA PLAYS BASEBALL! by Steven Kellogg
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Hilarious and joyful; hooray, Clorinda. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Clorinda's dreams always push the envelope of ordinary, cud-chewing existence. Read full book review >
AND I LOVE YOU by Ruth Krauss
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Surprisingly and pleasantly offbeat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kellogg interprets a poem originally published in 1987 as Big and Little with pastel illustrations by Mary Szilagyi. Read full book review >
THE PIED PIPER’S MAGIC  by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"No matter how it is spelled, this belongs on every library shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Kellogg puts his touch to yet another classic. Read full book review >
COME BACK, CAT by Joan L.  Nødset
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Those who still own the previous edition will want this updated version. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A larger format and full-color, revised illustrations bring new life to an old story almost every child (and cat) can relate to. Read full book review >
CLORINDA TAKES FLIGHT by Robert Kinerk
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"High-flying fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kinerk and Kellogg pair up for another adventure featuring Clorinda, the cow with distinctly bigger-than-bovine aspirations. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE MOOSE by Dennis Haseley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"The inner-beauty-trumps-outer-beauty theme is clumsily wrought, but this pleasingly corny moose romance is charming nonetheless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this unapologetically goofy story, a young Canadian he-moose falls for a beautiful she-moose not only because of her lovely exterior but also because she's kind. Read full book review >
IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MOON by Faith McNulty
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A powerful, playful tribute to the minutiae and magnificence of space exploration. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Many dream of exploring outer space, but this wonderfully engaging guide to space travel walks young readers through the adventure, starting with what to pack on the rocket ship: "Peanut butter, apples, and cake will taste good in space." Read full book review >
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN by J. Fred Coots
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The end effect is buoyantly boisterous, though the frenetic energy of the crowded illustrations may leave adults feeling as though they've eaten too much Christmas candy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A large teddy bear is the narrating character in this big, bright, and busy rendition of the bouncy Christmas song. Read full book review >
CLORINDA by Robert Kinerk
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Children expecting a Disneyfied happy-ever-after may take the point unwillingly, but should notice that Clorinda never abandons her dream, even after coming to realize that it's not going to work out exactly the way she had hoped. (Picture book. 8-10)"
A rotund farm animal with a big personality and a yen to dance heads for the Big City. Read full book review >
JIMMY’S BOA AND THE BUNGEE JUMP SLAM DUNK by Trinka Hakes Noble
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"It's another slam-dunk for Jimmy fans. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jimmy and his conniving snake are back, creating confusion, bedlam, and havoc in a series of calamities. Read full book review >
MILLIONS TO MEASURE by David M. Schwartz
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 2003

"The Schwartz-Kellogg team has got it right again: this should be part of every professional's collection. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician returns, this time tackling measurement, in this latest installment of the winning "millions" series (If You Made a Million, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
BIG BEAR BALL by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"The large typeface and brilliant colors encourage group sharing—and stomping. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Outlandishly dressed bears of all shapes and sizes romp and stomp at their monthly ball in this rollicking pairing of simple rhyming text and lusciously detailed, energetic illustrations. Read full book review >
A PENGUIN PUP FOR PINKERTON by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It keeps everything humming along on the visual plane so much so that there's no need for a real story to back it up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The latest Pinkerton from Kellogg is a bit too all over the place to sustain an actual story line, and Pinkerton is too distracted to play even a fantasy role of a father. Read full book review >
THE BABY BEEBEE BIRD by Diane Redfield Massie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Hooray for the return of the baby beebee bird. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Massie's zoo tale from 1963 gets a colorful remake, thanks to a set of typically effervescent illustrations from Kellogg (The Three Sillies, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MISSING MITTEN MYSTERY by Steven Kellogg
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The plot and pictures have undergone considerable change, but this is still suffused with Kellogg's characteristic warmth and charm and all the better for being easier to read to a group. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Kellogg (Give the Dog a Bone, see above, etc.) remakes his Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten (1974) into a larger, longer, and more colorful ramble through snow-covered landscapes. Read full book review >
GIVE THE DOG A BONE by Steven Kellogg
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The slapstick humor and zany illustrations make this oversized paddywhack a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Award-winning author and illustrator of over one hundred children's books, Kellogg (The Missing Mitten Mystery, see below, etc.) takes a familiar counting rhyme to greater nonsensical heights, especially when "this old man plays seven and soars right up to doggy heaven," where angel Pinkertons await. Read full book review >
THE THREE SILLIES by Steven Kellogg
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Kellogg's bright, cartoon-like illustrations coupled with the hilarious captions make for a raucous tale that pokes fun at the foibles of those who count themselves as serious. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
A foolish hero, a featherbrained heroine, and a bevy of muddle-headed characters lead the cast in this wry retelling from Kellogg (The Three Little Pigs, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
LIBRARY LIL by Suzanne Williams
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Great fun, with Kellogg's watercolors working hand-in-glove to put the humor of the tale over the top. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Move over, Paul Bunyan—here comes Library Lil, who can toss a motorbike over her head like an apple core, balance a set of encyclopedias on the palm of one hand, speed-read every book in the children's room, tell a whale of a story, and convert an entire town to reading. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A talent-strewn retelling that only enhances the original. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
 Kellogg (I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago, 1996, etc.) puts a master's spin on another familiar tale. Read full book review >
I WAS BORN ABOUT 10,000 YEARS AGO by Steven Kellogg
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A musical score for the above ditty closes the proceedings. (Picture book. 5+)"
 One rhyming whopper after another is served up in this talltale narrated by a lad in a coonskin cap. Read full book review >
YANKEE DOODLE by Steven Kellogg
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Kellogg has also provided fascinating notes about the history of the song and glosses about antiquated expressions. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
 The full text of Yankee Doodle finds a perfect counterpart in exhilarating pictures of the little hero's romp through the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
SNUFFLES AND SNOUTS by Laura Robb
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers who like pigs will probably like these poems, and those who read these poems will certainly like pigs. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
 More than two dozen poems—some cute, some throwaways, most written in the past ten years—all united by an attractive common denominator: the pig. Read full book review >
SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
 A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
PARENTS IN THE PIGPEN, PIGS IN THE TUB by Amy Ehrlich
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Kellogg's high-energy pictures are, as always, filled with figures bearing broadly comic expressions—in hilarious contrast to the poker-faced narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
 In this thematic cousin to Reeve Lindbergh's The Day the Goose Got Loose (also illustrated by Kellogg, 1990), farm animals rebel against their living conditions and move into the house, creating such chaos that the human family moves to the barn. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD NEXT DOOR by Peter Glassman
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Lightweight, but fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 Only the narrator recognizes Mr. Myers as a wizard; only he can see that the new neighbor is not grilling hot dogs but cooking up a magic potion, that he has huge, fantastic pets, can summon up a tornado to rid himself of unwelcome visitors, and—as substitute teacher—presides over a wonderfully magical day. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Steven Kellogg
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Worthy, but the parts are better than the whole. (Picture book. 8-11)"
 Gloria is an oddball at Madame Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches: Her spells don't work, and she keeps smiling, even while eating cockroach casserole. Read full book review >
MIKE FINK by Steven Kellogg
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Though Fink spends much of his time wrestling men or bears, Kellogg's description of him seems bland in comparison to his glowing, energetic illustrations, and less heroic than his other legendary figures. (Picture book/Folktale. 6-8)"
 A tall-tale introduction to the ``King of the Keelboatmen,'' from the time he ran away from home at the age of two days to his literally explosive confrontation with steamboat captain Hilton B. Blathersby. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Steven Kellogg
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An excellent introduction to a favorite. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
 Not a retelling, but a slightly pruned rendition of Joseph Jacobs's classic—the flavor is retained, with no vital omissions (though some of the drama is transferred from the verbal to the pictorial), but some transitions seem abrupt. Read full book review >
HOW MUCH IS A MILLION? by Steven Kellogg
Released: May 17, 1985

"This isn't much of an arithmetic lesson, but as an exercise in imagining, it gets a boost from Kellogg, whose pictures always seem to be bursting with stars and extravagance and punctuation-marked wonder."
We all know a million is lots, and we all have trouble visualizing how much. Read full book review >
ONCE SAID DARLENE by Steven Kellogg
Released: March 22, 1979

"The message is clearly pro-fantasy, but Sleator's sentences are thumpingly prosaic—and his concocted surprise ending rings no truer than Darlene's stories."
"Darlene liked to make up stories." Read full book review >
THE MYSTERIOUS TADPOLE by Steven Kellogg
Released: Oct. 1, 1977

"A stock situation, right up to the enormous egg that arrives for Louis' next birthday—but Kellogg's zesty embellishments propel it along."
Kellogg tosses off one fantasy within another, as Alphonse, the tadpole Louis' Scottish uncle sends him for his birthday, develops into something more like a dinosaur than a frog and the authorities refuse to allow Louis to keep his pet in the junior high school swimming pool. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO WAS FOLLOWED HOME by Steven Kellogg
Released: Oct. 28, 1975

Robert, "an ordinary boy," doesn't really mind being followed home every day by hippopotami, but after 27 of them have piled up in their goldfish pond, his parents call in a witch to put a hippo-repellent spell on Robert. Read full book review >
THE ROTTEN BOOK by Steven Kellogg
Released: Sept. 24, 1969

"And suppose he didn't eat the **** egg — would he have to feel rotten?"
The Rotten Book is really two books, a worldly satire and a simple, rather old-fashioned cautionary tale. Read full book review >