Books by Ted Lewin

WHAT AM I? WHERE AM I? by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This latest entry in the I Like to Read series can be paired with Lewin's Look! (2012) as natural history for the very young. (Early reader. 2-6)"
A straightforward guessing game connects iconic animals to their habitats. Read full book review >
LOOK! by Ted Lewin
Kirkus Star
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A satisfying challenge and a fun animal adventure made thrilling by Lewin's characteristically spectacular use of light. (Early reader. 2-6)"
With wide-eyed amazement, a boy observes animals on the African savanna. Read full book review >
PUFFLING PATROL by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Bird and animal lovers will enjoy this journey to a remote but welcoming locale. (additional information, resources, glossary and pronunciation guide) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The intrepid husband-and-wife team's latest travels take them to Iceland to report on the plight of puffins. Read full book review >
STABLE by Ted Lewin
Kirkus Star
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Beautiful. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
As he did in his acclaimed At Gleason's Gym (2007), Lewin conveys the spirit of a Brooklyn institution through sumptuously detailed, luminous watercolors. Read full book review >
SEBASTIAN DARKE by Philip Caveney
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 2010

"The unresolved finale suggests the possibility of still further adventures for this fearless trio. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
"Wherever we go we encounter horrible, creepy, nasty things that want to kill us," exclaims buffalope Max in this third fantasy featuring Max, elfling Sebastian and diminutive warrior Cornelius. Read full book review >
BALARAMA by Ted Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

On a tour of southern India, the authors are so entranced by Drona, the lead Royal Elephant of the maharaja of Mysore, and the stories his mahout (trainer) tells that the celebrated children's-book duo decides to return to southern India for the Dasara festival in order to see Drona lead an annual ceremonial procession. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST NIGHT by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A harmonious pairing of verbal and visual images sends a strong message of affirmation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the longest night of the year, when snow covers all and darkness rules, woodland creatures wonder who will be the one to bring back the sun. Read full book review >
HORSE SONG by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Closing with pages of additional facts and observations, this sojourn will not only take armchair travelers to the other side of the planet, it'll make them feel comfortable and welcome when they arrive. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Visiting another exotic corner of the world, the well-traveled Lewins report on a stay in a camp of nomadic horse trainers, climaxed by a gloriously chaotic 14-mile children's horse race during the Naadam—a summer athletic festival that, after the Olympics, is the oldest in the world. Read full book review >
PENNIES IN A JAR by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A fine, illustrated author's note explains how those who stayed at home during World War II worked together to support their loved ones overseas. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Parallels to current events, including parents with military duty and gasoline availability, make this story of a boy growing up during World War II extra-accessible. Read full book review >
AT GLEASON’S GYM by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Well-known for his portrayal of faraway places, Lewin returns to the world he described in I Was a Teen-aged Professional Wrestler (1993) to make this distinctive introduction for even younger readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., is a training place for boxers and wrestlers from all over the world including nine-year-old Sugar Boy Younan, who is preparing for the National Silver Gloves championship. Read full book review >
ONE GREEN APPLE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2006

"While making its point, this is a very gentle story about being new and different, with the author delivering her message in her classically subtle style. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Lewin's sunlit watercolors, full of space and shadow, are a lovely match for Bunting's simple but never simplistic story. Read full book review >
THE WORLD’S GREATEST ELEPHANT by Ralph Helfer
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"No amount of Lewin's beautiful renderings of the elephant can save this effort. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A beautifully illustrated boy-and-his-elephant tale is dragged down by clunky storytelling and an overlong, literally incredible text. Read full book review >
HOW MUCH? by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Young armchair travelers will taste the foods, hear the crowds and long to buy a treasure from the boy at the flea market selling his action figures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Although Lewin has already introduced readers to markets in an earlier effort, he retains the ability to fascinate viewers of all ages with his complex images, authentic representations of people and places from around the globe, and his practiced traveler's eye, which allows him to select a moment in time and capture it with his brush. Read full book review >
TOP TO BOTTOM DOWN UNDER by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Australia's flora and fauna are always worth a gander, but next to the Lewins' Gorilla Walk (1999) and Elephant Quest (2000), this outing has a touristy superficiality. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
The Lewins' latest travelogue offers typically vivid glimpses of distinctive wildlife, but is marred by anachronistic references to the indigenous human population, plus repeated reference to the persistent but wrong idea that draining water turns in different directions on different sides of the equator. Read full book review >
HIGH AS A HAWK by T.A. Barron
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"A fine, unusual, and inspiring read. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Enos Mills fought hard to make a national park of the majestic mountains like Longs Peak in Colorado. Read full book review >
LOST CITY by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The story ends abruptly, with the discovery of the lost city; a further note describes the subsequent excavation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Magnificent watercolor landscapes and mystical hooey form the high and low points, respectively, of this tale of archaeologist Hiram Bingham's discovery of the Incan city of Machu Picchu in 1911. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The story and illustrations fuse together, placing readers at the scene and making them wish they were there, delightfully capturing the thrill of a unique time and place. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The attention-grabbing title, the intriguing cover, and the scene-setting subtitle will compel readers to take a look inside. Read full book review >
TOOTH AND CLAW by Ted Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Perfect for armchair travelers and animal lovers. (maps, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Is there anywhere in the world that Ted Lewin hasn't visited? Read full book review >
BIG JIMMY’S KUM KAU CHINESE TAKE OUT by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Readers won't just drink in its transporting atmosphere, but will soon be on their way to their nearest Chinese community to taste the very air as well as the food. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a fond salute, Lewin (Red Legs, p. 588, etc.) introduces readers to his favorite Chinese take-out place. Read full book review >
SUNSETS OF THE WEST by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"A richly rewarding journey. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The travels of a family from Maine are chronicled in the sights, smells, and sounds of their wagon journey. Read full book review >
RED LEGS by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"A misguided effort that lacks animation in story and art and never finds a voice. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
"War is hell," General William T. Sherman is purported to have said, having been through more than one hellish battle himself. Read full book review >
ELEPHANT QUEST by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A winner that transports the reader to an unfamiliar locale full of wonder. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Following the successful format of their first collaboration, Gorilla Walk (1999), the Lewins share their four-day search to observe African elephants firsthand. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARING ISLAND by Corinne Demas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"The predominance of blue and the long lines of the horizon unify the pages, making this book lovely to look at as well as to read. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Stories of islands that have disappeared beneath the sea have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Read full book review >
GORILLA WALK by Ted Lewin
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"The gorillas appear in watercolor paintings that are dramatic and realistic, for a picture- book adventure not to be missed, and, with the continuing unrest in the area, perhaps not to be replicated any time soon. (map, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
PLB 0-688-16510-9 This true adventure in the jungles of Uganda on the trail of the mountain gorilla will make armchair travelers shiver, and leave the squeamish grateful not to be trudging through mucky ankle-deep swamps, traversing giant fallen fig tree bridges over ravines that drop hundreds of feet into rocks and thorns, and coping with dreaded stinging safari ants. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1999

"Illustrated with a glossy section of watercolor sketches and full-color photos, these vignettes are written with an eye for arresting detail, plus the offhand humor that made Lewin's memoir, I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler (1993) such a delight. (Memoir. 10-12)"
From Lewin (Fair!, 1997, etc.), a memorable assortment of anecdotes and encounters that weren't, for one reason or another, picture-book material. Read full book review >
FAIR! by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A pulsing, panoramic examination of a summertime ritual. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In sparkling, full-bleed watercolors and lively text, Lewin (Market, 1996, etc.) recreates that once-a-year phenomenon—the county fair. Read full book review >
ALI, CHILD OF THE DESERT by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Lewin's watercolors capture the iridescent shifts of rainbow hues across the desert sand and sky, as day fades into night. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ali and his father are traveling by camel through the Sahara Desert to market, when a sandstorm whips up out of nowhere, separating them. Read full book review >
AMERICAN TOO by Elisa Bartone
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lewin's glowing illustrations, carefully researched for historical detail, make Rosie and her surroundings palpable. (Picture book. 5+)"
From the same team behind Peppe the Lamplighter (1993), another moving tale of Italian immigrants on Mulberry Street. Read full book review >
MARKET! by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"What journeys he'll inspire! (Picture book. 5+)"
Lewin (Sacred River, 1995, etc.) expertly plies pen and brush in a rousing invitation to six far-flung marketplaces where vibrant color and lively haggling replace mass production and spurious supermarket specials. Read full book review >
PAPERBOY by Mary Kay Kroeger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1996

A championship fight sells newspapers, especially the 1927 rematch between the thinking man's fighter, Gene Tunney, and iron- fisted former champ, Jack Dempsey. Read full book review >
SACRED RIVER by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"A map locating Benares and the Ganges appears on the endpapers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Lewin continues his world travels (Tiger Trek, Amazon Boy, The Reindeer People, 199094) with a trip to the banks of the Ganges in Benares to observe the pilgrimage of the Hindu faithful who bathe in her waters at dawn. Read full book review >
THE ALWAYS PRAYER SHAWL by Sheldon Oberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"An engaging book, sure to find many uses. (Picture book. 5-10)"
``Now I can teach you something that my grandfather taught me,'' says Adam to his grandson at the end of this generational story, ``...some things change and some things don't.'' As a boy in rural Russia, the man who's now a suburban American got eggs direct from chickens and chopped wood to keep warm, but—as Adam is doing now, in their synagogue—his grandfather told him about the Jewish people and his own family: Adam was named for his grandfather's grandfather. Read full book review >
COWBOY COUNTRY by Ann Herbert Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Authentic information, presented with real artistry. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A cowboy (``about as real as an old buckaroo can get'') takes a boy who's ``never met a real cowboy before'' to his ranch, saddles him a pinto, and takes him out on the range for an overnight, sharing memories and know-how in laconic, wonderfully well-honed descriptions in the manner of one who has long pondered in solitude what he cares for most. Read full book review >
AMAZON BOY by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"A book whose plea is especially effective because it simply states the facts—and shows the river's beauty. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The author of When the Rivers Go Home (1992) returns to Brazil for a look at the mouth of the Amazon, as seen by a boy whose father takes him from their jungle home to coastal BelÇm as a birthday excursion. Read full book review >
PEPPE THE LAMPLIGHTER by Elisa Bartone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 1993

"A beautiful, moving book. (Picture book. 5-10)"
At a time when streetlamps are lit by hand, Peppe lives in New York's Little Italy. Read full book review >
I WAS A TEENAGE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER by Ted Lewin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

The title says it all: Lewin—one of the best illustrators working in children's books—got his start as a wrestler. Read full book review >
MATTHEW WHEELOCK'S WALL by Frances Ward Weller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Truly outstanding in every way: a book of rare insight and beauty. (Picture book. 4+)"
Old Matthew and his horse cleared a pasture, 100 years ago, putting the biggest rocks in a trench and saving the others. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PUMPKIN SWITCH by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Warm, beautifully cadenced storytelling, engaging period details, and Lewin's perceptive characterizations and evocative setting make this another wonderfully immediate summoning up of things past. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Potato Man (1991) is featured in a second appealing story as, again, Grampa reminiscences about his small-town 20's childhood. Read full book review >
SAMI AND THE TIME OF THE TROUBLES by Florence Parry Heide
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 20, 1992

"An outstanding book that, fortunately, is already somewhat out of date; an explanatory note would have been useful to young readers trying to put this in context. (Picture book. 6+)"
``It is a time of guns and bombs. Read full book review >
WHEN THE RIVERS GO HOME by Ted Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"A gentle portrait that makes a convincing plea for that land's preservation. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5- 10)"
In the style of Lewin's Tiger Trek (1990), an introduction to another exotic endangered habitat: the Pantanal, a vast swamp in central Brazil. Read full book review >
MATTHEW'S MEADOW by Corinne Demas Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"For thoughtful readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After his farm chores are done, Matthew finds a quiet retreat in the upland meadow his grandmother had cleared. Read full book review >
BROTHER FRANCIS AND THE FRIENDLY BEASTS by Margaret Hodges
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

From the elegant, manuscript-style lettering against a serene expanse of blue sky on its lovely title spread, this is a thoughtfully conceived, exquisitely rendered book. Read full book review >
I WONDER IF I'LL SEE A WHALE by Frances Ward Weller
ANIMALS
Released: March 28, 1991

"Both author and artist capture the excitement and awe of the experience; Lewin's impressionistic watercolor rendering of the sea and its mightiest inhabitants is powerfully evocative, while his portraits of the rapt child underscore the wonder of the sightings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In smooth, first-person narration, a girl tells about an extraordinary sighting of several whales off the coast of Massachusetts. Read full book review >