Books by Vladimir Radunsky

ON A BEAM OF LIGHT by Jennifer Berne
Released: May 1, 2013

"For today's curious children, this intriguing and accessible blend of words and pictures will provide a splendid introduction to a man who never stopped questioning. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A boy who asked too many questions becomes iconic physicist Albert Einstein, whose questions changed the world. Read full book review >
ADVICE TO LITTLE GIRLS by Mark Twain
Released: April 12, 2013

"An elegant curiosity for admirers of Twain, Radunsky or both. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Crisply satirical and a little subversive, Twain's short, acerbic sendup slyly exhorts little girls to take a calculating approach to manipulating friends, brothers and elders. Read full book review >
HIP HOP DOG by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

A neglected pup raps a bravado-laced memoir that chronicles his life on the street and gradual embrace of hip-hop culture. Read full book review >
YOU? by Vladimir Radunsky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

A scruffy little white-with-brown-spots mutt is alone in the park. Read full book review >
WHERE THE GIANT SLEEPS by Mem Fox
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Casting dim moonlight over drowsy forms made with cloudy edges and soft colors, the artist expertly captures the poem's tone and makes the slide down into dreamland well-nigh inevitable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Radunsky makes a strong bid for another New York Times Best Illustrated honor, setting Fox's brief, murmurous bedtime rhyme to dreamy close-ups of an archipelago revealed in the first spread to be a sleeping giant. Read full book review >
BECAUSE... by Mikhail Baryshnikov
FICTION
Released: May 22, 2007

"Radunsky's trademark offbeat artistry makes him a perfect partner in this charming pas de deux. (Picture book. 4- 7)"
A little red-headed boy is embarrassed by his grandma every day of the week. Read full book review >
“FIRE! FIRE!” SAID MRS. MCGUIRE by Bill Martin, Jr.
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"A die-cut keyhole adds extra interest, though for design reasons it only penetrates the first few pages and the last one. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For the third set of illustrations put to Martin's much-revised version of an old rhyme (Ted Schroeder, 1970; Richard Egielski, 1996), Radunsky creates a cast of fuzzy-edged mice in a darkened room, who sound the alarm after spotting flames visible through a door's keyhole. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU DUDE by Vladimir Radunsky
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Moreover, it's rather fun—in its way. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An odd little story from the wizard of odd. Read full book review >
WHAT DOES PEACE FEEL LIKE? by Vladimir Radunsky
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Perfect for sharing with children of all ages who will want to share their own visions of peace with each other, this is a soothing remedy to headlines of war and terrorism. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Through simple words and pictures, this thought-provoking offering suggests some interesting answers to the titular question. Read full book review >
GIRL MEETS BOY/BOY MEETS GIRL by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"It's utterly brilliant in its simplicity and daring, but it remains to be seen whether concretely thinking preschoolers will be won over by the dovetailing of the narratives—or just plain mystified. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Boy meets girl and girl meets boy in a bidirectional experiment that busts linear narrative to smithereens. Read full book review >
ONE by Vladimir Radunsky
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Kudos to Radunsky, for another verbal and visual blast laced with silliness and affection. (Picture book. 6-8)"
From the ten armadillos born in 10 (Ten): A Wonderful Story (2002), one raises his snout to proclaim himself Number One, in what Radunsky bills "a nice story about an awful braggart." Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It is hard to imagine anyone being able to pull this very odd offering off—but Radunsky (Table Manners, 2001, etc.) manages to do just that. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Without a doubt, one of the oddest monuments of Europe is the statue of the Manneken Pis ("Peeing Boy") in Brussels; here he stars in a decidedly odd original anti-war fable. Read full book review >
TEN by Vladimir Radunsky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Blue-nosed adult armadillos, nattily attired in patterned ear and tail socks, tumble with the infants across monochrome backgrounds in this bright, amiable, universally recognizable episode. (Picture book. 4-5)"
Radunsky (Mannekin Pis, p. 961, etc.) tucks plenty of counting practice into this evergreen "family" story rich with Radunsky's offbeat humor. Read full book review >
MY DOLLY by Woody Guthrie
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Two obviously well-loved dolls belonging to the illustrator appear as themselves in collage photographs; one might have a little more trouble appreciating the occasional scribble of his children and their friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Radunsky has illustrated several other Woody Guthrie tunes (Howdi Do, 2000, etc.) with his familiar gouache and collage figures: a yellow dog, a multi-striped cat, and a little girl with a teacup chapeau. Read full book review >
HOWDI DO by Woody Guthrie
Released: April 1, 2000

"Along with 1998's edition of This Land Is Your Land, illustrated by Kathy Jacobsen, here's proof that both the breadth and the depth of vision in Guthrie's music can survive the transition to another medium. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Radunsky (An Edward Lear Alphabet, 1999, etc.) suspends collage people constructed with large pieces of brightly colored, painted, or patterned paper over infectiously feel-good lyrics that invite readers and listeners to "stick out your little hand to every woman, kid and man," while singing out the "Howjee, heejee, hijee, hojee, how di do, sir, doodle doo" nonsense chorus. Read full book review >
YUCKA DRUCKA DRONI by Vladimir Radunsky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"The effect is lively, not jangling, with good humor to see readers through every noisy snarl. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This subversive tongue-twister from the Radunskys involves three brothers, three sisters, three weddings, and three babies. Read full book review >
TELEPHONE by Kornei Chukovsky
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Overall, a successful translation from east to west that proves the universal appeal of silliness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Russian children and students of the Russian language are as familiar with this poem as American kids are with Dr. Seuss. Read full book review >
THE MAESTRO PLAYS by Vladimir Radunsky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The effect is circus-like, a vertiginous celebration of sound and color."
Two maestros play here — one with words, the other with color, form, and space — in what is one of the most visually emphatic picture books of the year. Read full book review >
THE MAESTRO PLAYS by Bill Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The effect is circus-like, a vertiginous celebration of sound and color. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
Two maestros play here—one with words, the other with color, form, and space—in what is one of the most visually emphatic picture books of the year. Read full book review >