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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 >