Robert Neubecker's illustrations seem to leap across (if not fly off!) the pages of books. His sketch-style artwork has a light, fun spirit but it also conveys lots of information and real feelings. Whether he's looking at monsters, babies, airplanes, dogs, or hippos, Neubecker's books are vivid, often comical, and always kid-friendly.
A child dressed as a monster occasionally behaves like one as she prepares for bed. Children and parents alike will recognize the charismatic child who views herself as all kinds of creatures — until she falls asleep and becomes the sweet little girl she really is.
Courage of the Blue Boy
A blue boy leaves his blue homeland to travel. Though he finds mono-colored places, it is the multihued place that he likes best but discovers there is no blue — until he contributes it. While not subtle, the story is appealing and should generate discussion.
Too Many Monsters: A Halloween Counting Book
Young children will enjoy counting not-so-scary monsters from one to 10. Bright color and strong line on sturdy pages should hold up to multiple readings. Just right for Halloween and beyond.
Izzy and her sister were mountain girls, so one summer the family decided to go see something new — the ocean. The girls are wowed by the sea, the beach, and its treasures — both real and imaginary — as they explore above and beneath the water. Readers will revisit highly detailed, labeled illustration including the well-placed, well devised fold-outs.
Wow! It is fall and time for school! Share Izzy's first day as she travels from her mountain home to gleefully experience the first day. A large format supports the bold, highly detailed illustrations where readers can find Izzy to share her excitement.
Books illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Ellie and her brother accompany their pilot father in his airplane to an air show where they see a host of airplanes; Ellie even gets to ride in a stunt plane. Cartoon illustrations in an oversize format detail every aspect of planes from the instrument panel to the vehicles themselves.
Hattie is a happy albeit rather clueless hippo. In four short, rhyming vignettes, readers see Hattie dance, play, swim, and host a party all with funny results. Lots of white space highlights the amusing hippo obliviously doing her very best.
I Got Two Dogs
Franny and Blue are the narrator's dogs. They don't know many tricks but undeniably love their human. The frantic pace of the rhyme is matched by bouncy line illustrations and hand-lettered text. A CD of the author reading and singing the story is included.
Monsters on Machines
Young monsters use large construction equipment to build a haunted house. They take a break and a nap after their witchy mother brings a midday snack. The rhyming text and offbeat cartoon illustrations make this an appealing tale all year.
A series of rhymes describes one child's school year from "school fever" before classes start to the realization that a lot has been learned over the months before summer vacation. Bold lines and bright color add texture and humor to the poems.
Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth
Looking straight at the reader, Sophie Peterman gives them the actual lowdown on a new sibling in the family and why you should never admit you like them, until Sophie let slips otherwise. Humor and wisdom combine in this seamless combination of text and image.
The Great Dog Wash
A group of children start a neighborhood dog wash and begin bathing a variety of canines with a tub and a hose. It all goes swimmingly — until a feline arrives on the scene. Humor abounds in the short, rhyming text and energetic, comic illustrations.
The Top Job
Who would have thought that a career changing light bulbs could be so exciting? On career day, the young narrator describes accompanying her dad to work at the Empire State Building! Imaginative illustrations bring a job and a city vividly to life.
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