Steven Kellogg is known for expanding stories through his highly detailed, often downright comic, and always engaging illustrations. Using his light touch with delicate line and bright color, not only does he add understated humor, he adds verve, imagination, and depth to any tale — whether or fact or fiction. Though he continues to create books for young readers, some of Kellogg's early books have become classics enjoyed by more than one generation of readers. So meet people you know as you laugh and learn with Steven Kellogg!
A Rose for Pinkerton
The Great Dane, Pinkerton, appears lonely to his girl so she brings home a kitten named Rose to keep him company. But Rose takes over, cowing poor Pinkerton — until he saves her from a pack of angry poodles. A frenetic pace creates raucous humor in this modern classic.
The narrator and her best friends can't have real horses, so they imagine their shared adventures riding. Told with warmth and humor, this lively tale of friendship is sure to please.
Can I Keep Him?
Arnold wants a pet but his mother nixes each suggestion. But the boy's imagination is off and running in this recognizable and gently humorous take on families, pets, and ultimately friendship.
John Chapman was a real person who planted apple trees across a young United States. He's better known now as Johnny Appleseed and is the subject of this entertaining, engaging, and accessible tale that chronicles his life from youth to old age.
Paul Bunyan and his ox named Babe are larger than life tall tale heroes — who quite literally helped shape the American landscape. The huge lumberjack is introduced through animated illustrations and lively language as he creates the Grand Canyon and more.
Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale
Pecos Bill could tame ’most anything in the Wild West — at least until he came up against a gal called Slewfoot Sue and a horse named Lightning. Steven Kellogg’s signature style is ideal for this funny glimpse of a tall tale hero in the pioneer days of the old West.
Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
How could anybody ever stand up to a larger-than-life husband like Davy Crockett? Once readers meet Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, they'll understand and long remember this extraordinary companion to the other legendary Crockett. Kellogg's exaggerated illustrations are a riotously funny complement to this tall tale.
The Missing Mitten Mystery
Annie has lost yet another mitten and no matter where she and her dog Oscar look, they just cannot find it. That is, until the snow melts and Annie finds the red mitten as her snowman's heart. The warmth of playing outdoors in the snow is eloquently conveyed.
The Mysterious Tadpole
When Louis' uncle sends a tadpole from a certain lake in Scotland, the small tadpole grows to enormous proportions. With the help of a resourceful librarian, Louis figures out a way to feed his large and ever-hungry Alphonse as well as determine a permanent solution. Humor abounds in this contemporary classic.
The Three Pigs
Serafina Sow returns from her retirement in the Gulf of Pasta to help her three pig offspring to defeat the big bad wolf, Tempesto. Elements of the more traditional story are here (houses of brick, straw and sticks) but made fresh and funny (such as the family business of waffle-making) in this creative recasting of an old tale illustrated in the artist’s signature style.
Books illustrated by Steven Kellogg
When Clorinda sees a ballet, she decides to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina and so leaves her comfortable farm life for the big city. At last, the charming cow-ballerina gets her big chance and though she performs only once, her talent is welcomed back on the farm. The rhyming story is illustrated in a lighthearted, comical style.
How Much Is a Million?
There are millions of people living in the United States, but the numbers are much too large to really understand, aren’t they? With the help of a mathematical magician, understandable comparisons, and animated, humorous, and engaging illustrations, huge numbers become more child-friendly and downright understandable.
If You Decide to Go to the Moon
"If you decide to go to the moon read this book before you start." It requires a great deal of preparation not only for the trip but while on the moon itself. The imaginary journey presented in rich, informative language and luxuriant illustrations is sure to delight aspiring astronauts of all ages.
Illustrations of snowy landscapes filled with children and dogs playing accompany a lyrical text suggesting that change is inevitable. Beginning, "…Snowflakes fall/…No two the same--/All beautiful." But when flowers again bloom, children will remember snowflakes "And we remember the children–/No two the same–/All beautiful." The moving book is dedicated to the Connecticut community who lost precious lives in 2012.
The Baby Beebee Bird
The baby beebee bird, new to the zoo, is singing his song. . .ALL NIGHT LONG! Nothing the animals do or say will stop him. They come up with a plan to teach the baby beebee bird that nighttime is really best for sleeping.
The Word Pirates
A sterling storyteller and wonderful writer with a word-spinning pen turn Captain Rottingbones and his word-pilfering pirates into fantabulous farmers. Lush language and humorous illustrations capture the zany story which demands to be shared aloud. This is a fitting homage to this creative team’s friend (author and storyteller Margaret Mahy) and may lead readers to find additional tales.
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