New Release Books by Mordicai Gerstein

Mordicai Gerstein is the author of Moose, Goose, and Mouse (2021), Minifred Goes to School (2009), I Am Hermes! (2019), The Boy and the Whale (2017) and other 68 books.

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Moose, Goose, and Mouse

release date: Jan 12, 2021
Moose, Goose, and Mouse
A roving, rhyming tale about three friends in search of the perfect new home. Giggles guaranteed! Moose, Goose, and Mouse need a new house, so they set off in search of one. But when their caboose comes loose, they''re off on a wild adventure—with a perfect surprise waiting at the end. The rollicking story is a delight to read aloud, paired with boldly-colored, expressive illustrations. This zany friendship tale is sure to be a favorite. Author Mordicai Gerstein, Caldecott medalist, was a four-time New York Times best illustrated book winner. Moose, Goose, and Mouse is the culmination of the humor, wit, and joy that he brought to all of his books. A heartfelt letter from Jeff Mack, who worked with Gerstein to finish the art, celebrates the legacy of this talented artist. With fun rhymes, wordplay, and alliteration, Moose, Goose, and Mouse promotes foundational skills for young readers. Officially leveled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System, Moose Goose, and Mouse is a Level I book, perfect for late first-grade readers. A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Minifred Goes to School

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Minifred Goes to School
When Mr. Portly finds a kitten, he and his wife raise her like a child, but unlike a typical child, Minifred the kitten does not like to follow rules at home or at school.

I Am Hermes!

release date: Apr 16, 2019
I Am Hermes!
At birth, Hermes, son of Zeus and the Nymph Maia, says his first word: "Gimme!" In this brilliant, hilarious graphic novel about the mischievous, fun-loving messenger of the gods, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein, transports classical mythology to the 21st century. "The world!" the newly born Hermes says. "It''s even better than I expected! I love it! I want it all!" This book is filled with joy, exuberance, and humor. On his first day of life, Hermes manages to trick a turtle into surrendering its shell and a ram into surrendering its horns, thereby inventing the lyre, music, and song! He also manages to steal his brother Apollo''s precious cows, but later redeems himself by outwitting the giant brothers Otus and Ephialtes, who have kidnapped Mars. These adventures and more, all derived from classical mythology, are told with great humor as well as a twenty-first century sensibility by the colossally talented Mordicai Gerstein. The art in this graphic novel is truly spectacular, with 250 illustrations, executed by a master artist and filled with unique humor. A Bank Street Best Book of the Year

The Boy and the Whale

release date: Nov 21, 2017
The Boy and the Whale
A boy and his father discover a whale tangled in their only fishing net. Is the whale dead? While the man worries about losing their net, the boy worries about the whale. He remembers the fear he felt when, caught in a net himself in childhood, he almost drowned before being rescued by his father. When the whale blinks an enormous eye, the boy knows that he has to try to save the creature, no matter how dangerous doing so may be. Expressive and perfectly paced, this powerful story, The Boy and the Whale, by Caldecott Medal–winner Mordicai Gerstein was inspired in part by a real-life video of a whale’s rescue, and the creature’s joyful dance through the waves after being freed.

I Am Pan!

release date: Mar 08, 2016
I Am Pan!
Mischievous from the moment he emerges howling and screeching from his mother''s womb, Pan, god of the wild, creates pandemonium wherever he goes. Noise and confusion follow him as he steals arrows from Artemis, conceives panic, tricks the moon into falling in love with him, and saves the world from the monster, Typhon. With panache and a wicked pair of horns, Pan spreads chaos and laughter on the way to becoming Mount Olympus''s most lovable pest. From Mordicai Gerstein, Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, comes an irresistible picture book about Greek mythology''s wildest, wackiest god. Gerstein''s high-spirited paintings and rollicking sense of humor create an accessible introduction to an unforgettably vivacious hero.

The Night World

release date: Jun 16, 2015
The Night World
A beautiful story about the secrets of nighttime and the beauty of dawn from Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, Mordicai Gerstein. Includes Read-Aloud/Read-to-Me functionality, where available. Book Description:One night, a little boy is awoken by his cat, Sylvie. Everyone in the house is sleeping, but outside, the Night World is wide awake! Beginning with a beautiful black-and-white palette, the shadows of the Night World come to life: lilies, sunflowers, rabbits, deer, and owls are all revealed as Sylvie and the boy explore the world outside his door. But the animals all know something new is coming--what could it be? Finally, in an explosion of color, the dawn arrives.

The First Drawing

release date: Sep 10, 2013
The First Drawing
Imagine you were born before the invention of drawing, more than thirty thousand years ago. You would live with your whole family in a cave and see woolly mammoths walk by! You might even see images of animals hidden in the shapes of clouds and rocks. You would want to share these pictures with your family, but wouldn''t know how. Who would have made the world''s first drawing? Would it have been you? In The First Drawing, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein imagines the discovery of drawing...and inspires the young dreamers and artists of today.

How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers

release date: May 14, 2013
How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers
In this simple, step-by-step instructional picture book, learn how you too can visit the moon on your bicycle! All you need is a very long garden hose, a very large slingshot, a borrowed spacesuit, and a bicycle . . . and plenty of imagination. With tongue firmly in cheek, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein outlines the steps needed in glorious comic book-style panels and a deadpan voice, leaving nothing out: the food you''ll eat, how to deal with loneliness in space, how to water those sunflower seeds once they''re planted—even how to deal with the media attention back home after a successful trip. An inspired work of whimsy, How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers is a spacefaring adventure for daydreamers and a starter kit for the imagination. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013!

A Book

release date: Apr 14, 2009
A Book
Among a family who lives in a book, the youngest daughter is the only one who doesn''t have a story to belong to, so she sets out among fairy tales, adventures, mysteries, histories, science fiction, and others to track down her story. By the Calecott Medal winner of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

The Sleeping Gypsy

release date: Jan 01, 2016
The Sleeping Gypsy
"An imagined story about Henri Rousseau''s famous painting tells why a lion and a gypsy are in the painting and a lizard, a rabbit, a turtle, and other animals are not"--

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

release date: Apr 17, 2007
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and--in two dramatic foldout spreads-- the vertiginous drama of Petit''s feat. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal, the winner of the 2004 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books, and the winner of the 2006 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children''s Video.

The Old Country

release date: Sep 05, 2006
The Old Country
A grandmother tells her story of being tricked into exchanging her young body with that of a fox and trying to get it back while a war tore apart her home and her country. Reprint.

Carolinda Clatter!

release date: Sep 01, 2005
Carolinda Clatter!
The excessively quiet town of Pupickton and the sleeping lovesick giant upon which it was built, are both awakened by the joyful noise of a little girl''s songs.

You Can't Have Too Many Friends!

release date: Jan 01, 2014
You Can't Have Too Many Friends!
In this adaptation of "Drakestail," a classic French fairytale, Duck goes on an epic quest to retrieve jellybeans from the king with lots of help from his unusual friends.

The Mountains of Tibet

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Mountains of Tibet
After dying, a Tibetan woodcutter is given the choice of going to heaven or living another life anywhere in the universe.

The Absolutely Awful Alphabet

release date: Oct 01, 2001
The Absolutely Awful Alphabet
An alliterative alphabet book presents mean and monstrous letters, from A (an awfully arrogant amphibian) to Z (a zig-zagging zoological zany).

Arnold of the Ducks

release date: Feb 16, 2010
Arnold of the Ducks
Available again! Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein’s first picture book is even more whimsical and enchanting in its new edition than it was when it was first published twenty-five years ago.

The Wild Boy

release date: Dec 29, 2008
The Wild Boy
Relates the story of a boy who grew up like a wild animal in the forests of France and was later captured and studied by doctors in Paris, but never became completely civilized. An ALA Notable Book. Reprint.

Fox Eyes

release date: Apr 01, 2005
Fox Eyes
Martin''s grandmother warns him about looking too long into the eyes of a fox, but he can''t resist and finds himself in the fox''s body for a day.

Stop Those Pants!

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Stop Those Pants!
A young boy has trouble getting dressed one morning when his clothes decide to play hard to get.

The White Ram

release date: Jan 01, 2006
The White Ram
A white ram, made on the sixth day of creation, waits patiently in the garden of Eden until the time is right, then runs to save a certain child in fulfillment of God''s plan.

Sparrow Jack

release date: May 01, 2003
Sparrow Jack
A lively twist on the immigrant story When John Bardsley leaves England to seek his fortune in America, he finds that his new city, Philadelphia, is crawling with inchworms! No one seems to know how to get rid of them, and the American birds turn up their beaks at the thought of eating any. Recalling his rescue of a very hungry baby sparrow when he was a boy, John comes up with a novel way to solve the problem, and he once again sets sail across the ocean in order to save his new city – with some help from his feathered friends. Using detailed illustrations, Mordicai Gerstein tells the little-known story of how sparrows came to America and how John Bardsley came to be known as Sparrow Jack. Sparrow Jack is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children''s Book of the Year.

Leaving the Nest

release date: Feb 20, 2007
Leaving the Nest
The lives of a baby jay bird, a young girl, a kitten, and a small squirrel intersect as they venture out into the world. 20,000 first printing.
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