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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul O. Zelinsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1953 in Evanston, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.paulozelinsky.com/paul.html
-- Paul O. Zelinsky on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=paul++o.+zelinsky


Illinois Connection

Zelinsky was born in Evanston and grew up in Wilmette.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul O. Zelinsky is an author and illustrator. Since publishing his first book in 1978, he has since become recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in the field.Zelinsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Published Works

  • Emily Upham's Revenge, Pantheon, 1978 - written by Avi
  • How I Hunted the Little Fellows, Dodd, 1979 - written by Boris Zhitkov, translated by Djemma Bider
  • The History of Helpless Harry, HarperCollins, 1980 - written by Avi
  • Three Romances, Knopf, 1981 - novellas By Winifred Rosen
  • What Amanda Saw, Greenwillow Books, 1981 - written by Naomi Lazard
  • The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd-Shaped House, A Story in Rhyme, Dodd, 1981 - Adapted from an old rhyme
  • Ralph S. Mouse, Morrow, 1982 - written by Beverly Cleary
  • The Song in the Walnut Grove, Knopf, 1982 - written by David Kherdian
  • The Sun's Asleep Behind the Hill, Walker Books, 1982 - written by Mirra Ginsburg
  • Zoo Doings, Greenwillow Books, 1982 - Animal poems by Jack Prelutsky
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw, HarperCollins, 1983 - written by Beverly Cleary
  • The Lion and the Stoat, Greenwillow, 1984
  • Hansel and Gretel, Dutton, 1984 - Retold by Rika Lesser
  • The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat, Knopf, 1985 - reprinted by Simon and Schuster, 2005 - written by Lore Segal
  • Rumpelstiltskin, Dutton, 1986 - Retold from the German of the Brothers Grimm
  • The Random House Book of Humor for Children, Random House, 1988 - collected by Pamela Pollack
  • The Wheels on the Bus, A Book With Pictures That Move and Occasionally Pop Up, Dutton, 1990 - Adapted
  • Strider, HarperCollins, 1991 - written by Beverly Cleary
  • The Enchanted Castle, HarperCollins, 1992 - written by E. Nesbit
  • More Rootabagas, Knopf, 1993 - written by Carl Sandburg
  • Swamp Angel, Dutton, 1994 - written by Anne Isaacs
  • Rapunzel, Dutton, 1997 - Retold by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Five Children and It, HarperCollins, 1999 - written by E. Nesbit
  • Awful Ogre's Awful Day,, HarperCollins, 2001 - written by Jack Prelutsky
  • Knick-Knack Paddywhack!, Dutton, 2002 - Adapted
  • Doodler Doodling, HarperCollins, 2004 - written by Rita Golden Gelman
  • Toys Go Out, Random House, 2006 - written by Emily Jenkins
  • The Shivers in the Fridge, Dutton, 2006 - written by Fran Manushkin
  • Toy Dance Party, Random House, 2008 - written by Emily Jenkins
  • Awful Ogre Running Wild, Harper Collins, 2008 - written by Jack Prelutsky
  • Dust Devil, Random House, 2010 - written by Anne Isaacs
  • Toys Come Home, Random House, 2011 - written by Emily Jenkins
  • Earwig and the Witch, HarperCollins, 2012 - written by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Z is for Moose, HarperCollins, 2012 - written by Kelly Bingham
  • Circle, Square, Moose, HarperCollins, 2014 - written by Kelly Bingham
  • Toys Meet Snow, Penguin Random House, 2015 - written by Emily Jenkins


Selected Titles At Your Library

The maid and the mouse and the odd-shaped house :
ISBN: 0525450955. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. 1993.

An oddly-shaped house takes on the appearance of a cat as the maid and mouse who live there make various changes in it.

The lion and the stoat /
ISBN: 0688025625. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. New York :. ©1984.

Two great artists, a lion and a stoat, are in constant competition.

Rumpelstiltskin /
ISBN: 0613005031. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books ;. New York :. 1997, 1996.

A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.

The wheels on the bus /
ISBN: 0525446443. OCLC Number:

. .

The wheels on the bus go round, the wipers go swish, the doors open and close, and the people go in and out in this movable book version of the classic song. Not only do children get to read the words to the song over and over again in this book, they can also move parts of the book over and over again. In this wittily illustrated, cleverly engineered book with moving parts, based on the popular play-rhyme, Zelinsky introduces all kinds of characters, slyly humorous subplots, and parts that go round and round, in and out, back and forth, up and down.

Rapunzel /
ISBN: 0613608321. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York :. 2002.

A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.

The Shivers in the fridge /
ISBN: 0525469435. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2006.

One-by-one, the members of the Shivers family disappear from the inside of their chilly refrigerator home.

Awful Ogre running wild /
ISBN: 0066238668. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. [New York, N.Y.] :. ©2008.

For Awful Ogre, the coming of summer offers opportunities to get outside and swim, visit a favorite hotel, and climb an isolated mountain. Throughout this set of whimsical poems, youngsters will be entertained not only by Awful Ogre's actions but also by the rhythm of the poetry.


Awards

Z IS FOR MOOSE

  • 2013 E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book
  • Best Children's Book of the Year from Bank Street
  • TOYS COME HOME

  • Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Children's Books, 2011
  • New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books, 2011
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
  • DUST DEVIL

  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • New York Times Book Review Notable Book, 2010
  • Phoenix Picture Book Honor Award, 2014
  • AWFUL OGRE RUNNING WILD

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • TOY DANCE PARTY

  • Junior Library Guild Premiere Selection
  • Kirkus Best Children's Book, 2008
  • CBC/IRA's Children's Choices
  • CCBC Choices, 2009
  • THE SHIVERS IN THE FRIDGE

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2006
  • Kirkus Best Books, 2006
  • New York Public Library's 100 titles, 2006
  • TOYS GO OUT

  • ALA Notable Book
  • Book of the Month Club
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • New York Public Library's 100 titles, 2006
  • School Library Journal Best Book, 2006
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
  • Washington Post Best Book of the Week
  • BookSense Children's Pick, 2006
  • CCBC Choice, 2007
  • THE STORY OF MRS. LOVEWRIGHT AND PURRLESS HER CAT

  • New York Times Best Illustrated Book
  • Parents' Choice Award
  • DOODLER DOODLING

  • ALA Notable Book
  • BolognaRagazzi Award Special Mention
  • KNICK-KNACK PADDYWHACK!

  • New York Times Best Illustrated Book
  • Parenting Magazine Best Book
  • Meggendorfer Award from the Movable Book Society, 2004
  • AWFUL OGRE'S AWFUL DAY

  • New York Times Best Illustrated Book
  • FIVE CHILDREN AND IT

  • Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection
  • RAPUNZEL

  • Caldecott Medal, 1998
  • Carl Sandburg Award, 1998
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • SWAMP ANGEL

  • Caldecott Honor Book, 1995
  • ALA Notable Book
  • SLJ Best Book
  • Book-of-the-Month-Club Selection
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Book
  • Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award
  • CLA's Phoenix Picture Book Honor, 2014
  • MORE ROOTABAGAS

  • ALA Notable Book
  • THE ENCHANTED CASTLE

  • Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
  • THE WHEELS ON THE BUS

  • Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
  • Bratislava Biennale Selection
  • Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award
  • ALA Notable Book
  • Redbook Award
  • THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF HUMOR FOR CHILDREN

  • Bratislava Biennale selection
  • RUMPELSTILTSKIN

  • Caldecott Honor Book, 1987
  • Redbook Award
  • Society of Illustrators Certificate of Merit
  • AIGA Certificate of Merit
  • Bratislava Biennale Selection
  • ALA Notable Book
  • SLJ Best Book
  • Parents' Choice Award
  • Book-of-the-Month Club selection
  • White Raven Book Selection of the International Youth Library
  • New York Public Library's 100 Great Children's Books/100 Years
  • HANSEL AND GRETEL

  • Caldecott Honor Book, 1985
  • ALA Notable Book
  • SLJ Best Book
  • Bratislava Biennale selection
  • THE LION AND THE STOAT

  • Parents' Choice Award
  • DEAR MR. HENSHAW

  • Newbery Medal
  • Christopher Medal
  • THE SUN'S ASLEEP BEHIND THE HILL

  • Bratislava Biennale Selection
  • Honor list, Austrian National Award (for Austrian edition)

    RALPH S. MOUSE

  • Golden Kite Award
  • THE MAID AND THE MOUSE AND THE ODD-SHAPED HOUSE

  • New York Times Best Illustrated Book
  • SLJ Best Book
  • AIGA Certificate of Merit
  • EMILY UPHAM's REVENGE

  • Massachusetts Adventure novel

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