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John Himmelman's Picturebooks

Albert Hopper John Himmelman

Albert Hopper, Science Hero;
Worming to the
Center of the Earth!

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Albert Hopper Worming to the Center of the Earth JLG

Albert Hopper, Science Hero is on a mission: to travel to the center of the earth! With his wormlike ship Wiggles and the help of his niece and nephew, trusty Junior Science Heroes Polly and Tad, Hopper is ready to go where no frog has gone before.

Thick layers of rock and rubble, tunnels of lava, and temperatures of 6,000 degrees stand between our heroes and their prize. Will they make it? Find out in this funny and informative adventure.

Albert Hopper, Science Hero;
Blasting Through
the Solar System!

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Albert Hopper Blasting Through the Solar System John Himmelman

Science Hero Albert Hopper and trusty Junior Science Heroes Polly and Tad are ready for their next adventure. This time, they're blasting through the solar system!

As the heroes float through the sulphuric acid clouds of Venus, dodge the solar flares of the sun, and weather the space storms of Jupiter, their science smarts are put to the test. Anything can happen on this hilarious ride in Albert Hopper, Science Hero: Blasting Through the Solar System.

Albert Hopper John Himmelman
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny John Himmelman
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Bunjitsu Bunny Series (ALL 5 star reviews on Amazon!)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.

This series of brief stories about Isabel's adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny, written and illustrated by John Himmelman, is the first in a series of books about a smart young bunny faced with different challenges. The lively story about a kind and wise rabbit, with two-color illustrations, will appeal to young martial arts fans.

Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move John HImmelman
Bunjitsu Bunny Jumps to the Moon John Himmelman

Isabel is back! The best bunjitsu artist in her class, she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than any-bunny else. But her strongest weapon is her mind!

With even more fun, adventures, and wisdom than before, Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move by author/artist John Himmelman continues to charm in this beguilingly funny chapter book series on one bunny's feats in martial arts.

Author-artist John Himmelman continues this series of delightful tales, taking readers on an irresistible, wise, and adventure-filled journey. 

Praise for Bunjitsu Bunny Jumps to the Moon:
"Isabel does a good job of approaching every challenge with spunk and determination, and manages to do the right things under the circumstances. . . ." - Children's Literature

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Bunjitsu Bunny Jumps to the Moon JLG

With even more fun, adventures, and wisdom than before, Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move by author/artist John Himmelman continues to charm in this beguilingly funny chapter book series on one bunny's feats in martial arts. 

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Naturetopia nature clothing John HImmelman
Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny John Himmelman
Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny John Himmelman
The Cow Said Meow John Himmelman

The Cow Said Meow

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

No one likes getting caught out in the rain! One drizzly day on the farm, a cow overhears a cat meowing to be let into the house. When the kind old lady inside opens the door, the cow gets an idea--one that spirals out of control!

Minimal text and maximum hilarity make for a zany, fun-filled tale as we find out what happens when the cow says meow.

Chickens to the Rescue!

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Meet the most heroic chickens in town!

On Monday, Farmer Greenstalk dropped his watch down the well. . . .
On Tuesday, Mrs. Greenstalk was too tired to make dinner. . . .

Who will help the poor Greenstalk family? Chickens to the rescue! The amazing chickens on the Greenstalk farm race to help various family members and farm animals every day of the week. Every day until Sunday, that is, when Emily Greenstalk has a little trouble . . .

John Himmelman's expressive illustrations are filled with the kind of hilarious details that will delight young readers.


Chickens to the Rescue John Himmelman

"The fun here comes from all the frenzy in the pictures, and it will take kids more than one look to see all the silliness." - Booklist

Duck to the Rescue!

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The Greenstalks have the cleverest animals around.

When something goes wrong on the farm, someone is always ready to jump in, and this time Ernie the duck is determined to help out. But no matter how hard he tries, nothing goes quite right. It takes the clever trick of a kind little lamb for Ernie to finally get his chance to come to the rescue!


Duck to the Rescue John Himmelman

"...just as certain to have kids laughing through a week’s worth of barnyard chaos." - Publishers Weekly

10 little hot dogs John Himmelman

10 Little Hot Dogs


  One little hot dog sitting on a chair... "I want a friend to sit with me!"

  Two little hot dogs sitting on a chair..."

One by one, more little hot dogs join the group until there are ten little hot dogs on the chair. They play and play until they all fall asleep. But then, one little hot dog wakes up, and one by one, guess what the other hot dogs do? 

This funny picture book shows young readers how to count up from one to ten and back down from ten to one.

Katie Loves the kittens John Himmelman

Katie Loves the Kittens

Henry Holt

 The acclaimed author and illustrator of Chickens to the Rescue has created a sweet, funny, and entirely irresistible new character—a little dog just bursting with good intentions.


Katie is so excited when Sara Ann brings home three little kittens that she can’t stop herself from howling “AROOOOO!” and trying to run after them. She loves them so much!


But Katie’s enthusiasm frightens the kitties, and she’s sad when they run away from her. Don’t they know that she just wants to play?

Katie and the Puppy Next Door

Henry Holt

 Katie is surprised when Ruby, the new puppy next door, comes for a visit. Ruby runs right into Katie's house and starts playing―with Katie's favorite things! She even eats Katie's food! Katie thinks this is terrible, and she chases Ruby away. But Sara Ann is disappointed. She wants Katie to share. She says sharing is fun. But Katie has her doubts about that!

Katie and the Puppy Next Door John Himmelman
Ibis A true whale story John Himmelman

Ibis, A True Whale Story


 Over a million copies sold!

Based on a true story, this exciting account of the first successful rescue of a net-entangled whale is told from the whale's point of view, gently anthropomorphized to engage young chapter-book readers.

Favorite author/illustrator John Himmelman shows his love for wildlife in this well-told tale, which celebrates the freedom of whales and the joy their existence gives to the people who enjoy watching them. His watercolor illustrations bring the undersea world vividly to life, using different perspectives to give young readers a whale's-eye view of the surface and a bird's-eye view of the rescue itself. An afterword explains the true story behind the book, and encourages children to think about the plight of whales that become entangled, most of them not as lucky as Ibis.

Tudley Didn't Know


This whimsical story is about a pond-living turtle who adopts other animals behaviors simply because he doesn t know he can t! Tudley flies like a bird, sings like a katydid, hops like a frog, and glows like a firefly. He uses all his special behaviors to help other animals. Will Tudley's new friends help him when he needs help? The Creative Mind section has teaching trivia, crafts and games about the various animal adaptations.

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The Animal Rescue Club - John Himmelman

The Animal Rescue Club

Harper Collins 

An I Can Read Chapterbook

Who do you call when a squirrel is trapped in a mud puddle or a baby opossum is stuck in a drainpipe ?

Meet Jeffrey, Beaner, Raymond, and Mike--the Animal Resuce club! Adventures wait around every corner as this intrepid band of kids, working with a Wildlife Rehabilitator, helps the wild animals in our neighborhood.

John Himmelman's action-packed story and lively art is based on his firsthand experience with wild-animal rescue groups. This inside look at kids saving animals is certain to fascinate young nature lovers.

Buzby - John Himmelman


Harper Collins 

An I Can Read Chapterbook

Julia Hoban wrote this one. I illustrated. 

Buzby the kitten goes out to look for his first job and finds work as a busboy but he makes a few mistakes. "His sweetness wins him the support of some VIP customers, who won't let management fire him when Buzby's errors become too public. Perky drawings back the story, which should appeal to children's strong sense of fair play." Booklist

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