Wednesday, January 13, 2016

9 Kids' Books Illustrated by Lane Smith

Lane Smith is the illustrator of two Caldecott honor books: The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka (honored in 1993) and Grandpa Green, which he wrote himself (honored in 2012). He is married to Molly Leach, a book designer who has designed many of Smith's books. Listed below are works by other authors which Lane Smith has illustrated. 


  • Lulu Series by Judith Viorst
    There are three books in the Lulu series, and Lane Smith illustrated the first two. In Lulu and the Brontosaurus, a little girl who wants a brontosaurus for a pet gets a very big surprise when the dinosaur brings her home to be his pet instead. In Lulu Walks the Dogs, the same little girl decides to walk dogs in order to earn some money, but things don't go exactly as planned. (The third book, Lulu's Mysterious Mission, in which Lulu tries to outsmart a crafty babysitter, is illustrated by Kevin Cornell.)
  • Time Warp Trio Series by Jon Scieszka
    Lane Smith illustrated the early volumes of this popular series, in which a group of friends explores history by traveling through time and having funny adventures.  The following titles feature Smith's illustrations: 
    • Knights of the Kitchen Table
    • The Not-So-Jolly Roger
    • The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy
    • Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
    • 2095
    • Tut Tut
    • Summer Reading Is Killing Me
    • It's All Greek to Me 
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    Though nothing can compare to Quentin Blake's well-known illustrations for this book, it is fun to see Smith's own take on the story in this 1996 reprint edition of the beloved novel.

Picture Books

  • Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated by Florence Parry Heide
    A princess with a unique problem finds ways to cope and makes a new friend in the process in this laugh-out-loud contemporary fairy tale. 
  • Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky
    This book was originally conceived by Dr. Seuss, but was completed by Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith after Seuss died. The story focuses on Diffendoofer School, where the principal worries whether his free-spirited teachers have prepared his students for the upcoming standardized tests. 
  • Big Plans by Bob Shea
    A young troublemaker who has been placed in time out reflects on all the big plans he has for his exciting future. 
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