Out of Print Books

So You Want to Be an Explorer?

Written by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small

Well, why wouldn’t you want to be an explorer? After all, for thousands of years, explorers have been at the cutting edge of discovering the unknown world.

You may know explorers Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, but what about Mary Kingsley, who studied cannibals in Africa (and lived to tell the tale), or Cowboy Jim White, who discovered and explored the fantastic Carlsbad Caverns?

“…St. George’s gung-ho language combined with Small’s sprightly depictions will help ratchet up student enthusiasm.”

Philomel Books

ISBN 0-399-23868-9

*Also in this series:
So You Want to Be an Inventor?
ISBN 0-399-23593-0
So You Want to Be President?
ISBN 0-399-24317-8

Ruby Mae Has Something to Say

Written and illustrated by David Small

At home in Nada, Texas, a small town on a featureless plane, Ruby Mae has established the World Headquarters for Universal Peace and Understanding. She would like to carry her message to the United Nations. But unintended insults and absurdities tumble out of her mouth as she is written off as a “goofball.”

“David Small tackles the universals—greed, evil folly, peace and understanding— in a clear eyed, puckish celebration of personal integrity, eccentricity, even barminess… playfully wise, his stories should stimulate lively discussion between parents and children.”
Emily Arnold McCully
New York Times Book Review

Crown Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 0-517-58248-1 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-517-88591-3 (paperback)


The Friend

Written by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small

Annabelle Bernadette Clementine Dodd
Was a good little girl, though decidedly odd.
Belle lived every day as if she were grown—
She thought she could do everything all on her own.

But lucky for Belle she has a friend at home, a housekeeper named Beatrice Smith—Bea—who keeps a close eye on her so she doesn’t get into too much mischief. Through the week Belle helps Bea as she does chores or shops or bakes, and at the end of most days they head to the beach—Belle and Bea, hand in hand by the sea. But one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play alone on the beach, where something happens that changes her life forever.

“Glorious, sweeping ink-and-watercolor illustrations…a heartfelt tribute.”

Farrar Straus Giroux

ISBN 0-374-32463-8

Eulalie and the Hopping Head

Written and illustrated by David Small

Mother Lumps (a toad) takes her toddler Eulalie for a stroll and they meet the lofty Mrs. Shinn (a fox), who says her nine children are perfect, a model for Eulalie (who sometimes misbehaves). Mrs. Shinn suggests that Mrs. Lumps take home an abandoned child, lying in the grass, whose exemplary conduct can teach the toad girl lessons in decorum. The lost one is a doll, as readers will recognize, but the mothers believe it’s a person like themselves, even when its head keeps coming off and rolling about…

“Small’s little book is a frolic, enticingly illustrated by ingenious woodland scenes in pretty shades and witty depictions of the anthropomorphic cast.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal Starred Review and Best Book of Spring

A Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year


Sunburst Paperbacks

ISBN 0-374-42202-8

Hoover's Bride

Written and illustrated by David Small

In this wacky love story, Mr. Hoover marries Elektra, the vacuum cleaner of his dreams. But the marriage gets off to a bad start when Elektra sucks up an entire beach on their honeymoon. Then the bride disappears in the night, leaving no message (or speck of dust) behind. Mr. Hoover sets off to find Elektra—but he may just meet his real match along the way!

“This exuberantly loopy romance will delight the silly.”

A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

Crown Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 0-517-59707-1 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-439-81218-6 (paperback)


Petey's Bedtime Story

Written by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by David Small

Some boys and girls don’t like to go to bed, but Petey is not one of them. Petey’s bedtime routine includes splashing in the tub, flying like an airplane to his room, checking under the bed for monsters, and saying good night to his toys. This might be enough to tire out Petey’s parents, but is Petey sleepy? Not yet.

“A funny story that can easily be elaborated on…Small’s energetic art is a perfect match for Cleary’s witty prose.” 
Kirkus Reviews

Morrow Junior Books
ISBN 0-688-10660-9

Company’s Coming

Written by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by David Small

Shirley and Moe. Just a regular couple from Bellmore. Today, all they are expecting is a nice, quiet dinner with a few cousins. But what do they get? Spacemen! From outer space!

They don’t know it yet, but with a touch of human (and alien) kindness and a heaping bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, the galaxy is about to get a little bit smaller.

“Small’s illustrations reflect the story’s quirkiness and humor, from Shirley and Moe’s broad gestures and shrugs, to the bug-like aliens who understand the value of a nice appliance and a warm welcome.”
Publishers Weekly

Hyperion Books for Children
ISBN 0-786-82433-6

Company’s Going

Written by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by David Small

So later, after a nice dinner at Shirley and Moe’s, after all the soldiers, pilots, Marines, FBI men, and the cousins had said their good-byes, the visitors from outer space made a momentous announcement.

There’s going to be a wedding on Nextoo! And who, in all the vast stretches of the universe, has been asked to cater this celestial affair?

Shirley and Moe from Bellmore.

Hyperion Books for Children

ISBN 0-786-80415-7

The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back

Written by Carl Sandburg, illustrated by David Small

The Huckabucks have harvested so much popcorn this year they have the barns, the cribs, the sheds, the shacks, and all the cracks and corners of the farm filled with it. And this is the year young Pony Pony Huckabuck is going to bake her first squash pie all by herself. When she cuts into a rich yellow squash spotted with spots of gold, she sees a shine of silver that turns out to be a sign that the Huckabucks’ luck is going to change—for better or worse—that very night.

“With exuberant energy, the artist illustrates the reverence Sandburg held for the Midwest.” Starred Review
School Library Journal

Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 0-374-33511-7

Fighting Words

Written by Eve Merriam, illustrated by David Small

Dale and Leda are friends. But when they decide they really hate eachother, there’s only one thing to do. They meet, roll up their sleeves and… Leda blasts Dale. OAF. Dale strikes back. DOLT. Leda lets go again. LUMMOX. And the fight begins!

“Small’s vigorously drawn illustrations, which cleverly contrive to celebrate the richness of the language while humorously deprecating the activity, steal the show.”
Kirkus Reviews

Morrow Junior Books
ISBN 0-688-09676-8

Box and Cox

Written by Grace Chetwin, illustrated by David Small

Box works nights, Cox works days, and Mr. Bouncer works overtime in a deliciously exciting, suspenseful farce. Here are three unforgettable characters whose situations become more ridiculously entwined as the plot’s comic twists and turns lead to a conclusion that’s unforeseen, surprising, 
happy—and inevitable.

“It is a merry performance, deserving a hearty round of applause.”
Publisher’s Weekly

Bradbury Press
ISBN 0-027-18314-9

American Politics: How it Really Works

Written by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by David Small

Politics is all around us—in our schools, in our workplaces, and, of course, in our government. There, whether we are aware of it or not, politics influences our lives today and our dreams for tomorrow.

In this timely, fascinating analysis of the American political process, the noted social historian Milton Meltzer takes a fresh look at federal, state, and local politics, and at the effect of politics on the press, on the courts, and on campaigns and the electoral system, as well as on lobbyists and bureaucrats.

Morrow Junior Books
ISBN O-688-07494-4

AS: A Surfeit of Similes

Written by Norton Juster, illustrated by David Small

What’s…as still as a statue…as busy as bees…as scary as heights…as silly as knees?

What else but a simile, a figure of speech as clever as zippers, as fresh as a peach. So, if you’re tired of books that are as much fun as a sharp pebble in your shoe or as exciting as a plateful of cabbage, then try this one.

It’s…as keen as a razor…in verse and in rhyme…as bright as a penny…you’ll have a good time!

“witty celebration of comparisons….The interplay of words and pictures is intriguing, with the artist’s sense of humor a perfect match for the author’s playful tone….As is a real find.” Kirkus Reviews

William Morrow and Company, Inc.
ISBN 0-688-08139-8

The King Has Horse’s Ears

Illustrated by David Small, retold by Peggy Thomson

King Horace has everything a king might
desire—a huge palace, a warm dog, and all the chocolate he can eat. He also has an embarassing secret.

No one but the timid royal barber knows Horace’s secret, until the day when everyone from far and near comes to celebrate the king’s wedding to a beautiful princess. When the truth about Horace is revealed to the entire kingdom, the king learns that some secrets are better when they’re shared.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0-671-64953-1

The Christmas Box

Written by Eve Merriam, illustrated by David Small

It was very, very early on Christmas morning. The whole family—Grandmother, Grandfather, Mother, Father, Aunt Elma, Jasper, Belinda, Louis, the twins Waldo and Wilma, the baby, even Whiskers the cat—was awake and eager to see all the presents Santa left under the tree.

But under the tree was a long thin box. That was all.

William Morrow and Company, Inc.
ISBN 0-688-05255-X

The Kuklapolitan Players Present: The Dragon Who Lived Downstairs

Written by Burr Tillstrom, illustrated by David Small

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, there lived a king and a queen and their little daughter, Princess Mildred. As kingdoms go, theirs was a rather poor one, for they had very little money. Then one day the queen heard of a buried treasure just across the mountains: Now they could be rich as well as royal! But when the king did not return from his quest for the treasure, the queen and Mildred were forced to give up their castle and move into a spooky old place with a dragon in the basement.

William Morrow and Company, Inc.
ISBN 0-688-02734-2

Anna and the Seven Swans

Written by Maida Silverman, illustrated by David Small

A talking tree bent beneath its load of ruby red apples, a great river of milk overflowing glistening jelly banks, a witch’s cottage high atop a pair of giant chicken legs! Anna encounters all this and more in a classic tale full of warmth and wonder.

When baby brother Ivan is stolen by evil Baba Yaga’s seven swans, Anna knows she must find him and not come home without him. As she hurries through the dark forest to the witch’s lair, she pauses to perform three small good deeds…that in the end make all the difference.

William Morrow and Company, Inc.
ISBN 0-688-02755-5

Mean Chickens and Wild Cucumbers

Written by Nathan Zimelman, illustrated by David Small

There’s no question about it. Aloysius McCarthy’s cucumbers are on the march—and headed right for Ivanhoe O’Brien’s chickens. At least that’s what O’Brien thinks. McCarthy, however, sees things a little differently. He’s of the mind that O’Brien’s mean and dastardly chickens are out to get his meek and gentle cucumbers.

So, a feud is declared— and no ordinary feud. This is to be a battle to the end, a battle of truly epic proportions to delight readers of all ages, no matter what side they choose.

Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.
ISBN 0-027-93730-5

Gulliver’s Travels

Written by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by David Small

Shipwrecked near the kingdom of Lilliput, Lemuel Gulliver awakens to find himself surrounded by hundreds of tiny people, none more than six inches tall. The Lilliputians take the “man-mountain” prisoner, and Gulliver learns to live in their miniature world, where he can eat three loaves of bread in a mouthful and children can play hide and seek in his hair!

William Morrow and Company, Inc.
ISBN 0-688-02044-5

Paper John

Written and illustrated by David Small

Paper John moves to a little town by the edge of the sea and makes his living folding beautiful paper flowers, birds, and boats. He is so skilled he even makes a paper house to live in. And he is so gentle and good-natured that the townsfolk all agree he could get along with the devil himself. But when a devil comes to town, Paper John's skill and patience is put to the test as he does battle with the devil and his one devilish trick.

Farrar Straus Giroux

ISBN-10: 0374357382

ISBN-13: 978-0374357382