Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz. IN PRINT "Before England's King George the Third was either king, or the Third, he was just plain George - a bashful boy who blushed easily. But by the time he was 22, George was a king. He stood straight, spoke in a strong voice, and was considered (even by John Hancock!) to be good-natured and well liked. Now, George didn't want to be just a king. He wanted to be a good king, and good kings always followed the rules. A good king needed a wife (so George married a princess). A good king should have heirs (so George went ahead and had 15). A good king should not be fat. And a really good king should be careful with his country's money (so George taxed the Americans). And that, as you know, was the end of George the Third being considered George the good king - at least in America! Jean Fritz's celebrated humanizing style and Tomie dePaola's humorous drawings depict the royal ups and downs of a would-be good king who once claimed: 'I wish nothing but good, therefore everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor or scoundrel.'" (Ages 7-9) 1977

The Cat on the Dovrefell: A Christmas Tale, translated from the Norse by Sir George Webbe Dasent. "Long ago, just before Christmas, a man caught a large white bear. He wanted to give it to the King of Denmark as a present, so he set off across the Finnmark countryside. On Christmas Eve, he reached Halvor's cottage on the Dovrefell and asked to spend the night. But Halvor warned him of the wild trolls who shooed the family out of the house each year on the holiday. And sure enough the screaming trolls arrived. But this year, what a surprise waited for them under the stove! Tomie dePaola has illustrated this old Norwegian folk tale with charm, wit and vibrant color. The unruly pack of trolls and the splendid Norwegian feast Halvor has prepared for them are lavishly illustrated in this funny, lively storybook sure to be enjoyed in the Christmas season and long after." (Ages 4-8) 1979

Celebrations Italian Style: Recipes and Menus for Special Occasions and Seasons of the Year, by Mary Ann Esposito. "'When it comes to holidays and special occasions, I am a hopeless sentimentalist, regarding these occasions as unique links in our lives that reaffirm our feelings for those we care about. For me, the preparing and sharing of food is one of the best expressions of those feelings.' Celebrate Italian style with Mary Ann Esposito's new collection of recipes. Mary Ann, best-selling author and host of public television's popular cooking show Ciao Italia, shares recipes and menus for every occasion. From a pasta buffet for a crowd to an informal Christmas Eve family dinner, her easy-to-prepare dishes are presented in her trademark style - with reminiscences of growing up in an Italian-American household. Celebrations Italian Style includes charming folktales, written by Mary Ann and illustrated by acclaimed artist Tomie dePaola, and glorious color photographs of Mary Ann's recipes." (All Ages) 1995

"Charlie Needs a Cloak." IN PRINT "In this introduction to the way wool becomes cloth and cloth becomes clothes, Charlie and his favorite sheep enact a hilarious comedy of errors." (Ages 6-9) 1973

The Christmas Pageant. "An old story retold with the freshness of a child's first telling. Here is the story of the Nativity presented through the gentle simplicity of a children's Christmas pageant and rendered with a refreshing charm in the loving artistry of Caldecott Honor-winner Tomie dePaola. The Christmas Pageant reawakens the silent wonder and true meaning of Christmas. How easily the years cloud our appreciation of the beauty of the Christmas story! Here the joy of that bright moment of God's sharing is rekindled. In the poetically simple language of a child and in the whimsical full-color illustrations of an artist children love, that story glows with a new light. An enchanting book for children of all ages to read and reread each Christmas. A treasured telling of Christ's coming that parents will cherish and share with young children. Let this birth of Love have new meaning for us all. Let the pageant begin..." (Ages 4-8) 1978

Christmas Remembered. "In this wonderful Christmas memoir, Tomie dePaola shares his love of the season in fifteen vivid memories spanning six decades filled with delightful twists and turns. In the thirties at age three, Tomie watched his Irish-Italian family and their friends prepare for and joyously celebrate the holidays. It was no wonder that Christmas became his favorite time of the year. Wherever he lived - as a teenager in Meriden, Connecticut, an art student in Brooklyn, a novice monk at Weston Priory in Vermont, an artist and professor in San Francisco, or an artist and author in New Hampshire - Tomie's enthusiasm for the Christmas season was constant and infectious. Now in his seventies, Tomie dePaola entertains us with his zest for living as he recalls past Christmases with family and friends, always celebrated in his irresistible style - sometimes with one tree, sometimes with eighty!" (Ages 4 and up) 2006 CHRISTMAS BOOKS

Christopher, the Holy Giant. eBook "A long time ago, in the land of Canaan, there lived a giant known as Reprobus. Because he was so strong, he wished to serve the greatest and most powerful king in the world. And so he set off on a journey. After doing service for a king, the devil, and a holy man, he discovered it was Christ he needed to seek. Then one stormy night, Reprobus carried a child across a stormy river. When he reached the other side, the child told him, 'I am Jesus Christ... From now on, you shall be known as Christopher - the Bearer-of-Christ.' Christopher went on to become the Patron Saint of Travelers. Although the Catholic Church removed him from the Calendar of Saints in 1969, here Tomie dePaola shares the beautiful, timeless legend of Christopher with a new generation of children." (Ages 5-8) 1994

The Cloud Book. IN PRINT "Tomie dePaola knows a lot about clouds. He also knows a lot about what people think of them. The Greeks, for example, believed that Hermes, the messenger of the gods, once stole the sun's cattle, which were clouds. In this unique approach to the sky, you can learn about the ten most common clouds. You can learn about the myths that have been inspired by their different shapes. You can learn that clouds tell us about coming changes in the weather. This book will tell you many things about clouds we bet you didn't know." (Ages 5-8)1975

The Clown of God. IN PRINT/eBook "Little Giovanni is poor and homeless, but he can do something wonderful: He can juggle. The people of Sorrento marvel at his talents, and before long, he becomes famous throughout Italy for his rainbow of colored balls that delight the nobility and townspeople alike. But as the years pass, Giovanni grows old, and his talents begin to fail him. No longer a celebrated performer, he is once again poor and homeless, begging for his food. Until one Christmas Eve, when Giovanni picks up his rainbow of colored balls once more. And what happens next might be a miracle... Tomie dePaola's timeless retelling - first published in 1978, now refreshed and restored in this beautiful new edition - is a masterpiece of artistry and of children's literature." (Ages 4 and up)1978/2018

Cookie's Week, by Cindy Ward. IN PRINT "This charming story about Cookie the cat makes a perfect book for the very young. With its bright watercolor illustrations and one sentence of text per page, toddlers will love following cookie through the days of the week - and seeing all the trouble he causes around the house!" (Ages 2-5) 1988

Country Angel Christmas. "Ari, Pip, and Kira are the first to hear the news! St. Nicholas wants the Country Angels to plan the Christmas celebration for all of Heaven. They can't wait to get started. But the three littlest angels haven't bargained on being told to stay out of the way when they offer to help the kitchen angels sift and bake, the barn angels groom the animals for the procession, or the music angels compose and sing new carols. Just when they have given up, St. Nicholas finds the perfect job for Ari, Pip, and Kira. Because with all the baking, brushing, and singing going on, the Country Angels seem to have forgotten the most important detail of all. Tomie dePaola's love of Christmas and the wonderful preparations that lead up to the day shines through in story and art as his endearing cast of Country Angels create their heavenly tribute." (Ages 4-8) 1995

Criss-Cross, Applesauce, by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by B.A. King and children. "Criss-Cross, Applesauce is a book for grandparents, parents, and children to read together as a family. It is dedicated to that special quality of 'childness' most adults still possess and that these extraordinary images will surely recall. Photographs by noted photographer B.A. King are lovingly combined with the delightful color artwork of his four children. Interwoven with the images are a series of charming tales penned by Tomie dePaola, well-known author and illustrator of children's books." (Ages 4 and up) 1978