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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

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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd-Shaped House: A Story in Rhyme
ISBN: 0525450955

Dutton Books for Young Readers. 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

Olympic Marketing Corp. 1984

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

Rumpelstiltskin (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Picture Puffin Books)
ISBN: 0613005031

Turtleback. 1996

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 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

Dutton Books for Young Readers. 1990

The 25th anniversary edition of a beloved classic

Over a million young readers have enjoyed the wheels that go round, doors that open and shut, and people who go bumpety-bump. Today it remains as fresh and engaging as when it was first published twenty five years ago.

To celebrate the anniversary, Paul O. Zelinsky has created an all-new cover featuring twenty five, hidden 25s. Some are the number 25 and others are 25 of something in the picture. Can you find them all?

Rapunzel (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
ISBN: 0613608321

Turtleback Books. 2002

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 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

Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2006

Little, flat Sonny Shivers and his family only know it's cold and dark where they live, and whenever the earth quakes, a monstrous hand, reaching forth in a great flash of light, snatches away part of their landscape —Buttery Cliffs, towering Mt. Ketchup . . . and with the landscape goes his family, one by one, until only Sonny is left to face the monsters. Who are they? What and where is the Shivers family? Children will delight in puzzling it all out before the Shivers do.

Fran Manushkin's dry but juicy humor, spiced with food puns, carries this droll saga through shivery perils to a warm reunion on the refrigerator door. As ever, Caldecott-winner Paul O. Zelinsky's wit makes theater of the most improbable situations.

Awful Ogre Running Wild
ISBN: 0066238668

Greenwillow Books. 2008

A picnic with a lovely ogress, followed by bug hunts and crocodile wrestling . . .

A visit to Grandma, who serves her famous moldy bread and dried weasel . . .

A dip in the neighborhood pool with his precious pet piranha . . .

And . . . ogre yoga?

Awful Ogre is back, and awfully excited to share his action-packed summer with you!

The mischievous Jack Prelutsky and Paul O. Zelinsky transport readers once again to a world that is irresistibly gross and awesomely awful, starring the endearing, unforgettable Awful Ogre!


'''''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


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


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'''''


New York Times Best Illustrated Book

SLJ Best Book

AIGA Certificate of Merit '''''EMILY UPHAM's REVENGE'''''

Massachusetts Adventure novel

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