Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul O. Zelinsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1953 in Evanston, Illinois


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

-- *CCBC Choice, 2007

-- '''''THE STORY OF MRS. LOVEWRIGHT AND PURRLESS HER CAT''''' -- *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

-- *Redbook Award

-- '''''THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF HUMOR FOR CHILDREN''''' -- *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''''' -- *Golden Kite Award

-- '''''THE MAID AND THE MOUSE AND THE ODD-SHAPED HOUSE''''' -- *New York Times Best Illustrated Book

-- *SLJ Best Book

-- *AIGA Certificate of Merit

-- '''''EMILY UPHAM's REVENGE''''' -- *Massachusetts Adventure novel