Keiko Kasza

Keiko's Books

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Finders, Keepers!
My Lucky Birthday

Silly Goose’s Big Story
Ready for Anything!
Badger's Fancy Meal
The Dog Who Cried Wolf

My Lucky Day

The Mightiest
Dorothy & Mickey
Don’t Laugh, Joe!
Grandpa Toad's Secrets
The Rat and the Tiger

A Mother for Choco
When the Elephant Walks
The Pig's Picnic

The Wolf's Chicken Stew

Finders, Keepers!

(Penguin/Putnam, 2015)
Theme: Different perspectives by different viewers

“Kasza creates another storytime winner . . .”

“ . . . this circular story makes a terrific storytime read.”

My Lucky Birthday

(Penguin/Putnam, 2013)
Theme: triumph of the underdog (A companion book to My Lucky Day)

"With this tale of turnabouts, storytime favorite Kasza delivers a sly companion to My Lucky Day . . .”

Silly Goose’s Big Story

(Penguin/Putnam, 2012)
Theme: friends through thick and thin

"Kasza has a talent for depicting real-world preschool conflict in her amusing animal fantasies."

" . . .this colorful picture book is just plain fun for reading aloud."

Ready for Anything!

(Penguin/Putnam, 2009)
Theme: the power of positive thinking

“Lighthearted, and wise, this humorous book skillfully presents the positive and negative issues . . .”

“Dynamic illustrations extend the humor throughout. . . .Bring along your picnic basket for this one.”

Badger’s Fancy Meal

(Penguin/Putnam, 2007)
Theme: appreciation for what you have

“Another bold, bright, and funny read-aloud to add to Kasza’s canon.”

“Keiko Kasza has a knack for creating modern-day fables for children . . .”

The Dog Who Cried Wolf

(Penguin/Putnam, 2005)
Theme: freedom versus the comforts of home

“Children will howl with delight when they meet this engaging pup  . . .”

“Kasza’s simple story and expressive watercolor and ink illustrations are spot-on. . . In the end, this tale of home and comfort will make everyone sigh with happiness.”

My Lucky Day

(Penguin/Putnam, 2004)
Theme: triumph of the underdog

“Children who have this book read to them at bedtime or story hour will find it’s their lucky day, too.”

“Kasza’s gouache art is as buoyant and comical as her narrative . . . “

The Mightiest

(Penguin/Putnam, 2002)
Theme: it is not size or strength that makes you the mightiest

“Kasza packs a great deal of philosophy . . .Kids will enjoy chewing over the questions and themes in the clever tale . . .

Dorothy and Mikey

(Penguin/Putnam, 2000)
Theme: friendship

“Humor, understatement, and perfect pacing are the hallmarks of her stories . . .”

“(Dorothy and Mikey) bring to mind the best of the late James Marshall’s ‘George and Martha’ books as they compete at everything but still end up friends.”

Don’t Laugh, Joe!

(Putnam, 1998)
Theme: the power of laughter

“Joe’s giggles, conveyed so mirthfully in Kasza’s pictures, are pretty contagious.”

“The rhythmic text moves along at a fast clip, and the warmhearted watercolors are irresistible.”

Grandpa Toad’s Secrets

(Penguin/Putnam, 1995)
Theme: intergenerational friendship

“Another winner from an author/illustrator who really knows what children like.”

The Rat and the Tiger

(Putnam, 1993)
Theme: conflict resolution between friends

“A worthwhile acquisition that children and parents will check out over and over again.”

A Mother for Choco

(Putnam, 1992)
Theme: adoption, multicultural acceptance

“The emphasis on caring and sharing despite superficial differences will surely find a wide audience.”

“Once again Kasza  . . .offers a fetchingly illustrated animal story with a profound message, endearingly and subtly delivered.”

When the Elephant Walks

(Putnam, 1990)
Theme: a circular story of big and small

“A gem to share, with lap-sitter or group.”

“An unpretentious, thoroughly engaging book, executed with charm and élan.”

The Pigs’ Picnic

(Putnam, 1988)
Theme: be yourself

“What a delightful way to say, ‘You’re OK just the way you are.’”

The Wolf’s Chicken Stew

(Putnam, 1987)
Theme: love can change even a villain

“. . .securely establishes herself as an outstanding new picture book talent.”

 “The wolf is an endearing critter whose expressions run the gamut from sly to shy to downright lovable.”

Kaba Obasan wa Ryouri Jouzu

Choco no Mama Yai

Boku no Wanita

Akai Entotsu Miete Kita

Oomu no Itazura

(Published in Japan during 1981-1986)