(2008, Hyperion)
Listen to the song! (Music by the Promise Makers)
Read the interview with Jon

"Unforgettable magic. I loved THE RETIRED KID immediately. SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE come[s] to mind."

The New York Times Book Review

"Another Agee triumph! Children will listen with relish. The story is so laugh-out-loud funny that you may have difficulty getting through it the first time."

School Library Journal


(2007, Hyperion)
Listen to the song! (Music by the Promise Makers)

"Whether enjoying this Zen-like book for the wacky conceit or the consumer critique, readers will readily recognize that the emperor has no clothes; this timely parable is certainly "something" worth having."

Starred/ Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly, Best Children's Books 2007


(2005, Michael di Capua Books / Hyperion)
Listen to the song! (Music by the Promise Makers)
Read the interview with Jon

"Glass-half empty Eugene is stranded on an island with a parrot: " 'Terrific . . .What good is a parrot?' 'You'd be surprised,' said the parrot." Readers will be surprised, too, for TERRIFIC is one terrific book. Agee uses tone, pacing, and deadpan humor to great effect; his masterful illustrations beg to be shared with a group."

Starred/ The Horn Book

ALA Notable Book
The Horn Book, Fanfare 2005
New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2005
Publishers Weekly, Best Children's Books 2005
Bank Street, Best Children's Books 2005
Child Magazine, Best Children's Books 2005
Chicago Public Library, Best of the Best 2005
Parent's Choice Award Winner for Picture Book
Book Sense, Top Ten Best Children's Books 2005
California Commonwealth Club, Best Juvenile Fiction, 2005


(2003, Michael di Capua Books / Hyperion)

"Agee serves up a witty, stylish abecedary that is deceptive in its simplicity . . . a deliciously silly trek homeward as Z crosses paths with some odd creatures in equally odd places. As in many of Agee's books, there's a clever surprise waiting for readers on the final page."

Starred/ Publishers Weekly

"With inventive and delightfully amusing illustrations, Jon Agee turns a simple idea into a wonderful picture book."

Philadelphia Journal Inquirer


By William Steig
(Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002)

"This irresistible picture book has it all...A sublimely silly and thoroughly satisfying love story."

Starred/ School Library Journal

"Antisentimentalist Steig crafts a screwball Cinderella story about a couple of klutzes... The puckish story-telling and artful compositions have considerable spark."

Publishers Weekly


(2001, Michael di Capua Books / Hyperion)

"Jon Agee has a hit on his hands. Make room on your shelves for this laugh-out-loud story. A fresh and funny crowd pleaser."

Starred/ School Library Journal

ALA Notable Book
The Horn Book, Fanfare 2002
Publishers Weekly, Best Children's Books 2001
Los Angeles Times, Best Books of 2001
Miami Herald, Top Ten
Newsday, Best Books of the Season
Child Magazine, Best Books of 2001
Parent's Choice, Recommended
Book Magazine, Recommended


By Erica Silverman
(1998, Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

"This very funny story is matched by hilarious illustrations in a style reminiscent of New Yorker cartoons. This will be a story hour hit all year round."


"Agee's latest illustrating effort is...great fun... a testament to Agee's comic touch."

Providence Journal-Bulletin

IRA-CBC Children's Choice for 1998
American Bookseller Pick of the Lists


By Tor Seidler
(1997, Michael di Capua Books / HarperCollins)

"A wildly funny story of a newlywed woodchuck couple who find a willful, wailing human toddler and take her into their home and into their hearts."

Starred/ School Library Journal

Finalist for National Book Award, 1997
School Library Journal Best Books 1997
Publishers Weekly Best Books 1997


(1996, Michael di Capua Books / HarperCollins)

"Agee scores again with this utterly engaging tale of interplanetary friendship . . . A charmer."

Kirkus Reviews

"Preschoolers will find this a beguiling picture book, memorable for its expressive illustrations and the mutual affection of the two main characters."


New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year


(1993, Dutton)

"Pranksterism raised to the level of uproarious comedy is the nifty achievement of these ten wonderfully screwball rhymes, which readers complete by lifting the flap built into the accompanying illustration and discovering the nutty surprise within."

Parenting Magazine

"Elegant, lighthearted fun."

Kurkus Reviews

Parenting Magazine, Best Books of 1993


(1992, Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

"Displays to perfection Agee's . . . comedic gifts and considerable artistic talent. A truly grand adventure."

Starred/ School Library Journal

New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Parents Choice, Best Books of 1992
Children's Book Council, Best Books of 1992
Bank Street College, Book of the Year


(1988, Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

"Every so often a work appears that expands the limits of the picture storybook genre as it piques the imagination with unexpected possibilities . . . Truly a book for all ages, Jon Agee's witty tale delights the eye, promotes laughter, and stimulates the intellect. In short, c'est magnifique."

Starred/ The Horn Book

ALA Notable Book
New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
Redbook Top Ten Picturebook of the Year
The Horn Book, Fanfare 1989


(1985, Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

"Born with his mouth in a downward curve, Ludlow never smiles... But one night, a funny dream coaxes a laugh out of Ludlow while he sleeps... Readers discover...that great things happen to affect Ludlow thereafter and they will give a cheer for the erstwhile churl."

Publishers Weekly

Reading Rainbow Feature Selection


(1983, Pantheon)

"In this lighthearted gem, Ellsworth, a dog, is fired from his post as economics professor for acting on his canine instincts. His worries lead to preposterous nightmares about other occupations until he decides to join a lovely poodle in just being a dog . . . Ellsworth is so full of life in joy or woe that he is irresistible."

School Library Journal


(1982, Pantheon)

"Agee has created an extraordinary visual treat . . . The book unfolds like a lullaby, fine for a winter bedtime story."

Publishers Weekly

"A small-size enchantment."

School Library Journal