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Robert Kraus (1) (1925–2001)

Author of Leo the Late Bloomer

For other authors named Robert Kraus, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Robert Kraus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 21, 1925. When he was 10-years-old, he won a cartoon contest staged by the Milwaukee Journal. He received a plaque and had his cartoon printed in the paper. Two years later, the newspaper hired him to produce a weekly cartoon called Public show more Nuisances. By the time he was 16-years-old, he was selling cartoons to magazines like Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post. He studied at Milwaukee's Layton Art School and the Art Students' League in New York. After selling a few cartoons to The New Yorker, he was hired by the magazine as a contract artist. He worked there for 15 years and created 21 covers. While there, he started writing and illustrating children's books. His books included All the Mice Came, Leo the Late Bloomer, and Whose Mouse Are You? He left The New Yorker in 1966 and founded Windmill Books. Within a year, the house had won a prestigious Caldecott Medal. After 20 years, he sold Windmill to Simon and Schuster. In 1983, he began a syndicated Sunday comic feature, called Zap! The Video Chap. He died of congestive heart failure on August 7, 2001 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Robert Kraus

Leo the Late Bloomer (1971) 3,666 copies
Whose Mouse Are You? (1970) 1,154 copies
Herman the Helper (1974) 475 copies
How Spider Saved Halloween (1974) 401 copies
Milton the Early Riser (1972) 211 copies
How Spider Saved Easter (1988) 201 copies
Spider's First Day at School (1987) 169 copies
Mouse In Love (1656) 145 copies
Another Mouse to Feed (1656) 117 copies
Phil the Ventriloquist (1989) — Author — 94 copies
How Spider Saved Santa Bug (1990) 90 copies
Littlest Rabbit (1961) 84 copies
All My Chickens (1993) 79 copies
Spider's Baby-Sitting Job (1990) 78 copies
Owliver (1974) 71 copies
Musical Max (1981) 63 copies
Bunya the Witch (1971) 60 copies
How Spider Saved Christmas (1970) 59 copies
Big Squeak, Little Squeak (1996) 57 copies
Noel the Coward (1977) 39 copies
Good Morning- Miss Gator (1989) 39 copies
Fables Aesop Never Wrote (1994) 38 copies
The Making of Monkey King (1998) 38 copies
Mort The Sport (2000) 32 copies
The gondolier of Venice (1976) 20 copies
Strudwick (1995) 20 copies
Mert the Blurt (1980) 17 copies
Boris Bad Enough (1980) 16 copies
Good-night, Richard Rabbit (1972) 15 copies
Pinchpenny Mouse (1974) 14 copies
I, Mouse (1958) 13 copies
I'm a monkey (1975) 13 copies
Springfellow's Parade (1965) 12 copies
The Detective of London (1977) 12 copies
Screamy Mimi (1987) 10 copies
The Good Mousekeeper (1977) 10 copies
Daddy Long Ears (1982) 9 copies
Tail Who Wagged the Dog (1971) 9 copies
Jack Galaxy Space Cop (1989) 9 copies
Three Friends (1975) 8 copies
Mouse Work (1980) 8 copies
The night-lite storybook (1975) 8 copies
Springfellow (1978) 7 copies
Good Night Little ABC (1972) 7 copies
The little giant (1967) 7 copies
The King's Trousers (1981) 7 copies
Amanda remembers (1965) 6 copies
The Trouble with Spider (1962) 6 copies
How Spider Saved Turkey (1981) 5 copies
Spider's Hometown (1988) 5 copies
Spider's Draw-A-Long Book (1990) 5 copies
Mouse at sea (1959) 4 copies
Ladybug, Ladybug! (1977) 4 copies
Along Came Duck (1989) 4 copies
Kittens for Nothing (1976) 3 copies
The Rabbit Brothers (1969) 3 copies
Penguin's Pal (1964) 3 copies
Miranda's Beautiful Dream (1964) 3 copies
Junior, The Spoiled Cat (1955) 3 copies
A Box of Brownies (1980) 3 copies
Hoodwinking of Mrs. Elmo (1987) 2 copies
Big brother (1973) 1 copy
My Son, The Mouse. (1970) 1 copy
MILTON (1972) 1 copy

Associated Works


All About Me (36) animals (227) anthology (73) children (118) children's (231) children's books (58) children's fiction (37) children's literature (70) Christmas (80) collection (34) Easter (47) emotions (44) family (232) feelings (85) fiction (395) growing (44) growing up (162) Halloween (158) holiday (41) holidays (76) individuality (51) insects (38) juvenile (33) kids (52) late bloomer (34) Level H (36) mice (133) mouse (43) paperback (41) patience (83) picture (34) picture book (510) school (52) self-esteem (111) Sonlight (37) spider (42) spiders (67) tiger (42) tigers (100) Valentine's Day (61)

Common Knowledge

Other names
KRAUS, Robert
Date of death
Burial location
Fairlawn Cemetery, Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Place of death
Kent, Connecticut, USA
Places of residence
Connecticut, USA
Art Students League, Manhattan, New York, USA
Windmill Books
Short biography
Robert Kraus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his first drawing appeared in the Milwaukee Journal when he was eleven years old. His cartoons appeared regularly in the New Yorker magazine until about five years ago when he started his own publishing company, Windmill Books. Mr. Kraus is the author-illustrator of forty children's books. Mr. Kraus lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons. [adapted from Leo the Late Bloomer (1971)]



Mort loves to play sports, but his parents put too much pressure on him to be good at sports and be good at music. So Mort decides he wants to play chess. This book would be good for kindergarten. It could be used to teach kids that they can do whatever they want to do and shouldn't have to worry about what others want them to do.
mwik21 | 15 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
Great for a read aloud with grades K and 1. The students really enjoyed the mouse becoming a hero, saving his family.
Chrissylou62 | 16 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
Did anyone notice the weird "cloud" on page 27?
MyattSilveira | 4 other reviews | Mar 26, 2024 |
Jolly illustrations and solid rhymes in this hollyday tale of Sprinkle Theft and Redemption. Tired of The Grinch? Fly along with petty larcenist the Sprinkle Snatcher as he scoops up sprinkle from cookie baking familes. Find redemption as he returns the sprinkles and realizes Christmas is not about being greedy.
FamiliesUnitedLL | 4 other reviews | May 18, 2023 |



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