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Lane Smith

Author of John, Paul, George & Ben

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About the Author

Lane Smith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 25, 1959. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena, California. He moved to New York City and was hired to do illustrations for various publications including Time, Mother Jones, and Ms.. He show more is a children's book author and an illustrator. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Math Curse, and Science Verse. He wrote and illustrated Madam President, John, Paul, George and Ben, The Happy Hocky Family, The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country, It's a Book, and Grandpa Green. His other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, Big Plans by Bob Shea, and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. He also served as conceptual designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach, Monsters, Inc. and the film adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In 2017, he was awarded the Kate Greenway Medal for children¿s book illustration for There is a Tribe of Kids. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Lane Smith

Associated Works

James and the Giant Peach (1961) — Illustrator, some editions — 19,130 copies
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989) — Illustrator — 11,093 copies
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1992) — Illustrator — 6,578 copies
Math Curse (1995) — Illustrator — 2,596 copies
The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio) (1991) — Illustrator — 2,156 copies
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998) — Illustrator — 1,360 copies
The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy (The Time Warp Trio) (1992) — Illustrator — 1,349 copies
The Not-So-Jolly Roger (1991) — Illustrator — 1,258 copies
Science Verse (2004) — Illustrator — 1,135 copies
Your Mother Was a Neanderthal #4 (Time Warp Trio) (1993) — Illustrator — 1,086 copies
Tut, Tut #6 (Time Warp Trio) (1996) — Illustrator — 1,073 copies
2095 (1995) — Illustrator — 1,008 copies
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (2000) — Illustrator — 783 copies
Summer Reading Is Killing Me! (1997) — Illustrator — 775 copies
Baloney (Henry P.) (2001) — Illustrator — 773 copies
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Illustrator — 759 copies
It's All Greek to Me (1997) — Illustrator — 754 copies
Your Favorite Seuss (Classic Seuss) (2004) — Contributor — 686 copies
Penguin Problems (2016) — Illustrator — 471 copies
Giraffe Problems (2018) — Illustrator — 402 copies
Seen Art? (2005) — Illustrator — 310 copies
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 272 copies
Halloween ABC (1898) — Illustrator — 202 copies
Big Plans (2008) — Illustrator — 190 copies
A House That Once Was (2018) — Illustrator — 153 copies
Son in Law [1993 Film] (1993) — Actor — 103 copies
Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark (2000) — Contributor — 98 copies
The Mighty Ducks [1992 film] (1992) — Actor — 94 copies
V: The Complete Series (DVD) (1984) — Actor — 66 copies
The Scout [1994 film] (1995) — Actor — 20 copies
The Mighty Ducks Trilogy [DVD] (2002) — Actor — 12 copies
The Displaced Person [1977 TV movie] (1977) — Actor — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Places of residence
Corona, California, USA
Art Center College of Design (BFA|1983)
children's book author
Leach, Molly (wife)
Awards and honors
Kate Greenaway Medal (2017)
Caldecott Honor Medal (1992, 2012)
Short biography
Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff. Most recently Madam President and John, Paul,Ben and George which were both New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner TheStinky Cheese Man. Lane's other high profile titles includeHorray for Diffendoffer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky and James and the Giant Peachby Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach.



I haven't read a book by Lane Smith that I didn't like. His illustrations are unique and lead the way to a good story. Stickler lives in the woods and is covered by wood. His eyes are always different. And, as the title notes, Stickler does indeed love the world.
All creatures in the wood are strange but, Stickler is by far the most different. And Stickler loves sticks the most, except clouds, bats, stones moss, bees, bark, birds, plants, a happy rabbit, a weepy tree, and a slimy frog.

With his ever changing eyes, he can discover so very many different things to love, especially a world with so very many weird things. When he discovers a black object with legs and a can on it's head, Stickler wants to show the strange things he discovers such as a morning sun, flowers that smell good , waves, and smelly fish.

When Sticlkler removes the can off the object with legs, he discovers his friend crow. And then, Stickler opens the eys of the crow the see everything differently.

The illustrations in this book are incredible. Thus far, this is my favorite Lane Smith book!!! It is a must for anyone who appreciats great art of illustrations!
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Whisper1 | Oct 23, 2023 |
Humorous stories
Picture books for children
Writing Style
United States
Gender role
Imagination in children
Women presidents
kmgerbig | 21 other reviews | Apr 28, 2023 |
This is another book by Lane Smith that elicits smiles and laughter. He has a simplistic way of encouraging us to read more and more of his books! He never fails to amaze, amuse and bring a smile!

In this story,
It was a perfect day for cat in the flowers where sleep was comfortable.
It was a perfect day for dog when the water rom the hose was refreshingly cool and just what was needed when it was a very hot day.
It was a perfect day for Chickadee who was fortunate to enjoy a fully filled bird feeder.
It was a perfect day for squirrel who couldn't get up the bird feeder because the design prohibited success. But, the kind boy who filled the feeder, dropped a perfect cob of corn on the grass, and squirrel immediately felt lucky.


Along comes spoiler bear. He manages to disrupt each and every animal from their joy. And, as the kind boy looks out the window with cat, dog, while bird and squirrel hang around out of the window, they are dismayed that their perfect day was spoiled by a bear who had his own perfect day.

I've read many books by this author. He never fails to disappoint.

Four Stars
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Whisper1 | 22 other reviews | Feb 8, 2023 |
I enjoy the humor, with and artistry of Lane Smith. This is a laugh-out-loud look at the concept of a written book rather than a time in the future when perhaps only digitized or oral books will be the mode of learning about a book. As the donkey notes that the monkey is holding a shape and avidly looking through the pages, he asks "What do you have there?" "Where is your mouse?" "Can you manipulate the characters?" "Does it need a password?" "Is there need for a screen name?"

The answer to each of these questions is "IT'S A BOOK!!!">

I admit that I am one of the hold outs in wanting to hold a physical book, and feel the texture as I turn the pages. Perhaps in the future as I grow older and arthritis sets in, I will consume books that are not tangible. But, for now, I will keep turning the pages.
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Whisper1 | 184 other reviews | Dec 18, 2022 |



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