"Jose Aruego’s books for young readers have earned the applause of critics, teachers, librarians, and parents -- as well as the affection of children everywhere. Mr. Aruego’s comic animals are immediately recognizable as they cavort through clear, vibrant landscapes, carrying out the action that the simple text has set in motion. It is a style one reviewer has termed “illustrative mime.”
"Jose Aruego was born in the Philippines, where he studied law and became a member of the Bar. But after practicing briefly, he decided to come to the United States to study graphic arts and advertising at Parsons School of Design in New York City. After graduation, he worked in adver-tising before taking up the demanding job of cartooning for The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker, Look, and other magazines. “Every Wednesday I would go to the cartoon editor with fifteen or sixteen drawings in hand, from which he might select one for publication. The tension was terrible, because selling cartoons was howI made my living. But I learned a lot from the rejected work, so it wasn’t a waste.
"The sink-or-swim experience of drawing cartoons was how I learned to make the most of a small amount of space.” Both abilities have helped him in his career as a children’s book author and illustrator, which he began with the publication of The King and His Friends in 1969.
"Although he is known for his amusing characters, Jose Aruego takes writing and drawing for chil-dren very seriously. After more than three dozen books he feels he is still learning his craft and getting to know his audience. “Each project teaches me something new and makes mea better artist. Each book brings me closer to children.” From the popularity and appeal of Jose Aruego's books, it is obvious that he has both the artistic skill and the imagination to reach the world of children. His work has a distinctive rhythm, and his humorous animal characters have a gaiety and playfulness that children adore.
"I have found from making appearances at schools that when kids draw for themselves, most of them like to make funny pictures. SoI show them how to draw an alligator. It’s a simple drawing and the teachers tell me that after my visit, Aruego alligators show up all over the school.”
great book for young ones! sweet with lots of heart! drawings were perfect! someday they'll ve able to do the things they can't do now!Published 1 month ago by _
My kids loved this book, not that any of them were really late bloomers but it's really about having faith that things will happen in their own time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by artdoc
I had this book decades ago when my children were small. I refer to it often to my clients (I am a therapist) because the message is so delightful...."and Leo bloomed!"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy Kolodny
This little book is good for a child that feels a little left behind.
My children are in their 40's and still refer to someone that is struggling as, "Leo the late... Read more
This was part of the kindergarten book list. Extremely cute story that we have enjoyed reading several times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DB