The Salamander Room

The Salamander Room

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by Anne Mazer, Steve Johnson

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A young boy finds a salamander and thinks of the many things he can do to make a perfect home for it.


A young boy finds a salamander and thinks of the many things he can do to make a perfect home for it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW described this ``atmospherically illustrated'' tale about a boy's plans to accommodate a salamander as a ``fitting tribute to a child's perseverance and imagination,'' Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Brian's determination to keep a salamander in his room is met with quizzical concern on the part of his mother--``Where will he sleep?. . . where will he play?'' Inquiries are answered with imaginative solutions that will be familiar to all those who have tried to convince a parent to let them have a pet. Johnson's lush, shadowy paintings depict each addition to the cumulative scenario as Brian's cozy bedroom is gradually transformed into a dark green forest that overflows the pages as the fantasy becomes more elaborate. From its rich green endpapers through its handsome typeface, this is a beautifully designed mood piece. The subtle implication that animals require responsible handling is positive, although readers caught up in the fantasy are never brought back to mundane reality. Johnson's salamander is realistically depicted, yet imbued with personality, whether wistfully peering through the bedroom window to see his forest friends or snuggled under leaves sleeping next to Brian. He will have young readers yearning for salamander rooms of their own. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ

Product Details

Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
Dragonfly HRDerbacks
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson was born in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the School of Associated Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. Steve's stunning illustrations have been seen in many magazines, but it was not until Knopf asked him to illustrate No Star Nights in 1989 that he began his career as a children's book illustrator. Since then, Steve and his wife Lou Fancher has collaborated on the illustrations and design on a number of notable children's books.  They are currently among the most sought after of children's book artists. Steve and Lou fell in love with the My Many Colored Days manuscript at first sight, seeing in it an unusual opportunity to create something that is at once both childlike and sophisticated.  

Steve and Lou currently reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

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Salamander Room [With CD (Audio)] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful little story that was one of my son's favorite bed time stories when he was six. Like the Dr. Seuss books, we read it over and over again together and never tired of it. Now that he's 17, I pull it off the shelf once in a while and read it and, like a photograph, it takes me right back to those times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. More important than a child's determination to keep his beloved salamander, the reader is quietly and powerfully shown the interconnections in nature. The concept is brilliant. Illustrations are fantatastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kids love this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome i recommended to everyone!!