Swamp Angel Reviews & Honors

"Move over, Paul Bunyan, you are about to meet Swamp Angel, an original creation in the tall-tale tradition whose exploits are guaranteed to amaze and amuse a wide swath of readers. . . Visually exciting, wonderful to read aloud, this is a picture book to remember." 
  - starred review, Horn Book

"It is impossible to convey the sheer pleasure, the exaggerated loopiness, of newcomer Isaacs's wonderful story. Matching the superb text stride for stride are Zelinsky's altered-state, American primitive paintings--gems that provide new pleasures, reading after reading."
  - starred review, Kirkus



Caldecott Honor Seal1995 Caldecott Honor Book

  • 2013 Phoenix Picture Book Award by the Children's Literature Association
  • 1995 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
  • 1994 ALA Notable Book
  • New York Public Library, 100 Books Every Child Should Read
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 1994
  • School Library Journal Best Books of 1994
  • Booklist Children's Editors Choices 1994
  • Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 1994
  • Time Magazine's 8 Best Children's Books, 1994
  • Parenting Magazine Reading-Magic Award, 10 Best Books of 1994
  • 1995 Notable Trade Book in Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English
  • Book of the Month Club featured selection
  • Japanese and Korean editions
  • Featured on Storytime, PBS
  • Starred reviews: Horn Book, Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin, Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal