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Robert Kraus (1925 – August 7, 2001) was an American children's author, cartoonist and publisher. Founder and publisher of Windmill Books, author and illustrator of award-winning children's books, Kraus began as a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker.

Robert Kraus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1925, and sold his first cartoon to the Milwaukee Journal at age 14. While still a student at the Art Students League in Manhattan, he made his first cartoon sale to The New Yorker, and after freelancing for other publications such as Collier's, the old Life and The Saturday Evening Post, became a regular New Yorker contributor as both a cartoonist and cover artist beginning in the 1950s. Most of his cover art reflected his romantic idea of the City (artists' studios and supplies, a chess club, a gypsy fortune teller, the Chinese New Year parade, the Coney Island roller coaster, a grand cafe, St. Patrick's Cathedral, a fancy dress ball) and he recorded his rural surroundings in Danbury, Connecticut, with its farmer's markets and county fairs. Many of his cartoons embodied the stereotypes of their day: drunks, crooks, convicts, pirates, clowns, mythological characters, millionaires dating floozies, big businessmen, prizefighters, etc. The high point of his cartooning career was a multi-page spread on the New York World's Fair of 1963-64.

In 1954, Kraus also began writing and illustrating children's books, beginning with Junior the Spoiled Cat, The Littlest Rabbit, The Trouble with Spider (later expanded into the Spider, Fly and Ladybug series), I, Mouse, Mouse at Sea, The Bunny's Nutshell Library, and the haunting and critically-acclaimed Amanda Remembers. Kraus could speak directly to children without a trace of artificiality or condescension, naturally embodying both them and himself in a variety of small but plucky animal protagonists. The book Leo the Late Bloomer has been noticed as an encouraging story about not doing everything at the same time as everybody else and making one's own pace. Tapping his friendships with other New Yorker artists, Kraus launched Windmill Books in 1965, publishing The Chas. Addams Mother Goose, and William Steig's Roland the Minstrel Pig, followed by Steig's Caldecott Medal-winning Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. The prestige of Windmill even attracted renowned painter Jacob Lawrence, whose Harriet and the Promised Land (with verse by Kraus) became the first children's book reviewed in the Art section of the New York Times and was recently featured in the Lawrence retrospective at the Guggenheim. Kraus soon quit the New Yorker to run Windmill full time, as publisher, and wrote and illustrated books for Windmill as well as for Scholastic and other publishers. Windmill artists included Fred Gwynne (the actor), Edna Eicke, Robert Byrd, Hans Kraus (no relation), VIP (Virgil Partch) and Mischa Richter. Windmill published a set of Norman Rockwell covers with original backstories (which Kraus wrote in consultation with Rockwell) as The Norman Rockwell Storybook and with filmmaker Robert Flaherty produced a children's book version of Flaherty's Nanook of the North. Windmill also pioneered "board" and "bathtub" books that doubled as toys for very small children, and dabbled in pop culture with its Elvis calendar and Encyclopedia Galactica.

In spite of its flirtations with the mass market, in the end Windmill Books proved to be more of a succes d'estime than anything else, and after affiliations with a number of major publishing houses, collapsed in bitter litigation with Simon & Schuster in the 1980s. Steig's best-known children's book, Shrek, was published elsewhere. Kraus and Windmill are probably best remembered as the author and publisher of Leo the Late Bloomer, Whose Mouse Are You, Milton the Early Riser and other books beautifully and imaginatively illustrated by Jose Aruego and Arianne Dewey, as well as the seasonal favourite The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher, illustrated by VIP.

Kraus died in 2001 in Kent, Connecticut, and is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, the former Pamela Vivienne Evan-Wong, of Georgetown, British Guiana, a fellow student at the Art Students' League, and by their two sons, Bruce and Bill and four grandchildren Parker, Jack, Margaret and Vivienne.
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Total Books: 330
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The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher
2010 - The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781930900448
ISBN-10: 1930900449
Genre: Children's Books
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Milton the Early Riser
2006 - Milton the Early Riser [Stories to Go!] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781416918561
ISBN-10: 1416918566
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Whose Mouse Are You
2005 - Whose Mouse Are You [Stories to Go!] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781416903116
ISBN-10: 1416903119
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Lo
2001 - Lo (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782211062794
ISBN-10: 2211062792
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Mouse in Love
2001 - Mouse in Love (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780531302972
ISBN-10: 0531302970
Genre: Children's Books
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Mouse In Love
2001 - Mouse in Love (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780439271356
ISBN-10: 0439271355
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Transforming Ideas Selected Profiles in University of Rochester Research and Scholarship
2000 - Transforming Ideas Selected Profiles in University of Rochester Research and Scholarship [Meliora Press] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781580460583
ISBN-10: 1580460585
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The Making of Monkey King English/Chinese
2000 - The Making of Monkey King English/chinese [Adventures of Monkey King] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781572270459
ISBN-10: 1572270454
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nonfiction
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Little Louie the Baby Bloomer
2000 - Little Louie the Baby Bloomer (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780064436564
ISBN-10: 006443656X
Genre: Children's Books
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Mort the Sport
2000 - Mort the Sport (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780531302477
ISBN-10: 0531302474
Genre: Children's Books
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Leo the Late Bloomer Leo Lub Paaj Tawg Qeeb/Leo Lub Paj Tawg Qeeb
2000 - I Mouse (Other)
How Spider Saved Thanksgiving
1999 - How Spider Saved Thanksgiving (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780613136808
ISBN-10: 0613136802
Genre: Children's Books
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Herman the Helper
1999 - Herman the Helper (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780808592389
ISBN-10: 0808592386
Genre: Children's Books
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Apprentissage de la lecture  partir de l'album  Lo
1999 - Apprentissage De La Lecture Partir De L'album Lo (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782211716000
ISBN-10: 2211716008
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The Making of Monkey King
1998 - The Making of Monkey King [Adventures of Monkey King , 1] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781572270435
ISBN-10: 1572270438
Genre: Children's Books
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My Little Library Jamberry the Carrot Seed Leo the Late Bloomer
1998 - My Little Library Jamberry the Carrot Seed Leo the Late Bloomer (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780694011834
ISBN-10: 0694011835
Genre: Children's Books
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The Making of Monkey King El Surgimiento Del Rey Mono
1998 - The Making of Monkey King El Surgimiento Del Rey Mono [Adventures of Monkey King 1/Las Aventuras Del Rey Mono 1] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781572270442
ISBN-10: 1572270446
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Catálogo de libros en español
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Fables Aesop Never Wrote
1997 - Fables Aesop Never Wrote [Picture Puffins] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140557114
ISBN-10: 0140557113
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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STICKERS N SHAPES LITTLE BEEP
1997 - Stickers N Shapes Little Beep [Stickers 'n' Shapes] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780689811036
ISBN-10: 0689811039
Genre: Children's Books
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Tiny Tow Truck
1997 - Tiny Tow Truck [Stickers 'n' Shapes] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780689811043
ISBN-10: 0689811047
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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1993 - Musical Max [Red Fox picture books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
1993 - Dance Spider Dance [Road to Reading] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1992 - Dr Mouse Bungle Jungle Doctor [Golden Easy Reader, Level 2, Grades 1-2] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1992 - Dr Mouse Bungle Jungle Doctor [Golden Easy Reader, Level 2, Grades 1-2] (Hardcover)Paperback
1990 - Squirmy's Big Secret [Miss Gator's Schoolhouse Series] (Other)Paperback
1990 - Klunky Monkey New Kid in Class [Miss Gator's Schoolhouse Series] (Other)Paperback
1989 - Buggy Bear Cleans Up [Miss Gator's Schoolhouse] (Paperback)
1985 - Freddy the Fire Engine [Pudgy Car Series] (Other)
1982 - Oscar (Paperback)
1981 - Milton Early Riser Takes Tr [A Collins puppet pal] (Hardcover)
1973 - Big Brother (Other)
Leo El Retano Tardio [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Herman the Helper Lends a Hand [A Methuen picture puppet book] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Oliver the Actor Takes a Bow [A Methuen picture book] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Milton the Early Riser Takes a Trip [A Methuen picture puppet book] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Tony the Tow Truck [Pudgy Car Series] (Other)
Good Night Little One [Night-lite library] (Hardcover)
Good Night Little a B C [Night-lite library] (Other)Hardcover
Good Night Richard Rabbit [Night-lite library] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Milton El Madrugador [Spanish Edition] (Other)
My Son the Mouse [A Windmill paperback] (Other)Paperback
Ladybug Ladybug [A Windmill paperback] (Paperback)Paperback
See the Moon [A Glow-in-the-dark book] (Other)
Animal Families [Windmill Board Book] (Hardcover)
The Babytown Express [A Babytown book] (Hardcover)
Ella the Bad Speller [Miss Gator's Schoolhouse, Book 2] (Other)Paperback
Here Comes Tardy Toad [Miss Gator's Schoolhouse] (Other)Paperback
Leo the Late Bloomer [Windmill paperbacks] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
Octave [originally titled Herman the Helper] (Paperback)