Children's Poet Laureate

It’s Simple, Said Simon

Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.

Illustrated by Meilo So.

One day while out for a walk Simon meets a dog, a cat, and a horse. After easily meeting the challenges they offer him, he meets a tiger and it looks as if he has finally met his match. Will Simon be able to outwit the tiger? You won't know until the very end.

It’s Simple, Said Simon

This is a wonderful read-aloud, audience- participation story and Meilo So's watercolor illustrations are captivating.

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Parents' Choice Award, 2001

"Hoberman and So's delectable collaboration reveals that some animals, like some people, are easier to impress than others."

Horn Book

"Read alone or aloud, this story will leave young children cheering."

The Book Report

"an original tale, written in plain but rhythmic language that begs to be read aloud."


"…tailormade for telling aloud."

School Library Journal