Behind the Book: Ursula Upside Down by Corey R. Tabor

Perhaps you know author and illustrator from his Caldecott Honor winning title, Mel Fell. Or maybe you fell in love with the adorable Simon and the Better Bone. Or you might recognize his name from the not one, not two, but three Giesel awards his Fox series has received.

No matter how you first got introduced to Tabor's works, you'll definitely need to get your hands on his latest picture book Ursula Upside Down. In it, he once again turns the book itself into a part of the story by encouraging readers to flip it upside down as they read certain pages.

Ursula finds confidence in seeing the world her own way in another innovative, flipped-format picture book from Caldecott Honoree and Geisel Award winner Corey R. Tabor. 

Ursula is a happy catfish, swimming through a shimmering river with weeds waving above and a sky full of scrumptious bugs below.

Then one question turns her world upside down.

Is left right? Is right wrong? Which way even is up?

Children will love turning the book upside down and back again as they follow Ursula’s humorous journey to self-discovery.

About the Author

Corey R. Tabor is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Mel Fell and the three-time Geisel Award winner for Fox Has a Problem, Fox at Night, and Fox the Tiger. His other acclaimed titles include the young graphic novel chapter books Sir Ladybug, Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee, and Sir Ladybug and the Bookworms; the picture books Ursula Upside Down, Simon and the Better Bone, Snail Crossing, Fox and the Bike Ride, and Fox and the Jumping Contest; and the I Can Reads Fox versus Fox, Fox versus Winter, Fox Is Late, and Fox Plays Ball Corey R. Tabor lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife and son and spends his time making pictures and stories. You can visit him online at

Praise for Ursula Upside Down

"Funny, real, and makes a delicious point without spelling it out; this book is a charmer."
School Library Journal (starred review)

"As in the Caldecott Honor–winning Mel Fell (2021) and again with Simon and the Better Bone (2023), Tabor’s inventively formatted storytelling technique employs a dash of drama and turns a fresh tale on its head. This clever and heartfelt picture book will wow at storytimes."  
Booklist (starred review)