Books by Aaron Reynolds

CAVEBOY DAVE by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Silly. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
A 12-year-old is named the ruler of his prehistoric village. Read full book review >
DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds
Released: April 24, 2018

"Surprises, mayhem, potty humor, sharks, and ice cream: What's not to like? (Picture book. 4-6)"
Once children can recognize and read the title, they will easily be able to navigate the rest of this book. "Dude!" is (almost) the only word uttered throughout the story. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Perfect for those looking for a scary Halloween tale that won't leave them with more fears than they started with. Pair with Dr. Seuss' tale of animate, empty pants. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Reynolds and Brown have crafted a Halloween tale that balances a really spooky premise with the hilarity that accompanies any mention of underwear. Read full book review >
NERDY BIRDY TWEETS by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Still, cute and clever, and if it gives some prophylactic friendship pointers to children not yet networked, here's hoping they'll remember them. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An unlikely avian friendship is threatened by an obsession with social media in this follow-up to Nerdy Birdy (2015). Read full book review >
SEA MONKEY & BOB by Aaron Reynolds
Released: April 25, 2017

"A barrel of giggles, exaltation of friendship, and slight science to boot. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sea Monkey (a dapper, bow-tied brine shrimp) and Bob (a green-speckled puffer fish) both face a worrisome underwater plight—density. Read full book review >
CAVEBOY DAVE by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lively series opener. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In a time when brawn is prized, a scrawny caveboy must use his brains to pass an initiation and hunt a fierce beast. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT SQUID by Aaron Reynolds
Released: March 1, 2016

"In the tradition of great windbags, meet President—err, King Squid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An addlepated, snaggle-toothed, hot-pink giant squid decides to run for president. Sounds like a plan. Read full book review >
NERDY BIRDY by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Very funny and full of hope—and feathers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A small, bespectacled bird struggles with friendship. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2014

"A familiar interchange, featuring a less-ferocious-looking cousin of the tempestuous T. Rex of Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (2008) and its sequels. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A parent/caregiver—unseen after a glimpse at the beginning—translates a "terrible twos"-style tantrum into a movie-monster rampage. Read full book review >
CARNIVORES by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Will young readers swallow such a tongue-in-cheek take on the importance of self-acceptance? With relish. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Poor carnivores, perched atop the food chain and dissed by all their victims—at least, the prospective ones. What a pity. Read full book review >
PIRATES VS. COWBOYS by Aaron Reynolds
Released: March 12, 2013

"A refreshingly atypical exercise in waging peace, despite the tired 'X vs. Y' scenario. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Argot issues nearly spark a brawl in this addition to the trendy "head-to-head mashup" genre. Read full book review >
CREEPY CARROTS! by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Serve this superbly designed title to all who relish slightly scary stories. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kids know vegetables can be scary, but rarely are edible roots out to get someone. In this whimsical mock-horror tale, carrots nearly frighten the whiskers off Jasper Rabbit, an interloper at Crackenhopper Field. Read full book review >
BACK OF THE BUS by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Cooper uses his 'subtractive method' on oil color, in which illustrations are rubbed out or lightened, making the pictures glow with burnished grace. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A child's-eye view of the day Rosa Parks would not give up her seat. Read full book review >
SUPERHERO SCHOOL by Aaron Reynolds
Released: July 1, 2009

"Rash's bold cartoons ably support the goofiness, depicting a multicultural, multi-powered classroom, with the stalwart Mr. Tornado at the helm. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Leonard is underwhelmed by Superhero School, where, instead of teaching them to leap tall buildings, his teacher, The Blue Tornado, has the students tackling fractions and division. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2009

"An auspicious series kick-off. (Graphic novel. 7 & up)"
What detective wouldn't benefit from being a fly on the wall? Read full book review >
METAL MAN by Aaron Reynolds
Released: July 1, 2008

"Though the story is labored throughout, the succinct and meaningful ending finds Devon realizing that perhaps, underneath all the 'crud,' something shiny and ferocious lies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
It's a hot and sticky city summer day, and Devon knows that metal man Mitch is hard at work. Read full book review >
BUFFALO WINGS by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Closing with a pair of recipes (one of which, unfortunately, is partially hidden by the jacket flap), this latest culinary misadventure will likewise provoke equal quantities of laughter and saliva, even in non-football fans. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Reading his recipe a little too quickly, the cock-of-the-kitchen introduced in Chicks and Salsa (2005) sets out just before the start of the Big Game to fetch what he thinks are the main ingredients in the perennial football snack. Read full book review >
CHICKS AND SALSA by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Olé! (Picture book. 6-8)"
A Southwestern cooking show spied through the farmhouse window inspires a rooster weary of the same-old same-old to plan a farmyard fiesta with filched garden tomatoes, chiles, cilantro and other produce. Read full book review >