Books by Alan Katz

IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOU by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"Here's a book many families will want to have. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A playful exploration of familial ties. Read full book review >
THAT STINKS! by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"Like a pun, this book will either go over really well or flop. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz's (sub)titular show and tell has a room full of racially diverse students making proclamations that would normally get them sent to the principal's office, giving this book a forbidden-fruit vibe. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSTACHE CAME BACK by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Funny—but not funny enough to carry the plot's weaknesses. (Fiction. 7-9)"
After The Day the Mustache Took Over (2015), Nathan and David Wohlfardt find a familiar face in their new nanny, who claims to be their old nanny's twin brother. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE MUSTACHE TOOK OVER by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Makes one wish for a timeout. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Does a nanny exist who can tame Nathan and David? Read full book review >
POEMS I WROTE WHEN NO ONE WAS LOOKING by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"As clever and funny as the poetry of Jack Prelutsky in his prime and less edgy than Shel Silverstein's, this deserves and should have no trouble drawing chuckles and belly laughs from a wide audience, even outside the confines of National Poetry Month. (Poetry. 7-11) "
Katz and Koren follow up Oops! (2008) with another set of 100 or so rhymed (usually) knee-slappers paired to scribbly ink drawings. Read full book review >
STALLING by Alan Katz
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Filled with joyful enthusiasm, zingy and contagious, this is one not-ready-for-bedtime story that will leave even super stallers in stitches. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's time for bed, so what does Dan do? Read full book review >
KARATE PIG by Alan Katz
ADVENTURE
Released: April 21, 2009

"Any text that rhymes 'kung fu and' with 'ruined' should be taken out back and shot. (no one)"
Limping rhyme and a ridiculously overclever construction make this the board book to miss. Read full book review >
THE FLIM-FLAM FAIRIES by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Even if kids last through it once, they're not likely to clamor for repeated readings—for which their grown-ups will be eternally grateful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Everybody's heard of the Tooth Fairy, right? Read full book review >
SMELLY LOCKER by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Although the scansion requires some occasional wedging to fit properly, it's a solid companion to the duo's other Silly Dilly offerings and guaranteed to elicit a lockerful of giggles. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
"Smelly locker! / Smelly locker! / Poor hygiene! / Foul and mean!" Read full book review >
ON TOP OF THE POTTY by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2008

"Several verses within songs also shine, but parents will want to carefully preview all songs before putting on a show for their little toileteers. (Picture book/songs. 2-8)"
Katz and Catrow's fifth song collection has all the punch and visual impact of the previous works, but the duo may finally have crossed the line in terms of content. Read full book review >
OOPS! by Alan Katz
Kirkus Star
by Alan Katz, illustrated by Edward Koren
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2008

"Toy-odor.' (Poetry. 7-11)"
Making a strong bid for the year's most uproarious set of new verse, this collection opens with a "Whoosh!"—"The wind is blowing / quite a breeze. / The wind is blowing / on my knees. / The wind is blowing / its spring dance. / It tells me I / forgot my pants." Read full book review >
DON’T SAY THAT WORD! by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2007

"EWSLUGp2003 and such—or maybe with etiquette books. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a set of rhymes that should have second graders of all ages rolling on the floor, young Michael's report on a school-day's events runs afoul of severe restrictions on the vocabulary he's allowed to use. Read full book review >
ARE YOU QUITE POLITE? by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Like Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs series, illustrated by Mark Teague, think of this as required reading for Goops—young or otherwise. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Supplying new lyrics for 14 familiar tunes, Katz presents examples of behavior both good and bad, paired with Catrow's characteristic, garishly colored scenes of bulbous headed figures quizzically or gleefully regarding spectacular messes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Brave music teachers might want to try some of these new versions to liven up the annual holiday concert, and some parents might even introduce this as a unique diversion on the long drive over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Katz and Catrow continue their successful Silly Dilly Songs series with this collection of 15 parodies of familiar Christmas songs. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"What a boon to the catalogue of rude children's songs and rhymes, but best if taken in moderation. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Opening with clever additional verses for the title poem of Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Rhymes (2001), Katz again sets new lyrics to such musical chestnuts as Itsy Bitsy Spider ("Tiny Baby Brother"), Bingo ("I-T-C-H-Y") and Wheels On The Bus: "The lunches at my camp / Prepared by Joan / Didn't know / Cheese had bones . . ." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Catrow's illustrations are manic in a bug-eyed way, and it has to be handed to him that he hasn't stooped to the graphic to get chuckles, but keeps things at the suggestive level. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's not that the new lyrics set to old-favorite tunes aren't humorous in Katz's book, it's that they are predictable. Read full book review >
ANDREW ANSWERS by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S

"Here's a word for Andrew if he's asked for another starting with W: Winner. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
Sharply written, with expressive animation that wouldn't be out of place on a Nickelodeon cartoon show, this app takes a simple joke and amusingly ups the stakes all the way to the White House. Read full book review >