Books by Alex Latimer

LULA AND THE SEA MONSTER by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2019

"A colorful and uplifting story that is more than just a beach read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl and her family are on the verge of losing their home on the beach. Read full book review >
AM I YOURS? by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"As cozy and safe as it is mannerly, with a patterned text well suited to storytime sharing with younger audiences. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An errant egg politely asks for help in this prehistoric take on the "are you my mother?" theme. Read full book review >
WOOLF by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2018

"Woolf yearns to celebrate diversity but instead paints a bleak picture. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a wolf and sheep fall in love against the odds, their son must learn to navigate a world that is hostile to being both. Read full book review >
NEVER FOLLOW A DINOSAUR by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"It's a goofy romp with a very lovable dinosaur at its center that never loses its (very small) footing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If a set of small tracks leads to a bowl of missing cat food, it must be a dinosaur, right? One with very tiny feet? Read full book review >
STAY! by Alex Latimer
by Alex Latimer, illustrated by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Kid-friendly and full of action and gentle suspense, this selection will be a favorite of dog lovers and reluctant readers alike—and it comes with value-added dog-training tips. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if your dog just won't? Read full book review >
THE BASEBALL PLAYER AND THE WALRUS by Ben Loory
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A bit treacly but wistful and charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lonely baseball superstar finds a new friend and rethinks his priorities. Read full book review >
PIG AND SMALL by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"It's a fine message, but it lacks a certain pizzazz. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Can a pig and a bug become friends, or will the matter of size get in their way? Read full book review >
LION VS. RABBIT by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A droll, nonthreatening tale of bullying in the guise of a modern fable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lion's a real bully, but he may have met his match when wily Rabbit takes him on. Read full book review >
PENGUIN'S HIDDEN TALENT by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Quirky, with a side of self-esteem. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Everybody has some kind of talent. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO CRIED NINJA by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

No one believes Tim. When he explains that a ninja stole the cake or a squid ate his homework, he's told to do more chores ("and think about all the bad things he'd done"). And so he decides to lie. He covers for the tea-sipping pirate and pencil-throwing monkey only to find his deceit has the same result—more chores! The clever lad decides to invite all culpable characters to his house under the guise of a party. Upon meeting the motley crew of real malefactors, Tim's parents apologize profusely and assign chores to their rightful owners ("Go and rake all the leaves in the yard and think about what you've done"). Happily, a real party commences thereafter, in which all behave and have a wonderful time. Playful, stylized drawings neatly enhance this humorous tale. The characters, with their triangle noses and sticklike appendages, are reminiscent of Oliver Jeffers (Up and Down, 2010, etc.), as is Latimer's good use of negative space, but the silliness, sly humor and stylized bodies are evocative of Lane Smith (It's a Book, 2010, etc.). Thoughtful use of repetition and creative use of speech bubbles further enhance this good-looking tale. Hip and trendy but with a timeless theme, this is one enjoyable read. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >