Books by Alexandra Boiger

POOR DOREEN by Sally Lloyd-Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 11, 2014

"Ignorance equals bliss in this amusing, cleverly executed tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A clueless fish owes her escape from a fisherman and a great blue heron to sheer dumb luck in this "fishy tale." Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S NUTCRACKER by Marilyn Singer
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Tallulah shines as a real little dancer with her own distinct style, learning step by step. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the fourth entry in the popular series about budding ballerina Tallulah, she wins a part as a mouse in a professional production of The Nutcracker, but the performance doesn't turn out as she imagines. Read full book review >
TALLULAH'S SOLO by Marilyn Singer
Released: May 1, 2012

The ballerina-in-training sparkles in her return engagement when she learns to be a good big sister and to share the spotlight.

Tallulah, of Tallulah's Tutu (2011), is certain that she will star in her school's winter recital of the Frog Prince and shows little patience with younger brother, Beckett, who has joined her in ballet studies. Read full book review >

TAKE YOUR MAMA TO WORK TODAY by Amy Reichert
Released: March 20, 2012

"Many families will enjoy the interplay here between mother (efficient and loving) and daughter (sky's the limit). (Picture book. 4-8)"
A feisty, 7-ish girl informs readers what to expect when a snow day, babysitter snafu or "Take Your Child to Work Day" necessitates accompanying a parent to the office. Read full book review >
PIRATE VS. PIRATE by Mary Quattlebaum
ADVENTURE
Released: March 22, 2011

In a battle of the sexes that's all trappings and no center, Bad Bart ("the biggest, burliest pirate this side of the Atlantic") and Mean Mo ("the maddest, mightiest pirate this side of the Pacific") square off for the world title. Read full book review >

THE MONSTER PRINCESS by D.J. MacHale
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

Lala the rugabee lives underground and excels at digging krinkles, but what she really wants is to be a princess, like the three girls in the castle. Read full book review >
THANKS A LOT, EMILY POST! by Jennifer LaRue Huget
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

Everything was fine and dandy until Mother brought home that pesky Emily Post book. Read full book review >

DOCTOR ALL-KNOWING by Doris Orgel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

This retelling of the folktale by the Brothers Grimm is fairly faithful to the original, though the doctor's wife has been replaced by a daughter and his name has been sweetened, not particularly happily, from Crabb to Crayfish. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE BIT SCARY PEOPLE by Emily Jenkins
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

A little red-haired girl observes that many of the people in her neighborhood and school seem a "little bit scary." Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

It's been 50 years since the maternal über-parent's last new offering of magically effective cures for childhood contretemps, but neither Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle nor her adoring young neighbors (nor their issues) have aged a day in this fresh set—one chapter composed (but never published) by Betty and the rest by her daughter. Read full book review >

ROXIE AND THE HOOLIGANS by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2006

Nine-year-old Roxie Warbler knows a lot about dangers and pitfalls and how to overcome them; she is the niece of Uncle Dangerfoot, the sidekick of Lord Thistlebottom, the world-famous adventurer and author. Read full book review >

WHILE MAMA HAD A QUICK LITTLE CHAT by Amy Reichert
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2005

While her oblivious mother's off answering a phone call, an increasingly frantic young Rose finds her bedtime routine interrupted by the successive arrival of a lively formal dress party, a magician in need of an assistant, and a dance band in need of a drummer. Read full book review >

MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE by Alexandra Boiger
Released: March 26, 1947

"But I hope the next book won't be illustrated by Richard Bennett, who has a sort of grimness and datedness about his pictures that are out of key with the text."
The author of The Egg and I has established a reputation as a topnotch story teller, so why shouldn't she be a "natural" when it comes to entertaining children- her own and others- with entrancing tales. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a woman of talent. Read full book review >