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

"A lovely story that gently and effectively presents common childhood difficulties wrapped in a world of tutus and sparkles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The ballerina-in-training sparkles in her return engagement when she learns to be a good big sister and to share the spotlight. 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

"Yo ho hum. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"At best, cotton candy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"Bits and bobs of Post's rules—and even a few anecdotes from her life—dot the lively text, but her cultural significance isn't fully explained until the end note. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"An entertaining as well as thought-provoking read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"An amusing reality check for the easily intimidated. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"Jolly fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
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

"Mama had finished her quick little chat,' this reads like an arch amalgam of Eloise and Peggy Rathmann's 10 Minutes till Bedtime (1998), and is sure to send privileged tykes (and their parents) off to bed with a case of giggles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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 >