Books by Amanda Haley

SNOWZILLA by Janet Lawler
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Ultimately like Snowzilla—fluff. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Community dissension and compromise are brought down to a kid's level in this tale of a giant snowman. Read full book review >
MAIA AND THE MONSTER BABY by Elizabeth Winthrop
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"No monstrous creativity here, but fanciful fun as friends adapt to their new family roles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Maia and her lovable monster delight each night in spirited play until they lose their status as their parents' only offspring. Read full book review >
THE SECRET CHICKEN SOCIETY by Judy Cox
Released: April 1, 2012

"Chickens and children are lucky to live in this family. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Daniel, who loves all animals, learns a lot about chickens when he takes five chicks home. Read full book review >
WILL PRINCESS ISABEL EVER SAY PLEASE? by Steve Metzger
Released: April 1, 2012

"If silliness is what was aimed for, it sort of succeeds—but, if so, it is not silly enough. (Picture book. 5-7)"
What can you say when even the jacket blurb calls it "a lighthearted lesson in humility"? Read full book review >
READING TO PEANUT by Leda Schubert
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

Learning to read can be an adventure, as this determined little girl and her pup demonstrate.

Lucy wants to learn to read and write, but don't ask why: It's a secret. Read full book review >

NORA AND THE TEXAS TERROR by Judy Cox
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

Third graders Nora and Ellie are cousins, but they struggle to be friends. Read full book review >

THE ALL-AMERICAN JUMP AND JIVE JIG by M.P. Hueston
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

A chance to dance, all over the country. Read full book review >

SPARK THE FIREFIGHTER by Stephen Krensky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

In the town of Hardscrabble, volunteer firefighters aren't easy to come by. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

This gentle introduction to animal birth compares the eggs and babies of small and large birds, small and large mammals, chimps and human beings. Read full book review >

YOU CAN’T SEE A DODO AT THE ZOO by Fred Ehrlich
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

Ehrlich and Haley team up again in this informative exploration of extinct and endangered animals. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

Working with a medical doctor, the prolific Ziefert embeds basic information on the causes and symptoms of colds, stomach- and headaches, zits, blisters, allergies, and other common maladies in a slurry of heavy-handed humor (the "purpose" of carsickness "is to spread vomit all over the back seat of the car, so that parents can learn a lesson about long, boring car rides!") and lame versified asides: "I have a little plantar wart / That goes everywhere with me. / It's quite happy on my foot / But I think it's UGH-a-lee!" Read full book review >

33 USES FOR A DAD by Harriet Ziefert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

Like moms, dads need credit for all the "jobs" they do in the family. Read full book review >

HEALTH
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

Ziefert provides a quick scan of the skeleton, organized along the old neck-bones-connected-to-the-shoulder-bone routine, with a lot of names of the bones, a few trivial asides—the topmost neck bone is called the Atlas, because it holds up the head—and not enough solid information. Read full book review >

YOU CAN’T BUY A DINOSAUR WITH A DIME by Harriet Ziefert
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

Ziefert offers a tale about saving, spending, and saving again. Read full book review >

SENSES
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

Aiming to raise the consciousnesses of newly fledged readers about their sensoria, the prolific Ziefert presents a breezy tally of basic facts about smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight. Read full book review >

CAT HAT by Michelle Knudsen
Released: July 1, 2001

Emergent readers with tightly limited word lists are notoriously difficult to write, especially when two of the words are already firmly enshrined in the shadow of that extremely well-known cat in the striped hat. Read full book review >

A BLOSSOM PROMISE by Amanda Haley
Released: Oct. 2, 1987

"With its deeper, darker undercurrent of impending real changes as the Blossoms grow older, this is the series' "concluding" volume; but it would be easy to forgive Byars for breaking that promise."
In her fourth book about the Blossoms, Byars gives us the best sort of sequel: an independent story that tells what happened next to favorite characters. Read full book review >
THE BLOSSOMS AND THE GREEN PHANTOM by Amanda Haley
Released: April 3, 1987

"It will be welcomed by those who enjoy funny stories—and stories that tell the truth."
At the beginning of this third book about the Blossoms, things look typical: Junior is in the barn building another impossible invention (a flying saucer made from air mattresses and garbage bags), and Pap is getting stuck in a dumpster while trying to rescue a puppy. Read full book review >