Books by Amanda Harvey

THERE’S A DRAGON DOWNSTAIRS by Hilary McKay
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"This import's repeating structure and cozy close make it a natural for reading aloud, at bedtime or any other. (Picture book. 5-7)"
McKay and Harvey offer a resolution both comforting and logical to the perennial issue of noises in the night. Read full book review >
SNOWED IN WITH GRANDMOTHER SILK by Carol Fenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The story is gentle and funny, a posthumous gift from the Newbery Honor author of Yolanda's Genius (1995). (Fiction. 7-10)"
When his parents go on a cruise in late October, eight-year-old Ruddy has to stay in Grandmother Silk's big old house in Silver Lake. Read full book review >
DOG DAYS by Amanda Harvey
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"Wonderfully sympathetic and amusing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a clever approach to the new-baby and sibling rivalry theme, Otis, the endearing canine from Dog Eared (2002), finds himself neglected, ignored, and forgotten when a new kitten joins the family and Lucy, his beloved owner, is occupied helping her little sister learn to take care of her new pet. Read full book review >
WAS THAT CHRISTMAS? by Hilary McKay
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Soft, expressive watercolor illustrations are pleasant additions, though their pastel palette and old-fashioned feeling, along with Bella's young age, make the story seem more intended for toddlers than the longer text would indicate. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A three-year-old girl named Bella is confused about the actual timing of Christmas in this British import from McKay (Saffy's Angel, p. 661, etc.). Read full book review >
DOG EARED by Amanda Harvey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Terrific—a dazzling combination of humorous, liquid writing and old-fashioned, tinted line drawings, certain to find a home with anyone who needs a shot of confidence-building. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Otis is a dog, but that doesn't mean he's immune to an insult hurled his way by a passing bully, a spike-collared boxer with a sneer on his mug. Read full book review >
UP THE CHIMNEY by Margaret Hodges
adapted by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Amanda Harvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

The spunky heroine in this version of an English folk tale outfoxes a witch and saves her family from destitution. Read full book review >
ZILLA SASPARILLA AND THE MUD BABY by Judith Gorog
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Zilla's fears are such wild-eyed concoctions that the final scene, in which Cinnamon emerges safely from the river, has little impact. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Zilla loses a shoe into the clutchy goop that lines the Little Muddy River. Read full book review >
STORMY WEATHER by Amanda Harvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 1992

"The author's appealing watercolors are notable for their beautiful composition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While Maud fixes her own breakfast and the baby wails, her parents are shown—in soft, expressive illustrations—bitterly quarreling. Read full book review >
MY FRIEND JOHN by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: March 13, 1968

"It's a slightly off-center approach to the give-and-take of best-friendship, aptly drawn out by Ben Schechter who has few equals for glowering determination or the sidelong smile."
Another much-in-little with a complementary thesis similar to the conclusion of If It Weren't For You (1966, 509, J-169) by the same team. Read full book review >