Books by Andrew Glass

Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"For a bare-bones retelling of the original's plot, this has no equal. Just don't expect any more than that. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Melville's classic gets a lush, if wildly oversimplified, retelling under its author's generally sure hand. Read full book review >
GULLIBLE GUS by Maxine Rose Schur
FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"One can't believe everything one is told or reads, but this darn good yarn will have kids galloping through the pages of this middle reader. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Cowboy Gus is sweet but naïve. Read full book review >
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE RACE AGAIN by Dan Bernstein
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Readers who enjoy such remakes of the original as Margery Cuyler's Road Signs: A Harey Race with a Tortoise (2000), illustrated by Steve Haskamp, or Caroline Repchuk's The Race (2001), illustrated by Alison Jay, will line up for this amusing spin-off. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Glass's scenes of disheveled-looking animals in rumpled clothing create an appropriately comic setting for this Aesopian sequel. Read full book review >
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CAPTAIN ERICSSON! by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 15, 2005

With Glass's rumply, spray-painted figures in period dress adding a loose-jointed air, Wooldridge pays tribute to Swedish-born John Ericsson. Read full book review >
SKETCHES FROM A SPY TREE by Tracy Vaughn Zimmer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 27, 2005

"Of special interest to readers who may themselves be facing a shift in family structure. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Readers are never told why Dad—cut from a photo "with five quick snips / crumple his face / like an empty gum wrapper, / which is just what he deserves"—left his family two years before, but his departure seems to spur 11-year-old Anne Marie's sometimes-angry musings. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An inventive take-off on the boyhood lives of Willy and Orv, as they called each other, two curious and imaginative boys who became famous for launching aviation history. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
With his typically breezy illustrations, Glass puts a different spin on the story of the Wright brothers, recreating a childhood incident in the spirit of a folk tale. Read full book review >
THE ERIE CANAL PIRATES by Eric A. Kimmel
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"Children will want to book return trips after this anything-but-uneventful voyage. (map) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Kimmel and Glass (Grizz!, 2000) reunite for a rousing original tale of battle between canal pirates and a crew of mail carriers. Read full book review >
THE BOURBON STREET MUSICIANS by Kathy Price
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 22, 2002

"Illustrator Glass (Mountain Men, 2001, etc.) known for his books on the American frontier, crosses the river with his loose, colorful style to harmonize perfectly with this completely satisfying, must-have rendition of the age-old tale. (Picture book. 5+)"
Why has no one ever before set the Bremen Town Musicians down where they could really resonate—the American South? Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF STRAP BUCKNER by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"A robust and high-humored version of the Strap Buckner legend, full of the over-the-top yarning now associated with Texas. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Strap Buckner was one of the original Old Three Hundred to settle Texas with Stephen Austin, and legend rose around him to compete with his serious size. Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN MEN by Andrew  Glass
HISTORY
Released: June 12, 2001

Dedicated to Samuel Clemens, who "promised never to let dull facts get in the way of telling a true story," this rousing mix of fact and fancy fleshes out the lives and adventures of several half-legendary harbingers of the Westward Expansion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"An author's note includes extensive information on the sources and research for the story; a bibliography and map of key sites are also included. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Today's kids might not know the name of Daniel Boone (or what a coonskin cap is), but this original tall tale explains why Boone wore that distinctive hat as a boy, and why he stopped wearing it, too. Read full book review >
CRABBY CRATCHITT by Gregory Maguire
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

"Despite this flaw, young children will be satisfied with the story's resolution and the pictures will have them cackling, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Crabby Cratchitt's constantly clucking hen creates chaos in the barnyard. Read full book review >
BAD GUYS by Andrew  Glass
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The zesty telling makes the eight figures as fascinating as their mythology; the illustrations are as rough-hewn as the stories are polished, with characters and caricatures melding into portraits of the colorful folk who remain part of the cultural fabric. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
In a book subtitled "True Stories of Legendary Gunslingers, Sidewinders, Fourflushers, Drygulchers, Bushwhackers, Freebooters, and Downright Bad Guys and Gals of the Wild West," Glass (The Sweetwater Run, 1996, etc.) endeavors to set the record straight concerning the doings of Jesse James, Black Bart, and other desperados who had their sorry reputations burnished by an Eastern press anxious for bold stories from the Wild West. Read full book review >
THE SWEETWATER RUN by Andrew  Glass
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

In a work subtitled ``The Story of Buffalo Bill Cody and the Pony Express,'' Glass (Folks Call Me Appleseed John, 1995, etc.) presents a well-researched, colorfully written, and dynamically illustrated fictional (some characters are invented, and historians are unsure whether Cody actually carried mail for the Pony Express) account of how 14-year-old Will Cody became the youngest rider, carrying the news of President Lincoln's election westward on a portion of the route along the North Platte and Sweetwater rivers in Wyoming Territory. Read full book review >
FOLKS CALL ME APPLESEED JOHN by Andrew  Glass
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Charming book, charming hero. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
From Glass (Charles T. McBiddle, 1993, etc.), an amalgam of traditional stories about Johnny ``Appleseed'' Chapman, a charismatic figure with a real way with words. Read full book review >
THE BOOFORD SUMMER by Susan Mathias Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A write-by-numbers novel. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Booford is the dog who just moved into the house across the street from ten-year-old Hayley Larken. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"These tales are not so much scary as contrived and the b&w illustrations that accompany them are crude and ugly. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Hapless travelers are turned to wood, a doll house weeps in the middle of the night, a young woman is transformed into a puppy, and a little girl's life is saved by the spirit of her great-grandmother in this hateful collection of nine mystery/horror tales. Read full book review >
LAVENDER by Karen Hesse
by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Andrew Glass
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-9)"
Codie has a special relationship with her aunt Alix, who lives up the block; though Alix's first child is due in two weeks, she welcomes the little girl for her usual Saturday night sleepover and assures her that, despite the big belly where Codie can see the baby move, ``There will always be room'' for her. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Short stories. 7-11)"
Five fresh, witty tales, each firmly grounded in an ordinary, sharply drawn setting in the contemporary US, its fantasy developed with endearing logic exemplified by the title- -in the first story, Rachel is annoyed because Lauren, who ``painted stupid blood'' on her mummy outfit, won the costume contest. Read full book review >
SOAP! SOAP! DON'T FORGET THE SOAP! by Tom Birdseye
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1993

"A natural for reading aloud. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
Plug Honeycut has ``such a poor memory some say he'd forget his own name,'' so when Mama sends him to the store he chants her instructions, over and over, until a bullfrog distracts him. Read full book review >
CHARLES T. McBIDDLE by Andrew  Glass
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"In words and pictures, Glass effectively parlays an archetypal rite of passage into an even more universal message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A classic childhood monster comes out of the bedroom closet (where it frequently lurks in children's books) and climbs onto Charles Tarzan McBiddle's bike. Read full book review >