Books by Andrew Glass

FLYING CARS by Andrew  Glass
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Start your engines and get ready to take off for an amazing read. (author's note, glossary, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Cars that fly? Only in stories like Harry Potter or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or fantasy films, right? Nope, flying cars have been in existence since the beginning of the 1900s. Who knew?Read full book review >
MOBY DICK by Eric A. Kimmel
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
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

Cowboy Gus is sweet but naïve. He's often teased and tricked, which makes him sad. Doc Hickory sends him to the town of Fibrock, where he must find the biggest liar to tell him the tallest of tall tales, thereby teaching Gus how to distinguish flimflam from truth. The grand liar, Hokum Malarkey, is happy to spin stories on top of tales. He tells Gus of outlandish people like Cantankerous Clem, whose only friend is a parlor chair, and Backwards Hannah, who, as sheriff, rounds up criminals before they commit crimes. By story's end Gus, who thought he had it all figured out, discovers that there is a blurry line between truth and fiction. The rollicking text is stuffed with such snappy words as whim-wham, chuckleheads and taradiddle. With hues of brown, orange and blue, Glass's comical art is befittingly energetic and folksy. 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)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2006

Glass's scenes of disheveled-looking animals in rumpled clothing create an appropriately comic setting for this Aesopian sequel. As Hare is subject to continual dissing from Pete R. Rabbit, lucky Rabbit Foote, Rabbit E. Lee and others for losing a race to a tortoise, and retiring, peace-loving Tortoise is discovering that being voted "Most Admired Reptile" isn't all it's cracked up to be, the two agree to a rematch. Rightly suspecting that even the second time around, Hare won't be able to stay on task, Tortoise concocts a motorized bunny suit, which he dons as soon as he's passed his snoozing opponent and zooms across the finish line. Later, groggily accepting congratulations for a win that he doesn't quite remember, Hare declares himself a racing machine, coming closer to the truth than he supposes. 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)Read full book review >
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CAPTAIN ERICSSON! by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
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. An inventor, his best work, from a speedy steam engine and a screw propeller for ships to a super-powered pump for fire trucks, was rejected as too radical—until his ironclad Monitor fought the Merrimac to a draw in the Civil War and brought him well-deserved fame. Dwelling on his successes, barely alluding to his (many) failures, and closing with additional biographical detail, this portrait of an engineer with both a gift for seeing "out of the present and into the possible," and an unquenchable spirit, makes inspiring reading for budding innovators in the sciences or any other field. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)Read full book review >
SKETCHES FROM A SPY TREE by Tracy Vaughn Zimmer
Released: June 27, 2005

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. These are balanced by twists on being a twin, devotions to her much-loved mother, and descriptions of the everyday: laundry lines, quirky neighbors, a majestic maple tree. This is a scrapbook/sketchbook of the world according to Anne Marie, and of her struggle to make some sense of changes in her family and in herself, concluding with a hard-won acceptance of a new dad and a new baby sister. Glass's multimedia illustrations, which are executed in paint, photo- and cut-paper collage and pencil, are as varied as Anne Marie's subjects and her very natural emotions. Of special interest to readers who may themselves be facing a shift in family structure. (Poetry. 8-11)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

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. Told in Orville's voice as a boy, he relates the time when their father brought home a whirligig and the "Big Bat" propelled the brothers' interest into building their first flying machine. The telling and the art work go hand-in-hand, the narrative demonstrating both fondness and admiration for the two men and the sprightly pictures adding a humanizing touch. Glass makes a point to show the involvement of the whole family, especially Mrs. Wright and sister Kate. A one-page author's note provides historical context and cites the sources from which he built his account. 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)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

Kimmel and Glass (Grizz!, 2000) reunite for a rousing original tale of battle between canal pirates and a crew of mail carriers. Modeling his rhyme on the old ballad beginning, "We were 40 miles from Albany / Forget it I never shall . . . " Kimmel pits "Bill McGrew and his pirate crew / The Terror of Buffalo," against intrepid Captain Flynn, who carries the fight from Mohawk into Lake Ontario, to the whirlpool beneath Niagara Falls. While the pirates go down to become watery ghosts wandering the Tonawanda shore, Flynn, with the aid of his trusty mule Ole Frank, tales his flatboat up the Falls to safety. In an afterword, Kimmel explains the origin of his story—a visit to a class that had been studying the Erie Canal, where he began to make up the idea of pirates—and the geographical liberties he took. Glass adds to the fun with wet-brushed scenes of rumpled boats and equally rumpled river men, the latter sporting floppy hats and heavy facial hair. Children will want to book return trips after this anything-but-uneventful voyage. (map) (Picture book. 6-9)Read full book review >
Released: April 22, 2002

Why has no one ever before set the Bremen Town Musicians down where they could really resonate—the American South? Well, no matter, because first-time children's author Price has imaginatively and rhythmically done that in an auspicious debut. Price is a storyteller and early-music specialist who really bends a few notes in this well-loved story, weaving a fun-filled retelling that brays, howls, and crows to be read aloud. To recap: When mule is told by farmer his days are done, he runs off in the footsteps of his ma to "canter up Bourbon Street, under jazz evenings soft as yellow silk." That kind of siren song, to play trumpet like Louis Armstrong in New Orleans, carries him along to enlist hound, cock, and cat, all of whom are at the end of their luck, into a real, sho-nuff bebop and jazz a cappella band! Ultimately, the hungry quartet sing for their supper, unwittingly scaring off and clearing the house of some well-heeled jewel thieves. Being their own best admirers, they never do get to Bourbon Street, but spend their days at their well-provisioned crawfish shack, "howling down the moon to dance on a song and a dare." Though a few Southernisms in the story are inconsistent with Louisiana-isms, and a bayou is not a swamp, these are forgivable in the exuberant spirit of language play. 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+)Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF STRAP BUCKNER by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

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. He'd thump a welcoming hand on the back of a fella and send him sprawling. Here, Wooldridge (Wicked Jack, 1995, etc.) and Glass (Mountain Men, p. 659, etc.) concoct a truly larger-than-life character who wallops every man he meets, every time, always with "great grace," if tinged with a touch of bombast and bravado. Wooldridge has an excellent way with words: " ‘It is ever thus with a man of genius,' he lamented. ‘To be misunderstood, shunned, avoided by the common folk of the world!' " This after his townspeople start to fade into the shadows whenever he appears. Glass depicts Strap in oafish counterpoint to Wooldridge's windbaggery, with an unruly mop of red hair and a ponderous gut. Strap moves from town to town, ultimately to be circumvented every time, until his better side advises him to seek peace and forsake his genius to clobber. "But the devil never can let a man's good resolve go unchallenged." Soon Strap is hurling a dare to fight all comers—and readers are ready to see the boaster come down a peg or two. The Infernal Fiend takes up Strap's offer—"He saw pride in Strap's eyes and heard the echo of it in Strap's boast"—and succeeds in taking the tar out of Strap. 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)Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN MEN by Andrew  Glass
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. Glass (Bewildered for Three Days, 2000, etc.) pairs dappled scenes of buckskin-clad roughnecks battling bear, bad weather, and bands of eagle-feather-wearing Indians with narrative accounts of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the growth and decline of the fur trade, and selected individual exploits of the likes of John Colter, Jim Bridger, Mike Fink, and Jim Beckwourth. Admitting that he "adjusted a few particulars" in his retellings, the author downplays but doesn't ignore the, as he phrases it, "less than tender sensibilities" of these men toward animals, native peoples, and each other, giving young readers a rare chance to cross back and forth over the boundary between historical fact and—that other kind. (maps, bibliography, author's note) (Nonfiction/folklore. 8-10)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

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. Glass (The Sweetwater Run: The Story of Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express, 1996, etc.) has crafted another original tall tale in his series of self-illustrated picture books for older readers that each describe an exciting fictionalized event in the younger days of an American folk hero. In this well-written tale full of frontier-flavored expressions, young Daniel Boone is growing up as a Quaker boy in Pennsylvania with a Delaware Native American companion who helps Daniel become an accomplished woodsman at a young age. On one of Boone's solo rambles through the forest, he is surprised by an enormous "malodorous" bear who takes off with the coonskin cap (which was probably quite malodorous as well!). Daniel tracks the bear until he is chased by a group of Native Americans who shoot arrows at him and throw a tomahawk or two, terrifying the young Boone. Alert readers will notice that they are carrying Daniel's cap, trying to return it to him. In the best tall-tale tradition, Daniel leaps off a cliff, swims down a river, and hides in a log with a raccoon family (the reason for giving up the coonskin cap), before finding his way back home after being "bewildered for three days." Glass's glowing full-page and double-page illustrations in colored pencil and oil pastels capture Daniel's boisterous nature and action-packed adventures, but some will object to the rather stereotypical portrayal of the Native Americans in both art and text. 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)Read full book review >
CRABBY CRATCHITT by Gregory Maguire
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

Crabby Cratchitt's constantly clucking hen creates chaos in the barnyard. Fanciful illustrations in watercolor pencils and oil crayon clearly show Crabby's mounting frustration with a noisy hen whose cackling never ceases. "Here a cluck, there a cluck, sounded like a record stuck." As her temper frays, her plans for achieving peace and quiet become increasingly more complex always backfiring on Crabby and giving the chicken the freedom to torture her even further. But when a hungry fox threatens the noisy bird, Crabby comes to the rescue in a surprise ending that reveals her true nature. Awkward, rhyming text (continuing rhythm of Old MacDonald) mars an otherwise clever retelling of the traditional song. 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)Read full book review >
BAD GUYS by Andrew  Glass
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

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. He creates terrific biographical vignettes of eight bad-news characters: horse thieves Belle Starr and Billy the Kid; card-sharp, liquor-swilling, tall-talers Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane; legendary bandit Joaquin Murietta, and consumptive Doc Holliday ("deadly as a steely-eyed viper, dangerous as a wounded wolf, and by all accounts a pretty good dentist"). There is a good dose of history in these pages, lightly delivered, and in particular how these characters fit into the post—Civil War years (how, for example, Jesse James could be seen as a hero in the South). 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) Read full book review >
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. The tale, told in the colloquial first-person narration of an older man reminiscing about the greatest adventure of his life, concludes with brief mentions of Cody's later exploits as Union Army scout, buffalo hunter, and showman. Scratch-textured oil paintings, with Glass's trademark purple shadows, are full of drama, rich color, and motion. He provides extensive notes; maps of the Pony Express route appear on the endpapers. This is a wonderful jumping-off point for further investigation of Cody's life and legend, the history of the Pony Express, westward expansion, Native American conflicts, decimation of the buffalo, or even California's teetering between the Union and the Confederacy before the Civil War. (Picture book. 7-11) Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

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. In a first-person narration, Johnny relates howupon the occasion of his half-brother Nathaniel's visithe had to canoe to Fort Pitt for provisions, but accidently floated past his destination and had to make his way back through snowy woods. His adventures with animals and Native Americans are fun enough, but even more entertaining is the way they're told, with a real old-time, storytelling flair, full of ten-dollar words, fancy figures of speech, and philosophical asides, all comically cobbled together. The same style is beautifully carried over into the rough but sturdy oil illustrationsGlass's most mature work yetin which messy marks and sloppy patches of color become well-defined figures by means of rigid outlines. The pictures depict large, sympathetic characters who cotton to clumsy postures; Johnny looks like an overgrown adolescent with bit feet, long fingers, and a face that expresses sheer good will. A detailed biography follows the story. Charming book, charming hero. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10) Read full book review >
THE BOOFORD SUMMER by Susan Mathias Smith
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

Booford is the dog who just moved into the house across the street from ten-year-old Hayley Larken. Gregarious, animal-loving Hayley is outraged because Booford's owner, mean Mr. Wood, yells at the dog and never takes him for walks. She concocts schemes to get Mr. Wood to walk Booford, but finally follows her father's advice and just asks Mr. Wood if she can walk his dog. To Hayley's surprise, he agrees. Hayley begins walking Booford and making friends with Mr. Wood, who is not really mean at all, merely lonely. She discovers that Mr. Wood's wife has left him ``to find herself'' and that Booford was her dog. No wonder Mr. Wood looks so sad! Hayley then decides to help Mr. Wood just as she had helped the now happy Booford. But calling Mr. Wood's wife in Richmond is going too far. After a small blowup and a little drama, Hayley realizes that butting in to Mr. Wood's life is not the answer. The best thing she can do for him is just to be his friend. Smith pulls out all the standard children's-book tricks here: the not-really-mean next-door neighbor; the kindly, all-knowing dad; the spunky, busy-body heroine and her Trekkie best friend. The lack of a reunion between Mr. Wood and his wife is the only somewhat surprising element, but Smith makes even that seem conventional. A write-by-numbers novel. (Fiction. 8-11) Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

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. The tone, small-minded and mean-spirited, is off-putting, and the stories are curiously lacking in a sense of context, character, or place. For instance, in the title story, ``Don't Open the Door After the Sun Goes Down,'' two wicked brothers and their innocent little brother are lost in the woods, but we never know whether we are in this century or a prior one. These tales are not so much scary as contrived and the b&w illustrations that accompany them are crude and ugly. (Fiction. 8-12) Read full book review >
LAVENDER by Karen Hesse
by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Andrew Glass
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

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. Secretly, Codie is making the baby a patchwork quilt—a perfect gift for a seamstress like her aunt. When Alix is rushed to the hospital the night of the sleepover, she's concerned: she knows that ``Aunt Alix has tried having a baby lots of times. This is the closest she's come to a baby fully done.'' The quilt is two weeks short of completion, and so, perhaps, is the baby. Working through the night, Codie finishes her gift with a border of lavender, Aunt Alix's favorite color; morning brings news that the baby's fine, and that ``Lavender'' is her name. This simple, easily read little story is a gem. Each telling detail—Alix's dogs comfortably settled on a lumpy sofa, licking cookie crumbs from each other's whiskers; Codie's joyous powdered sugar fight with her aunt and uncle the night before the baby is born, echoed in Alix's tone (``sweet and light, like powdered sugar'') when she finds the patchwork neatly tucked among the baby's clothes— is a gentle brush-stroke in this tender, but never sentimental, portrait of a particularly nice family welcoming its newest member. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-9) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

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. Rachel's sarcophagus costume is far cleverer; moreover, it transports her (and her friend) to Egypt for a chilling adventure that leads to the girls' reconciliation. In ``The Paper Bag Genie,'' another trick-or-treater rescues a genie who's been trapped by an unimaginative restauranteur who's only using him to do dishes. ``Annie's Pet Witch'' has a gangster's vocabulary and a comical diet of Brillo pads, a jack-o'-lantern (with candle), eye shadow, etc.; and Kevin, in ``The Mystery of the One-Eyed Dog,'' works out the connection between Miss Dulcie's prized coconut cake and the disappearance of a series of old gentlemen. With a mellower flavor than Judith Gorog's tales and an equally original sense of the bizarre, Whitcher's new voice—precisely tuned to the idiosyncracies of her entertaining stories—is welcome indeed. Illustrations not seen. (Short stories. 7-11) Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 1993

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. An encounter with an old lady who's just slipped on a stone ``as slick as soap'' recalls the words; unfortunately, she takes exception to his happy recovery and dunks him, hollering, ``What a mess I've become, but now you're one, too!'' So it goes: Plug picks up the new line, which proves peculiarly insulting to the next person he meets, who inadvertently provides him with another, and so on until a lady shrieks, ``I ought to wash your mouth out with soap!'' just as he nears the store. Birdseye's brisk down-home retelling is colorful and comical; Glass's affectionately caricatured mountain folk cavort in sunny colored pencils and watercolor. A natural for reading aloud. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10) Read full book review >
CHARLES T. McBIDDLE by Andrew  Glass
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

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. Charles has just removed his training wheels; all his anxieties (``Maybe you're still too little...Your mother thinks so,'' etc.) materialize as a toothy, snouted dragon of a monster that heckles Charles with his own doubts until he gets a grip on his emotional and literal balance and retorts, ``You're a liar,'' then speeds away. The dynamic angularity of Glass's figures perfectly expresses the progress of Charles's state of mind as the monster first balloons in size, toppling him from the little bike, and then dwindles away as Charles's confidence returns and triumphs. In words and pictures, Glass effectively parlays an archetypal rite of passage into an even more universal message. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >