Books by Andy Rash

THE HAPPY BOOK by Andy Rash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2019

"Perceptively encourages readers to express emotions honestly to themselves and others. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Best friends Camper (as in "happy Camper") and Clam (as in "happy as a") explore a wide range of feelings in a colorfully metafictive outing. Read full book review >
UNSTINKY by Andy Rash
by Andy Rash, illustrated by Andy Rash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Get a good whiff of this olfactorily original celebration of individuality. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What's a stinkbug to do if it can't make a stink? Read full book review >
MAY I HAVE A WORD? by Caron Levis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Keen and clever with a knack for clear instruction. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Alphabet-letter magnets come to life to explore how the letters C and K share the same sound. Read full book review >
ARCHIE THE DAREDEVIL PENGUIN by Andy Rash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Silly and charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Archie's fearless and daring adventures have earned him the congratulations and admiration of the other penguins. Read full book review >
GAME OVER, PETE WATSON by Joe Schreiber
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"A progressively silly, retro-geeky action story for the YOLO generation. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
An adventure of video games and spies. Read full book review >
SEA MONSTER AND THE BOSSY FISH by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Sea Monster keeps delivering important messages in fun ways. What issue will he tackle next? (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sea Monster's second outing finds him with his first-day resourcefulness intact (Sea Monster's First Day, 2011). Read full book review >
BOY OR BEAST by Bob Balaban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"A wacky story of loyalty and self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Charles is 12, unpopular, bullied, small and geeky—and to make matters worse, he's turning into a giant reptile. Read full book review >
SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY by Kate Messner
ANIMALS
Released: July 6, 2011

"Presents kids with some great advice and solid solutions to the most common first-day what-ifs. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ernest discovers that making friends is sometimes the hardest part of starting school, but that with a little perseverance and imagination, things can turn around. Read full book review >
SUPERHERO SCHOOL by Aaron Reynolds
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2009

Leonard is underwhelmed by Superhero School, where, instead of teaching them to leap tall buildings, his teacher, The Blue Tornado, has the students tackling fractions and division. But on Friday, ice zombies kidnap the entire faculty! The kids spring into action, Leonard and the other flying student each taking half the class to the Arctic Circle, where, without really noticing, they apply their math skills and a bit of teamwork to the task. Reynolds's text has just the right touch of schoolboy ennui mixed with gee-whiz enthusiasm, and folds the lessons in painlessly for readers, if not for Leonard. Rash's bold cartoons ably support the goofiness, depicting a multicultural, multi-powered classroom, with the stalwart Mr. Tornado at the helm. (Picture book. 4-9)Read full book review >
ARE YOU A HORSE? by Andy Rash
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

Cowboy Roy gets a saddle for his birthday, complete with instructions: Find a horse and go for a ride. Trouble is, despite Roy's hat, boots and bandanna, he doesn't know what a horse is—so he goes to find one, encountering first a wagon, then a cactus, then a snake and so on as he narrows down what characteristics describe a horse. Rash's gouache illustrations fill each spread with bold color and movement, and his animals are lively, but his vacuous, blank-eyed people don't appeal. The Wild West theme of the beginning falters when Roy encounters a crab—which looks distinctly peculiar against a saguaro-decorated background—chameleon, sloth—which provides a decent sight gag as its reply to Roy spreads itself out over several panels and, evidently, hours—and lion. Roy's plight lacks either the sweet naïveté of Are You My Mother? or the zaniness of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. It's silliness without sweetness or charm, and the surprise ending falls flat. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
AGENT A TO AGENT Z by Andy Rash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

Pairing a rhymed text to digitally colored "Spy-vs.-Spy" style cartoons, Rash sends a secret agent out on a quest to find the ringer among his 25 associates. Agents on the up and up are linked to a same-letter device or action: "Agent M has got a solar / Microphone inside his molar"; "Agent W attacks / a spy she didn't know was Wax." Eventually, Agent A concludes that he must be the culprit, but he's quickly exonerated for having found the Answer, and joins all the other men (and women) in black for a group boogie. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom this isn't, but some of the rhymes are clever, and there's a movie in miniature, or at least a familiar scenario, on nearly every page. (Picture book. 7-8)Read full book review >