Books by Ann Ingalls

ROAD TRIP  by Ann Ingalls
Released: March 15, 2019

"Tip and Tucker are not Elephant and Piggie, but they're cute and provide good practice for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
This beginning reader introduces children to two hamsters with quite different personalities. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2019

"Flying with this bird should leave young human chicks feeling encouraged to spread their own wings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fledgling makes its first foray into the sky. Read full book review >
PENCIL by Ann Ingalls
Released: Feb. 15, 2019

"An overload of fun puns will have many readers giggling through to the openly sweet moral at the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Move over, Pencil; Tablet's in town…but what happens when Tablet breaks? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

Macdonald teams with her sister for this celebration of Williams's talent as a jazz pianist. It manifested early: At three, Mary played back a tune she'd heard her mother play on the family organ. After moving from Atlanta to Pittsburgh (with Mama's heavy organ sold behind them), young Mary struggles for acceptance and is ridiculed for her too-small shoes. This is more story than biography. Avowing that "[n]o one remembers exactly how it all started, how Mary began playing piano again"—the authors embroider upon one anecdote (involving a kind neighbor who invites Mary into her home to practice), inventing dialogue and imagining details about her state of mind. Potter's gouache illustrations adopt a faux-naïf, folkloric style that's simple and idealized. Even when the text observes of Pittsburgh, "…smokestacks poured fumes into the sky," readers see dainty gray plumes against green hills dotted with white houses. Acknowledging Mary's long, worldwide career as an elegant, accomplished performer "in beautiful shoes," this sweet tribute neatly fills a niche in the panoply of titles about jazz greats. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >