Books by Anne Miranda

MONSTER MATH by Anne Miranda
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"The story has glints of humor, and in combination with the illustrations is a grand addition to the counting shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Miranda's book counts the monsters gathering at a birthday party, while a simple rhyming text keeps the tally and surveys the action: "Seven starved monsters are licking the dishes./Eight blow out candles and make birthday wishes." Read full book review >
VROOM, CHUGGA, VROOM-VROOM by Anne Miranda
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"While the book has some value for preschoolers as practice in number recognition, the static illustrations put it outside a winner's circle that would include Thacher Hurd's Zoom City (p. 197), Tres Seymour's Smash-Up Crash-Up Derby (1995), or Donald Crews's Bicycle Race (1985). (Picture book. 4-5)"
Wide-eyed and grinning, 20 cars line up for a race—-and they're off, burning rubber, swerving into walls and each other, shedding parts, crawling off the track with tongues hanging out. Read full book review >
TO MARKET, TO MARKET by Anne Miranda
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"True, her kitchen's trashed and she probably won't find a welcome mat at her supermarket hereafter, but all's well that ends well—at least while the soup's on. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A marketing trip from Miranda (Glad Monster, Sad Monster, p. 1309) that jiggity jigs off in time-honored nursery-rhyme fashion, but almost immediately derails into well-charted chaos. Read full book review >
GLAD MONSTER, SAD MONSTER by Anne Miranda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The book has a use, whether teaching the names of emotions, or helping children express them. (Picture book. 3- 8)"
Children who lack the vocabulary to distinguish the emotions they're feeling may find some comfort in this book, which makes use of masks to unmask feelings. Read full book review >
PIGNIC by Anne Miranda
ABC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

The pig family is gathering for its annual picnic, to which each member brings a different food: ``Auntie Anne made apple pie./Ben brought beans from Boston./Cousin Cabe baked carrot cake./Some dates arrived with Dustin.'' The uppercase and lowercase forms of each letter appear in the top outer corner of its page; the challenge is to find all the letter's uses in the alliterative text. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANT AT THE WALDORF by Anne Miranda
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"If illustrations can appear hyperactive, these do, complementing this strange urban tale, to be mostly read for laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a light, goofy tale, a circus caravan rolls up to the Waldorf Astoria one summer night. Read full book review >
DOES A MOUSE HAVE A HOUSE? by Anne Miranda
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A beautiful book, both to look at and to read aloud. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Yes, a mouse does have a house—and so do penguins and pandas and a host of other animals described by Miranda in this imaginative take on the habitat theme. Read full book review >