Books by Ard Hoyt

ONE-DOG SLEIGH by Mary Casanova
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Here's hoping for more transportation-themed adventures from this daring (and endearing) duo. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Children intrigued by the idea of a ride in a "one-horse open sleigh" will enjoy this humorous story of a girl and her dog experiencing an old-fashioned mode of winter transportation. Read full book review >
PIGGIES IN PAJAMAS by Michelle Meadows
Released: March 5, 2013

"Piggies in pajamas: pure porky pleasure! (Picture book. 2-7)"
The piggies may be in their pajamas, but they have little interest in snoozing. Read full book review >
SOME CAT! by Mary Casanova
Released: June 5, 2012

"Just as prickly as its heroine, this book requires an audience ready for its sobering back story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Violet the cat finds it hard to make friends with her new owners' two dogs until they show their loyalty despite her unfriendliness. Read full book review >
UTTERLY OTTERLY NIGHT by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A note for parents: Duct tape works well to repair holes torn in snow pants by otter sliding; after reading this book you may need a couple rolls. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Proving to both his family and himself that he is finally big enough, Little Otter faces down danger and saves his family in this satisfying follow-up to Casanova's Utterly Otterly Day (2008). Read full book review >
TILLY THE TRICKSTER by Molly Shannon
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Not many deep lessons here—just good mean fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Tilly is not just a trickster; she is a wayward imp of the just-this-side-of-mean school of mischief making. Read full book review >
THE DAY DIRK YELLER CAME TO TOWN by Mary Casanova
FICTION
Released: May 24, 2011

"Hoyt's marvelous caricatures are worth thousands of words, making this hilarious tall tale not only a plug for books and reading but an outsized winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It takes one ingenious little boy to defuse a threat that has a whole town quaking in its boots. Read full book review >
PIGGIES IN THE KITCHEN by Michelle Meadows
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Likely to inspire copy-pig messes in a kitchen near you. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mama pig heads out shopping. Read full book review >
SHARE WITH BROTHER by Steven L. Layne
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"In a meant-to-be-humorous twist, littler bunny freely shares his measles, but since readers have nothing genuine invested in either bunny—one grumpy, one spoiled—the humor disappears like smoke. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Sharing is not necessarily natural or easy for young ones, and Layne's book only makes the act less so. Read full book review >
WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER by Carol Brendler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 7, 2009

"An author's note includes directions for creating a worm farm and sources. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Winnie Finn, worm farmer extraordinaire, would love to win a prize at the annual county fair, so she can buy herself a new wagon. Read full book review >
THE HAIR OF ZOE FLEEFENBACHER GOES TO SCHOOL by Laurie Halse Anderson
FICTION
Released: June 23, 2009

"The just-deadpan-enough text carries the visuals with ease—a well-coiffed winner. (Picture book. 5-8)"
To say that Zoe's hair is unruly wildly understates the case. Read full book review >
DANIEL BOONE’S GREAT ESCAPE by Michael P. Spradlin
ADVENTURE
Released: July 22, 2008

"Ample evidence of why Boone remains the stuff of legends. (epilogue) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Spradlin turns from Texas Rangers (2008) to another frontiersman, Daniel Boone, in this little-known adventure based on a brief statement in his autobiography. Read full book review >
UTTERLY OTTERLY DAY by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: June 17, 2008

"Casanova's onomatopoeic rhymes may take some practice before they fall trippingly from the tongue, but once mastered they complement the art to a tee. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otter play gets its visual due in this adorable tale of one little otter's determination to prove "he's a big otter now." Read full book review >
THE IMPOSSIBLE PATRIOTISM PROJECT by Linda Skeers
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"Not a must-have, but a conversation-starter—of particular interest to service families and their communities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Caleb wishes his dad were home to help with his Parents' Night/President's Day patriotism project, but right now dad is far away—in military service. Read full book review >
SOME DOG! by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"His polished illustrations create distinct personalities for the two dogs, with big, laid-back George contrasting nicely with tiny, wiry Zippity. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this well-written story, George is an older Bassett Hound who enjoys a sedate life: resting on the couch, napping in the hammock and quietly riding on the center seat of his owners' fishing boat. Read full book review >
WHEN THE COWS GOT LOOSE by Carol Weis
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Further proof that cows are funny; young audiences will line up for return admission to this show. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Similar in premise to Tres Seymour's Hunting the White Cow (1993), but far from that tale's delicate serenity, this wild romp pits young Ida Mae against no fewer than 26 strayed cattle—each portrayed as a different breed in Hoyt's broadly comic scenes. Read full book review >
BOBBY THE BOLD by Donna Jo Napoli
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Readers will have to comb library shelves to find a spirit as bold and irrepressible as this bonobo's—and the bow he takes on the back cover is well-deserved. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An ostracized ape earns acceptance by becoming—what else?—a hairdresser in this cheery mother-daughter collaboration. Read full book review >
SAYING GOODBYE TO LULU by Corinne Demas
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Hoyt's perceptive illustrations in watercolor with colored pencil and ink help create convincing personalities for both Lulu and the little girl and add a timeless, cozy quality that contributes to the story's reassuring tone. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lulu is a black-and-white, elderly dog who is adored by the unnamed narrator of this gracefully told story of love and loss. Read full book review >
I’M A MANATEE by John Lithgow
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Pure fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy dreams he's a manatee in Lithgow's buoyant offering. Read full book review >
ONE-DOG CANOE by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: March 6, 2003

"Hoyt's closing vignette depicts the girl and her dog, alone at last, heading off for an evening excursion, a satisfying dénouement to a very hectic day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A girl sets out on a canoe ride and is joined by her dog, then a variety of animal passengers in Casanova's (When Eagles Fall, p. 877, etc.) buoyant outing. Read full book review >