Books by Audrey Vernick

THE FUNNIEST MAN IN BASEBALL by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"A loving homage to the last baseball clown. (author's note, sources) (Picture book/ biography. 8-10)"
Max Patkin had a very long and rewarding career in baseball, but it wasn't in the way he originally planned. Read full book review >
SECOND GRADE HOLDOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A new look at an age-old fact: change is hard but maybe not as hard as what one might imagine. (Picture book. 5-9)"
After a rocky period in first grade (First Grade Dropout, 2015), the same anxious blond, white boy decides not to advance to second grade. Read full book review >
BOB, NOT BOB! by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"For a book that really comes down to a sick kid yelping for his mother, his nose so clogged it needs dynamite to clear, the story has a lot of adorable acreage. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When you're sick and stuffy, some letters—like T's and L's and M's—disappear. Read full book review >
TWO NAOMIS by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A smart, endearing story about two girls who are blending families, growing up, and building a friendship. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Two girls named Naomi build an unlikely friendship after their parents begin dating each other. Read full book review >
UNLIKE OTHER MONSTERS by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"A quirky friendship story with lots of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young monster breaks a taboo against friendship—kind of. Read full book review >
I WON A WHAT? by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A whale of a tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Move over Clifford the Big Red Dog—here's a new take on the big-pet story. Read full book review >
THE KID FROM DIAMOND STREET by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"A forgotten star shines anew. (author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A remarkable young woman plays baseball with tremendous skill in the early days of the 20th century. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADE DROPOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"A sure conversation-starter about empathy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In typical child fashion, an embarrassing slip of the tongue leads one young blond boy to want to drop out of school altogether. Read full book review >
EDGAR'S SECOND WORD by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2014

"Playful narration and amusing artwork will prompt readers to say, just like Edgar, 'Again.' (Picture book. 2-6)"
Baby Edgar's first word ("NO!") drives his sister crazy, especially since she waited so long to hear it. Read full book review >
SCREAMING AT THE UMP by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Not a heavy hitter but worthy of a spot in the starting lineup. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a decided departure for baseball-themed novels, a middle schooler figures out that the game's values are not always reliable guidelines for real life. Read full book review >
BOGART AND VINNIE by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Diverting and comical. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This story of an unlikely animal friendship is an unnecessary send-up of the plethora of videotaped accounts of interspecies pals but still has its charms. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"A family's love and devotion to each other and to the game of baseball, depicted lovingly. (author's note; artist's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
At a time when local baseball was part of the American landscape, one family fielded its own team. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Great for a rocking storytime and budding performers of all kinds, while quieter audience members can sit back and enjoy the show or get lost in the many colorfully designed guitar picks on the endpapers. Encore! (Picture book. 4-7)"
The title strikes the right note, landing somewhere between a taunt and an invitation. Those intrigued will be rewarded by a wicked good time created by new picture-book partners Vernick and Edmunds. Read full book review >
WATER BALLOON by Audrey Vernick
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"A nicely reassuring read with a satisfying ending; a harbinger of more good novels to come from this author. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sometimes life can just wallop you in the head like the missile of the title. Read full book review >
TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS by Audrey Vernick
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Buffaloes may be funny, but they are not, it turns out, the most inspiring educators, and readers may long for a few more SCASHes and TATTA TAT TATs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Buffaloes are always funny, which makes them unlikely subjects for a self-help book. Read full book review >
IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN? by Audrey Vernick
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2010

"As an embodiment of school anxiety, this buffalo leads the herd—plus, he's got a hump. (Picture book. 4-8)"
He is if he's got a backpack, of course. Read full book review >