Books by Ayun Halliday

PEANUT by Ayun Halliday
by Ayun Halliday, illustrated by Paul Hoppe
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"If readers can suspend some disbelief and simply roll with what's offered, perhaps this will work for them. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)"
A faked allergy spins wildly out of control in this prosaic graphic novel. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2009

Rhyming text elaborates on the bottoms of various animals as readers follow a family's trip to the zoo. The snake has a shiny heinie and the cockatoo's is feathered. Some are bright pink or cobalt blue (though it looks like a pale lilac in the illustration) and others jet-black. The jaunty tale reminds readers that although an animal's behind does not have to be hidden at the zoo, humans must keep theirs covered. This isn't always easy for children, however, especially when one wants to put on his newly acquired parrot costume immediately. Santat's detailed, full-page illustrations carry the story along, injecting subtle humor into the scenes, such as one where the lions are penned just across the way from their natural prey. The colors are neutral safari tones except when, as in nature, bursts of color shine through. Use of scale and perspective bring the reader right into the zoo, most notably at the penguin and jellyfish exhibits. Still, despite this cleverness, an additional butt-book purchase. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
THE BIG RUMPUS by Ayun Halliday
Released: May 1, 2001

"Motherhood recalled with engaging brio and considerable wisdom."
From the exuberant publisher, writer, and creator of the quarterly 'zine The East Village Inky, a breezy memoir of motherhood that for all its hip attitude also affectingly recalls traditional fears, joys, and a sense of the miraculous. Read full book review >