Books by Barney Saltzberg

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"This sweet story will help young readers recognize their own needs—for space, time, and a good book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Will, a sheep, pushes his presumably older sibling, Olive, out of her chair more times than she can count, Olive decides that "Enough is enough!" and tells Will that she wants to be alone for a while. Read full book review >
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, ABC by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Sing this untraditional alphabet song out loud to older preschoolers who are confident in their knowledge of the alphabet and will appreciate this creative and quirky 'mixed-up, mashed-up jamboree!' (Board book. 4-6)"
"Twinkle, twinkle, ABC, / A mixed-up, mashed-up melody. / A twinkly star, an alphabet, / Just how silly can we get?" Read full book review >
CHENGDU CAN DO by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A cozy declaration of independence—with a caveat that's not just for toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The roly-poly panda of Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep (2014) wakes up hungry. Read full book review >
WOULD YOU RATHER BE A PRINCESS OR A DRAGON? by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fun to read and visually appealing but unlikely to be a perennial favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Humorous rhymes and comical pictures compare stereotypical expectations of princesses and dragons, ending with a sly observation. Read full book review >
INSIDE THIS BOOK by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"An absolutely nifty invitation to children to create and share their own wee books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every child has a story inside...or two or three or more. Read full book review >
CHENGDU COULD NOT, WOULD NOT, FALL ASLEEP by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Little sleepyheads will love chanting along with the words, and no one can deny the appeal of the art. A bedtime winner. (Picture book. 1-5)"
In a twist on numerous picture books about little animals who are determined to stay awake, Chengdu the panda is trying his hardest to get to sleep. Read full book review >
TEA WITH GRANDPA by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg's intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today's far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together. Read full book review >
A LITTLE BIT OF OOMPH! by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A heaping helping of abstract uplift. (Pop-up/picture book. 5-15)"
Emphatic colors and overall tone, plus transformations worked in part by inventive paper engineering, punch up a series of inspirational slogans in this follow-up to Beautiful Oops! (2010). Read full book review >
ANDREW DREW AND DREW by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Joyful imagination, plain and simple. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An unassuming boy, a single lead pencil and plenty of fresh white space make for a true descendent of Harold and the Purple Crayon, with its own flavor. Read full book review >
WHERE IS YOUR NOSE, NIBBLY? by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2011

"Navigation issue aside, Nibbly is a cute and well-designed app that the littlest iPad users will likely enjoy. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
Charming mice ask Nibbly the bunny to point out his various body parts. Read full book review >
ALL AROUND THE SEASONS by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Lacking the flare and humor of the stories featuring Saltzberg's usual characters (hamster Stanley and piglet Cornelius P. Mud), this rhyming look at the seasons falls a little flat. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rhyming salute to the four seasons. Read full book review >
STANLEY AND THE CLASS PET by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"An excellent choice for discussions about both peer pressure and friendship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his third outing, Stanley the hamster learns firsthand what happens when you give in to peer pressure. Read full book review >
CORNELIUS P. MUD, ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL? by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp2005 and perfectly captures the effervescence of childhood imagination. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cornelius, the irrepressible pig, is often upside down. Read full book review >
STAR OF THE WEEK by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Stanley is truly the champion of the underdog—or hamster, as the case may be. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stanley, Saltzberg's plucky hamster from Crazy Hair Day (2003) fame, returns to cope with the perils of performance anxiety and other grade-school angst in this wryly comical tale. Read full book review >
CORNELIUS P. MUD, ARE YOU READY FOR BED? by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"With only a few very large words per page for text, and figures placed against featureless, unevenly brushed backgrounds in the art, this helter-skelter bedtime ritual even has a David-ish look—but its unique tack makes it more that just borrowed goods. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In an amusing counterpart to David Shannon's instant classic No, David! (1998), a cheery piglet calls out affirmatives to a series of bedtime queries from an oblivious parent: "Have you put your toys away?" Read full book review >
CRAZY HAIR DAY by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Right you are, Stanley. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Saltzberg conveys the pleasing goofiness of special days at school when students can let their hair down—Pajama Day, Sixties Day, or best of all: Crazy Hair Day. Read full book review >
SLUGGERS’ CAR WASH by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

One of life's little skills—making change—gets an airing in yet another elementary math story from the indefatigable Murphy (see above, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PROBLEM WITH PUMPKINS by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Cartoony watercolors lend a smart animation to this tale of chums finding common ground. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A delightfully dry humor courses through this three-part Halloween treat. Read full book review >
HIP, HIP, HOORAY DAY! by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The second in an ongoing series, Saltzberg's lighthearted portrayal of the complexities of friendship will strike a familiar chord with readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Saltzberg follows up the success of The Problem with Pumpkins (2001) with this endearing tale of best friends and a birthday. Read full book review >
THERE’S A ZOO IN ROOM 22 by Judy Sierra
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"There is much to like about this book, some very funny concepts, in fact, but there are other collections of animal poetry that are ultimately more satisfying. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Meet an alphabet of classroom pets in Sierra's (The Dancing Pig, 1999, etc.) collection of quirky, entertaining verses. Read full book review >
THE SOCCER MOM FROM OUTER SPACE by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Parents and children both will benefit from this ribtickler. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Saltzberg (The Flying Garbanzos, not reviewed, etc.) gives parent cheerleaders a boost with this droll tale of a young soccer player and his excitable mom. Read full book review >
TWO FOR STEW by Laura Numeroff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's satisfying fare, all except for the microwave ending: Those ravenous would-be diners ignore their hunger pangs to go bowling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Numeroff (Chimps Don't Wear Glasses, 1995, etc.) and Saltzberg (This is a Great Place for a Hot Dog Stand, 1995, etc.) have concocted a rhyming quest for stew that will elicit giggles and stimulate salivary glands. Read full book review >
THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR A HOT DOG STAND by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 1995

"With multicolored, oddly shaped buildings and funny-looking cartoon creatures with pointy ears or pointy noses and beady eyes, the residents and residences are a unique lot, but their concerns are part of every neighborhood. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Izzy, sick of working in a toy factory, decides to open a hot dog stand. Read full book review >