Books by Betsy Lewin

CLICK, CLACK, MOO I LOVE YOU! by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A lesson in diversity and making people welcome that starts kids off on the right foot in these rough, divided times. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little diversity goes a long way toward getting the party started in this latest farm tale from Cronin and Lewis. Read full book review >
CLICK, CLACK, BOO! by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Sweet and silly—good enough for Halloween. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The barnyard animals love Halloween. Farmer Brown does not. Sounds like the perfect time for tricks and treats! Read full book review >
THUMPY FEET by Betsy  Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Chock-full of personality and charm, Thumpy Feet will be warmly welcomed by readers everywhere. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Anyone who has ever known and loved a cat will be instantly captivated by Lewin's fun-loving feline creation. Read full book review >
YOU CAN DO IT! by Betsy  Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A winner of an early reader. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Channeling the can-do attitude of a certain little engine, Lewin's alligator comes out on top with some help from his friend and despite the bullying of another gator. Read full book review >
PUFFLING PATROL by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Bird and animal lovers will enjoy this journey to a remote but welcoming locale. (additional information, resources, glossary and pronunciation guide) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The intrepid husband-and-wife team's latest travels take them to Iceland to report on the plight of puffins. Read full book review >
BALARAMA by Ted Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

On a tour of southern India, the authors are so entranced by Drona, the lead Royal Elephant of the maharaja of Mysore, and the stories his mahout (trainer) tells that the celebrated children's-book duo decides to return to southern India for the Dasara festival in order to see Drona lead an annual ceremonial procession. Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Just right for the new reader who loves horses. (Early reader. 5-8)"
It was only a matter of time before Cocoa would get bored with barn life. Read full book review >
HORSE SONG by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Closing with pages of additional facts and observations, this sojourn will not only take armchair travelers to the other side of the planet, it'll make them feel comfortable and welcome when they arrive. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Visiting another exotic corner of the world, the well-traveled Lewins report on a stay in a camp of nomadic horse trainers, climaxed by a gloriously chaotic 14-mile children's horse race during the Naadam—a summer athletic festival that, after the Olympics, is the oldest in the world. Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Yee-haw for Kate and Cocoa—and for all the readers who will learn to read right along with them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cowgirl Kate and her sensitive and lovable horse, Cocoa, are back in this third installment of the popular series for young readers. Read full book review >
HEAT WAVE by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"As lovely an evocation of one community as one could hope to see. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"Sun sizzled. Hair frizzled." Read full book review >
DOOBY DOOBY MOO by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Great fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Those self-actualized animals down at Farmer Brown's return for a welcome new caper. Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Both girls and boys will enjoy this fresh new series, another winner in the publisher's stable of excellent books for emergent readers. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
After garnering a well-deserved Geisel Honor medal for their first adventure, Kate and her wiseacre talking horse Cocoa kick up their heels and hooves in another satisfying romp. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A must-have sequel to all of Duck's adventures. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Farmer Brown once again bears the brunt of Duck's antics. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lewin's brush and watercolor illustrations are as loose and lively as ever, barely restrained by the A-to-Z format that juxtaposes a big lowercase letter with each visual vignette. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Preschoolers familiar with the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type will recognize that cacophonous crew of barnyard animals in this spin-off "alphabetical adventure." Read full book review >
SO, WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE A CAT? by Karla Kuskin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"As it is, the result is a superficially pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying mismatch of word and image. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A boy interviews his cat in an exchange that illustrates Kuskin's perfect apprehension of the feline psyche. Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The humorous text, warm friendship between horse and owner and captivating illustrations add up to a cowgirl and 'cowhorse' with enough star power to ride the range together in subsequent sequels. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Kate is a confident and resourceful little girl with her own talking horse in this easy reader written at the fluency level for children who are reading on their own but not quite ready for longer fiction. Read full book review >
TOP TO BOTTOM DOWN UNDER by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Australia's flora and fauna are always worth a gander, but next to the Lewins' Gorilla Walk (1999) and Elephant Quest (2000), this outing has a touristy superficiality. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
The Lewins' latest travelogue offers typically vivid glimpses of distinctive wildlife, but is marred by anachronistic references to the indigenous human population, plus repeated reference to the persistent but wrong idea that draining water turns in different directions on different sides of the equator. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SNACKERS by Betsy  Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Further 'Animal Facts' appended. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
In this thoroughly revised version of her 1980 collection, Lewin not only adds two poems, drops one, and revisits several, she replaces the original's bread-dough art with fresh, less-formal, loosely brushed watercolors that capture the verses' humor even better. Read full book review >
DUCK FOR PRESIDENT by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2004

"All things considered, he has plenty to write about. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Just in time for an election year, the feathered troublemaker of Click, Clack, Moo (2000) and Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2002) enters the political arena, with sidesplitting results. Read full book review >
TWO EGGS, PLEASE. by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"It's a difficult, abstract concept that has engaged every philosopher since Plato's day; children may be able to get a handle on it here, but they'll need both a large fund of patience, and an adult to fill in the gaps. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A clever, minimally verbal introduction to "same, but different" that takes too long to make its point. Read full book review >
CAT COUNT by Betsy  Lewin
by Betsy Lewin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The bouncy rhyme makes a fine and funny read-aloud, and both cat-lovers and compulsive young counters will linger happily over the ever-more-populous pictures. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Reissue of a 1981 title (originally published by Dodd, Mead), given a larger trim size and illustrations that are redrawn, colored versions of the originals. Read full book review >
GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"The many fans of Click, Clack, Moo (both adults and children) will want to read about the cows and their duck friend to see what happens next, but like most sequels, the second story stands not on top, but in the shadow of the innovative original. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Cronin and Lewin team up again for a sequel about the clever crew from the Caldecott Honor-winning, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000). Read full book review >
AUNT MINNIE AND THE TWISTER by Mary Skillings Prigger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2002

"But Lewin's (A House Full of Christmas, 2001, etc.) watercolors are studies in warm domesticity, and Aunt Minnie continues as an Old Soul, teaching by example and ready with the comforting touch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Aunt Minnie is back, and if this time her story seems a bit rudderless, she is no less the epitome of good sense and protectiveness. Read full book review >
A HOUSEFUL OF CHRISTMAS by Barbara Joosse
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A wonderful addition to a seasonal collection. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A blizzard makes it impossible for anyone to leave, turning an evening of caroling, food, and presents into a sleepover at Granny's house for the whole family. Read full book review >
DUMPY LA RUE by Elizabeth Winthrop
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

A barrel-shaped Baryshnikov soars over his assigned role in life in this breezy toe-tapper from a pair of picture-book veterans. Read full book review >
PURRFECTLY PURRFECT by Patricia Lauber
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"A cheery bit of fluff from a pair of children's-book veterans. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Anyone fond of cats and puns will be amewsed by this visit to The Acatemy, pet project of Purrfessor F. Catus of the University of Catifornia, where a purrfect graduation record stands in danger of being spoiled by Dudley, a small kitten who doggedly refuses to stay home. Read full book review >
ELEPHANT QUEST by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A winner that transports the reader to an unfamiliar locale full of wonder. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Following the successful format of their first collaboration, Gorilla Walk (1999), the Lewins share their four-day search to observe African elephants firsthand. Read full book review >
PROMISES by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2000

"The hopeful ending highlights a philosophy of living that offers reassurance rather than a clear-cut answer to Sarah's questions about the future. (Fiction. 4-8)"
Sarah's emotions run the gamut from fear to anger when her mother begins treatment for cancer. Read full book review >
IS IT FAR TO ZANZIBAR by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2000

"A list defining the Swahili words (with pronunciations) and a bare-bones map of the country complete this compelling package. (Poetry/picture book. 5-8)"
Thirteen brief, playful poems give us a glimpse at life in rural Tanzania, including its offshore island, Zanzibar. Read full book review >
GORILLA WALK by Ted Lewin
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"The gorillas appear in watercolor paintings that are dramatic and realistic, for a picture- book adventure not to be missed, and, with the continuing unrest in the area, perhaps not to be replicated any time soon. (map, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
PLB 0-688-16510-9 This true adventure in the jungles of Uganda on the trail of the mountain gorilla will make armchair travelers shiver, and leave the squeamish grateful not to be trudging through mucky ankle-deep swamps, traversing giant fallen fig tree bridges over ravines that drop hundreds of feet into rocks and thorns, and coping with dreaded stinging safari ants. Read full book review >
BUG GIRL by Carol Sonenklar
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The cartoon illustrations keep pace with the text, especially the cover illustration, which appears to be Suzanne's first horrified moments as an ant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Bug Boy (1997), Charlie is still obsessed with insects, and is using his magic Bug-A-View with enthusiastic abandon, despite its obvious dangers, to transform himself into a variety of bugs. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by David Vozar
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The rhyme is bouncy with a solid beat; Lewin's expressive black lines and wild doggy outfits are a good match for the words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team behind Yo, Hungry Wolf! (1993) brings forth a rap retelling of Rapunzel. Read full book review >
BUG BOY by Carol Sonenklar
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Funny, buggy, fact- filled—readers will be clamoring for more. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A charming fantasy that's easy to read, about a third-grade boy—Charlie—whose passion for insects has earned him the nickname ``Bug Boy.'' Charlie discovers that the Bug-a-View magnifier he's been given will turn him into any insect he places in the viewer. Read full book review >
NO SUCH THING by Jackie French Koller
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This tautly told story in which two stern mothers get their comeuppances is irresistible. (Junior Library Guild selection) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Any child who has been convinced of the presence of a monster at bedtime will feel vindicated by this satisfying story from Koller (A Place to Call Home, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
CHUBBO'S POOL by Betsy  Lewin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1996

"Lewin (Walk A Green Path, 1995, etc.) concludes with a picture glossary of the animals in the story, giving the common and scientific name for each, and mentions her real-life inspiration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Chubbo, a selfish little hippo, doesn't want to share the pool of water he finds on the hottest day. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND COUSINS by David L. Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The collaborators from Somebody Catch My Homework (1993) haven't come up with an original work, but readers awaiting the next Prelutsky or Silverstein can bide their time with this one. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Poems about family life—``A Thousand Cousins,'' ``Daddy's Snore,'' ``My Baby Uncle,'' etc. Most have punchy endings; each revolves around some gimmick. Read full book review >
M.C. TURTLE AND THE HIP HOP HARE by David Vozar
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"But readers who don't like rap won't be won over by this misbegotten effort, and those who do will know better. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A brazen exploitation of rap's popularity. Read full book review >
WALK A GREEN PATH by Betsy  Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"An invitation to the flora of the world, wherever it may be found, for artists, poets, and naturalists. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Lewin draws readers into a celebration of the green path with brief poetic reflections and full page watercolors of growing things encountered around the world. Read full book review >
MATTIE'S LITTLE POSSUM PET by Ida Luttrell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Folksy in language, spirited in delivery, a winning read-aloud or -alone that should become a story-hour favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This may be Mattie's story, but her cat (Prowler) and dog (Howler) swipe it right out from under her nose. Read full book review >
YO, HUNGRY WOLF! by David Vozar
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Irresistible for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Three well-known tales featuring the big bad wolf, retold in witty, rhythmic rap and cleverly linked. ``He blows at his foes till his lungs feel all tattered./The pigs feel exposed `cause their house has been scattered''—but though the wolf's ``got a plan/For house infiltratin','' he's a natty dresser who boggles at the soot in the chimney and sets out for ``Little Red's'' Grandma's in hopes of an easier meal. Read full book review >
SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK by David L. Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"A winner- -to read aloud, pass around, and chortle over again. (Poetry. 6- 11)"
In his first collection of verse, the author of Little Boy Soup (1990) catches the school scene, from missing the bus on Monday morning to snuggling in with ``This book in bed,/This first FIRST book/I've ever read!'' In the meantime, there are not only challenges (``Does a capital q/That looks like a 2/Make sense to you?'') but emergencies (``I've gottogotothebathroom/The bathroom the bathroom'' has a comically urgent rhythm), rivalries, romances, and a quintessential ``worst boy in the whole class''—``wilder than a billygoat/And meaner than a pig''; school food; an impossible assignment (``But I'm half wild with fright!/You said to write two pages/And get them done tonight!''); there's also the title poem, an amusing tall tale of an excuse. Read full book review >
JIM HEDGEHOG'S SUPERNATURAL CHRISTMAS by Russell Hoban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Lewin's illustrations, skillfully drawn and attractively colored, make a charmingly imaginative complement. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Plump little Jim, who debuted in Jim Hedgehog and the Lonesome Tower (p. 256), has another cautionary adventure with popular culture. Read full book review >
JIM HEDGEHOG AND THE LONESOME TOWER by Russell Hoban
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"Far-out, but funny, truly original, and sure to appeal to the right audience. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Plump little Jim "liked his music loud and he liked it heavy," but he doesn't know how to read music—an inconvenient fact discovered by his mother after Mr. Strange (a stoat) sells them a recorder cheap. Read full book review >