Books by Bill Martin, Jr.

KITTY CAT, KITTY CAT, ARE YOU GOING TO SLEEP? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Released: March 1, 2011

"The patterned, rhyming text will be welcomed by little ones at their own bedtime, but as an addition to rather than a substitute for the bedtime canon. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The bedtime routine for this little kitty is filled with all the excuses she can think of, fueled by her reluctance to accept the end of the day. Read full book review >
THE BILL MARTIN JR. BIG BOOK OF POETRY by Bill Martin, Jr.
Released: Dec. 4, 2008

A veritable pantheon of illlustrators contributes work to this delicious collection of Martin's favorite poems. Read full book review >
KITTY CAT, KITTY CAT, ARE YOU WAKING UP? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Adequate but uninspired. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Charming and forgettable, this slight collaboration has undeniable appeal but little real substance. Read full book review >
BABY BEAR, BABY BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Martin died in 2004—here's a fitting close to what will likely remain his most lasting work for children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In its fourth—and billed as final—iteration, this primary level Q-and-A introduces ten North American mammals, from red fox and blue heron to rattlesnake, mule deer and finally (unspecified, but possibly Kodiak) Mama Bear. Read full book review >
“FIRE! FIRE!” SAID MRS. MCGUIRE by Bill Martin, Jr.
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"A die-cut keyhole adds extra interest, though for design reasons it only penetrates the first few pages and the last one. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For the third set of illustrations put to Martin's much-revised version of an old rhyme (Ted Schroeder, 1970; Richard Egielski, 1996), Radunsky creates a cast of fuzzy-edged mice in a darkened room, who sound the alarm after spotting flames visible through a door's keyhole. Read full book review >
CHICKA CHICKA 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin, Jr.
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"What's next: Where the Wild Things Went? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Is nothing sacred? Read full book review >
ROCK IT, SOCK IT, NUMBER LINE by Bill Martin, Jr.
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Although this effort doesn't quite match the magic of Martin's best work, these dancing numbers and veggies will fit right in to story hours with themes of gardens, soup, or counting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Martin rocks on with his current collaborator (Adam, Adam What Do You See?, not reviewed, etc.), in a garden-themed counting book obviously intended as a companion to the ever-popular Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989). Read full book review >
THE TURNING OF THE YEAR by Greg Shed
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Along with Charlotte F. Otten's January Rides the Wind (1997), this is ripe for units on the seasons."
This book on the changing faces of the months is solid Martin fare: a simple story that delights in language and word play. Read full book review >
"FIRE! FIRE!" SAID MRS. McGUIRE by Bill Martin, Jr.
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"That stereotyping contradicts the spirit of fresh perceptions shown in the rest of the book, but its bold, breezy tone helps compensate for the offense, and youngsters will be captivated by the colorful scenes and forceful language. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Women are depicted here in a number of unexpected roles, including the heroic. Read full book review >
THE MAESTRO PLAYS by Vladimir Radunsky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The effect is circus-like, a vertiginous celebration of sound and color."
Two maestros play here — one with words, the other with color, form, and space — in what is one of the most visually emphatic picture books of the year. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD by Bill Martin, Jr.
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Schaefer handles this potentially terrifying story with a light touch; suspense hangs in the air, but the characters are this side of scary. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The wizard is in his chamber, the cauldron is on the fire. Read full book review >
POLAR BEAR, POLAR BEAR, WHAT DO YOU HEAR? by Bill Martin, Jr.
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Brown Bear special. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
After a full generation, a companion to a perennial favorite (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 1967). Read full book review >
UP AND DOWN ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ted  Rand
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1988

"Dad eating our popcorn while he waits and the almost-lost ticket are realistic touches."
A rollicking celebration of everyone's favorite ride. Read full book review >
KNOTS ON A COUNTING ROPE by Ted  Rand
Released: Oct. 15, 1987

"An excellent contribution."
Still gaining strength and dimension, this talented trio offers a fifth book: as an old Indian retells the story of his grandson's birth and early years, their loving relationship is revealed. Read full book review >
HERE ARE MY HANDS by Ted  Rand
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1987

"With bright colors, simple but evocative illustrations and a clear, succinct text, this is just right for the youngest when they are learning to describe themselves."
A dozen suitably assorted five- or six-year-olds point out different parts of the body, each accompanied by half of a rhymed couplet: "Here are my feet for stopping and going. Read full book review >
BARN DANCE! by Ted  Rand
Released: Nov. 24, 1986

"A lively tale that'll enliven picture-book times, particularly not-too-scary Halloween programs for young children."
A cheery picture book that's a winning combination of magic and humor and that should be useful for bedtime and library story-time. Read full book review >
WHITE DYNAMITE & CURLY KIDD by Ted  Rand
Released: April 28, 1986

"A fine addition to any picture-book collection."
You pass anxious moments when your father rides bulls in the rodeo, especially when he draws the likes of white Dynamite. Read full book review >