Books by Bill Martin

TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS by Bill Martin
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Equal parts counting book, nature book and ideal read-aloud fodder, this is a beauty of an offering from a familiar team. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Move over very hungry caterpillar—10 little caterpillars have arrived. Read full book review >
CADDIE THE GOLF DOG by Michael Sampson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 2002

"Cooper's consistently stunning illustrations, with beautiful color, softened effects, and emotionally charged characters (even the animals) perfectly complete the warm and fuzzy circle of a dog's life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A stray blue heeler dog shows she's got game when she finds happy owners for herself and her new puppy. Read full book review >
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Bill Martin
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Children curious about the meaning of what so many of them are compelled to promise every morning in school will get less lyrical, but more factual, commentary from June Swanson's I Pledge Allegiance (1990). (Picture book. 6-8)"
This attempt to explain the Pledge's meaning to younger children is at least as simplistic as it is enlightening. Read full book review >
TRICK OR TREAT? by Bill Martin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The story itself, though, is a somewhat confusing gimmick that may defy comprehension by primary-aged readers and will not interest most of the older readers, who will see through its contrived story line and all-too-convenient conclusion. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Readers will revel in the alliterative names and twisted phrases but the enjoyment will be superficial unless they can figure out that the "ceanut pups" are the "peanut cups," and other such treats are turned "wackbards" by Merlin's spell. Read full book review >
LITTLE GRANNY QUARTERBACK by Bill Martin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Sharp eyes will realize that Granny's never left her two-poster bed, but she's still the most vigorous grandmother seen since Barbara Williams's Kevin's Grandma (1975). (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team that produced Swish (1997) returns to the world of sports with a somewhat older star. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SQUEEGY BUG by Bill Martin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

In the style of a pourquoi tale, the authors have crafted an explanation about how fireflies came to be. Read full book review >
AVANT ROCK by Bill Martin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2001

"A trenchant and witty exploration, several cuts above typical surveys written in the wake of the "alternative" era."
An invigorating, broad-minded survey of pop music's experimental fringes. Read full book review >
CHICKEN CHUCK by Bill Martin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"The story's absurdities may draw some chuckles, but children are likely to be far more dazzled by the illustrations; it's a spectacular debut for Salerno. (Picture book. 6-8)"
One of the prolific Martin's more surreal episodes, first published in 1946, earns a reissue with dandy new illustrations and packaging. Read full book review >
THE MAESTRO PLAYS by Bill Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The effect is circus-like, a vertiginous celebration of sound and color. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
 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 >
OLD DEVIL WIND by Bill Martin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Root's dark, swirling paintings of the thoroughly haunted house, lit with a ghostly glow, are right in the proper spirit. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 A nicely spooky cumulative Halloween tale that begins: ``One dark and stormy night Ghost floated out of the wall and he began to WAIL. Read full book review >