Books by Bob Shea

LOVE, TRIANGLE by Marcie Colleen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"This sophisticated picture book works too hard at its important theme, but it may appeal to children of a mathematical bent. (Picture book. 5-7)"
When can a Triangle cause real trouble? Read full book review >
THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Shea's ghost is too scared to leave the house and venture into the scary forest. But readers can go see what it's like and come back and tell it all about it. Read full book review >
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FAVORITE? by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While not the funniest addition to the series or to the genre, this latest outing should please fans of Ballet Cat. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The feline dancer returns for a new adventure, in which cousins vie for the affection of their grandmother. Read full book review >
THE HAPPIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wonderful rethinking of the picture book as its own character. Wacky, zany, and downright fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wanting to become the "happiest book ever," a personified book enlists its friends' help—but things go awry when a "frowny frog" doesn't fit in, hilariously teaching the book (and readers) kindness and acceptance. Read full book review >
QUIT CALLING ME A MONSTER! by Jory John
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Fiendish monsters—and everyone else—rejoice! (Picture book. 3-7)"
A grand return to a world of endearing monsters from the duo behind I Will Chomp You! (2015). Read full book review >
BOO! HAIKU by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As with the first, this just begs to be read aloud to a group of preschoolers, who won't be able to help shouting out their answers. More please. (Picture book/poetry. 3-5)"
In their second collaboration, Caswell and Shea use the same format as in their Guess Who, Haiku (2016) to ask readers to identify some common Halloween creatures. Read full book review >
GUESS WHO, HAIKU by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Not to be missed: gorgeous poetry, vibrant illustrations, and masterful use of the page turn. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Haiku at play in the animal world and vice versa. Read full book review >
DANCE! DANCE! UNDERPANTS! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A friend's single-mindedness overcomes myriad excuses, and a good time is had by all, beginning readers included. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Friendship has its high and low points in this dance adventure. Read full book review >
I WILL CHOMP YOU! by Jory John
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A metafictive treat. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Never mind a monster at the end, there's a monster all the way through this book! Read full book review >
THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Here's hoping that Ballet Cat and Sparkles return soon to help new readers learn about friendship. This series will not be a secret for long. (Early reader. 4-8)"
A pink cat and a polka-dot horse join together in a light story of secrets and friendship. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR VS. MOMMY by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Treat a pack of preschoolers (and their mommies) to this title and eagerly await Dinosaur's next adventure. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shea continues his wildly popular series with this offering, but who will win: Dinosaur or Mommy? Read full book review >
KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A crowd-pleasin' knee-slapper that'll have 'em rolling in the aisles, yessirree. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young sheriff comes riding high—atop a tortoise—toward the troubled, "cumin-scented" town of Drywater Gulch. Just give him a minute. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR VS. SCHOOL by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"Still, Shea's concept of 'winning' at school clearly has to do with self-confidence, determination and, sometimes, teamwork—a winning idea indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Can a dinosaur come out on top when he tries to tackle all kinds of new things at school? Read full book review >
DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Children often see themselves as the underdog in an adultcentric world; they'll be rooting for the bunnies (all three…no wait, 72 of them). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Buddy is one cranky, hungry monster. Read full book review >
UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Brilliant in execution and hysterical in dialogue; Shea's pretty great, too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Goat can't stop comparing himself to Unicorn and coming up short. Read full book review >
CHEETAH CAN'T LOSE by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A high-volume victory for compassion. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Loudmouth speedster Cheetah is sure that race day will be a walkover, but two clever little cats have other ideas. Read full book review >
WEDGIEMAN TO THE RESCUE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Don't bother wedging this one on your bookshelf. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Someone needs to save new readers from this book. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR VS. SANTA by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"'DINOSAUR WINS!' So will young readers and listeners likewise charged up with dino DNA. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Fresh from roaring out at bedtime (2008), at potty training (2010) and in the library (2011) Shea's prehistoric preschooler takes on Christmas. Read full book review >
WEDGIEMAN by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"In what seems like a veritable golden age of beginning readers, perhaps some things are better not published. Or read. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Captain Underpants he ain't. Read full book review >
ME WANT PET! by Tammi Sauer
by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Although the setting is prehistoric, the parental excuses standing between the protagonist and potential pets will sound familiar to contemporary listeners. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR VS. THE LIBRARY by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Dinosaur wins again! (Just deny it if he ever asks.) (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shea's irrepressible hero returns—stubby, red and toothier than ever. Read full book review >
GILBERT GOLDFISH WANTS A PET by Kelly DiPucchio
ANIMALS
Released: June 9, 2011

"Pair with Emma Dodd's What Pet to Get (2008) or Fiona Robertson's Wanted: The Perfect Pet (2010) for surefire pet-centric fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fresh, funny take on a popular topic—the perfect pet. Read full book review >
I'M A SHARK by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Bob Shea
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"There will be no need to fear for Shark's enduring popularity; here he proves he's one refreshing delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This shark is the bravest thing in the ocean, or so he'd like readers to believe. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR VS. THE POTTY by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"A shoo-in for storytime fave status and an excellent title to supplement the standard, more earnest potty-training fare. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Another high-volume trail of victories for the red, toothy, roaring two-or-so-year-old introduced in Dinosaur vs. Read full book review >
OH, DADDY! by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Bob Shea
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"A breath of fresh air. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Thank goodness this hippo dad has his smart son to help him out! Read full book review >
RACE YOU TO BED by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Bob Shea
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"To sleep! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hyperactive, saucer-eyed rabbit challenges readers to a race to bed and runs into a gamut of unexpected animals, people and predicaments along the way. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR VS. BEDTIME by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

With huge exclamations, broad, black crayon lines and vivid splashes of red, Shea portrays a roaring "dinosaur" savagely attacking a pile of leaves, a big slide, a bowl of spaghetti, talking grown-ups (seen only from knees down) and other unsuspecting targets, then swaggering away from each, crowing "DINOSAUR WINS AGAIN!" Read full book review >
BIG PLANS by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2008

"Certainly not fans of top-volume stories and storytimes, who will happily troop along in his wake, undoubtedly hatching some BIG PLANS of their own. (Picture book. 5-9)"
With as much emphasis as mammoth red display type can convey, a lad—plainly on a time-out, to judge from his opening-scene position in the corner of a classroom—proclaims that he has "BIG PLANS! Read full book review >
NEW SOCKS by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Bob Shea
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"The presentation might point to a preschool audience, but the pleasure of sporting sharp new duds isn't age-specific at all. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bold visual design expresses a winning exuberance in this debut, which features a chick named Leon crowing proudly over his new socks—"These New Socks fit just right! Read full book review >