Books by Brad Sneed

COCK-A-DOODLE DOO, CREAK, POP-POP, MOO by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A snapshot of country life full of sounds and sentiment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What can you hear on a farm? Read full book review >
BIG BAD WOLVES AT SCHOOL by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: June 26, 2007

"His unshakeable self-confidence echoes that of the budding florist in Marie-Odile Judes's Max, the Stubborn Little Wolf (2001), and makes for an amusing contrast to the wimpy wallflower in Delphine Perret's The Big Bad Wolf and Me (2006). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lupine black sheep if ever there was one, Rufus blows off all of his classwork at Big Bad Wolf Academy to lounge in the meadows, howl at the moon and generally fool around. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO WAS RAISED BY LIBRARIANS by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Kids should get a kick out of the geeky Melvin, his supportive clan of nurturing bibliophiles and his so-very-logical career choice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A curious boy discovers the library is the best place to be and librarians are the best people to know in this lighthearted homage. Read full book review >
MR. PRESIDENT GOES TO SCHOOL by Rick Walton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2007

"A funny, wholly non-didactic take on the all-I-needed-to-know-I-learned-in-kindergarten trope. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The gophers-rights group demands rodent access to the Rose Garden. Read full book review >
DEPUTY HARVEY AND THE ANT COW CAPER by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"There'll be no problem corralling little dogies for this caper. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Think the Old West is gone? Read full book review >
THUMBELINA by Brad Sneed
adapted by Brad Sneed, illustrated by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not perfect, but collections in need of more Anderson will welcome this. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a new retelling of Anderson's tale of a tiny girl traded from frog to bug to rodent, adaptor and illustrator Sneed creates a lush, Lilliputian world of jewel-eyed insects and gargantuan flowers. Read full book review >
AESOP’S FABLES by Brad Sneed
adapted by Brad Sneed, illustrated by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Aesops abound, but few present the Lessons with such pervasive lightheartedness—and Sneed keeps any violence in the tales far-offstage. (Folktales. 6-8)"
A wordless rendition of "The Tortoise and the Hare" on covers, endpapers, and title spread surrounds 15 more retold fables, with morals appended. Read full book review >
WHEN WISHES WERE HORSES by Sharon Hart Addy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"This cautionary tale, humorously told and illustrated, gets its message across gently and without didacticism. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride": what might happen if this familiar saying were true? Read full book review >
PICTURE A LETTER by Brad Sneed
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2001

"O for original and offbeat. (Alphabet picture book. 3-7)"
An entrancingly designed alphabet book that will keep young (and old) peering at and poring over it for a long time. Read full book review >
THE PUMPKIN RUNNER by Marsha Diane Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"They place this legend of a long-distance, Down Under runner somewhere between a tall tale and a picture-perfect front-porch anecdote. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Noting her story's origins in the true tale of a 61-year-old Australian farmer who beat much younger runners in a 542-mile race from Sydney to Melbourne in 1983, Arnold (The Chicken Salad Club, p. 808, etc.) pens a folksy, aw-shucks piece. Read full book review >
HIGGINS BEND SONG AND DANCE by Jacqueline B. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Some of the townspeople look quite goofy, but they also look familiar, in a tale clearly fished from American waters. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A meaty tale of the quest for an uncatchable fish named Oscar is told in folksy, irresistible language. Read full book review >
SMOKY MOUNTAIN ROSE by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"A particularly nice touch is that pretty Rose has ordinary brown hair, while her stepsisters, homely though they are, are the more traditionally glamorous blonde and brunette. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Schroeder's version of this tale is based directly on the familiar 17th-century Perrault tale, but written in an Appalachian dialect and placed ``smack in the heart o' the Smoky Mountains.'' Cinderella—Rose in this tale—is the gentle daughter of a father who dies not long after he remarries. Read full book review >
THE UNBEATABLE BREAD by Lyn Littlefield Hoopes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"A soul-warming treat to leave readers salivating. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hoopes wrings every drop of poetry from each line, turning an outwardly dull idea into a celebration of life. Read full book review >
I HEARD SAID THE BIRD by Polly Berrien Berends
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pleasingly subtle, cheerful, and big-hearted. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bird zips into the barnyard, a feathered Paul Revere, with a late-breaking flash: A ``NEW ONE'' is coming. Read full book review >
WHEN THE FLY FLEW IN... by Lisa Westberg Peters
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Good, solid slapstick. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
The child has a unique reason to postpone tidying his room- -four animals are asleep there, and he's loathe to disturb them. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE CRANBERRY by Ellin Greene
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"A handsome book; a fascinating echo of the past. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Greene's excellent concluding note links archeological finds—suggesting that Stone Age hunters actually did trap mastodons—with this Delaware Indian legend: ``Yah-qua-whee'' (mastodons) were created to help the People; they supplied meat, hides, and bones that could be used for tent frames, and served as beasts of burden. Read full book review >
LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S SONG by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Warmly evocative. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An increasingly forgetful grandparent from a child's point of view: Big, hearty Grandpa amuses the kids with his songs, especially a silly one he's made up that pokes fun at his own performances. Read full book review >