Books by Brian P. Cleary

CRUNCH AND CRACK, OINK AND WHACK! by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"Sure to cause a BUZZ in classes, provided the teacher can get through reading it aloud. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Cleary expands his language arts books with this look at onomatopoeia. Read full book review >
THE SUN PLAYED HIDE-AND-SEEK by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A sophisticated concept that will require some active teaching to communicate it. (Picture book. 7-12)"
An illustrated primer that explains personification even as it employs it. Read full book review >
UNDERNEATH MY BED by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Whether capturing fun or chronicling items that disgust, Cleary and Watson again brilliantly open the world of verse, enticing young readers to dive in. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
The sixth installment in the growing list of Poetry Adventures focuses on just that: lists. Read full book review >
THEY'RE THERE ON THEIR VACATION by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A worthy stab at untangling a perennial grammatical knot, but the audience needs to be willing to go with it. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An oddball family visits some interesting places on their vacation, teaching readers about "their," "there," and "they're" along the way. Read full book review >
BOW-TIE PASTA by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Entertaining and spirited, though there's nothing subtle about this wily collection of puzzler poems. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Master punster Cleary and illustrator Rowland again join forces (Something Sure Smells Around Here, 2015, etc.) to explore a light poetic form.Read full book review >
SOMETHING SURE SMELLS AROUND HERE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Inviting illustrations and offbeat topics showcase limericks aplenty for amusement or poetic inspiration. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Cleary presents 26 limericks (and, tantalizingly, half of a 27th) for kids. Read full book review >
ODE TO A COMMODE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Signature silliness from Cleary and Rowland abounds in this children's celebration of concrete poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In this second Poetry Adventures outing, poet Cleary and illustrator Rowland (If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems, 2014) again team up to explore a poetic form well suited for young readers. Read full book review >
IF IT RAINS PANCAKES by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Wonderfully crafted and illustrated: a delightful, effective primer for budding poets. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
An engaging lantern poem and haiku how-to for young readers. Read full book review >
PRE- AND RE-, MIS- AND DIS- by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Whether it's for vocabulary building or helping students understand how to take apart a word to discover its meaning, Cleary and Goneau have the right touch. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
A bright, busy and colorful addition to the Words Are CATegorical series, this time about prefixes. Read full book review >
A SECOND, A MINUTE, A WEEK WITH DAYS IN IT by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Not as successful as some of their grammar and other math titles, still, this may help teachers put time in perspective. (Math picture book. 5-9)"
Cleary and Gable's cool cats tackle the topic of time. Read full book review >
BREEZIER, CHEESIER, NEWEST, AND BLUEST by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Perhaps not the best, but better than many grammar books—definitely one to check out. (grammar rules) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Cleary and Gable, those relatively cool cats, continue their Words are CATegorical series with this entry about comparatives and superlatives. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Not likely to be much help in an actual library, but the concept that there's a system may be reassuring. (basic chart) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
The Great Library Code is deciphered simplistically and, more problematically, in labored rhyme. Read full book review >
MADAM AND NUN AND 1001 by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A provocation to wordplay. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A small bounty of palindromes, all stoked and ready to go. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Not for the faint of heart; tongues should really be limbered up before tackling these. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers who take this on should prepare their tongues for a wicked tangling…and their stomach muscles for a workout. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It's no wonder that teachers turn to this series—it's learning disguised as entertainment. (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
The latest in the popular Words are Categorical series expands upon the previous Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? (2005). Read full book review >
ON THE SCALE, A WEIGHTY TALE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"For those just beginning the numbers adventure, this one tips the scale. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In rousing rhyme, this addition to the Math is CATegorical series explores weight measurement. Read full book review >
HOW LONG OR HOW WIDE? by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Save a centimeter of shelf space for this one. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
This third in the Math is CATegorical series measures up quite nicely. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Playful and fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Billing itself as "very silly" isn't an exaggeration for this zany alphabet book as it pairs letters with corresponding offbeat combinations like Elvis with evergreens and newts with necklaces. Read full book review >
DEARLY, NEARLY, INSINCERELY by Brian P. Cleary
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Ruth Heller's stellar series on the parts of speech remains the gold standard on the subject, but more kids will connect with Cleary and Gable's cool cats. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Continuing with their successful Words Are Categorical series, Cleary and Gable (Under, Over, by the Clover: What Is a Preposition?, 2002, etc.) use humorous cats to illuminate another part of speech in this fifth entry in the series. Read full book review >
UNDER, OVER, BY THE CLOVER by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Although not as visually appealing as Ruth Heller's similar series on the parts of speech, this work will be used by teachers in the elementary-school classroom, especially in schools where the others in the series are popular. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Cleary (To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb?, 2001, etc.) details the ins and outs of prepositions in this fourth entry in his Words Are Categorical series. Read full book review >
TO ROOT, TO TOOT, TO PARACHUTE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A final page is provided for kids to test their newfound ability to identify the word showing the action or being. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Corny, looping lists of words figure again in Cleary's latest "Words Are Categorical" book. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Prosmitsky's funny illustrations of tubby cats link some disparate nouns and make them memorable, while a picaresque feline scene on a final two-page spread allows readers to pick out nouns on their own. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink (32 pp.; $12.92; Sept. 7; 1-57505-42-7): This book appropriately abounds with persons, animals, places, and things, while rhymes drop broad hints about using nouns: "Nouns can sometimes be quite proper like Brooklyn Bridge or Edward Hopper," but also "A pocket, button, sleeve, or cuff—A noun can simply be your stuff." Read full book review >