Books by Brock Cole

THE MONEY WE'LL SAVE by Brock Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Young fans of historical fiction series will enjoy this, as will anyone who enjoys a funny family story about Christmas preparations. (Picture book. 4-9)"
When Pa brings home a turkey poult to raise for Christmas dinner, hilarious complications ensue in this heartwarming family story set in 19th-century New York City. Read full book review >
GULLY’S TRAVELS by Tor Seidler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The Real Pooches of NYC." Read full book review >

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT by Brock Cole
FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

Like Larky Mavis (2001) but sans the metaphysics, this folklorish original tale gives a poor, scorned orphan a chance to show her inner stuff, and to make a fresh start. Read full book review >

FAIR MONACO by Brock Cole
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Cole's words and pictures deliver his tale as effortlessly as a song, but one that pricks with intelligence, sorrow, and hope. Read full book review >

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S TEETH by Deborah Chandra
FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

Now It Can Be Told: that severe, square-jawed look that the Father of Our Country flashes in his portraits reveals not only strength of character, but also his struggle to hide the fact that he was nearly (entirely, later in life) toothless by keeping a succession of spring-loaded false teeth in place. Read full book review >

LARKY MAVIS by Brock Cole
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 3, 2001

From the author of Buttons (2000) comes a simply told tale with deep emotional and metaphorical resonance. Read full book review >

THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES by Brock Cole
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

A brilliantly crafted, shocking account, narrated by a teenager, of her mother's chronic incompetence and her own sexual abuse; it will slice readers to the bone less for its tragic details than for the casual, ingenuous tone in which they are revealed. In an indignant response to a social worker's unflattering report, Linda, 13, describes how, after the death of her father, she cared for first one, and then two, brothers as her mother took up with a succession of men, abandoned her for months to a senile widower, and found a job at last, working for a married businessman, Jack Green, who ultimately seduced Linda. Read full book review >

ALPHA AND THE DIRTY BABY by Brock Cole
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

Alpha's parents' childish quarrel (``You forgot to wash my nightshirt!'' ``Wash it yourself, lazybones''... ``I've got a good mind to go off and join the navy'') is overheard by a devil's imp who takes the opportunity of turning Papa into a lump of coal and taking his place while his wife, bringing along their baby, replaces cross Mama. Read full book review >