Books by Bruce Van Patter

TUCKER TOOK IT! by Bruce Van Patter
Released: Jan. 15, 2010

An omnivorous goat stirs up trouble. Tucker loves corn more than anything. But with the corn not ready, what is hungry Tucker to do? He sets his appetite loose on Mrs. Zook's farm, stealing the straw hat from the head of Sadie the horse and snatching a watermelon, even as a trio of pigs argue over the best time to eat it. The cow's hay, Mrs. Zook's sundress and a freshly baked pie also fall victim to Tucker's quick trotters. Everyone on the farm is "Tuckered out!" Mrs. Zook takes the matter firmly in hand. When she confronts Tucker, he gives her (and the reader) a big surprise, one that brings all the animals back together again in harmony: He's used his pilfered goods to make a scarecrow, whose watermelon head sports the horse's hat and who holds up the pie in one "hand." The broad strokes of Van Patter's tale of mild mischief are matched by his digital illustrations, in which bright colors within dark outlines cover a spectrum of farm figures. But with farm books abounding, this small adventure, which suffers from some significant logical flaws—why give the crows a pie?—is a marginal purchase. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
FARLEY FOUND IT! by Bruce Van Patter
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

An insomniac sheep becomes a very unwelcome overnight guest in this good-natured tale of trespass. Farley loves being a sheep in the meadow during daylight, but his fear of the dark keeps him awake at night until he moves into Edna's cozy dog house where he immediately falls into a deep sleep. But Edna loves her house and doesn't appreciate Farley's uninvited sleepover. So, the next day, Edna moves her house to the cow pasture. Farley finds it and nods right off again. The resilient Edna proceeds to shift her house into the hayloft, under the hen house and up an oak tree. But every time, the wily Farley finds it and is deep in dreamland when Edna discovers him. At her wit's end, Edna finally takes a more constructive approach to provide house enough for both. Brightly colored digitally rendered illustrations contrast the slumbering Farley with the overwrought Edna in this farmyard foray. Fine bedtime fodder, especially for kids who fear the dark. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >