Books by Bruce Whatley

CHRISTMAS WOMBAT by Jackie French
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"The wombat hopes those strange carrot-attracting creatures will be back soon, and young readers will hope the lovable wombat returns for more cleverly constructed carrot quests. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In this holiday-themed entry in their successful series, French and Whatley introduce their lovable wombat character to Santa and his reindeer. Read full book review >
MY MOM'S THE BEST by Rosie  Smith
Kirkus Star
by Rosie Smith, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, developed by SnappyAnt
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 2, 2012

"A darling first app for little ones to share with their own moms. (iPad storybook app. 1-5) "
A simple, well-executed animal mommy/baby love story for the youngest crowd. Read full book review >
AESOP'S FABLES by Kees  Moerbeek
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Timeless wisdom, splendidly decked out. (Pop-up fables. 6-10)"
Huge, extravagantly designed and detailed pop-up illustrations for 10 classic cautionary tales showcase a trio of uncommon talents. Read full book review >
THE SECRET MESSAGE by Mina Javaherbin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

Based on a poem by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi that Iranian-born Javaherbin heard from her father as a bedtime story, this adaptation offers an environmental message that will resonate with today's readers. Read full book review >

DIARY OF A BABY WOMBAT by Jackie French
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

If this duo's minimalist Diary of a Wombat (2003) was a textbook example of words and art together creating narrative, then this sequel is equally an exemplar of what can go wrong when you try to apply a formula to success. Read full book review >
MARTHA DOESN'T SHARE! by Samantha Berger
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

Martha (her new favorite word is "mine") is more than a bit reluctant to share her toys with her baby brother. Read full book review >
MARTHA DOESN’T SAY SORRY by Samantha Berger
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

Martha is a pretty normal kid, for an otter—she skateboards and sings, shares her snack and makes presents, sticks out her tongue and throws things. Read full book review >

HOW TO SCRATCH A WOMBAT by Jackie French
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

In an equally beguiling companion to their award-winning Diary of a Wombat (2003), French and Whatley collaborate on an introduction to wombats and their behavior—as observed through the author's 30+ years of having them as neighbors and caring for injured ones in New South Wales. Read full book review >

CLINTON GREGORY’S SECRET by Bruce Whatley
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2008

In tribute to unfettered imaginations everywhere, Whatley introduces a smiling lad with an inner life so filled with adventure that even a day of "nothing much at all" brings handmade paper hats for a ship full of pirates, a rocket voyage to the Moon and a trip around the world on plates of spaghetti. Read full book review >

JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE by Jackie French
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

The oft-told story of the stage-struck youngster who saves the show when the star is injured returns in this variation that features a ballet-dancing kangaroo named Josephine. Read full book review >

THE GREAT TEXAS HAMSTER DRIVE by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Kimmel spins out an original yarn featuring Pecos Bill, Slue Foot Sue, their five children and 18,376 hamsters. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Ruthie Bon Bair will NOT dry her long hair, and soon she discovers there are mushrooms up there! Read full book review >

PETE THE SHEEP-SHEEP by Jackie French
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

In a sort of "queer eye for the straight sheep," a mild-mannered shearer and his sheep-sheep show a trio of tough shearers how to get in touch with their stylish sides. Read full book review >

I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS by John Rox
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

The words to a Christmas song from the 1950s serve as the text for this exploration of a most unusual Christmas gift. Read full book review >

NOISES AT NIGHT by Beth Raisner Glass
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Nighttime, with all its shadows and sounds, can be disconcerting for even the most lion-hearted. Read full book review >

PIG ON THE TITANIC by Gary Crew
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

Not a living pig, but a musical toy carried on board by a passenger, Maxixe (pronounced "Mash-eesh," though readers are left to look that up for themselves) describes how its simple dance tune helped to keep up the spirits of a lifeboat full of children through that tragic "night to remember." Read full book review >

ON THE FIRST DAY OF GRADE SCHOOL by Emily Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

One python (that didn't squeeze me) is quickly joined by two buzzing bees, three fat rats, four burping goats, and more in a harmless bit of back-to-school fluff that takes its cues from "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Read full book review >

DIARY OF A WOMBAT by Jackie French
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

A wombat, American readers will learn, is an adorable round creature that looks something like a small, pointy-eared bear and likes to sleep. Read full book review >

THE PERFECT PET by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

Elizabeth must pull out all the stops to convince Mother and Father to trade in Carolyn, her cactus, for a real pet. Read full book review >

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS by Gene Autry
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Autry and Haldeman's old Christmas song becomes a Christmas Eve story in this interpretation illustrated with realistic paintings by Whatley (Lullaby Lullabook, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Cecil Frances Alexander
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

All things are indeed "bright and beautiful" in the serene, sharply detailed country scenes Whatley (Wait! Read full book review >

WAIT! NO PAINT! by Bruce Whatley
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 2001

MY FIRST NURSERY RHYMES by Bruce Whatley
POETRY
Released: March 31, 1999

This entry in the Growing Tree series provides a sampling of ten classic rhymes. Read full book review >