Books by Candace Fleming

BULLDOZER HELPS OUT by Candace Fleming
Released: May 16, 2017

"A sure hit at storytime, bedtime, or any cozy reading time. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little bulldozer makes a big difference in this story with an unexpected twist at the end. Read full book review >
GO SLEEP IN YOUR OWN BED by Candace Fleming
Released: May 2, 2017

"A pleasant bedtime tale and effortless read-aloud with a cuddly, quiet end. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It's bedtime on the farm, but no one seems to want to sleep in the proper place. Read full book review >
GIANT SQUID by Candace Fleming
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Visually marvelous, like its subject—with a text more poetic than expository. (labeled diagram of giant squid, author's note, bibliography, web resources, suggested books) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This latest collaboration between Fleming and Rohmann explores the elusive giant squid. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Illustrated with archival material and supplemented with extensive backmatter, this is a thoroughly engaging portrait of a fascinating, larger-than-life figure. (photos, bibliography, source notes) (Biography. 10-14)"
Fleming presents a lively, evenhanded portrait of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, a master of self-promotion who became a world-famous entertainer and whose name became synonymous with "Wild West." Read full book review >
BULLDOZER'S BIG DAY by Candace Fleming
Released: May 5, 2015

"A winning addition to the construction-vehicle shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bulldozer feels forgotten on his birthday, until a surprise brightens his day. Read full book review >
Released: July 8, 2014

"A remarkable human story, told with clarity and confidence. (bibliography, Web resources, source notes, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Fleming examines the family at the center of two of the early 20th century's defining events. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 2014

"It's a happy reunion with the bunnies for children, if a dubious one for Mr. McGreely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dozen years since they first made an appearance, and not a day older or wiser, Fleming's three young cottontails return to bedevil Mr. McGreely (Muncha! Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 2013

"A humorous tribute to the zany, determined and innovative side of invention. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Virena, one of four children, provides inspiration for her aspiring inventor papa's latest ambitious construction: a submarine. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Oh, yes! This is a terrific new picture book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
With text that begs to be read aloud and sumptuous illustrations made by a master printmaker, this picture book reads like an instant classic. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2012

"Light on explicit grue but well endowed with macabre detail and leavening dashes of humor. (Horror/short stories. 10-13)"
Nine creepy tales told by dead teens and positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"A stunning look at an equally stunning lady. (bibliography, Internet resources, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The most intriguing part of Amelia Earhart's life is often thought to be the way it ended. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"The simple-but-expressive, cartoonish illustrations on textured paper and the delightfully clever design further distinguish this cheerful charmer. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A winsome gouache-and-pencil landscape sets the stage—a hilltop castle, a messenger on horseback, an escaped letter fluttering under the door of a humble cottage. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Fans of the first will find more to love, and newcomers can enjoy this and then head back to fourth grade. (Fiction. 7-11)"
The fabled fourth graders of Aesop Elementary, whom no teacher wanted to teach, found their perfect mentor in Mr. Henry Valentine Jupiter. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

"Cohen (Little Black Lies, 2009, etc.) knows how to focus on character in ways that make readers care."
A father abducts his daughter, flees to Los Angeles from their home in Toronto, creates a new identity for the two of them, lives in anonymity for eight years—and then gets diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's just as his wife catches up with him. Read full book review >
SEVEN HUNGRY BABIES by Candace Fleming
Released: March 9, 2010

"This one peeps loud: 'Read it again!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mama Bird faces quite a challenge feeding her voracious new brood. Read full book review >
IMOGENE’S LAST STAND by Candace Fleming
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

Armed with gumption and grit, a young history maven takes on her town to prevent the historical society's demolition. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"As revealing as it is entertaining. (Biography. 10-14)"
P.T. Barnum is likely to bring to mind the famous circus, but there is much more to the legendary showman, and Fleming brings all of him boldly to life. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Extensive end notes round out an impressive volume. (bibliography, websites, a note on research, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Fleming's five-year immersion in letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches and other primary documents yields a monumental visual chronicle of Abraham and Mary Lincoln and their times. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Despite a Dewey error and some humor over the head of the target audience, this is a winner, and the final story seems to promise a fifth-grade sequel. (Fiction. 7-11)"
No teacher wants to teach this year's fourth-grade class at Aesop Elementary. Read full book review >
TIPPY-TIPPY-TIPPY, HIDE! by Candace Fleming
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"This pleasant follow-up will rightfully charm many readers, but it lacks the unique verve of its rollicking predecessor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The pesky bunny trio from Fleming and Karas's Muncha! Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An attractive and useful resource. (personal note, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Had Eleanor Roosevelt kept a scrapbook—an incredibly well-organized and thorough scrapbook—this is how it might feel to look through it. Read full book review >
SUNNY BOY! by Candace Fleming
Released: Aug. 12, 2005

"Loosely based on a true episode that didn't have such a happy ending (only the tortoise survived), this will delight both active and armchair daredevils. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
A century in the keeping of one sedate owner after another leaves a small tortoise utterly unprepared for life with a reckless daredevil. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2005

"Let's hope for a sequel or two. (Glossary) (Fiction. 7-11)"
Lowji has lived in Bombay with his Ma and Bape for his whole life. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE BABY by Candace Fleming
Released: Aug. 12, 2004

"This baby is a fun, giggly romp. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As this story reveals, dressing a toddler can be like performance art. Read full book review >
GATOR GUMBO by Candace Fleming
Released: March 9, 2004

"Creole cadence, playfulness with words, and good ol' out-smartin' flavor this tasty tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poor Monsieur Gator, gettin' old and slow, can't catch himself a taste of critter, no how. Read full book review >
SMILE, LILY! by Candace Fleming
Released: March 1, 2004

"One especially amusing picture shows an enormous crying Lily surrounded by tiny worried adults, beautifully illustrating that babies truly are the center of their universe. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Readers from young children to grandparents will appreciate the frustration felt by Lily's family in Fleming's lyrical journey into what makes a baby tick. Read full book review >
BOXES FOR KATJE by Candace Fleming
Released: Sept. 12, 2003

"As heartwarming and uplifting as a bouquet of tulips. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Katje and her family struggle to make due with substitutions for essentials like soap and sugar in Holland, post-WWII. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An excellent resource and worthy companion to more traditional biographies. (introduction, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
How does a biographer do justice to the life of Benjamin Franklin when he lived so long and did so much? Read full book review >
MUNCHA! MUNCHA! MUNCHA! by Candace Fleming
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Equally charming are Karas's gouache, acrylic, and pencil illustrations, which are droll and wistful, the artist at his witty best. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mr. McGreely builds a veritable gulag around his garden to keep the rabbits out—before he learns he can't, so he might as well join them. Read full book review >
WHO INVITED YOU? by Candace Fleming
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Pair this with Nancy Van Laan's Possum Come a-Knockin' (1990) and April Wayland's It's Not My Turn to Look for Grandma (1995) for an all-Booth extravaganza. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rollicking counting fun takes place in a swamp like no other. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A humorous tale with a wide range of appeal and uses in and out of the classroom. (Picture book. 8-10)"
The author and illustrator bring to life an incident right out of history in this droll picture book enhanced by lively, color- washed pen-and-ink drawings. Read full book review >
WHEN AGNES CAWS by Candace Fleming
Released: March 1, 1999

"The end may fall a bit flat, but Agnes shows admirable spunk in the clutch, and children, bird lovers or not, will want to imitate her hoots and warbles. (Picture book. 6-7)"
The creators of Gabriella's Song (1997) return with another robust heroine, who is in search of the elusive pink-headed duck. Read full book review >
THE HATMAKER'S SIGN by Candace Fleming
Released: March 1, 1998

"Adding considerably to the charm of the book are Parker's ink-and-watercolor illustrations, with a sketched, fleeting quality that seems to summon the events from history and renders them with immediacy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Thomas Jefferson was feeling stung. Read full book review >
GABRIELLA'S SONG by Candace Fleming
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A disarmingly simple tale, this is inspiring and transporting. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Fleming (Madame Lagrande and Her So High, To the Sky, Uproarious Pompadour, 1996) celebrates music and its power to touch our lives. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1996

"The story's length, theme, and complexity may not recommend it to younger readers, but it will reward those school-age children just beginning to struggle to keep up with the latest fads. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Madame LaGrande is fashion's latest slave in pre-Revolutionary Paris. Read full book review >