Books by Carlyn Beccia

Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers fond of the gruesome and grotesque with a heavy dose of humor will find much to enjoy here. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This gleefully macabre mix of history and science relates true stories about the mysterious fates of body parts from the famous and infamous. Read full book review >
SCARLATTI'S CAT by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Released: March 1, 2014

"Music lovers might appreciate this slight story that ties the creation of a popular classical sonata to a pampered pet, but most young listeners will simply be left wondering what poor Pulcinella did to be abandoned by her owner. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Despite an intriguing premise, Lachenmeyer and Beccia's collaboration doesn't quite manage to produce a pleasing composition. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2013

"An insightful glimpse into a key period in Alcott's life and women in nursing. (notes on women in medicine and the Battle of Fredericksburg, sources, map) (Picture book/biography. 9-11)"
During the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott served as a volunteer nurse, caring for Union soldiers in Washington, D.C., between December 12, 1862, and January 21, 1863. This well-researched biographical vignette explores the brief but pivotal episode in Alcott's life. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Disgusting and futile medical practices are always a pleasure to contemplate. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Riding in on the coattails of the Horrible Histories and their ilk, here's a Tudor-centric set of historical rumors that Beccia breezily substantiates, dispels or leaves for readers to mull. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2007

"Visually accomplished but textually flawed. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Beccia's debut, a fanciful, alphabetical survey of early circus performers, showcases her facility in graphic design. Read full book review >