Books by Carmen Agra Deedy

RETURN OF THE LIBRARY DRAGON by Carmen Agra Deedy
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Pro-book and -library quotes on the endpapers and multiple punny book titles in the illustrations add an extra touch of fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What could cause the Library Dragon to return (The Library Dragon, 1994)? Read full book review >
THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT by Carmen Agra Deedy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Readers with great expectations will find them fully satisfied by this tongue-in-cheek romp through a historic public House that is the very opposite of Bleak. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
"He was the best of toms. He was the worst of toms." And for all his harsh early life and unnatural dietary preferences, ragged London alley cat Skilley gets to look at a queen, too. Read full book review >
14 COWS FOR AMERICA by Carmen Agra Deedy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A stirring, heartwarming tale that made headlines when it happened—and is now, thankfully, preserved on the page for children. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah is about to return home, to a small village in Kenya. Read full book review >
MARTINA THE BEAUTIFUL COCKROACH by Carmen Agra Deedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Fun to compare with other versions, this telling has magic all its own. (Folklore. 6-10)"
Available in both English and Spanish (ISBN: 978-1-56145-425-9) editions, this new version of a story told in Cuba, Puerto Rico and other Latin-American countries is lively and funny, without the sad ending found in some tellings. Read full book review >
THE LAST DANCE by Carmen Agra Deedy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Children may have difficulty with the calligraphic typeface, making this a book more appropriate for sharing than solos. (Picture book. 8-12)"
 A complex, pretty story—about dancing and death—whose text and illustrations are stitched together from different fragments; poetic snatches of narrative are woven together like a series of dreams. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY DRAGON by Carmen Agra Deedy
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Entertaining nevertheless, with snappy confections from newcomer White. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
 Miss Lotta Scales, the new librarian at Sunrise Elementary, is a real dragon, literally and figuratively. Read full book review >
AGATHA'S FEATHER BED by Carmen Agra Deedy
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 1991

"Offbeat, provocative, well crafted. (Picture book. 4-10)"
 Old Agatha, proprietor of a lovely little shop that sells her spinning and weaving, harbors an affectionate brood of cats and enjoys offering children explanations about where things come from, describing the likes of silkworms and cotton bolls. Read full book review >