Books by Carol Brendler

THE TWO MUTCH SISTERS by Carol Brendler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"Sisters with too much learn to appreciate their differences in this lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When the titular two Mutch sisters finally collect too much, one sister moves into her own house, prompting the other to make her own dramatic change. Read full book review >
THE PICKWICKS' PICNIC by Carol Brendler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A family romp that demonstrates what a positive attitude and a bit of resourcefulness can accomplish in less-than-ideal circumstances. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A family of dogs escapes the heat of the city for a picnic by the shore, if they can only get through the traffic. Read full book review >
NOT VERY SCARY by Carol Brendler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A terrific Halloween title to share with those readers who prefer giggles to shivers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Monster Melly is invited to her cousin Malberta's house "on the scariest night of all." On her way, she notices she is being followed. Why? More importantly: by what? Read full book review >
RADIO GIRL by Carol Brendler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Despite intimations of drunkenness, adultery and the coming war, Cece is as wholesome as a glass of milk, if as oblivious and self-centered as any teen then or now. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Cecelia Maloney ("Cece…rhymes with peace"), 14, lives in Newark, N.J., in 1938 above Loomis Hardware and below the Loomis family. Her adored Pop is a radio sound-effects man, and she wants nothing more than to be in radio, too. Read full book review >
WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER by Carol Brendler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 7, 2009

Winnie Finn, worm farmer extraordinaire, would love to win a prize at the annual county fair, so she can buy herself a new wagon. But worms are never recognized as trophy winners. Winnie knows better: Raising good red wigglers will help her neighbors earn prizes for the best corn, best egg layer and prettiest Afghan puppy. With a little help from each of her friends, Winnie applies her worm knowledge and ingenuity to help Mr. Abernathy raise the tallest corn, which in turn is fed to Mrs. Yamasaki-O'Sheridan's productive hens, whose eggs help Mr. Peasley's pups develop the shiniest coats—resulting in first prizes for all. Brendler creates a clever cumulative ecological tale filled with spunk and a bit of vermiculture. Hoyt's sprightly cartoons add just the right amount of humorous action to Winnie's worm-farming tasks, while Winnie's winning personality allows readers to learn a bit about the positive aspects of worm composting. An author's note includes directions for creating a worm farm and sources. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >