Books by Catharine O'Neill

BANANA MUFFINS AND OTHER STORIES by Catharine O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Welcome back, Annie and Simon. (Early reader. 7-9)"
A glimpse at sibling love in a book for newly independent readers, the third Annie and Simon book. Read full book review >
ANNIE AND SIMON by Catharine O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Would that all sib relationships were so harmonious. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Four more emergent-reader episodes featuring little Annie, her "big, big brother," Simon, and bucketloads of sibling togetherness. Read full book review >
ANNIE AND SIMON by Catharine O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

Talkative, inquisitive preschooler Annie and her much-older brother Simon are a good team. Annie wants to be a hairdresser, and Simon has hair in need of dressing. Annie wants to see a loon, and Simon can pilot a canoe. Annie desperately wants a rain shower, and Simon figures out how to give her one. Even after a disagreement over Annie's "special drink" concoction, the two remain best friends as well as siblings. O'Neill based the characters on her own daughter and stepsons, and the basis in fact shines through; Annie and Simon's four stories collected here will ring true for most newly independent readers. The watercolor illustrations of the two and their bark-full dog Hazel are full of humor and detail. Each story also has a touch of nature information. O'Neill's first solo effort in some years is well worth adding to the first-chapter-book collection. (Fiction. 5-7)Read full book review >
ANNA’S BOOK by Barbara Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Introducing Anna, eager, curious, playful, demanding, self-centered, but as sweet and lovable as any toddler can be. Two little books, just right for small hands, individually depict, with the barest of text, two typical situations—one of reading and rereading the same favorite book, the other involving a playmate's visit where sharing becomes difficult. Anna loves to be read to as mom complies, interrupting her laundry chores, again and again. Finally, "Mommy is finished reading" and Anna creates her own solution by sitting with teddy bear and reading her book as many times as teddy asks her to. In Anna Shares (ISBN: 0-525-47111-1) when friend Justin comes over to play, Anna cannot share the cookies mom offers at snack time and cries, "No, no, no." Justin goes home and Anna constructs a way to share and eat all her cookies as well. Simple, yet expressive watercolors capture the mood, ambiance, and quintessential behavior of the egocentric tike. Perfect for preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

O'Neill's sunny illustrations abet Lerner and Goldhor's first children's book but can't hoist it aloft. Katie teases her little sister, Rosie, about the consequences of accidentally swallowing an apple seed: A tree will shortly take root in Rosie's stomach. Katie assures her the branches will grow out of her ears and get all the sunshine they need. Swearing the younger girl to secrecy, she carries the deception a step further by examining Katie's ears at night for incipient budding. Even when Rosie is sad and can't sleep, a guilt-stricken Katie, afraid to tell the truth, comes up with more elaborations on the lie to cheer her sister up. When Rosie reveals her secret to a friend, she learns the truth and confronts Katie, who blames the victim (``I can't help it if you believe everything I say!'') but is secretly relieved. Determinedly lighthearted in telling and pictures, the book feels superficial: Katie gets off the hook without any scrutiny of what is really a cruel and prolonged prank. For a sharper observance of truth and consequences, there's the Caldecott-winning classic by Evaline Ness, Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
J.B. WIGGLEBOTTOM AND THE PARADE OF PETS by Vivian Sathre
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

A first novel about a school-sponsored pet show featuring a runaway rhea (entered by Buddy Zimmer, fifth-grade bully and all- around top dog) and a colony of ants that spells out a message on a honey-baited board (entered by J.B., Buddy's victim, desperate to make up for past humiliations). There's a realistic exploration of J.B.'s alternating feelings of affection and resentment toward his younger sister, but in the central bully/victim relationship J.B.'s reactions to Buddy are unbelievably mild. Descriptive passages are also a frequent problem: the reader is sometimes sidetracked by irrelevant detail; and some scenes are difficult to visualize because descriptions are imprecise. Indifferent b&w illustrations; the attractive color jacket gives away the ending. (Fiction. 7-9) Read full book review >
FISH FRY TONIGHT by Jackie French Koller
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

In lilting verse, Koller explains how Mouse starts a contented day of fishing, ``gazing, at ripples and dapples that giggled and babbled. While dozily drowsing, she dangled a hook.'' Suddenly, Mouse finds herself bravely landing a fish as big as she is; overwhelmed by its size, she telephones friend Squirrel, encouraging him to bring friends to share it. Merry verse in tow, the tale turns cumulative; in the end, Mouse has to send out for pizza (``with lots of anchovies'') to serve the crowd that shows up for what now looks like a small fish. The lighthearted fun is nicely reflected in O'Neill's cheery broken-line and watercolor illustrations. A fine read-alone, but the humor and catchy rhymes and rhythms especially recommend this for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >