Books by Cece Bell

YOU LOVES EWE! by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 26, 2019

"Hilarious. How will Yam and Donkey top this? (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ewe will love it! (You will too.) Read full book review >
SMELL MY FOOT! by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"Fragrant fun for first readers. (Graphic early reader. 4-8)"
A comedic duo stars in their first comic—a playful homage to the Dick and Jane books. Read full book review >
RABBIT & ROBOT AND RIBBIT by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engrossing! (Early reader. 7-9)"
Three's a crowd in Bell's follow-up to Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover (2012) when Rabbit gets jealous of Robot's new amphibian pal, Ribbit. Read full book review >
INSPECTOR FLYTRAP by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Three cases and lunch! What more could you need? Happily, Volume 2, The President's Mane Is Missing, publishes simultaneously. (Humor. 6-9)"
Inspector Flytrap is here to solve your "BIG DEAL" mysteries…foolishness in every case file guaranteed. Read full book review >
CHUCK AND WOODCHUCK by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Skip—skinned knees should be the only elementary school drama. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A first-grade love story with a woodchuck as a go-between. Really. Read full book review >
I YAM A DONKEY! by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"This attempt to bring levity to an already-difficult grammar task for children just tangles the situation further. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A stern yam corrects a grammatically challenged donkey. Read full book review >
EL DEAFO by Cece Bell
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Worthy of a superhero. (Graphic memoir. 8 & up)"
A humorous and touching graphic memoir about finding friendship and growing up deaf. Read full book review >
CRANKEE DOODLE by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

Sure he went to town...but did he want to go to town?

Crankee Doodle is bored. His pony suggests going to town, but Crankee says he hates going to town. "There are too many people in town. They all run around in a hurry and ring bells and eat pies, and then they yell at each other to stop running around, ringing bells, and eating pies." Pony suggests shopping. Crankee hates shopping; he has enough stuff. Pony suggests a feather for Crankee's hat. That doesn't go over well either. Pony says Crankee could call it macaroni (that means fancy). Crankee thinks lasagna is much more fancy, but he doesn't want to call his hat macaroni or lasagna or go to town or shop. Pony offers Crankee a ride, but Crankee thinks Pony smells. Poor Pony! Will Crankee apologize? Will they get to town? Will readers ever view "Yankee Doodle" the same way again? Best-seller Angleberger of Origami Yoda fame takes on picture books, treating a younger audience to his dry and zany wit. Readers and storytime audiences will guffaw at his twist on the traditional song. Bell's gauche, heavy-outlined illustrations are comic-book panels, some spreading over two pages as Crankee Doodle and Pony converse in speech bubbles (and Crankee's jeremiads fill the page).

A historical hoot full of goofy, eye-rolling goodness. (Picture book. 4-9)Read full book review >
BUG PATROL by Denise Dowling Mortensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A fun spoof. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bug's busy day highlights the many varied jobs of a police officer. Read full book review >
RABBIT & ROBOT by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A good choice for those ready to launch into more advanced texts. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Make way for another endearing, odd-couple pair of friends in beginning-reader land. Read full book review >
ITTY BITTY by Cece Bell
by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

Itty Bitty may be the most aptly named pooch ever, but here he moves with inspiring confidence through normal-sized city and country alike. Puttering beneath towering daisies aboard a walnut-shell tricycle in Bell's small, retro-style scenes, the stick-legged Itty Bitty comes upon a bone big enough to live in—once he's gnawed out a door and windows, that is. Some furnishings then being in order, down the highway to town he drives. The department store's full-size furniture draws a dismayed "Whoa," but big signs point to the "Teeny-Weeny Department," where he finds not only itty-bitty rugs and itty-bitty sofas, but itty-bitty books, too. In no time his new place "felt like home," and in the closing vignette he nestles down in his new digs for a cozy nighttime read. Children will do the same with this terse, appropriately diminutive but definitive assurance that size really doesn't matter. (Picture book. 5-7) Read full book review >
BEE-WIGGED by Cece Bell
by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

Jerry is a pretty sweet guy—honey-sweet, in fact—but he's also the most enormous bee anyone has ever seen. And people can't see past that giant stinger; despite the fact that he's never used it, Jerry is friendless. Fate drops a wig at his feet one day, which he promptly puts on his head. "This wig makes me look just like a boy," Jerry thinks. He actually looks like a giant bumblebee with a cow pie on his head, but therein lies the charm. The people, clueless, accept Jerry, and he gets to showcase his fine qualities. It is not an ill wind that blows Jerry's wig off, for it turns out to be "Wiglet, a very hairy guinea pig," who reminds the panicking citizenry that Jerry is kind, funny and generous. The daffy winsomeness of Bell's art is given aesthetic heft by her gorgeous use of color, bold outlines containing saturated blues, greens and, of course, bumblebee-yellows. Is Jerry a little too cute to serve as a vehicle to combat prejudice? Hardly—no one's about to kill this messenger. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
SOCK MONKEY RIDES AGAIN by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

The all-knit toy actor is back in the saddle again, riding a tide of bit parts to a starring role as a singing cowboy. Unfortunately, the gig includes kissing the leading lady, and though Sock Monkey can get coaching from his friends in yodeling, lassoing and horseback riding, he's on his own for the smooch. Bell digitally mixes simple shapes and swatches of fabric into flat-looking cartoon illustrations, outfitting Sock Monkey in appropriate cowboy gear and setting him up on the set of El Rancho Socko with opposite number Lulu Nevada—a bug-like wind-up toy who bursts into tears when, after acing all of his earlier scenes, he quails in the clutch. At his friends' urging, though, he gives it another go, and one chaste peck on the cheek later it's a wrap, with the two riding off into the sunset together. Happy trails to them, and to all readers with the stomach for such relentless, intense cuteness. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >