Books by Charise Mericle Harper

CRAFTY CAT AND THE GREAT BUTTERFLY BATTLE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Perhaps best for young crafting enthusiasts searching for a quiet, gentle read—but even they may be underwhelmed. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
The third in the Crafty Cat series finds elementary schooler Birdie competing for a choice role in the class play. Read full book review >
THE HEAT IS ON by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Fast-paced and fun-filled, a delicious read for middle graders, foodies or not. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In Part 2 of this three-part series, only three contestants remain in the running for the "Next Best Junior Chef" competition. Who will be the next to go? Read full book review >
LIGHTS, CAMERA, COOK!  by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at a reality cooking show; a must-read for all junior foodies. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The first in a three-part series, this follows four diverse preteen contestants who grapple with their hopes, fears, and dreams as they cook their ways through a reality TV contest. Read full book review >
THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Here's hoping Harper will oblige with more stories starring these birds. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Three silly birds with the same wacky sense of the absurd as Elephant and Piggie are likely to be a hit with Mo Willems fans. Read full book review >
JUST GRACE AND THE TROUBLE WITH CUPCAKES by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"This title can be read alone and will win new fans, while long-standing fans will cheer. Just Grace continues to be just delightful. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Mix the ingredients of a school fair, Grandma's cupcake recipe and a broken promise to a friend, and you have the 10th entry in the Just Grace series. Read full book review >
THE BALL by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Amiable goofiness to the nth degree—a winner. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
Bean Dog and Nugget are ready for action! Read full book review >
WEDGIEMAN TO THE RESCUE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Don't bother wedging this one on your bookshelf. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Someone needs to save new readers from this book. Read full book review >
WEDGIEMAN by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"In what seems like a veritable golden age of beginning readers, perhaps some things are better not published. Or read. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Captain Underpants he ain't. Read full book review >
HENRY'S HEART by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"The story should please those hopeful readers who are puppy-starved themselves, while the learning hidden within should set parents' and educators' hearts aflutter. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Tongue-in-cheek, label-happy humor reminiscent of Mélanie Watts abounds in Harper's latest, a genius pairing of fiction and nonfiction. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Fashion Kitty has plenty of fans and won't go out of style anytime soon. This installment, however, requires a bit more attentiveness than her previous outings. (creative ideas for crafty kitties; not seen) (Graphic novel. 8-12)"
Fashion Kitty has met her share of enemies, but Leon Lambaster the III is the most devious, dastardly of all. Read full book review >
CUPCAKE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Laurie Keller's wonderfully loony Arnie the Doughnut (2003) covers much the same territory while addressing the existential irony inherent in a story about a foodstuff, something this bland book does not. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Plain Vanilla Cupcake is proud as can be as he sits on a tray with several beautifully decorated cupcakes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Easy to read, with lots of laughs and a few life lessons along the way. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A purple and pink friendship punctuates three short stories for young ones. Read full book review >
JUST GRACE WALKS THE DOG by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2008

"Her ruminations about the ways that people—and animals—may not be what they seem will provide both entertainment and food for thought for a wide range of readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Just Grace returns with a new concern: She wants a dog, but her parents say no. Read full book review >
WHEN RANDOLPH TURNED ROTTEN by Charise Mericle Harper
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"A charmer of a read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's probably true that 95 percent of the time Randolph the beaver is an upstanding fellow. Read full book review >
STILL JUST GRACE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"This welcome sequel to Just Grace (April 2007) will be just as good an introduction to this engaging character. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When a new boy moves in next door to her best friend Mimi, third-grader Grace worries that she will lose her friend, but Mimi worries, too, because in the course of a school project Grace works with two of the other Graces in her class and discovers they're not so bad. Read full book review >
JUST GRACE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2007

"An appealing chapter book with just a hint of mystery for middle-grade girls; a sequel is already in the works. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A plan to cheer up her neighbor with postcards from her cat, Crinkles, lands third-grader Grace Stewart in trouble when the cat disappears. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"What, you ask, is a chamber pot? / Well, here are things that it is not. / It's not a pot to keep your money, / pretty flowers, toys, or honey." Read full book review >
FLASHCARDS OF MY LIFE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Emily's search for the truth about friendship, romance and identity will appeal to 'tween fans of conversational chick-lit. (Fiction. 9-13)"
There's a lot to sort out in junior high: Emily's best friend, Sandra, doesn't like her other friends, "the Sarahs"; Emily thinks she might have a crush on Andrew, but is it only because she heard Andrew might be crushing on her; and will her endless-dieting mom and clueless dad ever be happy together again? Read full book review >
FASHION KITTY by Charise Mericle Harper
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A marvelous girly-girl response to the Captain Underpants books—with none of the embarrassing potty humor. (Fiction. 7-11)"
She's a kitty, she's a vegetarian with a pet mouse, she has her own sense of style, she's . . . Read full book review >
AGNES PARKER...HAPPY CAMPER? by Kathleen O’Dell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The campfire is bright and warm when shared with Agnes and her friends. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A month at science camp become much more than studying the soil and casting animal footprints when Agnes Parker and her friend Prejean are separated into two very different cabins. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"For some children, that might be enough; most will prefer the more engaging sorts of encounters found in the likes of Ed Emberley's Go Away, Big Green Monster (1992) or Linda Ashman's Essential Worldwide Monster Guide, illustrated by David Small (2003). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Strong patterns and knockout colors in Harper's stylized art give this gallery of Wild Things an arresting look—but the pedestrian accompanying captions take it down a peg. Read full book review >
YES, NO, MAYBE SO by Charise Mericle Harper
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A definite Maybe So. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Addressing the recently-out-of-diapers set, Harper suggests choices good, bad, and promisingly mischievous in trios of scenes featuring minimal texts and a pair of very simply drawn monkey sibs. Read full book review >
ITSY BITSY THE SMART SPIDER by Charise Mericle Harper
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Young readers will enjoy them both. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Itsy Bitsy spider has, at last, found some gumption. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL by Charise Mericle Harper
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"More than a little squirrelly. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A squirrel realizes his lifelong dream of becoming a Secret Service agent in this picture book that is long on quirky concept and short on story. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Now if the ending just had more punch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
And bold she is in this spin-off of the favorite song. Read full book review >
IMAGINATIVE INVENTIONS by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Sadly, it does neither. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
This introduction to inventions delivered in cartoony spreads with clomping verse falls on its face. Read full book review >