Books by Charles Fuge

ANIMAL BABIES by Charles Fuge
Released: March 6, 2018

"For its age-appropriate facts, but most especially for its sweet and inviting illustrations, this is a nice addition to a toddler's bookshelf. (Board book. 18 mos-3)"
Vibrant illustrations accompany various facts about baby animals in this toddler-friendly board book. Read full book review >
WHO WOKE THE BABY? by Jane Clarke
Released: March 8, 2016

"A playful anti-bedtime book—and a whimsically literal introduction to the 'butterfly effect.' (Picture book. 3-5)"
Cumulative verse and bold art define this picture book. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Sure to satisfy toddlers and preschoolers, this father-child tale will warm many hearts. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"Down in the woods in the evening sun, / Big Daddy Rabbit said, ‘Come, Little One!' " So begins this tender book as a furry father and son make the most of the day's last light to play. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"'It is a lovely thought,' opines Bear, 'to think that we could ever be, / as kindly as we ought.' Impossible to disagree. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vivacious illustrations carry this unlikely tale of a captured mouse's ploy that inspires three predatory animals to wage peace. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2012

"A cozy, briefly told wish-fulfillment tale, lit up by pictures whose clear colors and solid-looking figures are easy on the eyes. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Plot plays a minor role at best in this brightly illustrated tale of three cute, stubby-limbed dinos getting a taste of flight. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2011

"Cute enough, but not likely to inspire repeated readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alliteration and rhyme abound in Fuge's latest, an abecedarian salute to anthropomorphized animals. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2011

"This fish story smells stale already. (Picture book. 3-6) "
Big brother shark thinks quickly and saves the day. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

A terrible racket at bedtime sends leopard off to find its source. He meets other animals along the way, all getting ready for bed in their own manner, and they form a parade. Leopard leads giraffe, baboon, hyena, meerkat, zebra, lion, ostrich and water buffalo. The source of the noise is sure to be a giggle-inducing surprise, as is the predictable but still enjoyable ending. Fuge's jewel-toned illustrations give readers no doubt as to the story's savanna setting. Squinting eyes and twitching mouths (many echoing mid-to-late-century Disney animation) bring the characters to life as they blearily and angrily set off to find the source of the racket. Conway's tale is well-crafted, but his prose methods are inconsistent. Leopard's page contains lots of alliteration, while baboon's page and several others feature some rhyme, and still other pages are chockablock with synonyms. Sadly, none of these devices is carried throughout the text, which will cause confusion for both oral readers and listeners. Still, this could be an amusing African-themed complement to The Napping House. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
YIP! SNAP! YAP! by Charles Fuge
Released: June 1, 2010

This playful, participatory rhyming text eagerly invites readers to bark with a rowdy dog, chomp with a greedy dog, snooze with a sleepy dog, cool off with a hot dog, hunt with a sniffer dog, sing along with a pack of puppy dogs and beware of guard dogs, itchy dogs and yappy dogs. Noise words in a giant typeface just beg kids to join in and "woof," "rruff," "chomp," "munch," "hrumph," "zzzzz," "gruff," "grrr," "scritch," "scratch," "scruff," "yip," "yap," "slurp," "sniffle," "snaffle" and "aroo." A bevy of amusing dogs rendered in bold colors and dramatic angles engaged in comic activities enlivens the already lively text. A bee-tormented bulldog is the guard dog, a dreaming pit bull represents the sleepy dog, a flea-infested terrier represents the itchy dog, a perky pug is the yappy dog while the inevitable elongated dachshund symbolizes the hot dog. With its guttural growls, baleful barking and raucous racket, this onomatopoetic tribute to canine cacophony will have wee readers simply howling. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
YES WE CAN! by Sam McBratney
Released: June 1, 2007

The author of the wildly successful Guess How Much I Love You (1995) tackles competition and compromise. Little Roo, Quacker Duck and Country Mouse are having fun playing in the leaves. Things go awry when Roo boasts to Duck that Roo can jump over logs unlike Duck. Duck responds by having a go, only to fall down. Mouse, who laughs, is dared to float on a puddle, which is Duck's specialty. However, Mouse cannot float. Little Roo finds this amusing and is dared to catch his own tail—Mouse's exceptional talent. Of course, this results in three sulky friends sitting on a log ignoring each other. Fuge's illustration of their petulant frowns is quite amusing. Luckily, Little Roo's mummy comes to figure out the problem. She shows them that they should be proud of their own unique talents. Illustrations of the animals are fun but the background is a bit confusing. In some spreads, it looks like summer, luxuriously verdant. Other pages appear to represent autumn. But this is a minor quibble, as the universal subjects covered will be both helpful and enjoyable for young children. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2006

McBratney presents another loving parent/child story in this endearing tale of a mother kangaroo's playful attempts to cheer up her grumpy son, Little Roo, and her success in getting him to smile again. Simple but rich text skips across warm, bright, bold and beautiful full-page illustrations perfectly in time with the story, gearing this tale to an animated read-aloud session held on a lap or in a large group. Artful page design utilizes the idea of the kangaroo's natural hopping by including two sections that have a vertical orientation that cleverly mimic the rollicking play and leaps of the mother and joey. This altered orientation provides a nice departure from the usual format and adds to the fun. Heartwarming and certain to tease smiles from even the grumpiest of little jumpers. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2005

When his best friend Raymond moves away, Gilbert, a great white shark, is terribly sad. He can't stop thinking about him, and there's nothing anyone can do to help. "Go and play tide and seek with the pilot fish," says Raymond's mother. "It will make you feel better." Later, in a colorful full-bleed spread, crabs play catch, and Gilbert rides a sea-saw that dips under his weight. But when he meets someone new (another remora fish, whose best friend—a shark—has moved away), Raymond's heavy mood lifts. He hasn't forgotten about his old friend, but he's happy to have a new one. Youngsters will sympathize with Gilbert, and take comfort in the outcome of Clarke's sweet story, which she manages to tell with sensitivity and humor. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
I KNOW A RHINO by Charles Fuge
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

A young girl transforms her day in imaginative rhyming play with her many animal friends. Beginning with tea time, the rhinoceros delicately pours their beverage from a bright, yellow, happy-faced teapot. Continuing with seven two-page spreads, she fights in the mud with a pig, dances with an orangutan, twirls around and around with a hippopotamus, doctors a sick dragon, bathes with a giraffe (here the scene turns sideways), snacks with a brown bear, and dresses up with a leopard. Each setting is well-composed and centers on the two friends who only have smiles for one another. Luminous colors enhance each scene, which mirror a child's imaginative play. Though the text supports the art on each page, there are one or two awkward rhythms that detract just a bit from the established flow if the reader isn't prepared. After a long day of play, the young girl sits on the rhino and she and her animal friends march upstairs to bed where it turns out, of course, that she snuggles down with each of them . . . stuffed. A trifle, but listeners will enjoy identifying each animal as their simple rhyme begins, "I know a . . . " (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
WHALE IS STUCK by Karen Hayles
Released: May 5, 1993

Turning a playful somersault, Whale lands on an ice floe, and the efforts of the other animals (led by pompous Walrus) to shove, tip, or lift him off are to no avail; there he stays until, fortuitously, the sun melts the ice enough so that he falls through to rejoin his relieved friend Fish. Though smoothly told, the story is slight and overcontrived, but it does serve to showcase Fuge's appealing arctic animals—birds, seals, bears, dolphins, narwhal, etc., all sharply delineated and true to species while also exhibiting human concern and activity as they cooperate in trying to free their huge friend. (Picture book. 4- 8) Read full book review >