Books by Charlotte Pomerantz

THUNDERBOOM! by Charlotte Pomerantz
Released: March 31, 2006

"Despite their appeal and the undeniable quality of the writing, however, the publisher's description of this as a 'ragtag, boodlebag of poems' remains unfortunately apt. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The subtitle implies the essential weakness of this poetry collection. Read full book review >
THE MOUSERY by Charlotte Pomerantz
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Beautifully crafted artwork lifts a pedestrian rhymed text in this tale of two grumpy old bachelors who change their ways. Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY LETTERS by Charlotte Pomerantz
Released: March 31, 2000

"Adinolfi's artwork, though hip and darting and with an eye for any humor that can be wrung from the text, ultimately can't keep the dreary story afloat. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Despite some funny touches, Pomerantz's story of the tedious bickering between two kids gets hoist on its own petard. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1998

"Conflict resolution is a common theme, but it's rare and refreshing to see children work out their differences on their own, without adult advice. (Picture book. 6-7)"
Molly and Ben live in the same two family house, wear identical shirts to school, sit together in the lunch room, and, since their birthdays are only five days apart, share a single party every year. Read full book review >
MANGABOOM by Charlotte Pomerantz
Released: April 1, 1997

"Lobel's gouaches give a heroic touch to the proceedings, with Mangaboom's colossalness often bleeding right off the page. (Picture book. 5+)"
Although this tale is somewhat disjointed, its tender bonhomie compensates. Read full book review >
HERE COMES HENNY by Charlotte Pomerantz
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Try this with a toddler who enjoys chanting Mother Goose, or give it to new readers as an unusually diverting way to polish their phonics. (Picture book. 2-7)"
``Here comes Henny/with her sacky,/which she carries/pickabacky/back and forth/and forth and backy./See her pick pick pick/a snicky./See her pack pack pack/a snacky./See her put/a snicky-snacky/in her backpack/picnic sacky.'' So begins the tale of a hen whose three chicks, far from pleased with her provisions, prefer—in fact, ``DEMAND''—``A snacky-snicky/for the chickies'/picnic-nicky.'' No problem. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDE DOG by Charlotte Pomerantz
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Pancho's insinuation into this affectionate family of two is charming. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Her grandpa is adamant—Marisol may not have a dog, even though there are numerous strays on their Puerto Rican hillside; dogs have ``fleas and ticks and who knows what.'' Marisol doesn't complain, but bit by ingenuous bit she negotiates. Read full book review >
SERENA KATZ by Charlotte Pomerantz
Released: March 31, 1992

"A treat for readers who find Miss Rumphius a bit too genteel. (Picture book. 7-9)"
All of Elmsville is excited to hear that Mr. Duncan and his family are off to N.Y.C. to visit the great Serena Katz—but is she who they think she is? Read full book review >

As in Angela Johnson's Tell Me a Story, Mama (p. 49/C-5), a young black child asks her mother questions about her childhood—a time of fewer possessions but just as much love. Read full book review >