Books by Chris Gall

THE LITTLEST TRAIN by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A modern-day book with a classic feel that is delicately flavored with a sweet undercurrent of everyday compassion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bildungsroman for the toy locomotive set. Read full book review >
DOG VS. CAT by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall, illustrated by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"The stylish illustrations and sly wit on display here will please Gall's fans and likely win him new ones. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Traditional adversaries are (eventually) united by a common enemy. Read full book review >
AWESOME DAWSON by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Aimed squarely at small boys, this is action, adventure and imagination with a positive message. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An inventive reuser builds a cleaning robot that threatens to eat his town. Read full book review >
REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Young fans of all things big and noisy will make trax for this dynamic dino-diversion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The prehistoric metal monsters dug up and introduced in Dinotrux! (2009) break out—twice!—in this smashing (crashing, roaring, grinding) sequel. Read full book review >
SUBSTITUTE CREACHER by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2011

"Great for both Halloween and the start of a new school year, this is certain to provide more than a few laughs to kids who have seen through Viola Swamp's disguise. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In this cautionary tale that combines humor and a touch of magic, good behavior is the lesson of the day when a particularly naughty class of students has a substitute teacher. Read full book review >
THE BEST HORSE EVER by Alice DeLaCroix
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2010

"Despite its small faults, its heart is true, and this book will please every hopeful, horse-loving third-grade girl who picks it up. (Fiction. 7-10)"
For nine-year-old Abby, owning a horse—her OWN horse—is a certified dream come true. Read full book review >
DINOTRUX by Chris Gall
Kirkus Star
by Chris Gall, illustrated by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Bellow on! (Picture book. 5-9)"
The tough working trucks in Kate and Jim McMullan's I Stink! (2002) and sequels look like lightweights next to their brawny prehistoric antecedents in Gall's rousing, grimy full-bleed spreads. Read full book review >
THERE’S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"There probably won't be much to do there, either, right? (Picture book. 6-8)"
Following a story arc that's been popular at least since Ellen Raskin's Nothing Ever Happens On My Block! (1966), young Davey fails to find anything to relieve his boredom in the rugged Martian landscape—not the fish skeleton, the giant face, the half-buried Mars Rover or even the horde of froggy Martians leaping about in a wild (and, of course, futile) rain dance. Read full book review >
DEAR FISH by Chris Gall
by Chris Gall, illustrated by Chris Gall
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Closing with a wordless view of Peter and his family driving into the drink to take up a reciprocal invitation from the fish, this tongue-in-cheek outing will engage readers with a taste for the surreal. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Handsome, comical pictures reminiscent of David Wiesner's Tuesday (1991) illustrate a briefly told tale of a fishy foray onto dry land. Read full book review >
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL by Katherine Lee Bates
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Pair this uplifting debut with Barbara Younger's Purple Mountain Majesties, illustrated by Stacey Schuett (1998), which focuses on the poem's composer. (introduction) (Picture book/poem. 6-10)"
Gall, an actual descendant of Bates, illustrates the four verses of this country's other national anthem with bold, clean-lined, heroic American scenes, from a sturdy rural couple contemplating their "amber waves," to firefighters raising a flag over the ruins at Ground Zero. Read full book review >