Books by Chris L. Demarest

RED SLED by Patricia Thomas
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A quietly exhilarating ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A father and son go sledding in this deceptively simple tale. Read full book review >
HURRICANE HUNTERS! by Chris L. Demarest
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Demarest caps his dramatic account with a long afterword about hurricanes and their damages—particularly Katrina's recent devastation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Demarest continues his tributes to uniformed workers who routinely go in harm's way with this timely look at a mission flown by the Air Force's 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2005

"Exciting stuff for kids in the military state of mind, not to mention a good workout for the memory. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Demarest explores, through dramatic military-related illustrations, the International Communications Alphabet (ICA). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Dizzyingly funny. (Fractured fairy tales. 8-12)"
From the elegantly addled brain of the author who brought us not only Wicked but haunted hairdos and stupid cupids, come eight deeply and profoundly silly stories. Read full book review >
MAYDAY! MAYDAY! by Chris L. Demarest
Released: June 1, 2004

"Dynamite. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A crisp, exciting Coast Guard rescue operation over stormy seas, and in the dark of night. Read full book review >
HOTSHOTS! by Chris L. Demarest
Released: May 1, 2003

"Altogether admirable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Demarest adds another gem to his lambent survey of modern firefighting with this mesmerizing look at the men and women who are specially trained and equipped to fight wildfires. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2002

"References, suggested reading, and the National Smokejumper Association Web site are also included. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Demarest follows up Firefighters A-Z (2000) with this compelling offering on counting. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"The deep belly laughs and red-faced embarrassment that come from reading words like 'pee' and 'belch' will be enough to make this an instant favorite. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
A lively picture book filled with humorous poems by a variety of new poets does what the subtitle suggests—makes the reader (and listener) laugh out loud. Read full book review >
FIREFIGHTERS A TO Z by Chris L. Demarest
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Parts of this will be new even to avid young fans of the occupation and its trappings; and though there are no specific cautions, the underlying message about the importance of fire safety will not go astray. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Demarest (The Cowboy ABC, 1999, etc.), a volunteer firefighter himself, pays tribute to the intrepid men and women who do it professionally. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS' SONG by David L. Harrison
Released: March 1, 1997

"This book, a group of preschoolers, and a rhythm band set form a cacophonous combination with appeal that's loud and clear. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fans of old-fashioned rhyming books will warm to this perky celebration of sight and sound: ``There was a little girl/With a silver flute,/Toot toot/Tootity toot,/Who puckered her lips/And blew her flute,/Tootity tootity toot.'' Soon she is joined by a little boy with ``a rumity drum,'' a hooty owl, a sleepy ``yippity'' dog, a cow, a pony, a rooster, a pig, bird, goose, lamb, duck, pigeon, and a shy mouse from ``under the sink.'' All together they make a crew that recalls the Bremen town musicians in a noisy, onomatopoeic parade: ``They sang and danced/And skipped along/With a flute and a drum/And the animals' song.'' The parade ends grandly; the girl who started it all is fast asleep in her sunset-drenched bedroom, her toys gathered around her. Read full book review >
PLANE by Chris L. Demarest
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A companion volume, Ship (ISBN 0-15-200267-7), does a similarly energetic job plying the high seas and evoking things oceanic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book journey for the very young on a pleasurable plane ride through an intimate, minimal landscape. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 1994

"Fine light entertainment to keep the picture-book hour giggling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grandma Jo is happily expecting a visit from little Lloyd (``He'll arrive next Tuesday on the 10:30 train, and he'll be wearing his new coat with the fluffy collar'') when she loses her glasses, which means she's unable to read either the letter saying that Lloyd isn't coming after all or a newspaper warning about an escaped lion. Read full book review >
WHEN COWS COME HOME by David L. Harrison
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Still, the merry rhyming and the illustrations' blithe abandon may make this an effective storytime diversion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of Somebody Catch My Homework (1990) brings his skillful versifying to a slight, silly tale about a herd of cows straying from their homeward way at day's end (``But if Farmer looks/The other way,/Cows take off/On a holiday!/You never saw/Such cow horseplay...'' Whimsically depicted in airily limned illustrations splashed with sunset-hued watercolors, the errant cows trip a light fantastic while they play tag, square dance, and ``hitch their bikes/To Farmer's sleigh/To pull their babies/As they play.'' They're about to escape out the gate when they spy Farmer and suddenly ``head for home/In a cowlike way'' after all. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 17, 1993

"Low-key, with a nice touch of humor—a good book to start discussion. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The first half of this realistic story is yet another rehearsal of getting out the gear, making an the early start, and starting the companionable drive. Read full book review >
SMART DOG by Ralph Leemis
Released: Feb. 8, 1993

Comfortably ensconced in his porch rocker, the man addresses his dog—``If you were a smart dog, you'd chase that rabbit''— and goes on to suggest less and less likely activities, from barely plausible tricks (``You'd dance on a drum'') to full-scale tall tale (``while you conducted your string quartet, the crowd would applaud as you juggled''), all resulting in fame, uproar, and wealth—which, in the end, would enable them to retire in ``a small house in the country for two,'' as they have already done. Read full book review >
TWO BADD BABIES by Jeffie Ross Gordon
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"Adults may find the bug-eyed babies off-putting, but young listeners will be entranced with their junk-food goodies and taste of freedom. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The twin offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Badd don't exactly live up to their name, but they do have quite an adventure when— instead of napping—they bounce and rock their bed out the door. Read full book review >