Books by Chuck Richards

NO MORE BEDTIME! by Chuck Richards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 10, 2019

"Something of a snooze. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A whiz-kid comes up with an invention to stop time. Read full book review >
LULU'S MAGIC WAND by Chuck Richards
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Ultimately, the book succeeds in exhausting readers, but whether from adventure or from terror rests with the beholder. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a consolation prize at an amusement park lands in the hands of little Lulu, her imagination—along with everything in sight—goes wild. Read full book review >
CRITTER SITTER by Chuck Richards
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Henry gets much more than he bargained for—and, happily, so do readers—as he attempts to "creature control" a bevy of pets of assorted species: goldfish, boa, tree frog, cockatiel, cat and Slobberchops, the bloodhound. Naturally, as soon as the owners leave the premises, the expected bedlam ensues, as each animal gets out of hand—and most out of their respective enclosures. Richards's illustrations are comically endearing and expertly drive the rollicking story, bold colors and exaggerated angles milking the chaos for all it's worth. Watch for sly, uh-oh details in both text and art—the slightly nutty Mrs. Angora, whose kerchief is tied like rabbits' ears, and Slobberchops's repeated baths among them. As plot goes, it's a little on the light side, but with these illustrations who cares? Kids who appreciate critters and stories about them will truly enjoy sitting with this one. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
AUTHOR DAY FOR ROOM 3T by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2005

This cockamamie look at third-grade hijinks opens with the kids in Room 3T aping for their class photo and then settling in (sort of) to prepare for a visit from Harry Bookman, author of "some of the silliest books in the school library." The children read, draw and sing-and-dance their way through all of the author's offerings in anticipation of his arrival. They conjecture about his looks and his lifestyle, and they formulate questions for the big day: "Serious questions, about writing and being an author," their teacher tells his remarkably simian students, "No monkey business." A series of unlikely slapstick mishaps allows for a case of mistaken identity. And when a runaway performing chimp (in plaid sports coat and purple bow tie) appears at the schoolhouse door, the children actually believe that he is their eagerly awaited visitor. Illogical and antic, with yucks only for youngsters who enjoy the absurd. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
JUNGLE GYM JITTERS by Chuck Richards
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Equal parts Chris Van Allsburg, Arthur Geisert, and M.C. Escher, the stunningly accomplished art in this tale of a height-sensitive lad facing a truly gonzo jungle gym makes for a riveting read. As Jerry looks on with increasing unease, his inspired father George builds and rebuilds a construct in the backyard that begins with a few pieces of scrap lumber, but ends in an immense, swirling maze of hoops, wires, poles, tires, looping slides, and gadgets that tower impossibly into the sky. And in Richards's maniacally detailed, tinted-pencil drawings, it's festooned with dozens of tiny but individually distinct neighborhood children, borrowed zoo animals, and sight gags. Ultimately, Jerry snatches triumph from near disaster when the overgrown plaything catches fire during a town-wide jungle party and he has to nerve himself to rescue his little sister from a high perch. The rhymed text is nothing special, but children will pore delightedly over the teeming artwork. The playful, plainly competent George makes a refreshing change of pace from the way dads are usually portrayed. (Picture book. 6-9)Read full book review >