Books by Claire Freedman

DON'T WAKE THE YETI! by Claire Freedman
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Thomas Hobbes would approve of this yeti's natural state, but perhaps he should go by his other name: abominable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perhaps it shouldn't come as a great surprise that yetis are big, hairy, emotional, flea-bitten, slug-eating, gas-blowing gross-outs. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, BABY! by Claire Freedman
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Sure to find love on the baby-shower circuit. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A love song of sorts from parent to child, illustrated with animal families and a surfeit of snuggles. Read full book review >
SPIDER SANDWICHES by Claire Freedman
Released: July 15, 2014

"No more than a side dish next to the appetite-killing courses dished out by Shel Silverstein, by Adam Rex in Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (2006) and by so many others. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Freedman climbs aboard an already overcrowded bandwagon with this catalog of gross-out goodies in Max the monster's larder. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Be sure to keep your visit with this undergarment-obsessed pirate crew nice and brief. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's too little that's loony in this tale of piratical pantaloon-loving thieves, in spite of its cheery premise and art. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Children may find Cort's cartoon pictures of big, grumpy-looking dinosaurs sporting undies loud with polka-dots and other patterns briefly (so to speak) amusing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants (2007) go to the well again, describing in stumbling verse and colorful but unexceptional art how the dinos wiped themselves out squabbling over their prehistoric panties. Read full book review >
ON THIS SPECIAL NIGHT by Claire Freedman
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though Mendez's large-format illustrations are appealing and the simple story is accessible to preschoolers, the ending demonstrates a lack of knowledge of the needs of this age group, who need to see to believe. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A group of farm animals is drawn together by an unusually bright star shining over a stable in their neighborhood in this sentimental Nativity story. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, SLEEPYHEAD by Claire Freedman
Released: May 1, 2008

"A visual lullaby of love and peace sadly hampered by the limping scansion. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The tender reassurance of a mother's affecting presence at bedtime is a universally appreciated theme (hence its ubiquity), here handsomely rendered by Mendez in fuzzy-edged full-page paintings of animal families, accompanied by a gentle, sometimes lyrical, sometimes imbalanced rhyme. Read full book review >
ONE MAGICAL DAY by Claire Freedman
Released: May 1, 2007

"A good bedtime book, this is likely to be popular with both parents and children. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What child can resist a picture book featuring a multitude of sweet baby animals? Read full book review >
A KISS GOODNIGHT by Claire Freedman
Released: May 1, 2007

"It will surely find its audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Though not entirely sappy, this inoffensive collection of bedtime rhymes doesn't exactly charm, either. Read full book review >
SQUABBLE AND SQUAWK by Claire Freedman
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Shearing's light and lighthearted watercolors fit nicely with the simple story about friendship. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When best friends Piglet and Yellow Hen get into a big argument, the other animals intercede. Read full book review >
NEW KID IN TOWN by Claire Freedman
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The more useful one is that sometimes the conventional wisdom is just plain wrong. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mouse rides into town sporting a cowboy hat, boots with spurs and riding a pony on a stick. Read full book review >
SNUGGLE UP, SLEEPY ONES by Claire Freedman
Released: June 1, 2005

"A sensory treat all around, but the flowing cadence of the rhyming couplets will lull young sleepyheads pleasantly into la-la land. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A myriad of young exotic animals end their day and rest their sleepy eyes in this rhythmic bedtime read. Read full book review >
DILLY DUCKLING by Claire Freedman
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A breezy look at the changes of growing up. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The wind blows away one of Dilly Duckling's downy feathers and she enlists the help of friends to get it back. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Claire Freedman
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A real bedtime treat for both parents and children alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Archie the bear is having a hard time getting to sleep despite the valiant efforts of his babysitting grandmother in a soothing story that's certain to appeal to even the most resistant young sleeper. Read full book review >
HUSHABYE LILY by Claire Freedman
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A bedtime treat for the ears. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A noisy farmyard is keeping Lily awake, but Mother Rabbit solves the problem by taking her on a tour of the grounds, allowing her to see for herself how all of the animals are preparing for bed. Read full book review >
GOOSEBERRY GOOSE by Claire Freedman
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"English author and illustrator capture a certain openhearted Brit approach to animal stories that is very attractive, and the double-spread, full-bleed pictures are full of sky and leaf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The clear light of autumn breezes through these pages, as Gooseberry Goose practices landing, taking off, gliding, and doing loop-the-loops. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Young readers will laugh as Kyle makes bird noises, monkey faces, and blows bubbles, adding a little levity to a fairly predictable story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Kyle wakes up to find that he has misplaced his smile and goes looking for it everywhere, only to realize that it's been there all along. Read full book review >