Books by Dan Andreasen

SATURDAY WITH DADDY by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Preschoolers will enjoy seeing the young elephant helping out and participating in some fun on every page—the pair is adorable in their matching orange aprons—but although well-intentioned, this title remains flat and forgettable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This slice-of-life tale about a bright blue anthropomorphized elephant family is pleasant but fails to excite. Read full book review >
SOMEONE'S SLEEPY by Deborah Lee Rose
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"There will never be a magic book that puts every child to sleep, but this hushed cadence is certain to soothe. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A quiet rhyme follows a little girl through her nighttime routine. Read full book review >
THE HAND-ME-DOWN DOLL by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A gentle, satisfying reminder of the universal need for love and home. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beautiful doll is given to a spoiled little girl who doesn't appreciate the gift. Read full book review >
ABCS OF BASEBALL by Peter Golenbock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"Golenbeck definitely conveys more than the facts. An entry for J says it all: 'Joy: What you feel watching the game.' (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Words and phrases associated with the national pastime are explained for young fans. Read full book review >
TRAIN TRIP by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Little train lovers will be happy to travel along as this choo-choo rumbles along the tracks. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An exciting train trip from his suburban town to the big city for a visit with grandma proves to be enlightening for a young boy. Read full book review >
TRAFFIC PUPS by Michelle Meadows
ANIMALS
Released: July 12, 2011

"Preschoolers who like to act out imaginary dramas with toy cars and trucks will enjoy these petite pretend police dogs. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A menagerie of small stuffed animals comes to life in a little boy's room, with three diminutive dogs turning into traffic police officers on motorcycles. Read full book review >
OTIS & SYDNEY AND THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER by Laura Numeroff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

When party planning goes awry, will it come between best friends? Read full book review >
LET’S HAVE A DADDY DAY by Karen Kingsbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Andreasen's soft-focus, dappled images depict the actions hypothesized without substantially expanding on the text. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A father outlines to his two children all the fun they might have together on a Daddy Day. Read full book review >
EASTER BABIES by Joy N. Hulme
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"5', it will just fit into an oversized basket; make sure the kiddos brush their teeth after reading it. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"When signs of spring are in the air, / we look for babies everywhere!" Read full book review >
THE TREASURE BATH by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A playful bedtime treat, especially for those too fidgety for text-heavy tales. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this wet and wordless adventure, a button-nosed little boy makes a cake with his mother, gets messy and needs a bath. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF MUSIC by Bert Fink
adapted by Bert Fink, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Buy the DVD instead. (Pop-up/historical fiction. 5-8)"
"One of Maria's favorite things was to sing out loud. Maria, however, lived and studied in a very serious place called Nonnberg Abbey…. Read full book review >
HUG A BUG by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Endearing, if you like hugging, and light as a feather. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Twenty-two brief sentences accompany lighthearted illustrations to extol the virtues of hugging. Read full book review >
MY DAD, JOHN MCCAIN by Meghan McCain
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

The Republican nominee's eldest daughter announces at the outset that her dad would make a great president and then proceeds to explain why. Read full book review >
PILOT PUPS by Michelle Meadows
ANIMALS
Released: May 6, 2008

"An appealing, if slight, romp for the very young. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What do all your toys do when you're not around? Read full book review >
MORTIMER’S FIRST GARDEN by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 24, 2008

"Demands too many leaps of faith. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mortimer the mouse is just about to chomp down on his sunflower seed when he hears "the big people" who share his house talking about gardening. Read full book review >
THE BAKER’S DOZEN by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"It's simply scrumptious fun (and calorie-free), but one thing is missing that would have put the icing on the cake: Scratch-and-sniff tabs. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ruddy-cheeked, jolly baker juggling 13 cupcakes on the cover has irresistible appeal to open the pages of this rhymed counting book. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER DOG by Bill Cochran
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A healing antidote for those who have lost a pet or any loved one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy is heartbroken when his beloved dog dies, leaving him alone. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"A clever blend of tall-tale telling, historical anecdote and giant-sized appeal that truly measures up. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Based on a real circus giant who lived in the 1800s, Andreasen's story stands tall in every way—from page size to the outsized images of the towering man. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Gilty' of being a good read, despite the lack of anything to suggest whether it is an original story or a folktale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Is it possible? Read full book review >
JEANNETTE RANKIN by Trish Marx
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Rankin is a standard roster entry in collective biographies of women in politics, but this is the first standalone for young readers in more than ten years—and definitely the most memorable. (Biography. 10-12)"
An engrossing profile of a lifelong peace activist who was also the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"O'Connor's formal style is a bit stiff, making the whole effort a little reserved, but this is still considerably better than most 'celebrity' picture books. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
O'Connor offers a straightforward, plainspoken story taken from her own childhood, but told as an observer, not in her own voice. Read full book review >
FIREBEARS by Rhonda Gowler Greene
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Green has written an exciting and charming ode to all firefighting heroes, whatever their species, aimed at the young cubs who will love the excitement. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Andreasen's 1950s-hued décor adds quaintness to this exceptional look into a day in the life of firemen, or rather, firebears. Read full book review >
THE ATTIC CHRISTMAS by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Some readers will appreciate the idea of the continuing circle of family; others will find this a somber story for an ordinarily more cheerful time. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anthropomorphic Christmas tree ornaments take center stage in this rather sentimental story about the first Christmas after a grandparent's death. Read full book review >
A SPECIAL DAY FOR MOMMY by Dan Andreasen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Paired with Andreasen's With a Little Help from Daddy (2003), this contributes splendidly to the family library. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This mirthful treat conveys the profound and loving connection between parent and child. Read full book review >
KEEPING UP WITH ROO by Sharlee Glenn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Self-conscious and humdrum. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An interesting premise gets a didactic story and old-fashioned pictures. Read full book review >
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM DADDY by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"This little gem is fun to look at, fun to read, and it gladdens the heart to boot. (Picture book 2-6)"
Andreasen explores the fulfilling possibilities of the relationship between father and son. Read full book review >
RIVER BOY by William Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Still, next to Kathryn Lasky's A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain, illustrated by Barry Moser (1998), the art and writing both come off as bland fare, competent but ordinary. (chronology) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Anderson, best known for his studies of Laura Ingalls Wilder, introduces another American original with this anecdotal profile. Read full book review >
LOVE SONG FOR A BABY by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Fortunately, the beautiful illustrations need no addition for them to shine. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The lyrical verses of this tribute to all the things there are to love about a baby, begins as a mother tells her young son about his earliest days. Read full book review >
SAILOR BOY JIG by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"One can already hear the stamp and thud of laughing kindergartners, and if you peek further in your mind you'll see them, one arm in front, one in back, hopping to their teacher's musical exhortation as she falls back on this tried and true but freshly new classic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Any return of this beloved author is an event—and this is an especially exuberant one. Read full book review >
A QUIET PLACE by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Solid soul guidance for a media-saturated society. (Picture book. 5-9)"
PlayStation, cable television, and computers be damned: in his latest effort, Wood (What Mom's Can't Do, not reviewed, etc.) hearkens back to a simpler time to suggest an alternative to the modern child. Read full book review >
TATTERED SAILS by Verla Kay
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A magical combination of poetry, history, and art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a minimum of words, Kay (Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails, 2000, etc.) uses lyrical poetry to tell the story of the journey of a Pilgrim family to the New World through the eyes of its three children. Read full book review >
A HOUSE IN THE MAIL by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"For a sense of period, you could hardly do better than these evocative illustrations. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Andreasen (Tattered Sails, 2001, etc.) has chosen to frame this tale about a pre-Depression Kentucky family getting a new mail-order house as a scrapbook, with 11-year-old Emily's narrative running alongside arrays of drawings, advertisements, diagrams, antique-looking photos, small keepsakes, and other memorabilia, all rendered with photorealistic precision. Read full book review >
ROSE RED AND THE BEAR PRINCE by Dan Andreasen
Released: Feb. 29, 2000

"Andreasen's elegant artwork, done in powdery hues, is nicely detailed, with every illustration framed in shimmering gold. (Picture book. 5-9)"
PLB 0-06-027967-2 In this diminished version of a familiar tale from the Grimms, Andreasen omits Snow White, focusing instead on a braver and more clever Rose Red. Read full book review >
HALLEY CAME TO JACKSON by Mary Chapin Carpenter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"The song's ruminative mood comes through clearly in this visual rendition. (audiocassette) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Not every song translates as well as this one into the picture-book medium, as Chapin pays tribute to an episode from Eudora Welty's childhood with this warmly sentimental lyric from the 1990 album, Shooting Straight in the Dark. Read full book review >
LITTLE CLEARING IN THE WOODS by Maria D. Wilkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1998

"It's a genial volume, but can't hold a candle to Wilder's vividly evoked pioneer days, nor even to Roger Lea MacBride's Little House episodes about Rose Wilder (Little Farm in the Ozarks, 1994, etc.). (Fiction. 8-12)"
paper 0-06-026998-7 The family of Laura Ingalls Wilder is marketed practically to death with the appearance of another entry in the Little House/The Caroline Years series: Caroline, Laura's mother, is a child moving with her family to the Wisconsin woods. Read full book review >
WE PLAYED MARBLES by Tres Seymour
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The text demands awareness of the war and will elicit questions, so adults who share the book with children may wish to come armed with even more information than is provided in Seymour's helpful note. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A narrative—strikingly similar to Eve Bunting's The Blue and the Gray (1996)—about two boys playing on a former Civil War battlefield; it is suffused with nostalgia and complete with a seed of truth, explained in an author's note. ``We played marbles on our Papaw's farm, on the high dirt mounds of old Fort Craig left over from the Civil War.'' The two boys, perhaps seven and nine, refer to historical events such as a colonel falling from a horse, which Andreasen depicts dreamily in a cloud formation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"Unlike Alexandra Wallner's Laura Ingalls Wilder (p. 1396), this volume is an engrossing pioneer story on its own, and a wonderful prelude to the Little House books. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Anderson distills his 1992 biography, Laura Ingalls Wilder, into picture-book length, choosing details that readers will encounter, either directly or indirectly, when they get to Wilder's own stories: her family's restless relocations from Wisconsin to Kansas, back to Wisconsin, on to Minnesota, then Iowa, the Dakota Territory, and finally Missouri; the plague of grasshoppers and other misfortunes; the daily round of chores; and the events surrounding her marriage and later life. Read full book review >
TOUCH THE SKY SUMMER by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Perfectly captured by Andreasen are Luke's receptivity and vulnerability, his emotions thrown wide open, his faith in the magic of a place unwavering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Every childhood ought to contain at least one summer moment like this—a pure idyll. Read full book review >
EAGLE SONG by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"A worthy, well-written novella—but readers cannot be moved by a story that pulls them in so many different directions. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A rare venture into contemporary fiction for Bruchac (The Circle of Thanks, p. 1529, etc.), this disappointing tale of a young Mohawk transplanted to Brooklyn, N.Y., is overstuffed with plotlines, lectures, and cultural information. Read full book review >
BLACK SKY RIVER by Tres Seymour
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Andreasen's mournful paintings, fusing Norman Rockwell and John Constable, complement the melancholy air of the story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy sits and watches the river flow, only this is a river of birds—countless starlings, maybe grackles—that comprise the Black Sky River. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S GARDEN by Elaine Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

In this third book about Kim and her grandma, the little girl makes an early spring visit to help plant the first seeds. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Full text with piano score; map; bibliography of 12 children's books, 1935- 1988; index. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
A handsomely illustrated account of the writing of our national anthem, in its historical context. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Here, in an excellent addition to the ``Once Upon America'' series, Bucky, 12, vividly describes the extremes he endures—and others fail to endure—to strike it rich in 1897. Read full book review >
LOVE, DAVID by Dianne Case
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From South Africa, a moving evocation of the life of the ``colored'' under apartheid, based on the childhood of the author's mother. Read full book review >
THE BOONSVILLE BOMBERS by Alison Cragin Herzig
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"Andreasen's vigorous drawings enhance the easy-looking format. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In this cheerful, well-told story, ten-year-old Emma Lee overcomes plenty of self-doubt and heavy male resistance to win a place on her brother Michael's pick up baseball squad. Read full book review >