Books by Dan Santat

THE LONELY LAKE MONSTER  by Suzanne Selfors
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Nothing imaginary about the fun (and sneaky learning). (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Lake monster lonely? Leprechaun sniffly? Only Dr. Woo, Veterinarian for Imaginary Creatures, can help. Read full book review >
PICTURE DAY PERFECTION by Deborah Diesen
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This tale of a young Wisenheimer is plenty crafty and features a satisfyingly fitting requital. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A clever tale about a kid who wants this year to be his showcase for the perfect school picture. Read full book review >
CARNIVORES by Aaron Reynolds
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Will young readers swallow such a tongue-in-cheek take on the importance of self-acceptance? With relish. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Poor carnivores, perched atop the food chain and dissed by all their victims—at least, the prospective ones. What a pity. Read full book review >
CRANKENSTEIN by Samantha Berger
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Get ready to read this aloud a lot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Whoa. Be prepared for the intense frustrations, the moody outbursts and the green scowls of Crankenstein. Read full book review >
BECAUSE I'M YOUR DAD by Ahmet Zappa
Released: April 16, 2013

"Funny though the illustrations are and loving though the text is, the book falls short due to lack of nuance. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Unabashed sentimentality dominates the text in this loving promise from a father to his child. Read full book review >
THE SASQUATCH ESCAPE by Suzanne Selfors
Released: April 2, 2013

"More hijinks-filled adventure than mystery, this is sure to win an audience. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Ben Silverstein's summer with Grandpa is about to go wild. Read full book review >
THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Released: Sept. 27, 2012

"Have the contact info for the local dojo handy—readers will want to try out these martial-arts styles for themselves. (glossary) (Fractured fairy tale. 5-8)"
"Dedication and practice pay off," is the message these three pigs painlessly deliver. Read full book review >
KEL GILLIGAN'S DAREDEVIL STUNT SHOW by Michael Buckley
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"With true fearlessness and finely honed skills, this talented duo has created a most entertaining hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Preschoolers everywhere can relate to the steely bravery, sheer willpower and steady determination it often takes to surmount the herculean obstacles a day can bring. Read full book review >
NANNY PIGGINS AND THE WICKED PLAN by R.A. Spratt
Released: July 10, 2012

"Feisty, funny Nanny Piggins and her adoring charges will charm readers and listeners stateside, who'll be overjoyed there are five additional volumes already out Down Under. (Humor. 7-10)"
If Amelia Bedelia and Mary Poppins raised a piglet, Nanny Piggins...could surely beat that pig in a cake-eating contest. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2012

"Wonderfully ridiculous in premise and execution and abounding in creative touches, this will surely spark student spinoffs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Having recovered from the world-destroying science project she created in the first Oh No! (2010), Barnett's overachiever has a new dilemma: Her history test is returned with one point off for an incorrect answer. Read full book review >
DOG IN CHARGE by K.L. Going
Released: May 10, 2012

"A rollicking romp. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Printz Honor-winner Going turns from teens and preteens to preschoolers in her picture-book debut. Read full book review >
FIRE! FUEGO! BRAVE BOMBEROS by Susan Middleton Elya
Released: April 24, 2012

"This winner is sure to find a spot on shelves, although it won't stay there long. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Elya has proven herself a master at painlessly weaving Spanish vocabulary into her stories, and this latest is no exception. Read full book review >
BAWK & ROLL by Tammi Sauer
Released: April 1, 2012

"This flock rocks. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The further adventures of Elvis Poultry, rooster rock star (Chicken Dance, 2009). Read full book review >
TOM'S TWEET by Jill Esbaum
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Totally tweet-rific. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A tweet's anything but a tasty treat for fat Tom cat when his big heart gets him in trouble. Read full book review >
SIDEKICKS by Dan Santat
by Dan Santat, illustrated by Dan Santat
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

A veritable bonanza of capes, heroes and pets with superpowers abounds in illustrator Santat's first solo graphic novel.

Captain Amazing, the muscled hero of Metro City, is aging, and after a botched takedown of four nefarious villains, he decides he is in need of a trusty sidekick. Read full book review >

BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) by Lisa Yee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Fourth grader Bobby Ellis Chen is back and just as insecure as ever (Bobby vs. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF NANNY PIGGINS by R.A. Spratt
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Widower Mr. Green's a lawyer who helps the rich avoid taxes. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: June 15, 2010

Santat's brilliantly hued digital illustrations are the perfect foil for Barnett's almost-wordless tale of a science project gone awry. Read full book review >

ATTACK OF THE FLUFFY BUNNIES by Andrea Beaty
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

Twins Kevin and Joules Rockman are happy they're spending a week at Camp Whatsitooya on the shores of Lake Whatsosmelly, because it means they don't have to accompany their parents to the International SPAMathon. Read full book review >

THE CHRISTMAS GENIE by Dan Gutman
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

A fifth-grader named Chase narrates this Christmas-themed fantasy about a genie who flies into the classroom one day, offering the kids just one wish. Read full book review >

BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) by Lisa Yee
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Fourth grade was supposed to be the best year ever, but when do events ever go according to plan? Read full book review >

CHICKEN DANCE by Tammi Sauer
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

A duck-and-chicken rivalry turns foul in this outrageous offering. Read full book review >

ALWAYS LOTS OF HEINIES AT THE ZOO by Ayun Halliday
ANIMALS
Released: May 5, 2009

Rhyming text elaborates on the bottoms of various animals as readers follow a family's trip to the zoo. Read full book review >

THE GHOSTS OF LUCKLESS GULCH by Anne Isaacs
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2008

Estrella has special gifts: She can run so fast that she sets fire to the air, and she can also heal and tame both ranch animals and some creatures that are more unusual—like a Kickle Snifter, a Sidehill Wowser and a Rubberado, all of whom have very strange and useful skills. Read full book review >

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER KITTY by Barbara Jean Hicks
ANIMALS
Released: April 10, 2007

Kids won't get the pun of the title, but they will definitely giggle at this superhero named Fang who's disguised as an ordinary house cat. Read full book review >

THE GUILD GENIUSES by Dan Santat
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

The story doesn't quite float, but the sight of a very sad little monkey against backgrounds littered with retro, tin-can robots, wild-haired scientists in lab coats, and puckish sight gags will draw curious readers along. Read full book review >