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

"Extremely entertaining. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
A veritable bonanza of capes, heroes and pets with superpowers abounds in illustrator Santat's first solo graphic novel. Read full book review >
BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) by Lisa Yee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Bobby is a charmer who will win readers' hearts as they recognize that he is a good friend, a loving big brother and a talented skateboarder—and that his father is, indeed, very proud of him. (Fiction. 7-10)"
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

"Readers will demand swift release of the two sequels already out Down Under. (Animal fantasy. 7-12)"
Widower Mr. Green's a lawyer who helps the rich avoid taxes. Read full book review >
OH NO! by Mac Barnett
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2010

"A must-have. (Picture book. 4-10)"
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

"The hint at a possible sequel will have humorous-adventure lovers asking. (Adventure. 7-10)"
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

"Santat's final art not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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

"Readers will recognize themselves and learn some gentle lessons about relationships while they are laughing at the antics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
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

"Fly the coop to enjoy this hilarious adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Still, despite this cleverness, an additional butt-book purchase. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"A delightful, spirited heroine in an enormously enjoyable romp. (Picture book. 7-10)"
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

"Plump and brown-striped with one brown-ringed eye, Walter is a charmer. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"Pip comes across as more moody than neglected, but children will chuckle over the urbane visual humor in this promising debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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 >