Books by Dan Yaccarino

NO NAP! YES NAP! by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"It's so high-spirited it isn't likely to send any like-minded tots to sleep, but who cares when it's so much fun? (Picture book. 1-3)"
A lively, not-ready-for-bed tale featuring one patient mama and her exuberant tyke. Read full book review >
DOUG UNPLUGS ON THE FARM by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 22, 2014

"A fine farm story that doubles nicely as a lesson about experiential learning. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Doug is back, and he's ready for hands-on fun and learning down on the farm. Read full book review >
COUNT ON THE SUBWAY by Paul Dubois Jacobs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2014

"A simple concept done with clean, commendable style. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Count up to 10 and back again with a mother and daughter as they ride the rumbling subway. Read full book review >
DOUG UNPLUGGED by Dan Yaccarino
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A lively, colorful celebration of unmediated living. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little robot boy goes on an urban adventure. Read full book review >
KATE AND NATE ARE RUNNING LATE by Kate Egan
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Kate and Nate can run, run, run, but they do not have much fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A single, working mom and her two children oversleep and rush through their morning routine only to discover the shocking truth when they get to school: It is Saturday. Read full book review >
BOY + BOT by Ame Dyckman
Released: April 10, 2012

"Perhaps these closing scenes anticipate more stories to come about these friends, since, as Boy and Bot would say, it's 'affirmative' that this book will be a hit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dyckman's debut offers pitch-perfect pacing and gentle humor in a sweet story about a friendship that prevails over confusion. Read full book review >
THE BELLY BOOK by Fran Manushkin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Delightful art adds panache to this simple ode to a familiar body part. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A meditation on the middle for beginning readers and younger listeners supports some appealingly merry illustrations. Read full book review >
FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS by Dan Yaccarino
illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, developed by iStorytime
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 21, 2011

"Though this is touted as 'the world's first interactive e-book'—you'll find this in the iBookstore, not the App Store—the print version (1998) serves up the toddler-pleasing spookiness at least as well. (E-book. 1-3)"
Eldritch lights and cackles add atmospheric tricks to this abbreviated Halloween finger rhyme—but the clunky page turns and special effects are no treat. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 8, 2011

"A gloriously warm celebration. (Picture book. 5-9)"
With clarity and deep affection, Yaccarino turns his family history into a story of enduring charm. Read full book review >
COOKING WITH HENRY AND ELLIEBELLY by Carolyn Parkhurst
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Resplendently warm and lively with a retro feel. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Today's showcase recipe is "raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbequed banana bacon," but can a festive cooking show thrive with an opinionated toddler involved? Read full book review >
LAWN TO LAWN by Dan Yaccarino
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Although many children might not have seen lawn ornaments before, Yaccarino's endearing, earnest characters are worth getting to know. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After their friend Pearl moves, four tacky lawn ornaments hit the road looking for her new home in Ritzy Estates. Read full book review >
THE FANTASTIC UNDERSEA LIFE OF JACQUES COUSTEAU by Dan Yaccarino
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 24, 2009

"Cousteau's enduring fascination with the sea comes through clearly, and can't help sparking similar feelings in readers. (chronology, source list) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
This second early biography of Cousteau in a year echoes Jennifer Berne's Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (2008), illustrated by Eric Puybaret, in offering visuals that are more fanciful than informational, but also complements it with a focus less on the early life of the explorer and eco-activist than on his later inventions and achievements. Read full book review >
GO, GO AMERICA by Dan Yaccarino
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2008

"Still, browsers will find this hard to put down, and more systematic sorts will linger over the closing chart of state capitals, mottos and the like. (source list) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Yaccarino sends readers whose ride aboard Peter Sís's Train of States (2004) has only whetted an appetite for random facts, quirky laws and roadside attractions on a somewhat more leisurely car trip from Maine to Hawaii. Read full book review >
LITTLE BOY WITH A BIG HORN by Jack Bechdolt
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Since Ollie's short pants and other details in the pictures' urban and rural settings could pass for contemporary with the text, the blend of old and new is seamless. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Freshly illustrated with retro art from Yaccarino, this 1950 tale still stands up despite its references to a once-popular song that modern children probably won't recognize. Read full book review >
WHO WILL SING A LULLABY? by Dee Lillegard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"In and of itself a lullaby, this is a sumptuous bedtime read. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When the cranky baby won't go to sleep, various winged creatures lend their voices and their wings to the cause. Read full book review >
EVERY FRIDAY by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2007

"The colors are invented hues of original colors in a city so friendly as to be nostalgic. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It doesn't take expensive gifts and grand gestures to create memorable moments—just a little time. Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY FISH by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"The bonding falls between the lines, but thoughtful readers and listeners will understand how it happens, and really perceptive ones may even see it coming. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this deceptively simple tale, a child obsessed with ponies doesn't get one for her birthday. Read full book review >
DAN YACCARINO’S MOTHER GOOSE by Dan Yaccarino
POETRY
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Mother Goose reinterpreted lives on. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino casts 34 traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes into an unconventional urban setting. Read full book review >
BITTLE by Patricia MacLachlan
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Fans of Madeleine L'Engle's The Other Dog (2001) or Peter McCarty's more sardonic Hondo and Fabian (2002) will howl—with laughter—along with this closely knit interspecies trio. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yaccarino's rubbery, boldly distinct figures reflect the vim and humor in this pets'-eye view of a new baby's homecoming. Read full book review >
WHERE THE FOUR WINDS BLOW by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2003

"Combining wafer-thin characters, clumsy attempts at humor, a wandering plotline, and a severe case of explaining rather than showing that makes the opening chapter positively tedious, this labored, agenda-heavy effort isn't rescued even by its many small, quirky illustrations. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Picture-book veteran Yaccarino tries his hand at a longer form, with less-than-happy results. Read full book review >
THE BIG SCIENCE FAIR by Dan Yaccarino
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"This series is a welcome addition to the library of those just blasting off out of easy readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Blast Off Boy and Blorp, the two unlikely intergalactic exchange students in Yaccarino's early reader series (First Day on a New Planet, 2000, etc.) have their third adventure on their adopted planets. Read full book review >
NEW PET by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While the story won't send any young readers into orbit, it will appeal to those who adore aliens of any variety, and the third title in the series is already on the launch pad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy and a young space alien continue their Galactic Space Exchange Program in this second entry in a series by Yaccarino, following First Day on a Strange Planet (2000). Read full book review >
THE LIMA BEAN MONSTER by Dan Yaccarino
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A little forced, but the theme has definite appeal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Yaccarino (Oswald, p. 670, etc.) is a champion of the tomfool and he is in fine form in this little piece of ridiculousness that concerns a young boy, Sammy, who can't stomach lima beans. Read full book review >
I LOVE GOING THROUGH THIS BOOK by Robert Burleigh
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Not likely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A celebration of book-qua-book from Burleigh (Lookin' for Bird in the Big City, p. 582, etc.). Read full book review >
OSWALD THE OCTOPUS by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Preschoolers who are fans of the TV show might like this, but their parents will be yawning along with Henry the penguin. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Oswald is a rotund, royal-blue octopus who stars in his own TV series for preschoolers on Nick Jr., which was also created by Yaccarino (I Love Going Through This Book, see above, etc.). Read full book review >
SO BIG! by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2001

"One of the better offerings in the glutted novelty market. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Exuberant as ever, Yaccarino is the perfect illustrator to turn this favorite toddler/parent game into a book—"How big is a baby giraffe?"—open out the gate fold—"SOOO BIG!" Read full book review >
UNLOVABLE by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A cozy, if routine, confidence-builder. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The pug staring up mournfully from the cover looks and is anything but unlovable, as Yaccarino (New Pet, p. 1304, etc.) demonstrates in this unvarnished friendship story. Read full book review >
COME WITH ME by Naomi Shihab Nye
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

A collection of 16 poems, in picture-book format, by the well-respected poet and anthologist examines the journey in its broadest form—the outward, the inner, the metaphorical, as well as journeys in time and space. Read full book review >
SURVIVING BRICK JOHNSON by Laurie Myers
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"Brick's apparent unawareness of Alex's angst doesn't quite ring true, but Myers's suggestion that hostilities often hinge on misunderstanding or incidents blown out of proportion is well taken. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Myers (Guinea Pigs Don't Talk, not reviewed, etc.) brings unusual insight to a perennial children's book topic. Read full book review >
DEEP IN THE JUNGLE by Dan Yaccarino
Released: March 1, 2000

"The droll story comes with a toothsome accompaniment of Yaccarino's retro art, with its edge of goofiness and deep-dish color. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A blustering, self-infatuated lion takes his lumps and gains a crack at redemption in Yaccarino's (An Octopus Followed Me Home, 1997, etc.) latest offering. Read full book review >
CIRCLE DOGS by Kevin Henkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Henkes completes the goodnight tale with just the right amount of sounds for the sensory enjoyment of preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
PLB 0-688-15447-6 Shapes cavort in the form of circle dogs (long thin dachshunds that chase their tails, forming circles) that live in a big square house in this delightful book for the very young. Read full book review >
LITTLE WHITE DOG by Laura Godwin
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Details, such as the black cat's extremely long shadow, and the little white dog's trail of black footprints, are evidence of fine-tuning on an already well-synchronized concept. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino's illustrations create a memorable visual puzzle to accompany Godwin's text, recalling such titles as Ann Jonas's Round Trip (1983) and Charles Shaw's It Looked Like Spilt Milk (1947). Read full book review >
ZOOM! ZOOM! ZOOM! I'M OFF TO THE MOON by Dan Yaccarino
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

With infectious excitement, a young child bounds through his door, into a rocket and off to the moon. Read full book review >
AN OCTOPUS FOLLOWED ME HOME by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Smaller creatures are painted creatively, too: Penguins line the refrigerator rack like a row of bowling pins, and rabbits appear to be part bunny, part carrot. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Assembling a menagerie of pets to perturb parents is nothing new, found in Steven Kellogg's Can I Keep Him? (1971) and Jake Wolf's Daddy Could I Have an Elephant? (1996), to name two. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, MR. NIGHT by Dan Yaccarino
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The story would be lonely without these pictures, and takes on poignancy because of them; parents who work the lobster shift will find special meaning in these pages. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot, 1996, etc.) personifies the night sky as a starlit man in a bowler hat who brushes past the trees, closing flowers and calming seas in preparation for the arrival of night and a young boy's bedtime. Mr. Night closes the boy's eyes and whispers dreams; as the sun comes up, he grows tired, ``lies down just over the hill and drifts off to sleep.'' Simple forms and Matisse-like colors match the innocence of the story, told in a series of simple lines. Read full book review >
IF I HAD A ROBOT by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Yaccarino (Big Brother Mike, 1992, etc.) uses the artwork, printed on matte paper, to reiterate his materialist conclusion, by subtly grounding Phil's fanciful imaginings in rotund, weighted images. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Rather than eat his vegetables, Phil conjures up an imaginary robot to do it for him. Read full book review >
ONE HOLE IN THE ROAD by W. Nikola-Lisa
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A smart, funny piece. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It may be just one hole in the road, but it is causing a load of trouble. Read full book review >
CARNIVAL by M.C. Helldorfer
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Gather Up, Gather In (1994). (Picture book. 2-7)"
``Get ready to . . . Read full book review >
BAM BAM BAM by Eve Merriam
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A real attention- getter, this book looks as harsh and raucous as it sounds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An in-your-face version of a 1966 action poem, with a retro look and feel (do demolition crews still use pickaxes and sledgehammers?). Read full book review >
BIG BROTHER MIKE by Dan Yaccarino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 15, 1993

"An interesting graphic variant on a familiar theme. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A familiar litany of complaints about an older sibling: Mike, who wanted Mom to take his new little brother back after he was born, hogs toys and ``when we play `rescue,' I'm always the victim.'' Still, there have been nicer times, such as ``the morning he helped me bury my hamster when it died''; he even stayed friendly and sympathetic all day. Read full book review >