Books by Daniel Kirk

LET'S GO ABC! by Rhonda Gowler Greene
Released: May 15, 2018

"There are lots of vehicle-themed alphabet books, but very few are as all-inclusive as this one is. Despite the one flaw, this book soars. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Here's another ABC devoted to "Things That Go." Read full book review >
LIBRARY MOUSE by Daniel Kirk
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"The familiar characters make this architectural adventure feel downright homey. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Sam the mouse and his friend Sarah are back in a new, fifth adventure, and this time, it's centered on the renovations to their library home. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"Although great for reading aloud, put this at the top of the list for using as a springboard for creative writing or a discussion starter about what qualities make a good friend. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rabbit and Pig join the ranks of duos that grapple with the intricacies of friendship—and impressively stand out. Read full book review >
HONK HONK! BEEP BEEP! by Daniel Kirk
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"Fans of the other two will likely find this title's familiarity comforting, but it just doesn't measure up. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young boy's toys come to life for a nighttime trek across the bedroom in their jeep. Read full book review >
WHILE THE WORLD IS SLEEPING by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"An imaginative look at nighttime nature. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A giant snowy owl pays a visit to a young child, introducing him/her to some nocturnal animals. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The central plot is thin for the page count and the climax passes too quickly after all the buildup, but the ambitious tale's array of supernaturals may attract fans of all things fey. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Following The Low Road (2008), this equally wide-body middle volume pitches teenager Matt and his nine-year-old sister Becky into the midst of a rogue mage's mad scheme to foment war between Faerie and all humanity. Read full book review >
LIBRARY MOUSE by Daniel Kirk
Released: March 1, 2009

"In all, a solid nudge to budding writers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Mouse becomes muse. Read full book review >
ELF REALM by Daniel Kirk
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Unpleasant. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A grim fantasy doorstopper uncomfortably juxtaposes gory adventure with New Age sermonettes. Read full book review >
KEISHA ANN CAN! by Daniel Kirk
Released: May 1, 2008

"One caveat: Readers of a certain generation may find themselves reading aloud to the rhythm of the 'Candy Man' song. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With jaunty rhymes and a spunky heroine brimming with a go-to attitude, Kirk's sprightly tale encourages readers to let their inner star shine. Read full book review >
CAT POWER! by Daniel Kirk
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Covering the dreaded litter box, balls-of-string adventures, the scratching post and the dead-bird gift, there are purrs aplenty here for cat lovers. (CD) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Either a companion or counterpoint to Dogs Rule! (2003), these 18 poems celebrate the lovable quirks, reproach the annoying traits and acknowledge the different personalities of all kinds of cats. Read full book review >
LIBRARY MOUSE by Daniel Kirk
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Though the substantial text skews to older readership, the earth tones in Kirk's gouache illustrations lend warmth to his tale, which should encourage young would-be writers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A writing rodent inspires young library patrons. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A perfect ending to a perfect voyage. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Whatever it is, tugboats have it, some mojo that gives them an aura of joyfulness. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"If you have a fondness for dinosaurs, rousing words and zingy-bright pictures, then add this to your laptime reading list. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young Tyrannosaurus rex awakes amid the jumble of tousled sheets and the clutter of toy trains, yo-yos and blocks. Read full book review >
BLOCK CITY by Robert Louis Stevenson
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Not much to choose between the two interpretations, but it's a poem that every child should have an opportunity to know. (Picture book/poetry. 5-7)"
Echoing Ashley Wolff's 1988 approach to Stevenson's poetic tribute to the power of imagination, Kirk begins with neatly drawn scenes of a child in a playroom, assembling large wooden blocks into, "A kirk and a mill and a palace beside, / And a harbor as well where my vessels may ride." Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

"Chet Gecko's still top egg in the hardboiled department, but life's going to be no bowl of cream for crooks with Rex—and sidekicks Si Meese and Frankie Fluff—on the case. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In his debut caper, feline police detective Rex Tabby sets out to collar two bad-to-the-bone kittens intent on springing tough-talking Ma Manx from the Whiskerville lockup. Read full book review >
DOGS RULE! by Daniel Kirk
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"When considered as poetry, the poems are a little sing-songy, but then they are songs, and children might just have more fun singing along with the CD than merely listening. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cheerful collection of compatible canines decorates the cover of this oversized volume, with a Chihuahua holding a bone monogrammed with the name of the author/illustrator. Read full book review >
JACK AND JILL by Daniel Kirk
Released: June 1, 2003

"The bandwagon's getting crowded with folklore takeoffs, but this deserves a spot on board for its faintly surreal air. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Jack and Jill get plenty of exercise toiling up and down that hill in this considerably extended version of the nursery rhyme. Read full book review >
MY TRUCK IS STUCK by Kevin Lewis
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Featuring the deepest pothole since the one that snared Judy Hindley's Big Red Bus (1995), this gives The Enormous Turnip and like tales an updated setting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A dump truck, a hole in the road, a bit of counting practice—all give post-toddlers plenty of reason to toot their horns in this dog-gone lively episode from the creators of Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo (1999). Read full book review >
HELLO, HELLO! by Miriam Schlein
Released: June 1, 2002

"Informative, with play-along potential. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Whether it is by bumping foreheads, twining trunks, rubbing noses, or simply waving, everyone and everything says hello in different ways. Read full book review >
GO! by Daniel Kirk
by Daniel Kirk, illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Preschool and primary grade teachers will still find this a useful set for the classroom, and the CD (ending with 'Sleeping in the Back Seat') is a natural for long car trips. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Transportation in its many varied forms is the theme of this song collection with an accompanying CD. Read full book review >
BUS STOP, BUS GO! by Daniel Kirk
Released: July 1, 2001

A hamster stages a cage-break on a school bus in this simple yet enjoyable piece of poetry, where the verse rolls along like the wheels on the bus, imparting a sweet momentum to the story. Read full book review >
HUMPTY DUMPTY by Daniel Kirk
Released: May 1, 2000

"The cut-out photos of faces and other details tucked into Kirk's (Moondogs, 1999, etc.) tidy, smooth-surfaced paintings will prompt double takes from viewers, and some chuckles, but the trite plot and long, monotonously rhymed text will get a polite reception at best. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this happy-ending remake of the nursery rhyme, a boy king gets over his shyness by doing himself what all his horses and men couldn't. Read full book review >
MOONDOGS by Daniel Kirk
by Daniel Kirk, illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Released: March 1, 1999

"As always, the palette is robust and retro, with images that are invitingly participatory. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A deliberate sense of the absurd infuses Kirk's story of a boy and his dog with great humor and appeal. Read full book review >
BIGGER by Daniel Kirk
by Daniel Kirk, illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Released: April 13, 1998

"A concise and ebullient reminder that physical size is not the only way children grow. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Kirk (Breakfast at the Liberty Diner, 1997, etc.) has an unusual spin on an evergreen picture-book theme: getting bigger. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Expressive, eye-catching illustrations tell the tale better than the wordy text; filled with bustling, sipping, munching, smiling people, the scenes at the Liberty Diner come alive. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While they wait for Uncle Angelo at the Liberty Diner, Bobby, his baby brother, George, and his mother are surprised when President Roosevelt stops in during breakfast. Read full book review >
TRASH TRUCKS! by Daniel Kirk
Released: May 19, 1997

"Big, bold images make the book an irresistible read; children will thrill to this raucous look at hungry garbage trucks. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The trash trucks are coming—monstrous trucks with gnashing grillwork and rattling metal jaws. Read full book review >
LUCKY'S 24-HOUR GARAGE by Daniel Kirk
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The jazzy design and bold, shiny artwork command more attention than the story; the string of unrelated incidents will recall old movies and other sources of nostalgia for adults but may not satisfy young children. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stiff and stylized in the polished deco-style paintings, Angelo looks like a mannequin as he goes about pumping gas at Lucky's all-night garage, circa 1939. Read full book review >
THE DIGGERS by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: April 10, 1995

"It is technology with a human face in this utterly modern revisitation of a classic—even as it blithely bypasses ecological concerns. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For those unfamiliar with Brown's 1960 work, illustrated by Clement Hurd originally and welcomed in these pages, it is a book in verse—half of it rhymed, half not—about digging. Read full book review >