Books by David Clemesha

ALL BUCKLED UP by Andrea Zimmerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"The monotony of the text and the needlessly exhaustive nature of the examples make this one just OK. (Board book. 2-3)"
As the title suggests, this board book shows people "buckling up" in all different types of vehicles and scenarios. Read full book review >
FIRE ENGINE MAN by Andrea Zimmerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

Proclaiming right off, "I love Fire Engines," a rosy-cheeked tot reveals the details of his fireman aspirations. He happily describes the gear he will wear and the truck with flashing lights that he will drive. He touts his ability to hook up the hose and douse the flames. Back at the fire station, he will do his share of clean-up and snack-preparation. Where supply meets demand, there exist legions of fire-engine books for toddlers. The cozy relationship between siblings is the main element that sets this one apart. The boy often pauses to include his baby brother in his musings on the future. For example, he mentions that his brother could visit him at the station, and offers up his bunk for naps. In creamy colors, the cheery paints depict sturdy firefighters and proud engines. By story's end, the siblings are playing together with a toy fire truck, while the older boy dreams of their mutual future. Joining Digger Man (2003), this pint-sized career guide will kindle young imaginations. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
DIGGER MAN by Andrea Zimmerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

As his sandbox toy swells to full size, a young lad announces that he's going to don a hard hat and "digger-man boots," then move rocks and mud to create a "digger park" where he can play with his little brother. That's only for starters, though, because "I will always have a lot of work to do with my digger." Reflecting this budding construction worker's enthusiasm, the yellow behemoth practically glows against background expanses of bright green grass and rich brown dirt in the simple illustrations. Truck and machinery fans will dig this—and the closing scene, in which the narrator is seen kindling a like enthusiasm in the next generation by sharing a book and toy with his toddler sib, may inspire young readers to go and do likewise. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >
FIRE! FIRE! HURRY! HURRY! by Andrea Zimmerman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

Again and again, a team of four-legged firefighters puts dinner on hold when a series of fires breaks out in the neighborhood. Barbour's (The Ancestors Are Singing, above, etc.) folkloric illustrations are alive with energy and eye-popping color. In the opening spread, for example, the station bustles as the crew prepares a spaghetti dinner. A blue bear stands at a red stove; a lime-green elephant plays checkers with a Dalmatian in purple overalls; a yellow lion serves a platter of swirly pasta while a pink mouse, striped cat, and an alligator set the table. "The firefighters sit down and start to eat," the authors begin. "But suddenly— / DING! DING! DING! DING!" The fire is at a flower shop. "Fire! Fire! Hotter! Hotter! / Hurry! Hurry! Water! Water! / The team works hard together. / Can they put out the fire?" Of course they can, and in a framed vignette, the shopowner shows her appreciation by presenting the crew with a bouquet. On the facing page, the firefighters sit around the dinner table, now beautified by flowers. But just as they're about to eat, duty calls and the crew rushes off again. Youngsters are sure to join in as the alarm rings and the catchy refrain will likely have them chanting while the crew puts out each fire. The toy shop, the pet store, and the bakery are all saved. In the end, the firefighters finally get to enjoy their meal but, by then, it's been augmented by loads of gifts. A joyful celebration of team work, sure to please the preschool set. (Fiction. 4-6)Read full book review >
MY DOG TOBY by Andrea Zimmerman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2000

Meet Toby, an adorable beagle who constantly endears himself to his owner despite the fact that Toby won't cooperate with her plans to teach him a trick . . . any trick. Toby is great at normal dog things—he eats messily, knocks things over, and scratches with the best of them, but ask him to fetch, roll over, or beg, and he'll look at his owner with a befuddled and perplexed expression. The narrator bemoans the fact that her friends' dogs shake hands, bring in the newspaper, and dance—Michael's French poodle even plays soccer. But Toby's owner never gives up. She tries talking to Toby in several foreign languages (in case a language barrier has been the problem all along) and even talks to him in dog: "woof awooooo ark ark grrff ruff!" Nothing works though, so she just goes back to saying "sit" several times a day. Finally, one day, Toby comes through and . . . yes . . . sits! In a funny double-page spread in which Toby takes up most of the two pages, the text reads simply "Toby sat!" Toby's owner is happy, but keeps things in perspective—she'll always love Toby even if he never learns another trick. Toby is a lovable and goofy dog in the tradition of Martha in Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh or Boodil My Dog by Pija Lindenbaum. The illustrations are charmingly and humorously done in watercolors, acrylics, and pen and ink. A thoroughly delightful story by the authors of the also delightful Trashy Town (1999). (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
TRASHY TOWN by Andrea Zimmerman
Released: April 30, 1999

PLB 0-06-027140-X Listeners will quickly take up the percussive chorus—"Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy town! Is the trash truck full yet? NO"—as they follow burly Mr. Gilly, the garbage collector, on his rounds from park to pizza parlor and beyond. Flinging cans and baskets around with ease, Mr. Gilly dances happily through streetscapes depicted with loud colors and large, blocky shapes; after a climactic visit to the dump, he roars home for a sudsy bath. Part of a spate of books intent on bringing the garbage collectors in children's lives a little closer, this almost matches Eve Merriam's Bam Bam Bam (1995), also illustrated by Yaccarino, for sheer verbal and visual volume. (Picture book. 5-7) Read full book review >
THE COW BUZZED by Andrea Zimmerman
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1993

When the bee sneezes, the cow catches his cold—``She caught the cough and the sniffle and the sneeze ah-choo, and it was odd because she caught the buzz...'Buzzzzz. Cough cough, sniffle sniffle, ah-choo!''' When the pig gets the cold, he gets the moo; the duck catches his oink, and the dog gets the duck's quack. And so on in this deliciously silly story—with clever new rhymes worked into each repetition of the tricky, catchy rhythm until a sensible rabbit stops the chain by covering his mouth. Then the farmer feeds them according to their new voices, causing even more dismay. There's a rousing denouement when the animals pass the word back, confront the bee, and learn where he got his cold. Grand for group sharing, and just right for dramatization or a puppet show. Meisel's lively, cartoony illustrations add to the fun, though—like the best of folklore—this wonderfully cadenced tale can stand on its own. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >