Books by David Gordon

BIG TREE DOWN! by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Community togetherness at its best in this celebration of a tree. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beloved tree brings the town together even after it is toppled in a storm. Read full book review >
MOTOR DOG by Kurt Cyrus
by Kurt Cyrus, illustrated by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"An amusing fable for the techno-savvy and Luddites alike. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A boy named Flip orders a robotic dog from the Internet in this cleverly rhymed story that manages to be both original in concept and conventional in portraying the bond between boy and dog. Read full book review >
MYSTERY GIRL by David Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"An unpredictable farce."
A failed novelist on the verge of divorce is drawn into a murky murder mystery at the behest of an unconventional mastermind. Read full book review >
DIG, SCOOP, KA-BOOM! by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"An early-reader book to build on. (Early reader. 4-6)"
An accessible, rhyming text drives this story-with-a-twist about a construction site, inviting new readers to hone their emerging skills. Read full book review >
THE SERIALIST by David Gordon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 2010

"Not the best-wrought mystery in the world, but a tour de force debut that provides too much fun for readers to carp."
A multilayered tale of a writer who's trying to make more than just a buck. Read full book review >
TO THE BIG TOP by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2008

Early 20th century, early morning, a train-whistle blows: The circus is coming to town. Read full book review >
PETE’S PARTY by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2008

"For emergent readers, more hype than help. (Early reader. 4-6)"
This weak title, one in an early-reader series that's part of Scieszka's Trucktown brand, purports to provide active children with a similarly rambunctious easy-to-read package. Read full book review >
OFF GO THEIR ENGINES, OFF GO THEIR LIGHTS by Janice Milusich
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2008

"Click. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Milusich combines colors and vehicles and turns the resulting mixture into a volume perfect for bedtime. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The combination of high-energy artwork and exuberant characters are sure to make the Trucktown series a necessary purchase for every garage library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Read full book review >
SMITTEN by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"Younger readers may need the title pun (which is also used as a punch line) explained, but should have no trouble following the main thread. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Shared adventures weave the fabric of romance for two lost items of clothing in this screen-ready odyssey "based," as the title page notes, "on an original concept by Susan Siegel." Read full book review >
HANSEL AND DIESEL by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Imbued with industrial surrealism, this story, though harrowing, applauds the ingenuity of youngsters and the embrace of a loving family. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Gordon follows The Three Little Rigs (2005) and The Ugly Truckling (2004) with his third fractured fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE RIGS by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Illustrated in colors ranging from creamy taffies to shades of metallic gray, the art is a young industrialist's dream come true. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mama rig sends the three little rigs out into the world to build their own garages. Read full book review >
THE UGLY TRUCKLING by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Not for every child, but a new rendition of a beloved fairy tale that will appeal to many. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A combination of The Ugly Duckling and Are You My Mother? with a problematic ending. Read full book review >
THE NOISY AIRPLANE RIDE by Mike Downs
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

From thumping down the extended Jetway ("STOMP, STOMP, TROMP") into the aircraft, to running out at flight's end to Grandma's "HELLO!," this account of an air journey focuses on the typical—normal—noises a passenger might hear. Read full book review >
THE BIG CHEESE OF THIRD STREET by Laurie Halse Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"Kids who have ever felt left out or picked on will appreciate this 'bigger-than-life' slice of justice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Talk about your half-pint! Read full book review >