Books by David Kirk

MY HUGGING RULES by David Kirk
Released: April 9, 2019

"Miss Spider and Nova fans will find themselves disappointed. (Picture book. 2-8)"
This kitty has some rules if you want a hug…a lot of rules. Read full book review >
SWORD OF HONOR by David Kirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Kirk's vigorous and robust prose complements the action to make rousing historical and philosophical statements."
In this historical novel set in early-17th-century Japan, a samurai is guided by the ruling passions of pride, honor, and shame. Read full book review >
OH SO BRAVE DRAGON by David Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"An engagingly subtle way to convey the power of friends in helping us face our fears, real or not. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young, ruby-red dragon with emerald eyes explores the meanings of bravery and fear in this sequel to Oh So Tiny Bunny (2012). Read full book review >
CHILD OF VENGEANCE by David Kirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2013

"While not having the epic scope of Shogun, Kirk's novel is sure to be compared to Clavell's work in its superb depiction of samurai culture."
Kirk presents 17th-century Japan as a world imbued with stately rituals, unshakable principles and a rigid moral code. Read full book review >
OH SO TINY BUNNY by David Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Keep dreaming, little Oh So. You are oh so sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tiny bunny's nighttime flights of fancy soar straight up to the stars. Read full book review >
NOVA'S ARK by David Kirk
by David Kirk, illustrated by David Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

Kirk (Miss Spider's New Car, 1997, etc.) pens an incidental story—undeveloped, sentimental window-dressing—for brash metallic 3-D illustrations that may leave readers cold. Nova, a young and restless robot, enjoys making robotic animals inspired by his prized possession and ancient family heirloom, a wooden toy ark and its bestiary; he dreams of being with his father, Taspett, an intergalactic explorer in search of crystals to supply his planet's energy. One day Nova hijacks a spaceship, only to crash it on a distant planet. There he builds a bestiary of his own from the broken parts of his ship, including a trumpeting beacon that attracts his father, who also crashes on the planet. Taspett expires, but Nova restores him with donated parts, including an elephant's trunk, dog's tail, and a crucial heart valve from Nova himself. They discover crystals critical to their planet's survival, and return home heroes. It's sentimental, long, and boring; readers will spend more time looking at the pictures than listening to the story, then they'll simply move on. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
MISS SPIDER'S NEW CAR by David Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

For Miss Spider's fans (Miss Spider's Wedding, 1995, etc.), another visit to the long-lashed, pointy-nosed arachnid and her garish, high-gloss world. Miss Spider and her fuss-budget husband Holley are test-driving cars cunningly fashioned from shells, plant and insect parts, and matchboxes (will youngsters pick up on the visual pun?). Miss Spider loves the first car she sees, but Holley insists on trying others, then—for no discernible reason— surreptitiously arranges to have her first choice delivered to her home as a surprise. The inconsequential narrative, spun out in doggerel verse, seems to exist mainly as an excuse for the clever pictures. The last page promises—threatens—a boat-buying expedition as a sequel. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
MISS SPIDER'S WEDDING by David Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

On the heels of Miss Spider's Tea Party (1994) comes word of the arachnid's wedding. The story of Miss Spider's courtship, her meeting of her one true love, and subsequent run-in with a smarmy would-be suitor is told in verse that has a Victorian ring. Unfortunately, the poem occasionally loses momentum and becomes hard to follow; it contains no repetitive patterns or phrases to draw readers along. But the antiquated tone adds to the secret world of the paintings. These tell the tale even without any wordsthey are suffused with warmth and encrusted with hidden visual jewels. Their bold and vibrant colors plunge readers into a dreamy, fragrant springtime, where all manner of insects and flowers mingle in a blooming world. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
MISS SPIDER'S TEA PARTY by David Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

The photo-clear, crayon-bright illustrations of a handsome gold-and-black spider and the sensible insects that fear accepting her invitation are sure to attract bookstore buyers, and this story/counting-book (two beetles, three fireflies, etc.) with its happy ending of insects cheerfully sharing tea and cupcakes at Miss Spider's table while she munches violets may be as harmless as the evidently fictional species (Kirk is ``the leading authority on the rare and beautiful Arachne Vulgaris Florivora,'' confides the jacket). Still, basing a story on behavior totally at odds with a real animal's nature seems wrongheaded (Beatrix Potter never did it); and though the art here is arresting, the doggerel verse (``We would be fools to take our tea/With anyone so spidery'') hasn't enough merit to outweigh the flawed premise. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S

Getting the little bugs of Miss Spider's Sunny Patch to sleep on time becomes a problem, so arachnid parents Miss Spider and Holley make a wishing web to keep track of bedtimes. If the buggies behave for several nights in a row, they get to go to the fair. But Miss Spider and Holley find they're the ones staying up late and in need of a night of sound sleep. The app features the same cleanly rendered computer animation featured on the animated show. In fact, it includes a 13-minute episode starring Kristin Davis as Miss Spider to go with the storybook. The story's pages are stuffed with sound and short animations activated by tapping on characters. Narration and music can be started or muted on the fly, and the app has puzzles, painting pages and a match game. A button at the top left clears all navigation and makes each page a color-saturated illustration that retains the push-button animations. The story is slight—it borders on impenetrable to readers unfamiliar with the Miss Spider world—but there's plenty to do and see beyond the main read-along. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)Read full book review >