Books by David LaRochelle

MOO! by David LaRochelle
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Good barnyard fun, with nods to Mo Willems' aspirational Pigeon and Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's enterprising Duck. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A venturesome cow sneaks off in her farmer's red car, with decidedly bumpy results. Read full book review >
HOW MARTHA SAVED HER PARENTS FROM GREEN BEANS by David LaRochelle
Released: April 18, 2013

"A must for picky eaters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl who never eats green beans resorts to extreme measures when a mob of rogue beans kidnaps her parents in this twisted take on cleaning your plate. Read full book review >
IT'S A TIGER! by David LaRochelle
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"It's a tiger, and it's sure to be a hit. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This metafictive romp follows a child who encounters, flees from and then befriends a tiger. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTED HAMBURGER by David LaRochelle
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"Share with the most sleep-resistant and squirmy kids for a surefire read-aloud romp. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Father Ghost tackles a nightly challenge for many parents—getting their kids to go to sleep. Read full book review >
1 + 1 = 5 by David LaRochelle
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Good fun both on its own and as a springboard for more creative activities, it's a sort of Tomorrow's Alphabet, by George Shannon and illustrated by Donald Crews (1995), for numbers. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An inventive look at addition encourages children to figure out how problems such as 1+1=3 could possibly be true. Read full book review >
THE END by David LaRochelle
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"The reversed narrative, hilarious turn-of-the-page plot twists and bright, comical, precisely drawn art add up to an uncommonly clever outing that invites reading—in either direction. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Not to be confused with a recent Unfortunate Event of the same title, this funny, playful folklorish episode may be told front to back, but it's actually laid out in reverse. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOT by David LaRochelle
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"The characters might be a bit slight, and a few sit-com moments over-extended, but as a first effort on a touchy subject this will entertain readers no matter which team they play for. (Fiction 12+)"
Sixteen-year-old Steven Denarski enjoys square dancing with his mother. Read full book review >
THE BEST PET OF ALL by David LaRochelle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Kids will grin at the clever, imaginative ruse that outsmarts a mom as only kids can. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, a little boy asks his mother for a dog, but the answer is no. Read full book review >
THE BOOKSTORE VALENTINE by Barbara Maitland
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"EWSLUGRU Afraid, and Spooktacular Love Stories. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
The characters from Bookstore Ghost (1998) and Bookstore Burglar (2001) return with a new character and a love story. Mr. Brown's bookstore is a busy place, despite its rather limited selection of "only ghost books." Read full book review >