Books by David Parkins

PRINCE FOR A PRINCESS by Eric Walters
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Satisfying big-dog-meets-little-girl story. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Christina gets her wish for a dog. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Not much for school-report fodder, but in the annals of American invention, Otis definitely rates the attention this profile (the first separate one for young readers since the 1970s) brings him. (Picture books/biography. 6-8)"
A buoyant if free-wheeling tribute to Otis—inventor not of elevators themselves, but of a safety brake that eased public fears of riding in them. Read full book review >
BEN THE INVENTOR by Robin Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"This easy read only lightly deals with a common childhood issue, and its winsome attitude makes it fun. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Ben and his best friend Jack face a crisis: Jack is moving away. Perhaps the wily pair can invent some way to prevent that? Read full book review >
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE CRUMBS! by Veronika Martenova Charles
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

Three versions of the Hansel and Gretel tale are strung together in an early-reader format. Read full book review >

I’M A TRUCK DRIVER by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: June 22, 2010

A dream-come-true for lovers of construction trucks and big machinery. Read full book review >

THAT CAT CAN’T STAY by Thad Krasnesky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

There's nothing cats love more than someone who doesn't love them. Read full book review >

THE INSIDE TREE by Linda Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

Mr. Potter lives a cozy life in his little house, enjoying tea by the fire and looking out at a fine tree in his yard, underneath which his dog sleeps. Read full book review >

I ALWAYS, ALWAYS GET MY WAY by Thad Krasnesky
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

While little Emmy appears sweet, her looks are deceiving. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2009

Oversized pages well-stocked with Parker's graceful women and burly, plain-featured men, this latest entry in Platt's Diary series brings second-century CE Rome to bustling life. Read full book review >

AUNT NANCY AND THE BOTHERSOME VISITORS by Phyllis Root
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

Aunt Nancy is a granny not to trifle with, whether it's Cousin Lazybones or Old Man Trouble, or doleful Old Woeful or sly Mister Death doing the trifling. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURES OF OLD BO BEAR by Alice Schertle
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

Mama insists that Old Bo Bear is "World Class Dirty" and so tosses him into the washer. Read full book review >

EGYPTIAN DIARY by Richard Platt
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

Platt takes readers back more than 1,500 years, for a look at ancient Egyptian life from the point of view of a young scribe-in-training. Read full book review >

SHHHHH! EVERYBODY’S SLEEPING by Julie Markes
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

This is a wonderful new story in the bedtime tradition. Read full book review >

GILGAMESH THE HERO by Geraldine McCaughrean
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

McCaughrean turns in a robust, exciting rendition of the world's oldest written epic. Read full book review >

JEEPERS CREEPERS by Laura Leuck
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

Twenty-six monsters, alphabetically arranged, enjoy a day at school in this cheerful offering. Read full book review >

WEBSTER J. DUCK by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Webster J. Duck emerges from his egg a beguiling, web-footed, and fuzzyheaded yellow duckling who has not yet seen his mother. Read full book review >

AUNT NANCY AND COUSIN LAZYBONES by Phyllis Root
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Mountain humor abounds in this newly spun yarn by the pair that hatched Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble (1996). Read full book review >

THE WATER HORSE by Dick King-Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Searching for treasure washed up by a fierce coastal storm, eight-year-old Kirstie discovers a strange looking package-shaped object with long tendrils poking out from each of its four corners. Read full book review >

SOPHIE'S LUCKY by Dick King-Smith
Released: May 1, 1996

Sophie (Sophie in the Saddle, 1994, etc.) is back again, in what is to be the last in the series. Read full book review >

AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE by Phyllis Root
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1996

In the stylized voice of a storyteller, replete with old-fashioned comparisons and idiosyncratic syntax, Root (Contrary Bear, 1996, etc.) tells of Aunt Nancy's triumph over Old Man Trouble by pretending that all the bad luck he sends her way are really blessings. Read full book review >

TICK-TOCK by Eileen Browne
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

By the team that created No Problem, another funny story hinging on how to make a mechanical contrivance work. Read full book review >

SOPHIE IN THE SADDLE by Dick King-Smith
Released: March 1, 1994

King-Smith's "determined" Sophie, who first appeared, at four, in Sophie's Snail (1989), has always been a winning character; such vicissitudes as a suburban domicile, obstreperous twin brothers, and her parents' proscriptions against pets (mellowing more with each book) have never diverted her from her goal of becoming a "lady farmer." Read full book review >

NO PROBLEM by Eileen Browne
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

A motto observed in a researcher's lab—``When all else fails, read the directions''—sums up this tale of a mouse who's sent a ``construction kit'' by her friend Rat and assembles a wheeled vehicle (she calls it a ``Biker-Riker'') that does run- -but with an excess of unwanted ``wheelies.'' Reorganizing the parts, Badger comes up with ``Jaloppy-Doppy,'' different but no better—as is Otter's ``Boater-Roater.'' Shrew, however, finds the instructions, lays the parts out neatly, and puts together an airplane that flies them smoothly to Rat's for a birthday party. Read full book review >

SOPHIE'S TOM by Dick King-Smith
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

The delightfully determined small person introduced in Sophie's Snail (1989) celebrates her fifth birthday on Christmas Day; honoring her plan to become a "lady farmer," her parents and twin brothers give her a splendid toy farm, but her live pets are still limited to the wood lice, slugs, earthworms, and so on she keeps in the potting shed. Read full book review >

PADDY'S POT OF GOLD by Dick King-Smith
Released: March 1, 1992

When Brigid espies a leprechaun, it's due to a lucky combination of circumstances: she's an only child celebrating her eighth birthday—and she also has a hole in her boot. Read full book review >