Books by David Small

THE QUIET PLACE by Sarah Stewart
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A warm, gentle portrait of an immigrant's isolation and the ways that creativity and a loving family can offer both a safe haven and a bridge. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As in Stewart and Small's previous The Gardener (1997) and The Journey (2001), letters to a loved one become the vehicle for a girl to explore what she sees, feels and comes to understand upon leaving home for the first time. Read full book review >
ONE COOL FRIEND by David Small
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"A happy tale of domestic amity, with a well-set-up punchline. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Boy and Antarctic bird bond in a tongue-in-cheek tale keyed by artful misdirection. Read full book review >
ELSIE'S BIRD by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 2, 2010

"This poignant and powerful picture book closes with an uplifting rising of prairie voices—music to Elsie's ears. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Elsie moves with her widowed father from bustling 19th-century Boston to the vast Nebraska plains, where she misses the hymns, play songs and hum of her Eastern city. Read full book review >
PRINCESS SAYS GOODNIGHT by Naomi Howland
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2010

"There's no question it will infuse a bedtime routine with some fun, but it proves you can judge a book by its cover. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How would a little girl go to bed if she were a princess? Read full book review >
STITCHES by David Small
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Graphic narrative at its most cathartic."
Emotionally raw, artistically compelling and psychologically devastating graphic memoir of childhood trauma. Read full book review >
THAT BOOK WOMAN by Heather Henson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Every line oozes character: The hound dog's ears flop like nobody's business, and Cal's face in the foreground displays every emotion as he moves from scowling suspicion to wonder. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Cal lives high in Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains. Read full book review >
THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt
ADVENTURE
Released: May 6, 2008

"Aided by Small's lively illustrations, Appelt intricately weaves these animals' ancient stories into Puck's survival saga to produce a magical tale of betrayal, revenge, love and the importance of keeping promises. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When fate separates them, an old hound dog and two foster kittens survive the dangers of the bayou to find one another. Read full book review >
WHEN DINOSAURS CAME WITH EVERYTHING by Elise Broach
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"In the end, the boy's friends bring their own newly acquired dinos over to his house for a poolside party—and he knows Mom has truly come around when she calls the baker for more doughnuts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What if one day every merchant in town offered up, and indeed, insisted that shoppers take home a live dinosaur (free) with every purchase? Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A BANANA by Jennifer Armstrong
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

In a tour de force of visual sequencing captioned only by a set of rhyming street and shop signs, Small sets up a hilarious chain of events along a busy city street. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO BE AN EXPLORER? by Judith St. George
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"First-class inspirational reading: funny, fluent and on target. (biographical "glossary") (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
For young readers who don't fancy becoming President (2000) or an Inventor (2002), St. Read full book review >
THE FRIEND by Sarah Stewart
FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2004

A poor little rich girl, ignored by her busy parents, finds companionship with the family's live-in African-American housekeeper. Read full book review >
THE ESSENTIAL WORLDWIDE MONSTER GUIDE by Linda Ashman
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"As both a surefire read-aloud and a heads-up for prospective young travelers, this can't be beat. (Poetry. 7-10)"
As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best, Ashman profiles 13 magical creatures from as many parts of the world. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INVENTOR? by Judith St. George
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions (2000) or Nathan Aaseng's thematic collective biographies. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Lightning doesn't strike twice for the award-winning team of So You Want To Be President? (2000). Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY by Sarah Stewart
FICTION
Released: March 14, 2001

"Hannah's straightforward voice limns a warm appreciation for urban bustle while longing for, and loving, her much different rural life, with its strong religious and familial ties. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Young Hannah is visiting Chicago with her mother and her mother's friend, leaving their Amish farm for a week in the city. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT? by Judith St. George
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A superb, kid-centered survey and a perfect way to enliven the perennial class unit on the presidents. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Just in time for the presidential election, St. Read full book review >
THE GARDENER by Sarah Stewart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Small's marvelous pictures show the city in all its gritty variety- -pushcarts, pigeons, packing crates, fire escapes, awnings, nuns, bums, and dogs—and the scrawny, smiling bakery cat, Otis. (Picture book. 6+)"
 This latest collaboration from Stewart and Small (The Library, 1995, not reviewed) is the Depression-era story of young Lydia Grace Finch, whose family's financial woes are the occasion for Lydia's extended stay in the city with dour Uncle Jim. Read full book review >
FENWICK'S SUIT by David Small
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"Actually, it looks like fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
 A punny cautionary tale about a nondescript office drone who mistakenly believes that the clothes make the man. Read full book review >
HOOVER'S BRIDE by David Small
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"As usual, Small displays both sharp wit and a lively imagination, but this is flat next to his other books, which are mostly about the value of being different rather than its perils. (Picture book. 6-8)"
 More rhymed foolery from Small (George Washington's Cows, 1994, etc.), with an ending that may seem cold-hearted to some, and subtexts that don't bear too much scrutiny. Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S COWS by David Small
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Small (Ruby Mae Has Something to Say, 1992, etc.) may be on to a brand of you-were-there history that could yield some important understandings. (Fiction/Picture book. All ages)"
 The night they drove poor George Washington into politics. Read full book review >
PETEY'S BEDTIME STORY by Beverly Cleary
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A funny story that can easily be elaborated on by those who want to tell their children more; Small's energetic, cartoony art is a perfect match for Cleary's witty prose. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Obstreperous Petey is indulged with a full bedtime ritual: splashy bath, all-out chase, book from each parent, monster check; last comes the "baby story," the already-familiar tale of his own birth ("One night Mommy painted her toenails so they would look pretty when she met the baby..."), with Petey's own embellishments (daddy "drove off in the dark a hundred miles an hour," but after a policeman stops him he's more cautious—he doesn't want to miss football on TV). Read full book review >
RUBY MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY by David Small
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Sensible message; good fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
 A satirical parable, buoyed up by delicious visual whimsy. Read full book review >
FIGHTING WORDS by Eve Merriam
FICTION
Released: March 12, 1992

 Dale, on his toy-sized farm, glares across the river at Leda, who stands tall as a skyscraper in her city. Read full book review >
THE MONEY TREE by Sarah Stewart
FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

 In January, Mrs. McGillicuddy observes an unusual shape out in the snow. Read full book review >
ALONE by David Small
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"Long-winded but affecting."
 An earnest and occasionally hair-raising record of emotional hopes and defeats in the life of an American middle-class male, from cradle to, maybe, his final reward in a happy marriage. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD by David Small
Released: Oct. 1, 1967

"A rich disturbing, very touching book."
"Be naked" our departing predecessor pinned to the bulletin board, and we have never felt so vuluerable as in anticipating the response to Russell Hoban's arresting departure from juvenile precedent. Read full book review >