Books by Dayle Ann Dodds

THE PRINCE WON’T GO TO BED! by Dayle Ann Dodds
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"A brilliant gift for all parents who can find the humor in hindsight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"The castle was in trouble. / Nanny scratched her head. / ‘The King and Queen are at the ball, / and the Prince won't go to bed!' " And so begins the comedic saga of attempting to get the Prince to sleep. Read full book review >
FULL HOUSE by Dayle Ann Dodds
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Teachers should reserve a space on their bookshelves for this one. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The Strawberry Inn has vacancies for children who'd like to learn about fractions—as long as they don't mind the wacky array of other guests in the inn. Read full book review >
TEACHER’S PETS by Dayle Ann Dodds
Released: May 1, 2006

"A cute tale to share with a teacher who has a similar classroom zoo, but a rather troubling sub-message that pets can be foisted off on others when they show less-than-desirable behaviors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Miss Fry told her students that their pets could visit for their weekly sharing day, little did she know it was the beginning of a zoo. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2004

"If there's a point, it's probably that not everything has to have one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Henry is a born inventor—literally. Read full book review >
MINNIE’S DINER by Dayle Ann Dodds
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The result is a lively alternative to the similarly themed likes of Stuart Murphy's Double the Ducks (2002), illustrated by Valerie Petrone, or Carol Losi's 512 Ants on Sullivan Street (1997), illustrated by Patrick Merrell. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Hopping onto the math-concepts bandwagon, Dodds ties the idea of "doubling" to a slender storyline. Read full book review >
WHERE’S PUP? by Dayle Ann Dodds
Released: March 1, 2003

"EWSLUGp1980, and a plethora of similar hide-and-seek variants will welcome this fresh addition to the genre, particularly for its crowd-pleasing climax. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Keeping lines to four words or less but with vocabulary that will challenge emergent readers, Dodds (The Kettles Get New Clothes, 2002, etc.) sends a clown across circus grounds in search of an errant puppy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"G-U-A-R-A-N-T-E-E-D!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
The Kettles are surprised to find that their old clothing store has been replaced by Monsieur Pip's haute couture boutique. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The pace is so breathless and engaging that the book's didactic origins all but disappear; few readers will notice that they've just finished a math problem, and most will want to go over all the action again. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Dodds (The Shape of Things, 1994, not reviewed, etc.), a rhyming, reckless text that makes a math process pleasurably solvable; Mitchell's illustrative debut features a smashing cast of 1930s characters and a playfulness that will keep readers guessing. Read full book review >
THE COLOR BOX by Dayle Ann Dodds
Released: April 1, 1992

"Laroche's cut and folded paper objects seem to float above the page, lending an intriguing three-dimensional air. (Picture book. 0-5)"
A series of die-cut holes lead a monkey (and readers) through a succession of colors, inviting stops at each spread to pick out ``yellow daisies, yellow bees, yellow bananas up in trees,'' or ``green leaves, green frogs, green lizards under logs.'' The idea is not to present colors at their purest, but to sample the range that the words connote—reds here can be deep peach or purplish-pink; some greens would fit comfortably on the yellow spread; yellow and white come out more monochromatic. Read full book review >
DO BUNNIES TALK? by Dayle Ann Dodds
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

From the author of Wheel Away (1989), an ebullient survey of sounds. Read full book review >