Books by Dean Griffiths

TIMO GOES CAMPING by Victoria Allenby
Released: March 9, 2018

"Beginning chapter-book readers will look for the friends' next adventure and head to the library whenever their own skills are lacking. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)<"
It's tough to relax and enjoy a camping trip when there's a friend along whose sense of humor is hurtful. Read full book review >
BEST PIRATE by Kari-Lynn Winters
Released: Sept. 11, 2017

"Best be filling yer ditty bag with more of this sort—Tuna Lubbers and Frilly Dogs ahoy! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pirate lassie decides merely going from a Bad Pirate (2015) to a Good Pirate (2016) isn't enough. Read full book review >
TIMO'S PARTY by Victoria Allenby
Released: Sept. 4, 2017

"This warmhearted animal tale is a good choice for settings where longer stories for newly independent readers are needed. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Apple-grower Timo hates parties, but to help a friend he overcomes his timidity and hosts an apple festival. Read full book review >
HOOGIE IN THE MIDDLE by Stephanie McLellan
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"With their tangles of brightly colored fur, tiny fangs and tiny horns, these feline-esque monsters offer different perspectives of what 'middle' can mean. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Even monsters feel left out when they are middle siblings. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2013

"A delight for dog lovers, if not particularly useful in arts education. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sweet-natured story about a real little dachshund (lump means "rascal" in German) who won Picasso's heart. Read full book review >
ONLY A COW by Arlene Hamilton
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

Joining the recent stampede of tales about cows looking for ways out of the chew-and-moo routine, this relentlessly average episode drops Lucille, a cow with an urge to be like the racehorse in the next pasture, onto a real track where she proceeds to do her own thing. Read full book review >
PERFECT MAN by Troy Wilson
Released: May 1, 2004

"A few children might identify Mr. Clark with a favorite teacher of their own, but even here his special qualities are clearer in retrospect. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In a sketchy tale likely to make its deepest impression on adult readers, a supportive teacher brings out a lad's inner "superpowers." Read full book review >
THAT’S HOCKEY by David Bouchard
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"He really gets into the spirit of the lark; the contestants are gamesome, open-mouthed, and good-natured, for in Bouchard's story there are no winners or losers, just a bunch of kids who play on and on until the dinner bell calls. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bouchard trumps our expectations in this winsome tale of how they play hockey in the Far North. Read full book review >
ROUGH DAY AT LOON LAKE by Kathleen Cook Waldron
Released: April 15, 2002

"An ingenious story, with the added fillip of outlaw behavior and some deliciously playful art. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A clever tale with real charm, wherein a couple of young animals score a victory on the golf course after nearly being indignantly ushered from the fairway. Read full book review >