Books by Debi Gliori

WHAT'S THE TIME, MR. WOLF? by Debi Gliori
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"There is much to enjoy here, and the illustrations and allusions beg for repeat readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers check in on Mr. Wolf every hour of his birthday, but it seems like the poor guy just can't catch a break on his special day. Read full book review >
THE SCARIEST THING OF ALL by Debi Gliori
Released: June 1, 2012

"Adequate, but this book is but one on a crowded overcoming-fears shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pip has many phobias, but when he faces one he overcomes all in this acceptable tale about surmounting one's fears. Read full book review >
WITCH BABY AND ME ON STAGE by Debi Gliori
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Ending with a school concert, a wedding and a sense of accomplishment for Daisy, all equally lovely, it will leave readers wondering how much trouble Daisy can make in the next installment. (Humorous fantasy. 8-12)"
Lily knows her little sister Daisy is a witch. Read full book review >
WITCH BABY AND ME by Debi Gliori
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A second volume, Witch Baby and Me After Dark (ISBN: 978-0-55255-678-1), is also available, with more to come. (Magical adventure. 8-11)"
The author of the Pure Dead books applies the same ebullient and wacky sense of humor to a new series for younger readers. Read full book review >
THE BODY OF DEATH by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 2010

Tragedy blights lives in a dozen different ways. Read full book review >
STORMY WEATHER by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"There is certainly no shortage of cuddly bedtime stories about parents keeping children safe and sound, but this is a solid addition nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A genderless parent fox cuddles with its baby at bedtime and explains in several scenarios how he or she would protect the little one from any weather that could break the night's peace. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH DRAGONS by Debi Gliori
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"This effort will be a useful addition to picture-book collections, especially those needing more titles that promote environmental awareness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gliori puts forth a rhythmic environmental message that warns of the excesses of "dragons galore" on the planet. Read full book review >
PURE DEAD FROZEN by Debi Gliori
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Despite being billed as the finish, there are enough of those threads left dangling to keep on—and that wouldn't be a bad thing. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Hell and Scotland both freeze over for the sixth (and, possibly, final) entry in this pure dead delightful series. Read full book review >
PURE DEAD BATTY by Debi Gliori
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Despite the author's near-continual attempts to fill in the background, readers unfamiliar with the previous three episodes are likely to flounder amid this tangle of ongoing subplots, but anyone with a taste for wild farce anchored by a loving family will be enraptured. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Good prevails, malice gets a proper—often terminal—comeuppance and characters come back from the incompletely dead in this latest tale featuring the closely knit but harum-scarum Strega-Borgia clan and its assorted nonhuman hangers-on. Read full book review >
PURE DEAD TROUBLE by Debi Gliori
FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

A powerful demon, a psychopath turned Eco-Warrior and, almost worst of all, a seemingly archetypal pair of American tourists join the cast for this fourth outing with the tumultuous Strega-Borgia clan. Read full book review >
WHERE DID THAT BABY COME FROM? by Debi Gliori
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

"Animated by themes of love and acceptance, this makes a perfect lead-in to Robie Harris's more specific answer in Happy Birth Day (1996). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Echoing the plaint of many an older sibling, a young versifier—cast as a member of an affectionate family of tiger-striped cats in often rumpled human dress—wonders, "Where did that baby come from? / And can we take it back?" Read full book review >
FLORA’S SURPRISE! by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Like Pat Hutchins's Titch (1971) and its many successors, this unbridled charmer, which features the return of Flora (Flora's Blanket, 2001, etc.), has this littlest member of her family making a distinctive contribution to a shared enterprise. Read full book review >
PENGUIN POST by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Whether they too are expecting new siblings or not, children following along will cheer every successful delivery, and may become less inclined to take their own mail carriers for granted. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With characteristic warmth and zest, Gliori (Pure Dead Wicked, p. 955, etc.) takes a star turn with the perennial "waiting for the new baby to come" theme. Read full book review >
PURE DEAD WICKED by Debi Gliori
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 27, 2002

Plainly channeling Roald Dahl and Charles Addams through her own uniquely wacky sense of humor, Gliori dishes up as a successor to Pure Dead Magic (2001) an equally barbed, sidesplitting farce. Read full book review >
PURE DEAD MAGIC by Debi Gliori
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Should Lemony Snicket grow a bit stale, here's the perfect antidote. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Mary Poppins meets the Addams Family in a nonstop farce that spins readers and characters through cyberspace, from a cluttered mansion in the Scottish highlands to an elegant Italian palazzo. Read full book review >
TELL ME WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE BIG by Joyce Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Suffused with warmth, this inviting tale is perfect for snuggling up and sharing with a loved one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wee Willa and her older brother Willoughby return in a poignant tale about growing up. Read full book review >
POLAR BOLERO by Debi Gliori
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Unabashed fun that is bound to resonate with sleepless tots and dance them to dreamland. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young polar bear with a case of insomnia sneaks out for a midnight dance in this happy bedtime adventure. Read full book review >
FLORA’S BLANKET by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Perfect for any tot who has misplaced a favored comfort object and the scores of beleaguered parents who have been sent out on countless wild-goose chases. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When a wee bunny misplaces her beloved blanket, the entire family bands together for a search-and-rescue mission. Read full book review >
THE DORLING KINDERSLEY BOOK OF NURSERY RHYMES by Debi Gliori
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2001

"A captivating collection for young children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A compilation of Mother Goose's finest, winsomely illustrated and gently annotated, Gliori's (The Very Small, 2000, etc.) collection of more than 50 rhymes features such classics as "Yankee Doodle," "Jack Sprat," and "Peter Piper," and includes a sprinkling of less-common ditties such as "Little Tommy Tucker" and "See-Saw, Margery Daw." Read full book review >
THE VERY SMALL by Joyce Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A delightfully whimsical and inviting tale that's perfect for cuddle time. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny, fey woodland creature and an oversized baby bear form an unlikely friendship in this bewitching tale. Read full book review >
MR. BEAR TO THE RESCUE by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Burnished colors and an air of sweet neighborliness pervade this book, where even the wild feels like a snug place when Mr. Bear is in the picture. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gliori's Mr. Bear books manage to be heartwarming while avoiding any saccharine aftertaste, mostly because Mr. Bear is such a hapless old beast, a bungling agent of good (No Matter What, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
NO MATTER WHAT by Debi Gliori
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"There is comfort in Gliori's pages, but it is a result of repetition and not the imagery; this is a quick fix, not an enduring one, but it eases Small's fears and may well do the same for children. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Small, a very little fox, needs some reassurance from Large in the unconditional love department. Read full book review >
MR. BEAR'S NEW BABY by Debi Gliori
Released: March 1, 1999

Gliori (Mr. Bear Babysits, etc.) offers a version of the adage that it takes a village to raise a child, when Mr. and Mrs. Bear get help from a community of loving friends in soothing their fretful newborn. Read full book review >
MR. BEAR BABYSITS by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"But the message is out of date. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Mrs. Bear is to baby-sit for the little Grizzly-Bears, but since her own baby is wakeful she sends Mr. Bear instead. Read full book review >
NEW BIG HOUSE by Debi Gliori
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1992

"All this is recounted in amusingly realistic detail, nicely amplified in the author's sympathetic, charmingly comical illustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 ``The trouble is, now that the twins can sort of walk, the house is shrinking,'' reports the eldest child, whose nursery- school rabbits are regular weekend visitors that swell the ranks of the many resident pets: her home is bursting at the seams. Read full book review >
NEW BIG SISTER by Debi Gliori
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"A fine addition. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 There must be almost as many new-baby books as there are new babies, but, still, Gliori's picture-book debut is a nice one- -slightly British in flavor, with a warm sense of family, an appealing narrator (see title), a good selection of events in the months before the birth, and a novel conclusion: it's twins. Read full book review >