Books by Deborah Underwood

THE PANDA PROBLEM by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2019

"Highly entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if the main character took over the storytelling from the narrator? Read full book review >
BEARNARD'S BOOK by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Open Bearnard's book for an alternative concept of bravery with humor, sweetness, and friendship at the core. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bearnard gets the chance to be in a book and must embrace his sense of self in the process. Read full book review >
WALRUS IN THE BATHTUB by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Overdone, even for a tall tale. (Picture book. 3-4) "
A family of four's new house is perfect save for one feature. Read full book review >
MONSTER AND MOUSE GO CAMPING by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2018

"This is one camping trip sure to live up to expectations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A camping trip for two friends doesn't quite go as planned. Read full book review >
SUPER SAURUS AND THE EGG by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"Super Saurus' imagination once again conquers a challenging situation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Having saved kindergarten (2017), Super Saurus tackles his next issue: his parents' unhatched egg. Read full book review >
HERE COMES TEACHER CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Not Cat's funniest outing, but readers may get a kick out of imagining what adventures they might have with their own substitute teachers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cat is back, a busy schedule of naps interrupted by some substitute teaching when Ms. Melba gets sick. Will Cat survive? Read full book review >
SUPER SAURUS SAVES KINDERGARTEN by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Imagination as a coping mechanism equals lots of superpowered fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Though his practical sister, Emily, is ready for kindergarten, Arnold, aka Super Saurus, isn't too sure, so he's making plans now to escape, superhero-fashion, from all the imagined perils he will face. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, BADDIES by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2016

"Great for sharing with parents' own baddies and fairy-tale lovers alike. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fairy tales and fractured fairy tales always focus on the good guys (or reform the bad guys). Finally, here's a sweet bedtime story featuring the baddies. Read full book review >
HERE COMES VALENTINE CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 22, 2015

"Cat hasn't lost his ability to charm readers, if for no other reason than children are so able to see themselves in him. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Underwood's endearing, voiceless cat is back, this time getting a lesson in Valentine's Day tact. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE TOOTH FAIRY CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Clever fun continues in this delightful series. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mischievous Cat is back (Here Comes Santa Cat, 2014, etc.), this time determined to meet the Tooth Fairy. Read full book review >
HERE COMES SANTA CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Quite a charming character, that Cat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The egocentric feline protagonist of Here Comes the Easter Cat (2014) returns for another opportunity to receive a present, just as the ending of the previous story predicted.Read full book review >
BAD BYE, GOOD BYE by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"This is a useful depiction of a family's physical move, but the strength is in the emotional journey that's expressed with a raw honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Underwood explores the range of emotions a child moving to a new place may feel with a spare, rhyming text that creates a framework for Bean's evocative illustrations. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE EASTER CAT by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Utterly endearing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An attention-seeking, nap-loving cat hatches a plan to become the Easter Cat so that he will be loved like the Easter Bunny. Read full book review >
PART-TIME PRINCESS by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"If there is to be yet another plucky-princess story, this one offers a pleasing blend of fancy and realism and allows mom to get into the act, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
By day, she's a girl with spelling tests and a little brother who breaks her crayons; by night, a princess who can "slide down a fire pole in a frilly skirt." Read full book review >
SPATTER & SPARK by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"Regardless of which reading mode is chosen, this app has one speed: s-l-o-w. (for iPad 2 and above) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A peppy yet, paradoxically, painfully slow story about a porcupine on an artistic quest. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK by Deborah Underwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Nevertheless, a congenial, understated choice for reading aloud to excited children to help them settle down for a long winter's night. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In their third collaboration on the numerous nuances of volume, Underwood and Liwska focus on the softer sounds of the Christmas season. Read full book review >
THE LOUD BOOK! by Deborah Underwood
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2011

"The overall format of fuzzy illustrations and sweet simplicity of moments suited its quiet predecessor a bit better, but the collaborators have created a worthy companion to their previous success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For each kind of quiet found in Underwood and Liwska's Quiet Book (2010) there are now just as many kinds of LOUD! Read full book review >
A BALLOON FOR ISABEL by Deborah Underwood
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"The attention to detail in Rankin's illustrations adds humor and charm to the story (check out Isabel's extensive collection of brightly colored Mary Janes), and the vivid colors make the pictures pop—sure to delight even the prickliest of readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sweetly graphic demonstration that just a little ingenuity can resolve even the most daunting dilemmas. Ms. Quill's class is counting down the days until graduation, and Isabel and Walter, two porcupine friends, are feeling left out, knowing they will not receive balloons along with the rest of the animals in their class. Ms. Quill, a porcupine herself, warns the duo that balloons are not safe for them. Read full book review >
THE QUIET BOOK by Deborah Underwood
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Soothing and layered. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This gallery of quietude works for bedtime or calming down while also acknowledging that some quiet moods are less than happy. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF RUIN by Irene Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2010

"Emily is a strong heroine with a handsome but unappreciative husband. Perhaps future installments will reveal whether her marriage will stand the strain."
The early days of moviemaking provide exciting but dangerous experiences for a feisty young woman. Read full book review >
GRANNY GOMEZ & JIGSAW by Deborah Underwood
ANIMALS
Released: March 9, 2010

"A solid addition to any collection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Granny Gomez lives in a large house out in the country. Read full book review >
SUGAR PLUM BALLERINAS by Whoopi Goldberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Ultimately, though, an endearing multiethnic cast of characters and a positive message of the power of friendship make this one a keeper. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When her ballet-nut mother decides to take her costume-designing business from Apple Creek, Ga., to Harlem, Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson ("The closest I've ever been to Russia is Atlanta") finds herself moving from a sleepy little small-town dance studio to the illustrious Nutcracker Ballet School. Read full book review >
PIRATE MOM by Deborah Underwood
ADVENTURE
Released: May 23, 2006

"Appealingly cartoony illustrations suit the silly fun: a winner. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
A stock shtick receives a fresh, funny treatment in this reader for primary grades. Read full book review >