Books by Deborah Zemke

THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG by Robin Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A hard-boiled text for determined new readers in pursuit of wordplay. (Early reader. 7-8)"
A whodunit for newly independent readers with wordplay galore. Read full book review >
THE DEEP, DEEP PUDDLE by Mary Jessie Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"Kids will be happy to dive right in, whether it's shared in a lap or as part of a group. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Looking for a counting book that makes a splash? Read full book review >
MORE POCKET POEMS by Bobbi Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Afterword on the importance of poetry to language development. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Out in time for National Poetry Month—and specifically April 30th, which is Poem In Your Pocket Day—this follow-up to 2004's Pocket Poems (illustrated by Marilyn Hafner) offers nearly 50 more short verses and excerpts paired to bright cartoon scenes of, mostly, children at play in various settings. Read full book review >
THE SECRET CHICKEN CLUB by George Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Illustrated with sunny watercolor scenes of popeyed livestock (all of whom, by the end, are club members) dancing and being silly, this is sure to have children signing on in flocks for repeat readings. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Shannon dishes up a delicious trio of original "noodle" tales, set in bucolic Wise Acres and featuring a farmyard menagerie that stars Debbie, a cow with the heart and hooves of a dancer. Read full book review >
THIS IS THANKSGIVING by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The art is simple but as appealing to the young eye as a tray of bonbons, and is sure to make at least one reader drool. (Board book. 2-5)"
In a sturdy board book, Ziefert and Zemke salute the bounty of Thanksgiving. Read full book review >
WISE ACRES by George Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Zemke adds zest to the effort with her loose watercolor-and-ink illustrations, capturing the animal antics. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wise Acres is a seemingly idyllic farm with a traditional red barn and some untraditional animals who like to jog, sing, and play musical instruments in this longer work divided into three short chapters. Read full book review >