Books by Denise Brunkus

Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Junie B. still brings a smile, but sometimes it's an uncomfortable one. (Fiction. 5-8)"
It's bound to be a special Thanksgiving feast when Junie B. and her classmates are celebrating. Read full book review >
READ ALL ABOUT IT! by Laura Bush
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this book go to Teach for America and The New Teacher Project; perhaps those nurtured by these organizations can work on effectively converting reluctant readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The nation's First Librarian and her daughter team up to present a well-meaning salute to the pleasures of reading. Read full book review >
CHARLIE HITS IT BIG by Deborah Blumenthal
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Even for ambitious guinea pigs, there really is no place like home. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What's a guinea pig with dreams of movie stardom to do? Read full book review >
GROUNDHOG GETS A SAY by Pamela Curtis Swallow
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A wonderful update to your tired old Groundhog Day section, this begs to be performed as reader's theater. (Picture book. 5-10)"
It's Feb. 3rd and no one is paying any attention to Groundhog when just yesterday everyone wanted his weather report. Read full book review >
MY TEACHER FOR PRESIDENT by Kay Winters
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Here's a third-party candidate to get behind. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Come November, lots of people would cast their vote for Oliver's teacher—just the kind of secure, commanding, compassionate presence it would be good to see in the White House. Read full book review >
TOOTHLESS WONDER by Barbara Park
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud for the first-grade classroom. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"Good news, people!" Read full book review >
BOSS OF LUNCH by Barbara Park
Released: May 28, 2002

"Hooray for Junie and hooray for the grown-ups in her life who accept her, loud mouth and all. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Junie is adjusting to the new world of first grade, where she is learning to follow rules and settle down—at least a little bit. Read full book review >
JUNIE B., FIRST GRADER (AT LAST!) by Barbara Park
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Although not the most amusing book in the series, fans will be happy to know that despite Junie B.'s ascent to the rigors of first grade, Park's feisty, funny heroine retains her trademark use of language, mirthful malapropisms, and essential larger-than-life personality. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Starting first grade proves to be a challenge for Junie B. Jones, Park's enduring, irrepressible heroine. Read full book review >
THE FROG PRINCIPAL by Stephanie Calmenson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Lucky is the school with a Principal like Mr. Bundy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Even though I'm small, green and slimy, I can still be a good principal, can't I?" Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2001

"Lulu is not very likable (she could probably use some counseling), although the third book in a series implies a ready readership. (Easy reader. 7-9)"
Bottner (Marsha Is Only a Flower, 2000, etc.) continues her series about rivalrous redheaded sisters Marsha and Lulu, this time with a co-author. Read full book review >
THE GOOF WHO INVENTED HOMEWORK by Kalli Dakos
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Some of the poems are stronger than others, but this is an effective and welcome collection of verse, ably supported by Brunkus's fine and funny black-and-white drawings. (Poetry. 7-11)"
A collection of 36 poems that paint a funny, affectionate, and sometimes poignant portrait of a school year. Read full book review >
BENDING LIGHT by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"No index or bibliography but a list of three sources for lenses. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Experiments using simple lenses, many to be done with the small plastic lens provided. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 6-8)"
The fractious kindergartener of Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (p. 993) has a new baby brother her grandma calls ``the cutest little monkey!'' Junie hasn't seen him yet, but she has told the kids in her class that he's ``A REAL, ALIVE, BABY MONKEY,'' and she's taking bids from her ``bestest'' friends for the first look. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Kids may need some persuading to read about a younger child, but they're sure to enjoy the understated humor. (Fiction. 6-9)"
In the ``First Stepping Stone'' series, a genuinely funny, easily read story. Read full book review >