Books by Denys Cazet

MINNIE AND MOO AND THE HAUNTED SWEATER by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"There is, after all, a weird bulge in the sweater. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Since she's on a diet and only going to chow 11 of the dozen cream puffs in the box, Minnie—Cazet's blond-shocked bovine—is going to give one to the farmer because it's his birthday. Read full book review >
WILL YOU READ TO ME? by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: June 26, 2007

"Watercolor and colored pencils add warmth to Cazet's bittersweet ode to the bibliophilic misfit in every reader. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cazet offers a gently droll mood piece in a departure from his wackier offerings. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Kids will itch for a fourth. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Cazet returns with a third reader in the Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories series. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"While no one wishes Barney's chicken pox to last forever, readers will certainly want Grandpa's tales to keep on making them laugh even if they have to become Grandpa's head-cold stories. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
The second of "Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories" matches the first, Octopus (January 2005), for rib-tickling, comfy charm. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT PUMPKIN PIE by Denys Cazet
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"No recipe, but still a mouthwatering crowd-pleaser, at Halloween or any other time. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lad and his imperturbable grandma draw the attention of a pie-lovin' ghost in this comical country tale. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Fine, splashy fare for developing readers. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The creator of Minnie and Moo opens an equally engaging series featuring a flop-eared young pup and his yarn-spinning grandpa. Read full book review >
ELVIS THE ROOSTER AND THE MAGIC WORDS by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp1995 or Cuyler's Please Say Please (below). (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Elvis gets a pointed lesson in manners from coop-mates in his second solo outing. Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO: THE ATTACK OF THE EASTER BUNNIES by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Cazet's cockeyed good cheer is in fine form here—a simple pleasure of verbal dexterity—as is his art: Elvis the chicken's costume—bedraggled rabbit ears crowning his scrawny head—is worth framing. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Minnie and Moo, two cows anyone would like to have in their pasture, are on the prowl for an Easter Bunny proxy in their 11th caper. Read full book review >
MINNIE & MOO AND THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Good news indeed. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Having delighted fans in a series of easy readers, these bovine buddies and their barnyard coterie gracefully leap to a longer format. Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO: THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING BED by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Clever and hilarious. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Cazet releases the breaks in this latest installment of early-reading tomfoolery. Read full book review >
ELVIS THE ROOSTER ALMOST GOES TO HEAVEN by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Small but finely detailed scenes of barnyard fowl, some adorned with cool-looking shades, add an extra layer of daffiness to this droll episode; fans of the series, and younger readers in general, will applaud as Elvis takes center stage. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The tender male ego gets another bruising in this spin-off from Cazet's popular "Minnie and Moo" readers. Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO: WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE? by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Keep 'em moooving, Minnie and Moo. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Minnie and Moo, those marvelous big-nostrilled cows, continue their side-splitting trip through the holidays (Minnie and Moo: The Night Before Christmas, p. 1617, etc.). Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The reading level, longer length, and vocabulary are for children reading at upper second-grade level, but both younger and older children (and adults) will also enjoy this comical view of Christmas Eve on the funny farm. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
This tenth addition to the Minnie and Moo series follows the bovine best friends in a hilarious Christmas easy reader by Cazet (Minnie and Moo and the Potato from Planet X, p. 331, etc.). Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO AND THE POTATO FROM PLANET X by Denys Cazet
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2002

"Another mooover from Cazet. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Cazet's cows are back (Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine, 2001, etc.), charming as ever, in an easy reader that is as loopy as ever. Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO MEET FRANKENSWINE by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"8216;Like a turkey through the corn,' said Zack'—make this a joy for new readers to tackle. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The two funniest, most winsome cows on the early-reading circuit have to be Minnie and Moo, always ready to engage any situation with a mixture of slapstick (Moo), sangfroid (Minnie), and a comical use of language. Read full book review >
NEVER POKE A SQUID by Denys Cazet
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Like its companions, this will draw howls of recognition from children and adults alike, and should be required reading for all teachers—and principals—in training. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Another anything-but-tranquil day at school gets a hilarious recap in this sequel to Never Spit on Your Shoes (1990) and Are There Any Questions? (1992). Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO AND THE MUSK OF ZORRO by Denys Cazet
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Cazet has struck a vein of precious ore in his "Minnie and Moo" series for beginning readers. Read full book review >
MINNIE AND MOO GO DANCING by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

paper 0-7894-2536-4 In Cazet's saga of two bovines, Minnie and Moo are enjoying a sunset when sounds of a dance at the farmer's home drift up to them. Read full book review >
NIGHT LIGHTS by Denys Cazet
POETRY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Pencil and watercolor illustrations—sometimes soft, sometimes more pointed and full of comic visual asides—are exactly right for the various moods. (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Cazet is still working the night shift he began in Mother Night (1988), and continued in ``I'm Not Sleepy'' (1992) and Dancing (1995). Read full book review >
DANCING by Denys Cazet
by Denys Cazet, illustrated by Denys Cazet
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The luminous watercolors depict a small boy, who is momentarily unhappy and insecure, being loved unconditionally by his strong, faithful father. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alex and his father, from Cazet's I'm Not Sleepy (1992), reappear in this bedtime-story song book. Read full book review >
BORN IN THE GRAVY by Denys Cazet
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Sprinkled with Spanish words and phrases that can be figured out from their contexts; illustrated with cartoon-style colored- pencil drawings (with dialogue balloons) that clarify some of the more cryptic portions of Margarita's deadpan account. (Picture book. 7+)"
A Mexican-American child tells her father about her first day in kindergarten—from little Susie, who cried all day (even while she sang ``Good Morning to You''), to stubborn Archie, who climbed a tree and wouldn't come down until the principal climbed up after him (it took the fire department to get the principal down). Read full book review >
ANNIE, BEA, AND CHI CHI DOLORES by Donna Maurer
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the driver's ``all aboard'' as three ``buddies'' (bear, dog, and hippo) climb on the bus to the balky ``zip'' at the end, a day in what might be the hilariously rambunctious school featured in Cazet's ``Never Spit on Your Shoes'' (1990). Read full book review >
'ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?' by Denys Cazet
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

Young Arnie regales his mother with a kitchen-table report on his first-grade trip to the aquarium—``The deadly squid can squeeze a whale juiceless!'' As in his Never Spit On Your Shoes (1990), Cazet's homey illustrations hilariously fill in details Arnie leaves out; held—barely—in check by their teacher and a host of parent helpers, the children (small animals in human dress, one speaking only Spanish) rattle on about the tanks and displays as they pursue their own concerns, their authentic-sounding comments and queries in square balloons. Read full book review >
'I'M NOT SLEEPY' by Denys Cazet
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1992

"Like Angela Johnson's Tell Me a Story, Mama, an unusually perceptive portrayal of healthy interaction. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Father shapes a bedtime story to wakeful Alex's comments. Read full book review >
THE GREAT SQUIRREL UPRISING by Dan Elish
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Cazet's cartoony illustrations warmly extend the humor. (Fiction. 9+)"
Tired of the humans' rudeness and their trash, Scruff the squirrel mounts an uprising in N.Y.C.'s Central Park beginning when, to the humans' astonishment, a line of squirrels successfully blocks traffic at one entrance. Read full book review >

Maxine is a school-age cat whose ebullient enthusiasm keeps her, and the animal people around her, whirling. Read full book review >