Books by Derek Anderson

WHAT ABOUT HARRY? by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2019

"Little listeners who have been on both sides of this friendship equation will identify with this thoughtful (but never preachy) outing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Can Harry and Sam's friendship survive a kingship? Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOREVER by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Goofy and fun. Readers will look forward to future outings. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Three short chapters on camaraderie star a duo of polar-opposite reptiles. Read full book review >
WAKING DRAGONS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Morning-routine stories abound, but for the very young this one bounces with exuberance. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Normally you don't want to wake the dragon… Read full book review >
STORY COUNTY by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Chicken rocking her eggs to sleep, here's a cheery invitation to children to imagine stories or story stages of their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In a fit of metafictional worldbuilding, Farmer and four animals march gaily onto blank pages and proceed in steps to build a barn, pour out brown fields (from a bag of "Instant Farm Field"), plant tall cornstalks and haystacks, erect a scarecrow (a princess, thanks to Miss Cow) and finally paint in an evening sky. Read full book review >
HOT ROD HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Young car enthusiasts won't be the only ones enamored of this hot-rodding rodent and his big canine buddy. (Picture book. 2-7)"
There's a hot-rod race at 4 Paws Speedway, and Hamster has a need for speed. Read full book review >
BALLYHOO BAY by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"A pleasant romp into the serious business of the environment and democracy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mira Bella heads to the beach each Saturday to teach art to both humans and sea creatures, who use wings, fins, claws, tentacles and hands to equally enthusiastic effect. Read full book review >
THE POTTY TRAIN by David Hochman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Nonetheless, train enthusiasts will toot 'Chugga chugga poo-poo.' (Picture book. 2-4)"
The latest addition to toilet-training literature takes the train analogy and rides the rails to success . . . one hopes. Read full book review >
ROMEO AND LOU BLAST OFF by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Anderson's serviceable acrylics aren't a match for his clever tale, which will allow young listeners to proudly display their superior knowledge of what's what. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Animal pals go on a wild adventure. Read full book review >
HOW THE EASTER BUNNY SAVED CHRISTMAS by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A fast pace, broad humor and silly puns add to the effort, as do the super-sized illustrations in neon-bright, jewel tones, but the overall effect is rather frenetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Santa is injured by a falling toy train on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus phones the Easter Bunny to save the day. Read full book review >
BLUE BURT AND WIGGLES by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A pure pleasure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two best friends fail to keep summer from ending, but won't let winter end their friendship. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK’S NEW FRIEND by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Sure to be a big hit with Little Quack fans, and with all adults wishing to impart a gentle lesson about inclusion. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Little Quack's latest outing has him teaching his siblings a valuable lesson about making friends. Read full book review >
OVER THE RIVER by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Musical arrangement, with full lyrics, on the endpapers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Anderson keeps most of the classic Thanksgiving song's lyrics, but puts a decided twist on its customary scenario. Read full book review >
GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Like Gladys's bananas, Anderson's story is simple comfort food, with eye-candy artwork providing a welcome dash of spice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gladys is a gorilla (never mind that she's purple, for there is more color on these pages than a harlequin's Technicolor dream coat). Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK’S BEDTIME by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"The gentle cadence of Thompson's tale coupled with Anderson's rich illustrations makes this an ideal candidate for the last story of the night. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Thompson's Mama Duck and her ducklings return in a tender tale about things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK’S HIDE AND SEEK by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Cuddlesome ducklings add instant eye-appeal while the predictable rhythms of the tale are satisfying for small fry. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mother duck and her quintet of ducklings play a rousing game of hide-and-seek in this playful counting tale. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A pleasant enough take on an old standby. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The odyssey of ducklings venturing forth from their comfortable nests into the big world resonates with children and has been a well-traveled subject of many works geared toward young readers. Read full book review >