Books by Diane Goode

THE SUPER SECRET MYSTERY by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Charming. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cinderella Smith, shoe-losing third-grader, is back, now facing the challenges of a research project. Read full book review >
BALLERINA ROSIE by Sarah Ferguson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"With so many wonderful ballet stories available, this is one to skip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl with red curls loves to dance—until she starts ballet school. Read full book review >
THE MORE THE MERRIER by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"The invented words, the spelling bee and Cinderella's voice, which is maturing and becoming more likable, make this a great offering for youngsters who are figuring out the confusing social terrain of third grade. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Cinderella Smith knows how to spell and define many words, but sometimes the hardest word to understand is friendship. Read full book review >
LOUISE THE BIG CHEESE AND THE OOH-LA-LA CHARM SCHOOL by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Tongue-in-cheek humor balances the bling to make this a fancy series that both adults and children can enjoy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The ever-ambitious Louise is back for another adventure-cum-life lesson, accompanied by her adorable dog PeeWee. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2011

"A timely message for readers on both sides of the desk. (Picture book. 5-10)"
That indomitable diva Louise is back, this time showing kids that hard work is its own reward. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA SMITH by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2011

"Though the first-person narration sounds a little too close to the voice of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine, the richness of this new friendship and the gentle resolution will make readers hope for another installment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Cinderella Smith cannot keep track of her shoes. Read full book review >
BUT I WANTED A BABY BROTHER! by Kate Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2010

"Together they make a warm-hearted and witty story that will bring families together whether or not they are expecting a new baby. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his one-page autobiography, Oliver Keaton makes it manifest that he wants a baby brother—and he knows he's getting one. Read full book review >
LOUISE THE BIG CHEESE AND THE LA-DI-DA SHOES by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"With numerous sly puns included in the illustrations, this sparkling tale is a treat for Imeldas of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The indomitable Louise returns, this time in pursuit of a fanciful pair of shoes (Louise the Big Cheese, 2009). Read full book review >
LOUISE THE BIG CHEESE by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Charming from endpapers to endpapers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even second bananas sometimes have their day. Read full book review >
MY MOM IS TRYING TO RUIN MY LIFE by Kate Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2009

"A comical rebuttal to a familiar childhood lament. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl recites a litany of offenses inflicted by her parents. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT PENNYBAKER by Kate Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"This little Jeffersonian is exercising his right to the pursuit of happiness, the noble, embracing aspiration that—unvoiced here, but looming—could well be lost upon over-35-year-olds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"And why not?" readers will ask of young Luke Pennybaker's run for president on a platform of time-honored plaints: no to homework, no to bedtime, no to everything but dessert, gifts and messy rooms. Read full book review >
BABY FACE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2008

"A few have the potential of memorization with a chance of becoming a familiar family favorite. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Six babies populate these six poems, paeans to the momentous events of baby life: first steps, a bath, going out in the carriage, getting teeth, going to bed. Read full book review >
ALLIGATOR BOY by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Instead, Rylant and Goode close the story with a picture of their main character asleep on his mother's lap, his alligator tail hanging down from the chair, and the reassuring message that his is 'a good green life for an alligator boy.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
In rhyming couplets, Rylant expertly unfolds a quirky tale about a boy who is "tired of being a boy" and "hope[s] to be somebody new." Read full book review >
THE MOST PERFECT SPOT by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Perfectly charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy and his mother search for the perfect "spot" for their picnic—and eventually find it. Read full book review >
MIND YOUR MANNERS! by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Look carefully at every spread so as not to miss a crumb of this delicious humor. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Before you accept an invitation to dine with the Abbots, there are certain things to remember: mind your manners! Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"She also included a rabbit family (mother, father, and baby) throughout many of her illustrations, in tribute to Brown's best-loved works. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Brown's quietly understated text, first published in 1952 with different illustrations, provides the words for this simple, sweet, and satisfying introduction to the Nativity story. Read full book review >
THANKSGIVING IS HERE! by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Sure to please families of any size at harvest season. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A large extended family comes together at Grandma's house for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A serene and soothing look at the holiday, just right to share with a child while sipping cocoa and nibbling Christmas cookies. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Newbery Medalist Rylant and Goode collaborate again for the first time since their Caldecott Honor Book, When I Was Young in the Mountains (1982). Read full book review >
TIGER TROUBLE! by Diane Goode
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Rollicking good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fanciful and cheerily outlandish tale about a boy and his . . . cat. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"It's all perfectly fetching and not quite superfluous. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-8)"
The year's umpteenth new version of Cinderella features an all-canine cast of diverse breeds, and just as the female lead towers over her diminutive prince, this stands head, shoulders, and brisket above William Wegman's oppressively mannered rendition (1993). Read full book review >
DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >
MAMA'S PERFECT PRESENT by Diane Goode
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's quite an outing, and the siblings do locate (and create) the perfect present. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this deadpan sequel to Where's Our Mama? (1991), the Parisian brother and sister and their disaster-causing dachshund are on a hunt for Mama's birthday present. Read full book review >
DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >
WHERE'S OUR MAMA? by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Echoing a Russian folk tale, ``My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World,'' Goode sets her story in early 20th-century Paris and provides an obliging gendarme to try to help two little children locate their mother, who has left them in the elegant, crowded train station while she runs after her blown-away hat. Read full book review >