Books by Dominic Catalano

MOUSE ISLAND by Eve Bunting
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"Still, much pleasure can be found in Bunting's melodious prose—'He saw whales passing, their white breaths smoking against the sky'—as well as Catalano's lovely pastels. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bunting's story of an island-dwelling mouse is a tale of longing written with great flair, but it is also a bit perplexing. Read full book review >
CLINK, CLANK, CLUNK! by Miriam Aroner
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2006

"A terrific traveling companion for John Burningham's Mr. Gumpy's Outing (1971). (Picture book. 2-6)"
A catastrophic clunker of a car stars in this jovial, cumulative tale. Read full book review >
BERNARD WANTS A BABY by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"It's nothing new, but those who enjoy Bernard will sympathize with this easy squeeze-of-the-hand for the youngest with new-sibling jitters, reinforced by the idyllic settings and touches of exotica delivered by Catalano's pastels. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The little elephant last seen in another familiar trial (Bernard Goes to School, 2001) has his life changed once again, this time in a big way. Read full book review >
MR. BASSET PLAYS by Dominic Catalano
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The large size of the soft, bright illustrations and the clear design make this a good choice for sharing with friends. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wealthy, serious businessdog Mr. Basset learns the value of friends and play in this humorous cautionary tale. Read full book review >
BERNARD GOES TO SCHOOL by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Featuring purple, green, and gold elephants, Catalano's pastels are as soft as the outcome of the story, with Bernard discovering that a friendly face and a new chum go a long way toward taking the dismay out of the new. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The first day of preschool can give even an elephant a case of the shim-shams, as Goodman's little pachyderm learns. Read full book review >
SANTA AND THE THREE BEARS by Dominic Catalano
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A satisfying sugarplum for holiday story times with a wide range of children, from preschoolers through second graders. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Original Christmas stories don't grow on pine trees, but this story of Papa, Mama, and Baby (Polar) Bear trying out the food, chairs, and bed in a cozy cottage at the North Pole strikes a balance that is just right. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Welcome tension arrives in the form of a cat, who has been seen in the background; it pounces into the party scene with lethal accuracy, but carries off the bagpipe rather than the player. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle refers not to a theatrical play, but a simple, amiable retelling of the folk song, divided into six sections. Read full book review >
BERNARD'S BATH by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good-time lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bernard, an elephant, is cut from the same reluctant mold as Russell Hoban's Frances with her bedtime finaglings and Rosemary Wells's Edward the ever-unready bear (p. 1437). Read full book review >