Books by Doreen Cronin

CLICK, CLACK, PEEP! by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Nevertheless, the familiar high jinks of this parental Duck and his farmyard companions will provoke plenty of giggles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Poor Farmer Brown has a new animal to contend with, and this one is disrupting the whole barn! Read full book review >
SMICK by Doreen Cronin
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Less is definitely more in this fetching, fun-filled mix of dog, chick and stick, guaranteed to tickle all. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A dog named Smick encounters a stick and Chick, with high-action results. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE WEIRD BLUE CHICKEN by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"New readers have a terrific new series to laugh over. (Mystery. 6-9)"
Chickens Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie are back! Read full book review >
BOOM, SNOT, TWITTY by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 17, 2014

"Serene, quietly joyous and utterly life-affirming. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Three friends with different philosophies spend a companionable day together, crocheting and weathering storms. Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN SQUAD by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Most of the more challenging words are repeated many times as the chickens recount the story for each other and Tail, making this a great first chapter book. (Comic mystery. 6-9)"
In this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series, this time the chickens are in charge—sort of. Read full book review >
CLICK, CLACK, BOO! by Doreen Cronin
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Sweet and silly—good enough for Halloween. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The barnyard animals love Halloween. Farmer Brown does not. Sounds like the perfect time for tricks and treats! Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF DIAMOND LIL by Doreen Cronin
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Here's hoping J.J. and company find more to puzzle over pronto. (Comic mystery. 8-11)"
Fans of Cronin's first J.J. Tully mystery, The Trouble with Chickens (2011), will welcome the return of retired search-and-rescue dog J.J. Tully, mother hen Moosh and her four chicks in this follow-up adventure. Read full book review >
M.O.M.  (MOM OPERATING MANUAL) by Doreen Cronin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"In this era of Tiger Mothers, attachment parenting, the mommy track and The Three-Martini Playdate, Cronin and Cornell's collaboration will strike a nerve with moms looking for a laugh and a bit of validation—if only they can find the time to read it! (Picture book. Adult)"
Ostensibly a guide for children on the care and feeding of mothers, this lengthy picture book has unlikely kid appeal but may emerge as the hit of the soccer-mom and baby-shower circuits. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS by Doreen Cronin
Released: March 1, 2011

"Fast and funny. (Comic mystery. 8-11)"
Popular farmyard chronicler Cronin (Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, 2000, etc.) makes the jump to middle-grade fiction in this faux-hard-boiled mystery featuring talking animals. Read full book review >
RESCUE BUNNIES by Doreen Cronin
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"An inventive look at an essential profession. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Appropriately named Newbie is training to become a Rescue Bunny. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A FLY by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Worm and Spider have had their say, now it's time for Fly to take center stage. Read full book review >
BOUNCE by Doreen Cronin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"The bold simplicity of both the text and Menchin's illustrations, rendered in pen and ink with digital color, should appeal to very young readers—and be within their reach. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In her bright paean to the joys of vertical movement, Cronin's rhyming text is not just an invitation but an exhortation to young readers to bounce. Read full book review >
DOOBY DOOBY MOO by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Great fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Those self-actualized animals down at Farmer Brown's return for a welcome new caper. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A must-have sequel to all of Duck's adventures. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Farmer Brown once again bears the brunt of Duck's antics. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lewin's brush and watercolor illustrations are as loose and lively as ever, barely restrained by the A-to-Z format that juxtaposes a big lowercase letter with each visual vignette. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Preschoolers familiar with the Caldecott Honor-winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type will recognize that cacophonous crew of barnyard animals in this spin-off "alphabetical adventure." Read full book review >
DIARY OF A SPIDER by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Once again, brilliantly hilarious. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The wriggly narrator of Diary of a Worm (2003) puts in occasional appearances, but it's his arachnid buddy who takes center stage here, with terse, tongue-in-cheek comments on his likes (his close friend Fly, Charlotte's Web), his dislikes (vacuums, people with big feet), nervous encounters with a huge Daddy Longlegs, his extended family—which includes a Grandpa more than willing to share hard-won wisdom (The secret to a long, happy life: "Never fall asleep in a shoe.")—and mishaps both at spider school and on the human playground. Read full book review >
WIGGLE by Doreen Cronin
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Still, not too bad a choice for preschoolers in need of a wiggle break. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This alternative to "Shake My Sillies Out" offers wiggles galore, but is sometimes vague about the suggested movement. Read full book review >
DUCK FOR PRESIDENT by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2004

"All things considered, he has plenty to write about. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Just in time for an election year, the feathered troublemaker of Click, Clack, Moo (2000) and Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2002) enters the political arena, with sidesplitting results. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A WORM by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Not so different from us, after all. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Each turn of the page will bring fresh waves of giggles as a young worm records one misadventure after another. Read full book review >
GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"The many fans of Click, Clack, Moo (both adults and children) will want to read about the cows and their duck friend to see what happens next, but like most sequels, the second story stands not on top, but in the shadow of the innovative original. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Cronin and Lewin team up again for a sequel about the clever crew from the Caldecott Honor-winning, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000). Read full book review >