Books by Dori Chaconas

MERRY MERRY HOLLY HOLLY by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A quiet, satisfying story about a charming pair of friends celebrating their affectionate bond. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The stars of a popular early-reader series move on to the picture-book world in this gentle story about finding a Christmas tree. Read full book review >
HURRY DOWN TO DERRY FAIR by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"These pictures are more likely to stick in their heads than any of the couplets. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Just how long can it take to get ready to go to the fair? Read full book review >
THE SWIMMING LESSON by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"This swimming lesson will make learning to read a pleasure. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Possum Fuzz and muskrat Cork are at odds over Fuzz's reluctance to visit Cork's house "in the middle of a pond" in this early-reader series entry. Read full book review >
DON'T SLAM THE DOOR! by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Begs to be read aloud one-on-one and shared in a storytime setting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This cause-and-effect tale with a catchy rhythm begins with a green-eyed, red-pig-tailed girl shouting: "Please don't slam the door! / Don't slam that old screen door! / A slamming door will wake the cat, / and heaven knows, we don't want that, / so please don't slam that door!" Read full book review >
MOUSIE LOVE by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Mousie love triumphs through adversity in this fetching little romance. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A lovesick mousie woos his sweetheart in this twist on the proverbial cat-and-mouse game. Read full book review >
CORK & FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"This Level 3 in the Viking Easy-To-Read program offers a touch more in linguistic sophistication than the venerable Frog and Toad but definitely partakes of that timeless sensibility. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Cork the muskrat loves to find things like feathers and smooth sticks, while Fuzz the opossum likes to keep things like food in his mouth. Read full book review >
CORK AND FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"A welcome addition to a sweet, funny series. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Cork, the short muskrat who collects shiny stones, and Fuzz, the tall possum who collects, well, most things, including feathers, return in a fourth easy reader. Read full book review >
PENNIES IN A JAR by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A fine, illustrated author's note explains how those who stayed at home during World War II worked together to support their loved ones overseas. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Parallels to current events, including parents with military duty and gasoline availability, make this story of a boy growing up during World War II extra-accessible. Read full book review >
VIRGINNIE’S HAT by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"A cryin' shame. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Illustrations outshine text in this tale of thwarted predation. Read full book review >
CORIANDER THE CONTRARY HEN by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Admirers of Anita Jeram's Contrary Mary (1995) will find Coriander an even tougher bird. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A hardheaded hen plumps down in the middle of the road and brings traffic to a screeching halt in this rhythmic rural ruckus. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH KATYA by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A warm and inspiring tribute to one sister's love and the other's courage. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 6-10)"
When her younger sister contracts polio, a farm girl finds a way to bring wonder and joy back into her life. Read full book review >
CORK AND FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"This laugh-out-loud treat never falls short. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
In this delightful second installment, Cork the muskrat and Fuzz the possum struggle to resolve differences that jeopardize their friendship. Read full book review >
WHEN COWS COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Her cows all have their own personalities, right down to little cousin Dale, who hangs a golden star on Moosha's tail and solves the family's dilemma. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Three amiable bovine sisters always hoof it back to the ranch each year for the holidays, only this year they have a little problem. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS MOUSELING by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Many pages use large snowflakes layered over the panoramic views, and the repeated refrain is creatively incorporated within the illustrations along pastel blue swirls to indicate the whirling winter winds. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A mother's tender love and concern for her newborn is the theme of this sweet Christmas story with a well-written, traditional structure and inventive illustrations. Read full book review >
CORK & FUZZ by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Readers will hope for sequels. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
In this droll take on the evergreen theme of unlikely friendships, a small, lonely muskrat and a newly met, considerably larger possum search gamely for common ground. Read full book review >