Books by Doug Cushman

Released: July 1, 2012

"Likely to inspire more giggles than gasps; these hammy horrors are sure to please. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Mummy Pigs, Frankenswine and Werehogs…oh my! Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS EVE GOOD NIGHT by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"This one has it all: engaging illustrations, a simple but satisfying plot and a text that adults won't mind reading over and over. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This deliciously clever bedtime story offers bouncy rhymes with rich vocabulary, a cast of appealing parent-child pairs and a satisfying ending as Santa takes off with his sleigh and his traditional "to all a good night!" Read full book review >
THE SNOW BLEW INN by Dian Curtis Regan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

A joyous look at generosity and hospitality as a snowstorm packs the Snow Blew Inn.

That same storm delays Emma's sleepover with her cousin, Abby, but doesn't stop a flood of travelers who need lodging, despite the "No Vacancy" sign. Read full book review >

DOUBLE PLAY by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: July 12, 2011

"The frolicsome verse and efficacious design combine to highlight a precise exercise, making this concept picture book a twofold success. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This jaunty rhyme set in a school playground serves as a playful introduction to the mathematical concept of doubling. Read full book review >
HALLOWEEN GOOD NIGHT by Doug Cushman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 20, 2010

A lackluster rhymed iteration of the many ways different monster children might tell their parents good night. Read full book review >
TYRANNOSAURUS MATH by Michelle Markell
DINOSAURS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

T-Math's enthusiasm for numbers and solutions to real-world problems makes this a title that math teachers can sink their teeth into. Read full book review >

MONSTER BABY by Diane Curtis  Regan
FANTASY
Released: June 15, 2009

Bundled in a blue blanket on the Olivers' doorstep, orphaned baby Olly resembles any other newborn, "except for the fur, the tail, the pointy teeth, and the purple horns." Read full book review >

DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING BONES by Doug Cushman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

In this follow-up to Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (2006), the skeleton reporter/detective is on the trail of a missing book by Frankenstein monster-esque writer Edgar Bleek. Read full book review >

THE AMAZING TRAIL OF SEYMOUR SNAIL by Lynn E. Hazen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

Budding artist Seymour the Snail gains experience by working at a local gallery. Read full book review >

BIRTHDAY AT THE PANDA PALACE by Stephanie Calmenson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

Mouse's birthday party is at The Panda Palace, and all her friends are attending, each bringing a special gift. Read full book review >

ELLA, OF COURSE! by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

Clever problem-solver Ella, the piglet, "love-love-loved" the new umbrella given by grammy for her fourth birthday. Read full book review >

¡MARIMBA! by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

Animals frolic through the whole alphabet in Spanish as well as English. Read full book review >

DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Doug Cushman
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

The creator of Aunt Eater and Inspector Hopper opens a new easy-reader series featuring an even less conventional sleuth. Read full book review >

WHAT A DAY IT WAS AT SCHOOL! by Jack Prelutsky
POETRY
Released: July 1, 2006

One would expect that Prelutsky's poems about school would be rambunctious, warm, silly and laugh-out-loud funny, and this new collection does not disappoint. Read full book review >

THE BEAR UPSTAIRS by Shirley Mozelle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Like the members of your family, you don't get to choose the upstairs neighbor in your apartment house. Read full book review >

MYSTERY AT THE CLUB SANDWICH by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

With illustrations in a noir-ish gray and a merciless hand with the double entendres, Cushman sets elephant-in-a-trench-coat Nick Trunk, Private Eye ("I work for peanuts") on the track of diva Lola Gale's missing marbles—her lucky marbles, that is. Read full book review >

WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. CROCODILE? by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

A zingy original tale for children needing a brush-up on clock-reading, schedule-keeping—or the perils of hanging out with five frisky monkeys. Read full book review >

SPACE CAT by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

Working up an idea he claims he had when he was ten, Cushman introduces a resourceful feline space explorer, with a feckless sidekick robot named Earl. Read full book review >

NEVER, EVER SHOUT IN A ZOO by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

Oddly misguided work from a usually reliable illustrator sinks this cautionary monologue, written in animated rhymed prose, about the perils of startling wild animals. Read full book review >

LET’S TRY IT OUT WITH TOWERS AND BRIDGES by Seymour Simon
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: May 1, 2003

For the future engineer, architect, or construction work, this latest in the Let's Try It Out series may fuel her interest, or spark a new one. Read full book review >

INSPECTOR HOPPER’S MYSTERY YEAR by Doug Cushman
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

Cushman offers a second helping of good, just-this-side-of-goofy stories for beginning readers, featuring Inspector Hopper and McBugg, introduced in Inspector Hopper (2000). Read full book review >

BIRTHDAY MICE! by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

Roberts and Cushman's (Christmas Mice, not reviewed, etc.) holiday mice return with a bauble for young listeners in celebration of little mouse's birthday. Read full book review >

BUT MOM, EVERYBODY ELSE DOES by Kay Winters
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

In order to convince her mother that her acts and desires are not only legitimate but also universal, a young girl paints humorous and exaggerated pictures to prove her point. Read full book review >

WHAT TEACHERS CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

Following in the tradition of What Fathers Can't Do (2001) and What Mothers Can't Do (2000), Wood moves on to present a tongue-in-cheek look at the shortcomings of teachers. Read full book review >

CROCODILE AND HEN by Joan M. Lexau
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2001

Crocodile thinks Hen would make a mighty tasty chicken dinner, until Hen stops him with his jaws agape with a simple, powerful statement: "My brother, don't eat me." Read full book review >

WHAT MOMS CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

Wood's companion title to What Dads Can't Do (p. 725) is a droll salute to motherhood. Read full book review >

WHAT DADS CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2000

Cushman (The Mystery of the Monkey's Maze, 1999, etc.) gives this sugary recitation of paternal imperatives an unusual slant by portraying child and dad as a single-parent family, but that's about all it has going for it. Read full book review >

INSPECTOR HOPPER by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

The accent in Cushman's beginning reader is decidedly on the act of reading, as the story itself, broken into three fleeting chapters, has little momentum or interest of its own, let alone the brio or dash any detective story should. Read full book review >

Released: May 31, 1999

PLB 0-06-027720-3 A broadly comic, slapstick mystery. Read full book review >

VALENTINE MICE! by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 2, 1998

The stars of Halloween Mice! are back, but this time they're celebrating a different holiday. Read full book review >

TRASH AND TREASURE by Patricia Lakin
FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

The new My School series introduces young readers to the people in their school neighborhood: the principal, the nurse, the busdriver, etc. In this story, children get to see what the custodian, Mr. Mason, is up to. Read full book review >

MOUSE & MOLE AND THE CHRISTMAS WALK by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

Mouse and Mole's walk is an environmentally safe hunt for a Christmas tree. Read full book review >

MOUSE AND MOLE AND THE YEAR-ROUND GARDEN by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A book that promises more than it delivers; still, the sprightly tone and cheery illustrations may arouse interest, and a knowledgeable adult could build on what's outlined here. (Picture book. 4-7)

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The Scientific American imprimatur on this Children's BOMC selection is misleading: the two animal friends' gardening between one spring and the next—planting vegetables, watching them grow, putting things by, enjoying the beach or making a snow mouse as they await the next garden task—makes an effective overview of seasonal activities, but it's marred by inattention to detail. E.g., Mole shows Mouse ``how to plant pea seeds,'' but no specifics are offered; four corn seedlings (in a single row under an apple tree) simply don't resemble corn in the cartoon- style illustrations; and while a substantial number of related facts are offered in boxes at page bottoms (e.g., ``under the garden'' are worms, ants, grubs, and aphids) they tend to be superficial (what is the significance of these underground creatures?). Read full book review >