Books by Douglas Florian

POEM DEPOT by Douglas Florian
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Overall, a thick collection of humorous verse that might have been funnier with thinner ambitions. (Poetry. 9-11)"
Gifted poet and illustrator Florian (Poem Runs: Baseball Poems, 2012, etc.) here presents a chunky collection of drawings and brief poems on a host of silly subjects. Read full book review >
POEM-MOBILES by J. Patrick Lewis
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Young readers will almost certainly be inspired to create their own wacky cars. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Limitless possibilities for future car designs are imagined in a collection of free-wheeling verses. Read full book review >
SHIVER ME TIMBERS! by Douglas Florian
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"It's not a stretch to say that if Shel Silverstein himself were to have dabbled in the piratical he could not have come up with a better selection of scurvy doggerel than the delicious verses found here. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Arr! 'Tis a bonny day indeed when piratical inclinations are recorded with such florid nastiness as that found in this stellar collection of seagoing poems for salty dogs. Read full book review >
POEM RUNS by Douglas Florian
Released: April 3, 2012

"A lighthearted reminder of why we love the game. (Picture book/ poetry. 6-9)"
Warm up and get in training for a full season of baseball poems. Read full book review >
UNBEELIEVABLES by Douglas Florian
Released: March 6, 2012

"Florian shines again here. ("BEEbliography," websites for further inquiry) (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Florian (Poetrees, 2010, etc.) bestows yet another pleasing mix of punny poems and colorful collages that blend whimsy and fact. Read full book review >
POETREES by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: March 9, 2010

"Readers and listeners will learn and laugh. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Trees receive a witty and informative rhyming appreciation. Read full book review >
DINOTHESAURUS by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: March 10, 2009

"Children fixated on explicit gore may be left unmoved, but to everyone else this will be a dino-delight—especially when read aloud. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
In the fine tradition of Jack Prelutsky's Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, illustrated by Arnold Lobel (1988), a set of dinophile-pleasing verses penned by a poet with a rare knack for wordplay and silly rhymes finds apt visual setting fronting playful images of monsters rearing up from extinction to grin toothily at young viewers. Read full book review >
COMETS, STARS, THE MOON, AND MARS by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2007

"Glorious. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
Stunning mixed-media illustrations accompany a series of poems that celebrate the wonder and mystery of space. Read full book review >
HANDSPRINGS by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Teachers in the early elementary grades will find this volume a breath of fresh air for poetry studies in the last months of the school year. (Poetry. 5-9)"
Florian completes a quartet of seasonal poetic explorations with this thoughtful but humorous look at the joys of spring. Read full book review >
ZOO’S WHO by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2005

"For gales of laughter, read the poems aloud; for chuckles of amusement, linger over the pictures—either way, Florian demonstrates as well as any writer or artist ever has the simple joys of playing with language and imagery. (Poetry. 6-10)"
"A puffin loves stuffin' / Its bill full of fishes. / It fills it with seven / Or eight if it wishes. / It always finds dishes / Of fishes delicious. / A puffin loves stuffin' / Its bill full of fishes." Read full book review >
AUTUMNBLINGS by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"His distinctive illustrations using watercolors and colored pencils complement the poems well, with a pair of tumbling children on the cover shown against a glowing golden leaf. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Florian continues his poetic examination of the seasons with this collection exploring different aspects of fall. Read full book review >
BOW WOW MEOW MEOW by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2003

"It's rhyming cats and dogs for sure, and the creative Florian poetic zoo continues to grow. (Poetry. 4-10)"
Florian continues his poetic exploration of the entire animal kingdom, last visited in lizards, frogs, and polliwogs (2001), with this seventh entry in his successful series, following the same distinctive format: a large, square size with each short poem facing a full-page illustration. Read full book review >
SUMMERSAULTS by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2002

"This is children's poetry at its best, and Florian's fans will be waiting for the corresponding collections on fall and spring. (Poetry. 4-10)"
Florian (Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs, 2001, etc.) keeps rolling along through one successful thematic poetry collection after another, making his work look as effortless and joyful as child's play. Read full book review >
LIZARDS, FROGS, AND POLLIWOGS by Douglas Florian
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2001

"A first choice for the poetry shelves in all libraries, this collection is toadally terrific. (Poetry. 4-10)"
"It's wise to stay clear / Of the dangerous cobra / All months of the year, / Including Octobra." Read full book review >
A PIG IS BIG by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Not Florian's best effort, but a good conversation-starter with a young child about comparative size. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"What's big?" asks a pleasant pink pig as he compares himself to cows, cars, trucks, streets, the neighborhood, the city, and the earth, and finally to the universe, which "makes everything seem small." Read full book review >
WINTER EYES by Douglas Florian
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Winter-lovers and winter-haters alike will find poems that strike chords, in a collection that is perfect for reading alone by the fire, or as part of snug storytimes. (Poetry. 5-10)"
Florian's naãf watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are excellent accompaniment to his 48 poems on the snowy season. Read full book review >
LAUGH-ETERIA by Douglas Florian
Released: April 1, 1999

"Florian's language and simple, thick-lined cartoons illustrations are equally ingenuous, and he sticks to tried-and-true subjects, from dinosaurs to school lunch, but the well of inspiration seems dry; revisit his hilarious Bing Bang Boing (1994) instead. (index) (Poetry. 8-10)"
Florian's seventh collection of verse is also his most uneven; though the flair for clever rhyme that consistently lights up his other books, beginning with Monster Motel (1993), occasionally shows itself—"Hello, my name is Dracula/My clothing is all blackula./I drive a Cadillacula./I am a maniacula"—too many of the entries are routine limericks, putdowns, character portraits, rhymed lists that fall flat on the ear, or quick quips: "It's hard to be anonymous/When you're a hippopotamus." Read full book review >
INSECTLOPEDIA by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The watercolor illustrations, abstract and stylized, achieve a comic effect by incorporating collage elements reminiscent of an entomolgist's field notes. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The creator of In the Swim (1997) joins Paul Fleischman (in Joyful Noise, 1987) in poetically praising insects. Read full book review >
IN THE SWIM by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Paired with every poem is a striking watery painting saturated with color, splashes of humor aimed at grade-schoolers, and imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-11)"
 Florian makes funny the characteristics and habits of a collection of sea life in his follow-up to Beast Feast (1994) and On the Wing (1996). Read full book review >
ON THE WING by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Nonfiction and humor don't always fit comfortably together, but in this book they become a delightful whole, a sturdy foundation from which to explore the playfulness of language. (Picture book/poetry. 2-8)"
 This collection of bird poems and paintings is a fine encore to Florian's Beast Feast (1994). Read full book review >
A FISHER by Douglas Florian
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"An interesting and useful text that would have been made memorable with the right visuals. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
 One day in the life of a fisherman is captured in simple prose and cheerful watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >
BEAST FEAST by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Subtle, sophisticated, and quite charming. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-10)"
 A frequent picture-book author-illustrator offers 21 snappy poems about animals, each depicted in a square, dynamically composed watercolor. Read full book review >
AN AUTO MECHANIC by Douglas Florian
THINGS THAT GO
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Adequate but slight. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
 In Florian's ``How We Work'' series, a somewhat stronger entry than A Carpenter (p. 254). Read full book review >