Books by Douglas Wood

OLD TURTLE by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Adults searching to explain the mysteries of life to patient children will find these three a reverent answer. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The third Old Turtle story is a companion to the previous two (Old Turtle, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee, 1992, and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, illustrated by Jon J Muth, 2003) and focuses on defining the purpose of life. Read full book review >
WHEN A GRANDPA SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"It's hard not to love this one—just like an indulgent grandpa. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"When a Grandpa says ‘I love you,' / he doesn't always say it / in the regular way. / That would be just a little too…regular." Read full book review >
WHEN A DAD SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"This would be equally successful sharing one on one or with a group and may also be an engaging conversation starter about how actions often speak louder than words. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wood produces a cozy, gently humorous title that features a multitude of cuddly father-and-child animal pairs showcasing the innumerable ways a dad can show his love. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Those older readers who buck the format, though, will find themselves in for a treat. (afterword, author's note, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
An engaging chronicle of the month that Roosevelt and Churchill spent together at the White House, forging an affectionate friendship as well as a world-changing alliance. Read full book review >
NO ONE BUT YOU by Douglas Wood
FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"A touching and genuine exhortation that just teeters on the edge of sentimentality but is lifted by a strong purpose: Self-discovery can be found in the most surprisingly simple of moments. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Wood and Lynch pair once more (Grandad's Prayers of the Earth, 1999) to celebrate the simple joys of individual moments. Read full book review >
WHERE THE SUNRISE BEGINS by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2010

"Readers probably already know if they will love this or not. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It may be that knowing this is another offering from the author of Old Turtle (1992, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee) is all one needs for a decision to buy. Read full book review >
AUNT MARY’S ROSE by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A gentle slice of the past. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A nostalgic trip through one family's history centers around a hardy rose bush and Douglas, the little boy who is learning to care for it. Read full book review >
MISS LITTLE’S GIFT by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"An author's note explains his ADHD and provides insight for teachers and youngsters alike. (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)"
Second grader Douglas is not only the smallest person in his new Iowa classroom, he is the youngest. Read full book review >
NOTHING TO DO by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Some might see a contradiction in suggesting so many ways to fill in idle hours—but the idea that such might come along now and then is a worthy one to introduce to readers with over-structured lives. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this heartfelt, if not particularly logical, plea to make the most of unstructured time, Wood catalogues ways to enjoy it, and as is her wont, Halperin really fills in the details. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF SAYING THANKS by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Shed's sun-dappled, impressionistic paintings create a believable persona for the main character, who is clearly both grateful and happy at her idyllic country sojourn with her golden retriever always by her side. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The author of Old Turtle and other modern fables presents a rather convoluted explanation of feeling thankful for all the blessings in life, including the wonders of nature as well as the comforts of home and family. Read full book review >
WHAT TEACHERS CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Somewhat saccharine, but worthy praise for an under-appreciated profession. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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 >
A QUIET PLACE by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Solid soul guidance for a media-saturated society. (Picture book. 5-9)"
PlayStation, cable television, and computers be damned: in his latest effort, Wood (What Mom's Can't Do, not reviewed, etc.) hearkens back to a simpler time to suggest an alternative to the modern child. Read full book review >
WHAT MOMS CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The dynamic interaction between prose and pictures makes this sweetly funny and winsome tale a delight for adults to read and children to hear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This is a depiction of the spiritual that is without reference to a particular faith or tradition, and that doesn't lapse into greeting-card platitudes; Wood conveys a sense of something larger in the world, and gives voice to the human longing to understand. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Wood (Making the World, 1998, etc.) tackles the enormity of death and the meaning of prayer in a way that is both accessible and meaningful. Read full book review >
RABBIT AND THE MOON by Douglas Wood
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Baker's watercolors are another disappointment; Rabbit's limbs change length and proportions unpredictably, so that sometimes his shape is that of a natural-looking rabbit, and other times that of a human child in a fur suit. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
Wood (The Windigo's Return, 1996) retells a Cree legend that explains not only why there's a rabbit in the moon, but how the whooping crane came to have long legs and a red blaze on his head. Read full book review >
THE WINDIGO'S RETURN by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Couch's hazy style of illustration portrays the north woods as a setting where possibility always lurks in the mist, a perfect place for tales to grow. (pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wood (Northwoods Cradle Song, p. 302, etc.) has wisely chosen to adapt a Windigo tale that explains nature, rather than one that induces nightmares (the Windigo figures in north woods tales as everything from a monster to a symbol of men driven wild by the wilderness itself; tales about them make for classic ``ghost stories'' for around the campfire) for this book. Read full book review >
NORTHWOODS CRADLE SONG by Douglas Wood
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1996

"Children will feel warm and comforted, secure enough in their small realms to fall easily asleep. (Picture book. 1 -5)"
This lullaby of the north has been translated from the language of the Menominee people and then adapted by Wood (Old Turtle, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
OLD TURTLE by Douglas Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A handsome, thought-provoking book, especially appropriate for collections that support religious instruction. (Picture book. 4+)"
In a poetic fable, all creation debates the nature of God, each thing imagining that God reflects its own image: the antelope insists that God ``is a runner, swift and free,'' while the willow murmurs that ``She is a great tree...always growing, always giving.'' The wise old turtle ends the argument: God is all these things, and more. Read full book review >