Books by Ed Boxall

MOONSTRUCK! by Roger Stevens
Released: June 1, 2019

"Altogether, an attractive collection of poems to share with young moonstruck listeners. (Poetry. 7-11)"
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, here is a collection of poems about Earth's glowing satellite. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

The perennial home/away/from/home theme takes a canine twist in this blustery tale of best friends separated. Sally and her aptly named dog Scoot play together every day in their big, fenced-in backyard. The hyperactive Scoot loves chasing things. One day he chases a red balloon over the fence, landing alone in the "big wild world." Forgetting Sally, the exuberant Scoot runs over hill and dale, pursing sheep, fleeing from seagulls, and arriving on top of the world in "his best chase ever." But when the wind dies, a deflated Scoot suddenly feels lost and lonely, until a voice on the wind calls him back home to a euphoric reunion in Sally's arms. Fresh rainbow-hued acrylic and mixed-media illustrations convey a strong sense of movement through the use of flowing, swirling lines. Readers almost see and feel the wind whirl and whip Scoot across the pages of this fast-paced yet reassuring story. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

The bolstering power of love gives a timid young cat the courage to confront his own personal bugbears. Francis, a genial marmalade cat, harbors a worrisome secret that he keeps from everyone, including his devoted owner Ben. Dark, stormy nights are Francis's purgatory. Most frightening of all is the elusive monster Francis frequently hears in the garden tree. When his beloved Ben goes out one night, Francis is left alone to deal with the impending storm and creepy sounds of the whispery monster. However, the notion that perhaps Ben is in the clutches of the creature galvanizes Francis into action. Out into the storm and up the tree he goes, only to come face to face with his fear, which turns out to be a wild but friendly cat who helps the terrified feline back down the tree into the safety of Ben's arms. Talented newcomer Boxall takes a familiar childhood phobia, a fear of the dark, and allows preschoolers to explore their anxieties through the safe distance of Francis's experiences. His acrylic-and-mixed-media, full-bleed illustrations neatly express the emotional intensity of the tale. Bright sunny hues reflecting Francis's amiable nature are gradually replaced with inky darkness as his trepidation increases, while the ultimate revelation of the "monster's" friendliness heralds a lightening of the night, in the form of sparkling stars. A perfect tale to assuage worries about things that go bump in the night. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >