Books by Eileen Christelow

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS TRICK-OR-TREAT by Eileen Christelow
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Fans of the author's previous monkey titles will welcome this silly new tale, but adults wishing for a safety message warning against similar copycat antics will be disappointed. (recipes) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Christelow's rambunctious monkeys are decked out in their costumes and ready to play an elaborate trick that may end up jeopardizing any treats they might receive. Read full book review >
FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS READING IN BED by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"Reading promotion at its best, with a little bit of bad behavior to spice things up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Christelow's mischief-making monkey siblings return to the bed for their eighth Mama-frustrating adventure. Read full book review >
THE DESPERATE DOG WRITES AGAIN by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Pitch perfect for those children adjusting to a new person in their lives. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Likable dog Emma charms readers again (Letters from a Desperate Dog, 2006) in her anxiety-driven attempts to save her beloved owner, George, from the supposed clutches of new woman-on-the-scene Loretta. Read full book review >
LETTERS FROM A DESPERATE DOG by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 16, 2006

"Christelow's bright watercolors follow Emma's adventures in comic panels and perfectly depict the satisfying ending. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Emma is a dog who lives with George the painter and his cat, and though she tries her best to please him, things sometimes go wrong. Read full book review >
VOTE! by Eileen Christelow
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

"Impressively, Christelow gives to each individual vote a sense of importance—an act of participation that nestles in the heart of democracy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After the sorry example of the 2000 presidential election, it's good to be reminded of the simple beauty—and hard-won right—of voting for a candidate. Read full book review >
WHERE’S THE BIG BAD WOLF? by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

Three little pigs get some real bad advice from a wolf in a real goofy sheep disguise in this comical whodunit. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PIG SEARCH by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Christelow's squiggly lines and dabs of bright watercolor are a perfect counterpoint to the deadpan text, which will have readers rooting for the pigs and laughing as the hapless Bert finds nothing but trouble in this snorter of a hide-and-seek picture book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Christelow's jolly tale revisits Bert, Ethel, and the troublemaking pigs from The Great Escape (1994). Read full book review >
WHAT DO ILLUSTRATORS DO? by Eileen Christelow
Released: March 22, 1999

"Although she only hints at the amazing diversity of today's illustrators, Christelow captures the effort that goes into the making of picture books while also answering many of the questions children ask on the subject. (Picture book. 6-9)"
As breezy and enlightening as its companion, What Do Authors Do? (1995), this volume takes readers behind the scenes to watch two (fictional) artists create picture-book editions of Jack and the Beanstalk. Read full book review >
THE FLIMFLAM MAN by Darleen Bailey Beard
FICTION
Released: March 25, 1998

From Beard (The Pumpkin Man from Piney Creek, 1995), an easy-to-read tale based on a true incident that the citizens of Wetumka, Oklahomain a classic case of making lemons into lemonadestill celebrate with an annual ``Sucker Day.'' When F. Bam Morrison steps out of his turquoise blue Chevy and announces that he's the advance man for Bohn's United Circus Shows, the whole town of Wetumka rushes to buy ticketsall but crotchety ol' man Swank, who snorts that Morrison is only a flimflam man, a two-faced weasel. Read full book review >
NOT UNTIL CHRISTMAS, WALTER! by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Although the illustrations brim with cheer, the book's content will satisfy only the youngest, most unquestioning readers; the characters lack personality, and the first and funniest incident can't support the other, flatter episodes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From the author of What Do Authors Do? (1995), etc., three thin stories that appear in picture-book form, divided into chapters and with dialogue right out of an easy reader. Read full book review >
THE PUMPKIN FAIR by Eve Bunting
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Christelow valiantly trudges along, mustering as many pumpkin-related scenes as she can and stuffing them with comic characters and events, but even she begins to flag near the end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The reason for this determinedly jolly book seems to be to provide educators with a fall title that invokes autumn harvest themes and even jack-o'-lanterns—yet it never mentions Halloween. Read full book review >
NO ROOM FOR FRANCIE by Maryann Macdonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Christelow's black-and-white illustrations are a good complement to the tale, making the lighthearted text even more accessible to new and reluctant readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Macdonald (Lots of O'Learys, 1994, etc.) hits the mark with this offering in the Chapters series of books. Read full book review >
WHAT DO AUTHORS DO? by Eileen Christelow
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"This book is wonderful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
With good humor, Christelow (The Great Pig Escape, 1994, etc.) effectively marshals accessible, kid-pleasing drawings with cartoon balloons of dialogue and a straightforward narrative to give youngsters an understanding of how a book gets from writers to readers. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PIG ESCAPE by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Great fun. (Picture book. 6-8)"
When Bert's pigs overhear him announcing to his wife Ethel that they are big enough for Market Day, they oink out a plan—on the way to be sold they escape from the truck, elude the search by blending in with the locals, and, in borrowed clothing, slip aboard a Florida-bound bus. Read full book review >
LOTS OF O'LEARYS: SECONDHAND STAR by Maryann Macdonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 26, 1994

"A fine early chapter book. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Second grade gets off to a rough start when Francie gets Sister ``Grizzly'' (Ursula), but at least she's able to deprive smug Annabelle of the lead in The Wizard of Oz by coaching new friend Stella so well that she gets the part. Read full book review >
CELESTE AND CRABAPPLE SAM by Jennifer Brutschy
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"An energetic and entertaining tale, deftly pointing out that a gruff manner may be overcome with persistence, and may mask real affection. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Crusty old Sam seems to be as sour as a crabapple, but the fact that he keeps a dog, Zack, a pet pig named Poppy, and— curled companionably under the porch roof of his seaside shack—a large snake, suggests at the outcome that he has another side. Read full book review >
THE FIVE-DOG NIGHT by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"A good-natured, entertaining yarn. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A story with a premise that's bound to amuse: Old Betty, Ezra's neighbor, is forever pestering him, when she calls to bring cookies and make him tea, about his need for extra blankets. ``Not me,'' he insists, refusing to elaborate beyond remarking, next day that ``It was only a two-dog night.'' As fall moves into winter, the number rises until the curious Betty peers in Ezra's window—and sees what Christelow's cheery, cartoon- style illustrations have revealed all along: as it gets colder, Ezra just pulls on another of his five dogs. Read full book review >
GERTRUDE, THE BULLDOG DETECTIVE by Eileen Christelow
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 1992

"With colorful, amusingly expressive illustrations and a snappy text, this makes a simple but satisfying introduction to a popular genre, either for listeners or for beginning readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Weary of the avid would-be sleuth's shadowing, her neighbors plant some fictitious clues that coincidentally lead the portly, respectably dressed dog to an opportunity to apprehend some real thieves. Read full book review >
DOLBY AND THE WOOF-OFF by Barbara Steiner
ANIMALS
Released: April 24, 1991

"The result is light, episodic fare with minimal characterization, somewhat stereotypical views on older sisters, and a nicely unexpected conclusion. (Fiction. 7-9)"
First-grader Bo Dibbs expects fame and fortune when he enters the family dog in the ``Woofies Dog Food'' contest. Read full book review >