Books by Eleanor Taylor

A YEAR IN NATURE by Hazel Maskell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An idyllic view of the conventional annual cycle. (Informational pop-up novelty. 5-8)"
Trees leaf out and change color, wildflowers bloom, birds nest, and fawns and fox kits grow through a four-season round. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE SEA by Kate Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Art, text, and layout create a pleasing combination for a science shelf or a coffee table. (selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
The introduction accurately states that "this book shines a light on a few of the extraordinary creatures that live beneath the waves." Read full book review >
HALF A CREATURE FROM THE SEA by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"This is powerful, top-notch storytelling from Almond, who seems himself to be the titular 'half a creature from the sea,' in that he, as ever, fluidly blends past and future, the living and the dead, the ordinary and the transcendent. (Fiction/memoir. 13 & up)"
Award-winning British novelist Almond (Kit's Wilderness, 1999; The Fire-Eaters, 2004, etc.) offers readers a glimpse into the workings of his alchemical imagination in this collection of eight otherworldly short stories set in his hometown of Felling-on-Tyne.Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Emma Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Sensitive children might think differently about eating turkey after reading of William's narrow escape, and purists may wince at recycling Peter and pals, but this amusing story of the conceited turkey and his helpful rabbit friends is a tale well-told. (author's note, CD of author reading story) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Thompson and Taylor offer a second story in their charming series revisiting the beloved Beatrix Potter rabbit characters, following The Further Adventures of Peter Rabbit (2012). Read full book review >
THE FURTHER TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Emma Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An outing to which children (like Peter's cousin Benjamin Bunny) will listen with 'particular attention,' done up in a large, decidedly un-Potter-like trim size that's suitable for sharing in a lap or with a group. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Showing his age not a whit, nor having lost his appetite, Peter Rabbit eats his way into a pair of (metaphorical) pickles in this droll comeback. Read full book review >
WHOA, BABY, WHOA! by Grace Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"As in Helen Oxenbury's world, this home offers a stimulating environment where an endearing explorer employs his senses to learn and grow. (Picture book. 1-3)"
An irrepressible, biracial baby crawls toward trouble at every turn, only to hear the titular refrain from safety-conscious family members. Read full book review >
GO-GO GORILLAS by Julia Durango
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 2010

"A great addition to any storytime collection; by the end listeners will be chanting along with the refrain. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In the jungle at the Great Gorilla Villa, the gorilla King Big Daddy calls for his royal messenger, a mouse on a moped, and says, "Summon every last gorilla / to the Villa, don't be late. / I expect them all by sundown— / please don't make Big Daddy wait!" Read full book review >
MY FRIEND THE MONSTER by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Taylor's tale is just about average, but her adorable monster is a winner. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Louis finds a big, shaggy surprise in the family's new house. Read full book review >
CHA-CHA CHIMPS by Julia Durango
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A nice addition for storytimes about monkeys or music. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Deep in the forest, ten little chimps sneak out to Mamba Jamba's for some dancing: "ee-ee-oo-oo-ah-ah-ah! 10 little chimps do the cha-cha-cha." Read full book review >
BEEP, BEEP, LET’S GO! by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Though the ending feels abrupt, youngsters will no doubt enjoy the ride. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog family heads to the beach in Taylor's playful outing: "Jump in. Read full book review >
CHICKEN IN THE KITCHEN by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Peck, pick, and poke, this feather-brained tale needs a stronger perch to roost on. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Yes, "There's a chicken in the kitchen, / and she's pokin' like the dickens / at the oven and the bread box. / Just a peckin' and a pickin'." Read full book review >
A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"But the busy double-paged spreads offer plenty to pore over while presenting a pleasant, pastoral world, making it likely that many readers will be willing to overlook the slight storyline and somewhat stilted text and just enjoy another outing with Grandpa and the cubs. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Grandpa Bear mumbles his way through the long-awaited picnic in this follow-up to No Trouble at All (2002). Read full book review >
TICK-TOCK, DRIP-DROP! by Nicola Moon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Polished prose, rhythmic and repeated sound effects, and amusing and appealing illustrations add up to satisfying whole that will be enjoyed as a bedtime story for preschoolers and as a read-aloud in story hours with bedtime or noise themes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rabbit and Mole are roommates who share a cozy underground home in this delightful bedtime story with a cacophony of cumulative sound effects. Read full book review >
NO TROUBLE AT ALL by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"A testament to unconditional grandparent love, inventively presented. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Readers will chuckle at the discrepancy between the text—in which Grandfather Bear describes how well-behaved his visiting grandbears are—and the illustrations, which clearly depict the little darlings getting into all sorts of mischief behind his back. Read full book review >