Books by Elise Primavera

WHO NEEDS LOVE? by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"Amusing, but probably not one children will ask for more than once. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A humorous cautionary tale of greed, wishes and hope. Read full book review >
LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"A solid choice for horse lovers ready to move past early chapter books. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It takes a while, but high hopes finally pay off for a horse-loving girl. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE AT THE END OF LADYBUG LANE by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Pleasant and amusing, but not quite a hit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Angelina wants a pet, any pet, but to her neat-freak parents, an animal in the house would be intolerable. Read full book review >
LOUISE THE BIG CHEESE AND THE OOH-LA-LA CHARM SCHOOL by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Tongue-in-cheek humor balances the bling to make this a fancy series that both adults and children can enjoy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The ever-ambitious Louise is back for another adventure-cum-life lesson, accompanied by her adorable dog PeeWee. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2011

"A timely message for readers on both sides of the desk. (Picture book. 5-10)"
That indomitable diva Louise is back, this time showing kids that hard work is its own reward. Read full book review >
THUMB LOVE by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"This witty tale is a treat for all readers (and their thumbs, too). (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tongue-in-cheek self-help book will keep readers in giggles while offering sound advice. Read full book review >
LOUISE THE BIG CHEESE AND THE LA-DI-DA SHOES by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"With numerous sly puns included in the illustrations, this sparkling tale is a treat for Imeldas of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The indomitable Louise returns, this time in pursuit of a fanciful pair of shoes (Louise the Big Cheese, 2009). Read full book review >
AUNTIE CLAUS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"As is often the case with later entries in a series, the bloom is off the (Christmas red) rose with this overblown effort. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Santa Claus's big sister is back for a third holiday adventure with her great-niece Sophie (Auntie Claus, 1999). Read full book review >
LOUISE THE BIG CHEESE by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Charming from endpapers to endpapers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even second bananas sometimes have their day. Read full book review >
FRED & ANTHONY ESCAPE FROM THE NETHERWORLD by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A series kickoff with kicks galore. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Aimed squarely at Captain Underpants fans, this mixed-format romp introduces two lads who decide to solve their cash-flow problems by becoming fabulously rich authors like J.K. Rowling. Read full book review >
THE SECRET ORDER OF THE GUMM STREET GIRLS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A mixed bag, but entertaining. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Ivy Diamond comes to live in the ramshackle old house on Gumm Street in the town of Sherbet, the lives of her neighbors, talented Cat, cautious Pru (think Officer Buckle) and adventurous Franny, become much more interesting. Read full book review >
AUNTIE CLAUS AND THE KEY TO CHRISTMAS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"There's no place like home,' and for anyone named Kringle, there's no place quite like the North Pole. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The inimitable Auntie Claus is back for another Kringle family lesson in the true meaning of Christmas in this successful sequel (Auntie Claus, 1999). Read full book review >
AUNTIE CLAUS by Elise Primavera
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A promising bid for holiday bestsellerdom. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A grand, if unsubtle, cousin to William Joyce's Santa Calls (1993). Read full book review >
RAISING DRAGONS by Jerdine Nolen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A fresh and cheery tall tale, told in an appropriately matter-of-fact tone. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Nolen (Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, 1994) unearths some unique livestock in this tale of a farmer's daughter who braves her parents' skepticism to hatch and raise a flying, fire-breathing dragon. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT KITE by Helen E. Buckley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Primavera captures the magic of moonlight on the sea, candlelight on ancient stone, and kite tails snapping against a backdrop of stars. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A thoroughly captivating story from Buckley (``Take Care of Things,'' Edward Said, 1991, etc.) about three monks, the last of their order, who labor in lonely silence in a crumbling monastery on a hilltop, forgotten by the villagers below. Read full book review >
THE THREE DOTS by Elise Primavera
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Media-conscious readers will laugh at the droll ads and celebrity caricatures in Primavera's exuberant, cartoony illustrations, and enjoy the simple, feel-good story. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vigorously told, hilariously illustrated: the tale of three spotted friends—Henry, Sal, and Margaret (frog, moose, and duck)- -united by their twin passions for donuts and music, then reunited, after a falling out, by their mutual regard. Read full book review >
MOE THE DOG IN TROPICAL PARADISE by Diane Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"Just the story to share on a bleak wintry day—or to spark creative play. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A couple of illustrators with wide-ranging talents— Stanley's elegant prize-winning biographies include Good Queen Bess (1990), while Primavera created Gauch's feisty Christina Katerina—form a new comedy team. Read full book review >
RALPH'S FROZEN TALE by Elise Primavera
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Unusually fresh and imaginative. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ralph, renowned explorer, tackles the Arctic. Read full book review >
BEST WITCHES by Elise Primavera
Released: Sept. 6, 1989

"Good-quality, lively entertainment."
Twenty-four mostly new poems to celebrate the many-faced holiday—ranging from the sprightly and easily accessible ("The Magic House": "We should have known when we tasted the eaves,/Breaking them off like toffee. . .But it was only when we saw the witch/That we knew we were in deep, deep trouble") to the comically gruesome ("The Fossilot," about a fossil that consumes the scientists who have reassembled it) to the thought-provoking ("The wand's a symbol/of a treasure./It's heart—not hand—/one has to train") to a touch of real evil ("The Witch's Cauldron": "Strong as a wish,/Hard as hate,/Full as a moon,/Brutal as fate"). Read full book review >