Books by Elizabeth Bluemle

TAP TAP BOOM BOOM by Elizabeth Bluemle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Cuddle up for a rainy-day adventure. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sudden thunderstorm inspires an impromptu gathering of congenial strangers. Read full book review >
HOW DO YOU WOKKA-WOKKA? by Elizabeth Bluemle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

A little boy bounds out of his house because "[s]ome days you wake up and you just gotta wokka— / Say "HEY!' to your neighbors up and down the blocka / wammy-lammy-wotcha-hoo. Do your funky wokka, get your dance on." The exuberant boy walks down the street asking other kids, "How do you wokka-wokka?" One by one, the kids describe and demonstrate their unique wokka styles and then join in the parade of dancers continuing down the street to the block party at its end. The singsong, nonsensical, rhyme-riddled text vacillates between catchy and awkward, breaking its rhythm at times in a way that may throw readers off. Cecil's oil illustrations depict a multiethnic cast of dancing children set against a plain white backdrop and the occasional city streetscape. The paintings are wonderful, but considerably more subdued than this celebration of movement and language calls for. Not a must-have, though the right storyteller could get the preschool crowd dreaming up their own version of the wokka-wokka. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
DOGS ON THE BED by Elizabeth Bluemle
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

A cheery family with two young children and six dogs of varying breeds and sizes tries to bed down for the night in this comical story about cuddling up with canine companions. The rollicking, rhyming text uses some dandy rhymes (prowl, growl, howl) and invented words (rhyming "rodeo" and "heave-ho" with "to-and-fro-deo" and "pill-e-ow") as well as exuberant descriptions and details of the dogs' antics. After storytime, the whole family falls asleep in the parents' big bed, and as the night progresses, the dogs take up more and more room until the humans are squeezed out of bed and into the neighboring armchair. Reorganization produces better sleeping conditions for everyone, with four dogs sleeping with the parents, one dog in each child's bed and everyone asleep and happy by the final pages. Dog lovers will chuckle over the antics of the canines, each with a bouncy individual personality conveyed through Wilsdorf's characteristically energetic and amusing watercolor illustrations. Anyone who lets their dogs sleep on the bed will find this tale doggone funny. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
MY FATHER THE DOG by Elizabeth Bluemle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

The title, cover and opening sentence groom readers for this waggish tale. "My father pretends to be human, but I know he is really a dog. Consider the evidence." Dad starts the day with a good scratch; fetches the newspaper; likes the windows down in the car; has used a tree for a pit stop; growls when startled out of a nap; chases a ball; loves snacks; he looks innocent when he "toots"; and thinks "we're the best family in the world." That's a good thing, " 'cause Mom says we can keep him." The comical oil illustrations juxtapose dad and dog in synchronized behavior enacting each activity as they amusingly express the subtly underplayed scenes to a T. Even the typeface is called "SoupBone." Tail-wagging hilarity that's simply doggone funny—and a perfect Father's Day gift. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >