Books by Elizabeth Honey

HOP UP! WRIGGLE OVER! by Elizabeth Honey
Released: May 2, 2017

"A happy, lively story that celebrates the idea of family diversity even as it introduces readers to some of Australia's fauna. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A family composed of animals indigenous to Australia spends the day together. Read full book review >
THAT'S NOT A DAFFODIL! by Elizabeth Honey
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Sure to bring a smile, if not an actual daffodil. (Picture book. 3-6)"
You can't judge a flower by its bulb. Read full book review >
I’M STILL AWAKE, STILL! by Elizabeth Honey
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

A little boy can't get to sleep! Even after a bath, a new pair of soft pajamas and a bedtime story, red-headed Italian-Australian Fiddy (who looks to be about four) is still wide awake. His father suggests dreaming up something and singing a song about it. And so Fiddy does: All the articles around his bed dance merrily, his stuffed monkey takes him on a jungle adventure and a huge red bear shows him how to hibernate. Fiddy tries this, to no avail. Finally, his grandfather's outer-space fantasy does the trick; the planets swirl around him, and he drifts off to dreamland. Bright gouache illustrations have fuzzy edges that enhance the dreamlike quality of Fiddy's nighttime adventures. Honey and Johnson's delicious bonus to the story is a CD of nine songs to accompany the narrative. (The CD also has the story read by Honey.) Lyrics are printed on the inside cover and first page, but might have been better embedded in the story. Still, a cozy two-for-one bedtime romp. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
HONEY SANDWICH by Elizabeth Honey
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

This illustrated collection of 54 poems, about half of them rhyming, was originally published a decade ago in Australia. They vary widely in content, form, and quality, including some concrete poems; funny, short ones about pets and siblings and naughty little children; and longer, rambling ones in stream-of-consciousness or dialogue format. While some of the selections are funny, just as many aren't, and several would be offensive to many parents and teachers, specifically three about older women, one called "The Hippos," for instance. The jacket copy admits that some of the poems are "downright rude," and they certainly are. Though this collection clearly crosses over the boundaries of appropriateness and good taste in several instances, there are those children who will enjoy the humor, both sweet and tart. (Poetry. 7-10)Read full book review >
THE MOON IN THE MAN by Elizabeth Honey
Released: May 1, 2003

Children and caregivers who feel they've plumbed the pleasures of "Rockabye Baby," "Eeensy Weensy Spider," and all the other old chestnuts should fall with glad cries upon this effervescent gathering of original nursery poems and hand rhymes. From a "Bubble Wrap Rap"—"Snap pop pop / Pop pop snap / Dancing on / the bubble wrap . . . "—to "Crazy Claps," and "Wavy Waves," Honey proposes more than a dozen hand-clapping, finger-wriggling, foot-stomping winners. All are illustrated with bright, simply drawn cartoons, supplemented by occasional diagrams, and even a set of hilarious mini-videos on the publisher's Web site. And, for change of pace, there are several poems just for lap-sit reading, including some grin-inducing nonsense and a very tender lullaby. Children will be delighted to join in, and for adults, this all-too-brief import deserves to become as popular a choice for storytime breaks as Marc Brown's classic Play Rhymes collections. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)Read full book review >
REMOTE MAN by Elizabeth Honey
Released: July 9, 2002

One of the no-less-than-50 chapter heads could do for all here: "E-Mail and the Detectives" describes this intercontinental romp, featuring five young correspondents on the trail of a drug and wild animal smuggler, to a tee. The disappearance of a rare Oenpelli python from its accustomed rocks sends Australian cousins Ned, known online as "Remote Man," and Kate ("Kuza") searching for a fly-by-night visitor, ugly American ex-stuntman Frank Laana. The hunt heats up when Ned travels with his mother halfway around the world to Massachusetts, where he hooks up physically with Rocky ("Rocky"), and makes chat room connections with Cleverton ("Ja") in Jamaica and Yvette ("Salamandre") in France. Rapidly exchanging information and ideas while, for "Kusa" at least, throwing spelling to the winds—"DEFINATELY! We are going to catch this SKnuk!"—the five concoct an elaborate sting that culminates in a melodramatic car chase and a fiery end for the brutal nogoodnik. Fans of Van Draanen's nonstop Sammy Keyes adventures will dive into this page-turner with gusto, and though Honey (Fiddleback, 2001, etc.) creates cardboard villains and injects way too many coincidences to make the tale particularly plausible, her live-wire young sleuths more than compensate with their energy and individual voices. (Fiction. 11-13)Read full book review >
FIDDLEBACK by Elizabeth Honey
Released: June 12, 2001

Australian Honey takes the cast of 45 & 47 Stella Street and Everything That Happened (1998) into the bush for a blissful, if far from uneventful, camping trip in this madcap sequel. All together five children, seven adults, and one long, low dog named Briquette, the Stella Street neighbors think they've found heaven in an isolated spot along the Warrangalla River. And they have, even though idyllic days of exploring, gathering small treasures, skinny dipping, and just laying about are interrupted by the arrival of a neglected, at-risk teenager, a pair of big snakes, an unscrupulous sawmill boss out to poach an ancient blackwood tree, and, after a violent storm that renders the only road out impassable, a newborn baby. Adding occasional sketches or brief handwritten letters to God that underscore the tale's high spots, seventh-grader Henni relates these and other events with breezy matter-of-factness—"Be prepared for a poetic bit . . . it can't be told in any other way if I'm to do the telling. And it's surprising, so when it happens suddenly to you, that's how it was for us. It's also rather gory"—that irresistibly invites readers along for the ride. Look for plenty of Recreation, but not much Rest, in this outing. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
DON’T PAT THE WOMBAT! by Elizabeth Honey
Released: June 1, 2000

This journal, which chronicles a sixth-grade class trip to Cumbinya Pioneer Camp, is written through the eyes of Mike Ryder, a member of a crazy group called the Coconuts. As always, there are favored teachers, like "the beautiful Ms. Capelli," and holy terrors, such as Brian Cromwell, known to all as "the Bomb" for his explosive behavior. Adventures unfold: a hike to a gold mine brings on an attack of leeches, the kids put on a wacky talent show, and they get covered in mud learning how to build with wattle and daub. The wombat of the title plays only a minor part in the book, serving more as a metaphor for the eccentric style of the camp than as a character. The novel's major focus is Cromwell, an alcoholic teacher who delights in making Jonah, one of the more reclusive students, miserable. Readers will wonder why faculty members who were cognizant of his tactics tolerated such an abusive teacher for so long, but Cromwell does get his comeuppance. Unpolished, hand-drawn illustrations snake around the margins and interrupt paragraphs, much as they would if this really were Mike's journal; photographs, though sparse, are spot-on at capturing the daily events. While kids will recognize the more familiar camp events, the Australian setting and the unique activities offered to these campers are an exotic bonus. Challenging and often very funny, this gives new meaning the term "camp book." (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1998

paper 1-55037-514-8 The young people of Stella Street rightly suspect that their nasty, secretive new neighbors are up to no good in this rollicking farce. Henni, her younger sister Danielle, her friend Zev, and 6-year-old neighbor Frank watch in awe as the couple they dub "The Phonies" throw money around like there's no tomorrow: They re-do their house in white (including the carpets); exchange their new Bentley for an even newer Mercedes; and, judging from their trash, travel all over the world. Henni narrates in a chatty, loose-jointed style, back-tracking, pausing to introduce her friends, interposing handwritten letters to God and the complaint notices from solicitors and government agencies that begin to arrive in volume at Frank's house. A little snooping and a library book about money-laundering put Henni and friends on the right track; when Zev breaks open a bowling ball stuffed with cash that the Phonies are trying to smuggle out of the country, the jig's up, but only after a wild airport chase scene. Unpracticed readers will sail through the short, dialogue-heavy chapters as this gaggle of young sleuths squares off against a truly odious pair of neighbors. (Fiction. 9-11) Read full book review >