Books by Elizabeth Spurr

AT THE BEACH by Elizabeth Spurr
Released: May 1, 2013

"While the youngster was pleasingly more self-reliant and self-assured in previous offerings, his play and his interactions with the natural world continue to ring true. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
As in In the Garden and In the Woods (both 2012), a young boy enjoys life in the great outdoors. Read full book review >
IN THE WOODS by Elizabeth Spurr
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"While fishing may not be as common an early-childhood activity as gardening, this is a likable follow-up. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Following the same format as their first book, In the Garden (2012), Spurr and Oliphant continue the story of the same outdoors-loving young boy. Read full book review >
IN THE GARDEN by Elizabeth Spurr
Released: May 1, 2012

"With a little water and tender loving care, it's a pleasure to watch this garden grow. (Board book. 1-3)"
It takes time for flowers to bloom, but the delightful fruits of this labor prove worth the wait. Read full book review >
MONSTERS by Elizabeth Spurr
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2011

"In short: monstrously dreadful. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Awkward rhymes, predictable situations and muddy illustrations combine to create a didactic look at bad behavior. Read full book review >
THE PETERKINS’ CHRISTMAS by Lucretia Hale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 2010

"The quietly humorous story focuses on the daughter of the family, Elizabeth Eliza, and includes excerpts from her letters to the Lady from Philadelphia (who is always mysteriously there with the obvious answer), set off in italics to distinguish them from the third-person text. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This adapted excerpt from the 19th-century classic The Peterkin Papers focuses on the foolish family's preparations for Christmas, with the specific problems of a Christmas tree that's too tall for the parlor, a lack of proper decorations for such a huge tree, and a piano that can be played only through an open window. Read full book review >
PUMPKIN HILL by Elizabeth Spurr
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Only for libraries in need of more holiday titles. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Just in time for Halloween comes this pourquoi tale of a pumpkin left to its own devices on a hill, until it multiplies over time to the point of producing a golden avalanche. Read full book review >
THE PETERKINS’ THANKSGIVING by Elizabeth Spurr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The Lady from Philadelphia, who usually unties the Peterkins' Gordian knots, is offstage here, the recipient of Elizabeth Eliza's missives. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the late-19th century, Lucretia Hale's hilarious Peterkin Papers followed the misadventures of a family who were the ancestors of The Stupids and Amelia Bedelia. Read full book review >
FARM LIFE by Elizabeth Spurr
COLORS
Released: March 15, 2003

"Felicia Bond). (Picture book. 5-7)"
"Gray barn, gray barn, what do you house? / Nine straw-filled stalls with nine sleepy sows." Read full book review >
A PIG NAMED PERRIER by Elizabeth Spurr
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Fizzy, but not very satisfying. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Perrier was no ordinary pig." Read full book review >
MAMA'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Elizabeth Spurr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The revelation about the uncle comes in clumsy dialogue that instead of protracting the suspense, dilutes it. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 8-10)"
This entry in the Chapters series is an amiable story without much sticking power. Read full book review >
THE LONG, LONG LETTER by Elizabeth Spurr
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 8, 1996

"A jolly tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Aunt Hetta is lonely. Read full book review >
THE GUMDROP TREE by Elizabeth Spurr
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Simply gorgeous. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl gets a bag of gumdrops from her father. Read full book review >