Books by Erik Brooks

Erik Brooks is the author and illustrator of The Practically Perfect Pajamas and Octavius Bloom and the House of Doom. He had fun doing research for this book, especially visiting the snow monkeys at the Minnesota Zoo. Mr. Brooks lives in north-central Wa

Tino the Tortoise by Carolyn L. Ahern
Released: June 9, 2015

"Grade-schoolers interested in science and nature—but not too old for talking animals—will find a lot to interest them here."
A tortoise tourist and his desert-rodent buddy make their way to the Grand Canyon to exchange recipes in this travel adventure by debut author Ahern and veteran illustrator Brooks (Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
WHO HAS THIS TAIL? by Laura Hulbert
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A great challenge for kids who have already mastered the basic pets and farm animals. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Hulbert and Brooks' second pairing (Who Has These Feet?, 2011) sets readers to identifying animals by their tails and learning how those tails help them adapt. Read full book review >
WHO HAS THESE FEET? by Laura Hulbert
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Young animal fans will find much to enjoy and are sure to ask for multiple readings. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Who has these feet and what do they do? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"While the anthropomorphized pair has nothing in common with their real counterparts apart from location, the light story makes this a refreshing change from traditional opposite books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Penpals Alex Polar Bear and Zina Penguin are polar opposites, living on opposite sides of the world. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2010

"A great choice for newly independent readers or sharing with groups and a terrific lead-in to Esther Averill's stories about Jenny Linsky. (Animal fantasy. 6-10)"
On the third full moon of the year, the MEOW (Memories Expressed in Our Writing) Society meets so cats from all over the world can get together to share their diaries and those of their ancestors. Read full book review >
BOO’S SURPRISE by Betsy Byars
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The successful balance between fantasy and realism creates a satisfying chapter-book selection. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Boo's imagination continues full force in this gentle sequel to Boo's Dinosaur (2006). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"Some adults may be taken aback by Jason's use of Fleming's first name, but all who deal with young researchers will welcome this realistic account, which contains unobtrusive yet valuable instruction from a Sibert Award-winning author. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Assigned to write a report on Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, fifth-grader Jason despairs of finding enough to fill three pages until he finds an interesting anecdote on the Internet—but is it true? Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2007

"While the author's intentions are obvious and laudable, the end result is barely palatable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you're hungry for a good story, skip this saccharine and potentially confusing paean to the joys of satisfying our inner selves with love from family, friends and pets. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2007

"Engaging illustrations in soft gray pencil endow each dog with additional personality, from Abu the hound in Egypt to Mimi the poodle in Paris. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Newbery Medalist Byars and her two daughters join forces for their third collaborative effort using a short-story format. Read full book review >
BOO’S DINOSAUR by Betsy Byars
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Frequent warm black-and-white illustrations extend the text and provide ample visual cues in this reassuring tale of sibling love for new readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Little sister Boo will not leave big brother Sammy alone so he can read. Read full book review >
MONKEY BUSINESS by Shirley Climo
Released: May 1, 2005

"A playful collection that can inspire a classroom unit, a storyteller or a child interested in animal lore. (Folklore. 8-11)"
On your way home from the zoo, pick up this anthology of lively folktales, proverbs and fun facts about the world's monkeys and their relationship to people. Read full book review >