Books by Ethan Long

STICK DOG WANTS A HOT DOG by Tom  Watson
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A silly, simple read for middle graders who love dogs, be they hot- or stick-. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Stick Dog's back and on the hunt for a snack. Read full book review >
THE CONTEST by Ethan Long
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A giggle-inducing romp about making mud while the sun shines. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Scribbles and Ink fumble a contest entry, with amusing results. Read full book review >
SUPER SCHNOZ AND THE GATES OF SMELL by Gary Urey
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Super Schnoz smells like a winner, especially for reluctant readers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A prenatal pharmaceutical mix-up landed Andy with a "humongous honker" that makes him an object of ridicule at school but also gives him a "super-power worthy" sense of smell. Read full book review >
CHAMELIA AND THE NEW KID IN CLASS by Ethan Long
Released: July 2, 2013

"Giving up the starring role isn't easy, but readers may appreciate Chamelia's example. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The unique Chamelia is back, but this time her antics and loud outfits aren't enough to make her the center of attention, a position that has been stolen by the new kid in school, Cooper. Read full book review >
THE WING WING BROTHERS CARNIVAL DE MATH by Ethan Long
Released: May 1, 2013

"Ultimately, this lacks the solid and seamless math practice of the first; it's just some math annoyingly mixed with a few kinda-funny jokes. (Math picture book. 4-8)"
The first, fabulous vaudevillian math escapades of the Wing Wing Brothers (The Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular, 2012) give way to this lackluster second adventure at a carnival, with the action divided into three amusements. Read full book review >
STICK DOG! by Tom  Watson
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A welcome canine entry in the metajournal genre. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Nothing's better than a grilled burger on a hot summer day in Picasso Park, but how's a pack of mutts going to get some? Read full book review >
MAX & MILO GO TO SLEEP! by Heather Long
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Brothers Max and Milo have totally different approaches to bedtime. Read full book review >
PIG HAS A PLAN by Ethan Long
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Proving even pooped piggies are ready to party, this will make children want to join in. (Early reader. 4-7)"
A noisy barnyard is no place for a nap! Read full book review >
THE WING WING BROTHERS MATH SPECTACULAR! by Ethan Long
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"This is how learning math should be—painless, comical and, yes, spectacular. (Math picture book. 4-8)"
The vaudevillian Wing Wing Brothers' attempts to outdo and upstage each other are sure to cause some giggles…and ideally some math learning, as well. Read full book review >
SCRIBBLES AND INK by Ethan Long
Released: June 25, 2012

"An action-packed contretemps, though in the end it's more a bit of technical advice for young artists than a general tribute to the benefits of working together. (downloadable blank sketchbook [not seen]) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Two artistes conflict, critique and ultimately collaborate amid a bracing mess of splashes and scribbles. Read full book review >
UP, TALL AND HIGH! by Ethan Long
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"This is a book with much to offer to children, from tiny babies who will laugh at the funny birds through preschoolers who will get the clever jokes to 5- and 6-year-olds who might find this a very first read-alone. (Picture book/early reader. 1-6)"
A clever cast of avian characters conveys the meaning of several directional terms in this innovative lift-the-flap book that will appeal to babies and toddlers as well as children just beginning to read. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE TOP SECRET GUIDE TO TAKING OVER THE WORLD by Kenn Nesbitt
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Not even in the same League as Scott Seegert's funnier and far more useful Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World (2010). (Humor. 10-12)"
A phoned-in guide to world domination for the easily amused. Read full book review >
CHAMELIA by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
ANIMALS
Released: May 3, 2011

"Readers might remark that Chamelia's immediate willingness to step out of the spotlight seems out of character, but then again, she is one unique lizard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A headstrong little chameleon enjoys bucking the crowd until she learns moderation. Read full book review >
MY DAD, MY HERO by Ethan Long
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2011

Dads are often elevated to superhero status in the eyes of their kids, but Long turns this concept on its ear with hilarious results. Read full book review >
THE CROAKY POKEY! by Ethan Long
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: March 1, 2011

"A nice choice for school and home and a good choice for reluctant readers, full of energy, humor and fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As implied by the title, the Hokey Pokey takes on a decidedly amphibian tone in this sprightly, cheerful selection, which is filled to the brim with kid appeal. Read full book review >
ONE DROWSY DRAGON by Ethan Long
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A lighthearted take on a topic of common domestic interest, equally suited to sharing one on one or with a larger audience. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Ignoring a big dragon's repeated complaints, one, two, three…up to ten little dragons make increasing amounts of sleep-preventing noise in this bouncy counting rhyme. Read full book review >
BIRD & BIRDIE IN A FINE DAY by Ethan Long
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 2010

"The controlled, repetitive text positions this picture book as a potentially successful book for beginning readers, though it would also serve well as a read-aloud. (Picture book/early reader. 3-7)"
Over the course of three short chapters, blue Bird and yellow Birdie spend "a beautiful morning," "a wonderful afternoon" and "a marvelous night" getting to know each other. Read full book review >
MUDDY AS A DUCK PUDDLE by Laurie Lawlor
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Whether this detracts from or enhances the reading experience depends on whether readers are as curious as a cat or ornery as a skunk. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
From A to Z, Lawlor has collected American folk sayings to tickle the funnybone. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER by Patrick J. Lewis
POETRY
Released: July 1, 2009

"As a no-pressure, just-for-poetry's-sake tool to start the day in the classroom, it could be a teacher's best friend. (Poetry. 8-14)"
As the subtitle indicates, 180 poems are here gathered to be enjoyed on a vitamin-like one-a-day basis. Read full book review >
YOU AND ME: WE’RE OPPOSITES by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"While none of the animals declares, "Buy this book, not that one," this does pack a triple punch—the concept-book format pleases parents, the illustrations and guess-ability of the opposites suit a storytime setting and children will go ape over the animals. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Zoo animals explore the ways they are different in this latest from Ziefert. Read full book review >
FRITZ DANCED THE FANDANGO by Alicia Potter
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

Marching—dancing, rather—to the beat of a different drummer, Fritz whirls and twirls away from his mocking fellow goats in search of a herd that respects terpsichoreans. Read full book review >
WUV BUNNIES FROM OUTERS PACE by David Elliott
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

When evil, oversized alien rabbits land at Dingdale Elementary chool (the "S" has fallen off the sign so often that custodian Fuzzy Dustin refuses to fix it any more), it's up to young Hercules Smith and his slobbery pooch Sheldon to save the Earth—or at least the student body—from being transformed into carrots. Read full book review >
COUNT ON CULEBRA by Ann Whitford Paul
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2008

"The bright cartoon illustrations are well suited to this hilarious tale that provides a practical lesson about life, as well as bilingual counting and vocabulary skills. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Count on Paul and Long to dish up another silly, entertaining tale in Spanish and English, this one featuring the cunning snake, Doctor Culebra, who manages to trick Iguana out of feeling the pain in her stubbed toe, while at the same time teaching readers to count to 10 in Spanish, and convincing the other animals to help make candy (dulces). Read full book review >
ONE LITTLE CHICKEN by David Elliott
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Not one of the more necessary counting books available, it's a bit of a disappointment. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This counting book shows different chickens doing diverse dances until they reach the number ten. Read full book review >
THE ZOMBIE NITE CAFÉ by Merrily Kutner
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"She glared at me and scratched one head"—and beats a hasty retreat, but readers will definitely be tempted to linger. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Here's an eatery that stands out from the crowd—not only for its menu, which features Chicken McMaggots and Eyeballs Flambé, but also for a clientele that runs to vampires, ghouls, aliens, specters and less identifiable uglies. Read full book review >
STOP KISSING ME! by Ethan Long
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fans of Mo Willems's pigeon tales will find themselves in familiar territory. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A fervent pre-recorded smooch activated by the press of a button forms the interactive component in this romantic comedy for the preschool set. Read full book review >
GREEDY APOSTROPHE by Jan Carr
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Elementary-school teachers will want to give Greedy Apostrophe a gold star for his efforts, for it's a rare teaching tool that conveys its lessons while being funny as well. (Picture book. 6-11)"
It's not easy to explain the rules of punctuation in a clear and concise manner, but Carr and Long have succeeded not only in explaining the use of the apostrophe, but also in making this punctuation mark into the main character in a witty story. Read full book review >
FIESTA FIASCO by Ann Whitford Paul
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2007

"Like its predecessor, this sunny tale offers a pronunciation glossary, plus artful translations in context and in the pictures, that will help to acquaint younger children with both the sound of Spanish, and a few words of the language. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this español-laced trickster tale featuring the cast from Mañana, Iguana (2004), Conejo the rabbit "helps" Iguana and Tortuga select singularly unsuitable gifts, like a shirt, for Culebra the snake's cumpleaños (birthday). Read full book review >
TROLLERELLA by Karen M.  Stegman-Bourgeois
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Not the best of the myriad fractured Cinderella tales, but this may find a home with tooth fairy or troll fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A troll's entrance into the Cinderella story falls rather flat in this latest fairy tale remake. Read full book review >
DROOLING AND DANGEROUS by Mary Amato
FICTION
Released: May 15, 2006

"A laugh Riot, with an obvious audience. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Hopping once again into the Captain's Underpants, brothers Wilbur and Orville Riot return with more lame jokes and wild, goofy games. Read full book review >
MAÑANA, IGUANA by Ann Whitford Paul
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An excellent chance for young readers to practice using context clues and to learn some Spanish vocabulary. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Paul offers a clever dual-language update of The Little Red Hen. Read full book review >
STINKY SMELLY FEET by Margie Palatini
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Story-time audiences will delight at this offering, especially when delivered as hammily as possible. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Douglas Duck is very smitten with Dolores, and she is quite smitten with him. Read full book review >
OH YEAH! by Tom Birdseye
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"The muted pallet of rusts, aquas, and tans, fitting since it's dark, might put some off, but the whole is a nice addition to the fear-of-the-dark and camping canons. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two boys camping out in the backyard have a war of words and one-upmanship. Read full book review >
THE DAY MY RUNNY NOSE RAN AWAY by Jason Eaton
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Unfortunately, while the idea is funny, the ending takes a nosedive, abruptly falling flat on its face. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One day a most peculiar thing happened to Jason: Montague, his nose, left him a note on his pillow informing him that the mistreatment had to stop (blowing on scratchy paper towels, squishing against windows) and he took off. Read full book review >
THE CONFE$$ION$ AND $ECRET$ OF HOWARD J. FINGERHUT by Esther Hershenhorn
FICTION
Released: April 15, 2002

"Reading this might not "change your life," as Howie suggests, but no one will be able to resist its spirit. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Many entrepreneurs write about their successes, but Howie Fingerhut tells it all in his how-to book for success. Read full book review >