Books by Frank Asch

PANCAKES IN PAJAMAS by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"A cozy weekend full of sweet family fun, with a dash of community and a pinch of love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Baby Bear wants to wear pajamas all day and eat nothing but pancakes—and the whole town joins in. Read full book review >
THE LENDING ZOO by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"A cool idea poorly executed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Readers get a peek at what it would be like to visit a library that lends animals to patrons. Read full book review >
I CAN ROAR! by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Great for adults and children to share, taking turns playing the parts of various animals. For more fun, have a mirror handy so kids can be delighted by their own transformations. (Board book. 2-4)"
Children can pretend to be many different animals by putting their faces up to the large die-cut hole at the center of this interactive board-book offering. Read full book review >
PIZZA by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"A sweetly simple story that hinges on not just Baby Bear's appetite, but his imaginative flights of fancy, too. (Picture book. 2-5)"
It may be hard for many American readers to believe, but Baby Bear has never had pizza before in this new offering from the beloved creator of Moonbear. Read full book review >
THE DAILY COMET by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A pleaser for fans of Adam Rex's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (2006) and like cineastic fare. (Picture book. 7-10)"
"Go to Work with a Parent" Day proves an eye-opening experience for a journalist's fact-loving son in this distinctively illustrated venture from the creators of Mrs. Marlowe's Mice (2007). Read full book review >
MRS. MARLOWE’S MICE by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Not quite as charmingly macabre as their first book but entertaining nonetheless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Following on the tail of Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (2004), this father-son team spins another cat-and-mouse gambit set in Edwardian times. Read full book review >
STAR JUMPER by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Continually whining about his sibling's behavior and congratulating himself on his own genius, Alex comes across as no prize himself, but there's enough wish fulfillment here to put readers on his side—whether or not that Micro-Blaster really works. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Play and reality merge (maybe) in this tale of a lad seeking total escape—as in a flight to the far end of the universe—from an aggressive, worshipful little brother. Read full book review >
MR. MAXWELL’S MOUSE by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

This father/son team has concocted a delicious cat-and-mouse tale in which small outsmarts large. Read full book review >
MONSIEUR SAGUETTE AND HIS BAGUETTE by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Despite—or perhaps because of—the strangeness of Monsieur Saguette eating his baguette after everything that's happened to it, this is quite the giggle-inducer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Monsieur Saguette purchases a baguette to eat with soup, a series of strange and appealing adventures interrupts his journey home. Read full book review >
CLASS PETS by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Mice siblings Jake and Molly are looking for a home, and Miss Clark's classroom is as inviting as anywhere else. Read full book review >
LIKE A WINDY DAY by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A good bet for sharing on a blustery day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Using just a few words per page, this father-and-son team creates an autumnal ode in which a girl imagines herself one with the wind. Read full book review >
CLASS PETS by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Young readers will be eager to see what develops in future episodes. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Two quarrelsome but close mice suffer narrow squeaks in this tongue-in-cheek series opener. Read full book review >
BABY DUCK’S NEW FRIEND by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Like all better 'leaving the nest' tales for very young readers, this carries the reassuring message that, yes, the wide world can be dangerous as well as exciting, but you can go home again. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Hard as it may be to imagine, a rubber ducky becomes a dangerous companion in this father-son collaboration. Read full book review >
BARNYARD LULLABY by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Asch (Water, 1995, etc.) illustrates each lullaby with the simplicity of his Moonbear books; the musical score at the end sets the animal poems to music. (Picture book. 1-3)"
The clucking, mooing, neighing, oinking, baaing, and honking of the barnyard animals are just so much noise to the farmer in his bed, but these are melodic lullabies to the animals in the barn. ``Tuck your legs beneath you,/Legs that love to run./Feel them growing ever stronger./Let the day be done,'' a horse sings to her foal. Read full book review >
WATER by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"Though catalogued as nonfiction, this title will be better off in the picture book section. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
``Water is dew. Read full book review >
THE EARTH AND I by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Worthy insight perhaps, but so painfully earnest that readers are unlikely to feel more than a superficial, temporary response. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-6)"
In this bland consciousness-raiser, Asch (Hands Around Lincoln, p. 63, etc.) casts the relationship between a boy and nature as friendship. ``The Earth and I are friends. Read full book review >
HANDS AROUND LINCOLN SCHOOL by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A nice, simple school story for not-so-simple times. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Amy (the narrator) and three other sixth graders form a ``Save the Earth'' club, Amy is the reluctant one: membership means making presentations in classrooms and, ultimately, performing on stage in front of her school. Read full book review >
MOONDANCE by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

A whimsical tale about a bear who imagines that the moon and clouds are personified: He's sad to think the moon won't dance with him; when the morning clouds descend as fog, he's delighted that at least they've answered his invitation, but when the fog lifts, he worries: ``Do you think I could have stepped on their toes...?'' he asks Little Bird. Read full book review >
THE FLOWER FAERIE by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Pretty to look at, with a somewhat nebulous but well-intentioned message about respect for nature: a sugarplum of a book. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An original tale about a fairy captured and displayed as a trophy by an armor-clad emperor, who refuses to release his prize even when all the flowers in the kingdom die and his people are threatened with famine. Read full book review >
DEAR BROTHER by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Nicely contrived to point out that people who lead very different lives can still care about one another, and that family history can be intriguing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The Russian-American team whose 1989 collaboration, Here Comes the Cat, was ``the first Soviet/American children's book'' elaborates the story of the town mouse and the country mouse, setting it within another story about two present-day mouse brothers fascinated by letters they find in the attic of their farmhouse. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE CAT! by Frank Asch
Released: March 1, 1989

A laudable venture: the American Asch and Russian Vagin collaborate on a bilingual picture book with virtually the entire text given in the title. Read full book review >