Books by Frank Remkiewicz

JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS!  by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Share this gentle story of fantasy, patience, and tolerance with new readers learning how to be true friends. (Early reader. 5-9)"
Four chapters using easy sight words make this misadventure at the "famous cageless zoo" created by Michalak and Remkiewicz a good choice for beginning readers who are ready to tackle more complex text. Read full book review >
JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Onward Joe and Sparky! (Early reader. 6-8)"
It's not Mary's little lamb, but Joe the giraffe and Sparky the turtle who go to school one day in this third installment of Michalak and Remkiewicz's early-reader series. Read full book review >
FROGGY'S WORST PLAYDATE by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Not the most smoothly transitioned of Froggy fare, but endearing nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Fans expect a flop flop flop in every Froggy adventure, but in this latest work, Froggy's emotions flip-flop more than his webbed feet ever do. Read full book review >
GUS MAKES A GIFT by Frank Remkiewicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"This may not have the laugh-out-loud humor or silly sweetness found in many titles of this kind, but Gus has great appeal, and the story provides just the right level of challenges for those just beginning to read. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Should Fly Guy, Elephant and Piggie, Biscuit and Puppy Mudge make room in the growing field of very beginning readers for Gus? Maybe… Read full book review >
JOE AND SPARKY, SUPERSTARS! by Jamie Michalak
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2011

"Like the Hokey Pokey, that's what it is all about. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Joe the Giraffe is always ready for a new adventure, especially if he can convince his subdued turtle-buddy Sparky to join him. Read full book review >
DOWN BY THE STATION by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"For transportation enthusiasts, storytime read-alouds and long car trips, the lack of a story will scarcely be noticed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Vetter's debut adds new verses to the familiar favorite. Read full book review >
JOE AND SPARKY GET NEW WHEELS by Jamie Michalak
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Utterly charming. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Joe and Sparky are unlikely buddies—turtle Sparky enjoys the safety of his shell while giraffe Joe is up for any adventure. Read full book review >
PIGGY AND DAD GO FISHING by David Martin
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Good thing his favorite meal is that sandwich. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Catch-and-release fishing takes its next logical step in this story of youthful sympathy. Read full book review >
FROGGY’S SLEEPOVER by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Well-honed illustrations from Remkiewicz depicting the dark of the night and the mild cavortings of Froggy and Max will give readers a taste of both nighttime's spookiness and the beautiful sanctuary of home. (Picture book. 3-5)"
London's ever-endearing Froggy attempts to swing his first sleepover at his friend Max's house. Read full book review >
SCIEN-TRICKERY by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

Lewis follows up Arithme-tickle (2002) with a more broadly themed collection of rhymed riddles, encompassing topics as diverse as astronomy, electricity, maps, and the Zero. Read full book review >
HORRIBLE HARRY AND THE MUD GREMLINS by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Another winner for the just-ready-for-chapter-books crowd. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Harry and his friends in 3B are back in the 14th installment of Kline's lively Horrible Harry series. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO THE DOCTOR by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Froggy is typically good at offering a little direction to young readers—about sportsmanship, for instance, or how not to eat in restaurants—but no such is tendered here, be it positive or negative example, except for a slight introduction to the event. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lightweight addition to the often charming Froggy canon. Read full book review >
HORRIBLE HARRY AND THE DRAGON WAR by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2002

"This is another fine story for the reader who is just ready for chapter books. (Easy reader. 7-10)"
Discord has come to the familiar friends in Room 3B. Read full book review >
HORRIBLE HARRY GOES TO SEA by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Horrible Harry series. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A unit on the study of ancestors sends Classroom 3B to sea when Ida, one of Harry's classmates, reveals that her great-great-grandmother was one of the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. Read full book review >
SEAWEED SOUP by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A chart near the end shows all the tableware sets in rows, offering additional opportunities for counting and matching subsets. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The talents of Murphy (Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, above, etc.) and Remkiewicz (Froggy Eats Out, p. 414, etc.) add up to a humorous tale about sweet-natured Turtle, a charming host who invites a succession of sea creature friends to enjoy some of his fresh seaweed soup. Read full book review >
FROGGY EATS OUT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Froggy, though you may not want to take him home. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The latest Froggy from London is as much fun as its predecessors to read aloud, with all its zips, zwits, and zoops. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"This is also an excellent choice for younger gifted children, who will enjoy the challenge of math problems with a humorous twist. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Math story problems aren't always boring exercises about dividing up a bowl of apples or trains traveling between cities. Read full book review >
FROGGY PLAYS IN THE BAND by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Neither one appears with much success—forget about the usual dazzle—in this work. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Like all of London's Froggy stories, this one is a charmer, but it lacks the tempo, funny little asides, and sight gags that percolate through his other adventures. Read full book review >
FROGGY’S BEST CHRISTMAS by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A cameo from 'Santa Owl' is the only surprise here, but as Froggy continues to hop through the holidays, he has plenty of fans hopping along behind. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The irrepressible Froggy's best Christmas is also his first, as he usually hibernates through it. Read full book review >
HORRIBLE HARRY AT HALLOWEEN by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Every year since kindergarten, Harry's Halloween costume has gotten scarier and scarier. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO BED by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2000

"It's a jolly take on a theme as evergreen as the characters, though unlike Peggy Rathmann's 10 Minutes Till Bedtime (1998), it may give Froggy's younger fans some new bedtime maneuvers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The effervescent Froggy is up to usual tricks in his eighth appearance (Froggy Plays Soccer, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
HORRIBLE HARRY AND THE PURPLE PEOPLE by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A silly story that unfolds harmlessly. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Kline (Marvin and the Mean Words, p. 641, etc.) lets loose with the further adventures of Harry, who, in the last week of second grade, has become even more of a cut-up than usual. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Heavy-handed, and not terribly interesting. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Jazz, Pizzazz, and the Silver Threads (1996), Calvin takes in a large and seemingly untrainable dog for a month, during which time he must teach him to behave and find him a home. Read full book review >
FROGGY GOES TO SCHOOL by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Remkiewicz's bright watercolors feature punchy, bouncy, bug-eyed animals wearing emphatically exaggerated expressions: This bunch is easy to love. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Froggy's back (Froggy Learns to Swim, 1995, etc.) and on his first day of school, he wakes up late and goes to class in his underwear! Read full book review >
THE JOY BOYS by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"The plots will be somewhat obvious, however, even to very new readers; obvious, that is, except in the few instances when only a careful look at the illustrations makes events comprehendible. (Fiction. 5-8)"
This First Choice Chapter Book features four episodes about the brothers Joy, Harry and J.J., with amiable full-color illustrations on every page. Read full book review >
FIONA RAPS IT UP by Frank Remkiewicz
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Kids will love this book. (Picture book. 4+)"
A story brimming with mimicry and mockery about Fiona, a flamingo who misses ``an important left turn'' and is separated from the flock; she lands on a banana boat whose captain has a flair for hip-hop: ``Well, crash my boat/and make me nervous!/I'm the Rappin' Cap'n/at your service.'' As she leaves the boat with the egg she has just laid, Fiona starts rapping herself, and she doesn't stop until she has walked all the way to Bolivia, passing different dangerous animals on the way. Read full book review >
SONG LEE AND THE HAMSTER HUNT by Suzy Kline
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Amusing characterizations, snappy dialogue, and a happy ending give this breezy little story the appeal of a good television sitcom. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A cheerful, school-based comic story for transitional readers who are just starting to read longer books. Read full book review >
THE GREAT MOSQUITO, BULL, AND COFFIN CAPER by Nancy Lamb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
When Alexander's ``Official Best Buddy Forever'' Jimmy announces sadly that his family is moving to California, the two decide to share three traumatic experiences so that they'll never forget one another. Read full book review >
GREEDYANNA by Frank Remkiewicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 1992

"This slight tale is not as funny as it hopes to be, but the text's poker-faced exaggeration and the cheerful cartoony illustrations will strike a familiar chord in many families. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
A cautionary tall tale: Eddie's little sister is going through what her parents hopefully term ``a phase'' whose key word is ``Mine!'' While her family patiently waits it out, Anna monopolizes the food (except for lima beans), the house (the others move to the garage), and the family car (she rides while they push). Read full book review >