Books by Garry Parsons

GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG by Lucy Hawking
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >
STUCK IN THE MUD by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"The puddle doesn't look all that gooey in the pictures, but this will still make a splash, both with groups and audiences of one. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Fine fare for children who think grown-ups are big sillies, this cumulative barnyard tale features a chick in a mud puddle and a lengthening string of helpful animals who get stuck trying to pull him out. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Illustrated with line drawings or star photos on nearly every page and with a 100,000-copy first printing, it's likely to sell well—but like many crossovers, it doesn't show much respect for its target audience. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
George's key—unsurprisingly—turns out to be a knowledge of physics, as the young protagonist of this blend of science fact and fiction proclaims after various adventures in space, in school, with a gang of bullies and an evil mad scientist. Read full book review >
TROUBLE AT THE DINOSAUR CAFE by Brian Moses
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Sure to be a favorite. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Moses's latest turns into a rollicking rhyming showdown when Tyrannosaurus shows up to eat at the old-fashioned diner. Read full book review >
BILLY’S BUCKET by Kes Gray
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginative boy gets a bucket for his birthday, and when he fills it with water, a deep sea-world emerges. Read full book review >