Books by Gennifer Choldenko

PUTTING THE MONKEYS TO BED by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"With bedtime-story shelves bursting, this is one that can be set aside. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Those monkeys just don't want to sleep! Read full book review >
AL CAPONE DOES MY HOMEWORK by Gennifer Choldenko
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A satisfying finale to what has become a cornerstone series in contemporary children's literature. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Newbery Honoree Choldenko brings her trilogy about a boy and his unusual life on Alcatraz Island to a bittersweet end. Read full book review >
A GIANT CRUSH by Gennifer Choldenko
Released: Dec. 22, 2011

"Each addresses issues that affect self-esteem in a gentle, entertaining way. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Newbery Honoree Choldenko (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004) and Caldecott Honoree Sweet (A River of Words: The Story of Williams Carlos Williams, written by Jen Bryant, 2008) combine talents to tell the appealing tale of Jackson, a rather large rabbit, who is struggling with the often embarrassing, nerve-racking and exhilarating feelings of his first crush. Read full book review >
NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Fascinating, if not entirely successful. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An odd juxtaposition of contemporary reality and surreal fantasy from Newbery Honoree Choldenko. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE SHINES MY SHOES by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Effortless period dialogue, fully developed secondary characters and a perfectly paced plot combine to create a solid-gold sequel that will not disappoint. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Choldenko hits a grand slam with this richly rewarding sequel about baseball-loving Moose and his life on Alcatraz in 1935. Read full book review >
IF A TREE FALLS AT LUNCH PERIOD by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This will appeal to a wide range of middle-school readers and would make a great book-club or classroom discussion. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Kirsten and Walk start the first day of seventh grade with one thing in common: They're both late. Read full book review >
LOUDER, LILI by Gennifer Choldenko
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A good read-aloud or read-alone that is sure to delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lili is so shy that her voice, when she actually says anything, is usually too soft to be heard. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GIANT by Gennifer Choldenko
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"This certainly measures up to Valeri Gorbachev's Big Little Elephant (2005) and other portraits of disparate friends. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The smallest kid in class champions a huge newcomer in this deft, convincing suggestion that size doesn't matter. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"Fascinating setting as a metaphor for Moose's own imprisonment and enabling some hysterically funny scenes, but a great read no matter where it takes place. (lengthy author's note with footnotes to sources) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Moose's world is turned upside down when his family moves to Alcatraz Island where his Dad has taken a job as a prison guard. Read full book review >
NOTES FROM A LIAR AND HER DOG by Gennifer Choldenko
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lots of ingredients but only moderately satisfying results. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Antonia "Ant" MacPherson, a difficult middle-child with "thick, straight dark hair and skin the color of a brown paper grocery bag," feels like an ugly duckling among her blond mother and sisters. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Full of humorous details (the headlines, the lonely competitor awaiting practice time, the cow's crescent moon tattoo), the scenes capture the mood perfectly, especially the close-up of the cow blasting off and the aerial view with Earth far below. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Choldenko's first book gives the lowdown on the cow who was heralded in the headlines of her time—e.g.,``Flying Bovine'' and ``Cow Shaped UFO Reported.'' The whole story of the famous flight comes straight from the horse's mouth—that is, the horse who coached her. Read full book review >