Books by Heather Ross

FERGUS AND ZEKE AND THE FIELD DAY CHALLENGE by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2020

"Kids will look forward to their own field days after reading about this one. (Early reader. 6-9)"
The lovable class pets are back (Fergus and Zeke, 2017), this time experiencing field day. Read full book review >
GRIMELDA AND THE SPOOKTACULAR PET SHOW by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Readers may stage their own pet shows, but here's hoping they are more affirmative of their own pets than Grimelda is. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grimelda, of the still-untidy room (Grimelda the Very Messy Witch, 2016), is back, this time trying to win the prize at the pet show with her cat, Wizzlewarts. Read full book review >
FERGUS AND ZEKE by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Here's to more adventures for Fergus and Zeke! (Early reader 6-9)"
A class pet decides not to miss the class field trip to the Museum of Natural History. Read full book review >
GRIMELDA by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2016

"Mess-makers will revel in Grimelda's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children with messy rooms are sure to empathize with Grimelda, and they will see the twist at the end coming a mile away, to their parents' chagrin. Read full book review >
HOW TO BEHAVE AT A DOG SHOW by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An entertaining but somewhat frantic tale, illustrating that homemade fun often wins over 'official' competition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Siblings Julia and Charles take their bulldog, Rexie, to a dog show in this sequel to How to Behave at a Tea Party (2014).Read full book review >
HOW TO BEHAVE AT A TEA PARTY by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Fizzy and sweet if not exactly groundbreaking. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With such a mischievous little brother, what's a young hostess to do?

As Julia plans and sets up her backyard tea party, younger brother Charles runs rings around and through it with the cute family dog, Rexie. And not far away are the McKagan brothers, redheaded twins with googly eyes, who match Charles prank for prank. They eat the peonies on the table (while Rexie is eating the tablecloth), and one of them stacks the teacups on his head. The metajoke of this book is that the text reads like a set of instructions written by Miss Manners that hint at the chaos shown in the pictures. "You may bring a stuffed animal. And a present. / Do not eat the peonies. Or the tablecloth!" Julia loses her temper and sends the boys away with big angry words that fill the page. But a tea party for one is not much of a party. She reinvites the boys and even allows Rexie to return. Before long, she's playing as rambunctiously as they are, building a rocket ship out of sugar cubes and climbing the big backyard tree. Rosenberg's prose is apt and economical, playing right into the humor of the book's digital illustrations, created with Photoshop. Ross' repertoire of facial expressions is a highlight.

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CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Share this lively tale of bighearted friendship and originality with young readers needing a little zest for life. A corresponding website provides crafting ideas and instructions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chloe finds herself once again with a cliffhanger of a problem (Crafty Chloe, 2012). And it involves her two best friends. Can her creative powers get her out of this pickle? Read full book review >
IVA HONEYSUCKLE MEETS HER MATCH by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"The girls do learn that blood is thicker than water, but it takes a painfully long time to realize it. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Summer vacation, Iva Honeysuckle-style. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2012

"A breezy, wide-open window into the turbulent heart of a dramatic third-grade adventurer and her small-town Virginia community. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Eight-year-old Iva Honeycutt dreams of being a discoverer—and she's sure her great-grandfather Ludwell's treasure map, if not her unreliable dog Sweetlips, will help make that wish come true. Read full book review >
CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Required reading for any child going to a birthday party. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Crafty Chloe is the creative cousin of Clementine. Ginger haired, with an adorable taste in free-to-be-me outfits and a heart of gold, this young heroine finds original and kind-hearted solutions to big problems. Read full book review >