Books by Holly Keller

MIRANDA’S BEACH DAY by Holly Keller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"Recommended for all collections. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Prolific author/illustrator Keller presents a lovely picture book that incorporates a tiny bit of science into a comforting theme of belonging. Read full book review >
HELP! by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Touches like the rosy blush on Mouse's face when he realizes that Snake has rescued him give the somewhat stylized figures the necessary spark of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A predictable story with a clear moral lesson. Read full book review >
NOSY ROSIE by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Keller's lovely story is a sure pick to share with any youngster struggling with peer issues. (Picture Book. 4-7)"
A wee fox's knack for locating lost items earns her an undesirable moniker in this sensitive tale from Keller. Read full book review >
SOPHIE’S WINDOW by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Simple and understated in both visuals and narrative, yet the blended message of trying one's wings and being disparate friends regardless of size and genus will ring with young listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Caruso is a young bird who's afraid to fly, thinking only of the mishaps that could occur. Read full book review >
PEARL’S NEW SKATES by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Keller's tale is a wonderful antidote to discouragement and is bound to bolster any new athlete's faltering self-esteem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Keller's tale of Pearl's struggles to master the slippery sport of ice skating has at its core a powerful message about perseverance. Read full book review >
WHAT A HAT! by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A somewhat bland tale, it takes Keller's art to lift it beyond making a minor point. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Henry and Wizzie are excited about having their cousin Newton visit, but they have mixed responses to his quirky behavior. Read full book review >
FARFALLINA & MARCEL by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This heartwarming, colorfully illustrated story underscores beautifully the power of true friendship without glossing over the reality that change is inevitable as friends grow and mature. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Farfallina the caterpillar and Marcel the gosling become fast friends when they meet during a rainshower, taking an immediate liking to one another. Read full book review >
CECIL’S GARDEN by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"And at this level, she's right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All it takes is listening to someone else's foolish arguing to put your own such behavior into perspective. Read full book review >
GROWING LIKE ME by Anne Rockwell
HEALTH
Released: March 1, 2001

"Sure to be a bedtime favorite as well as a successful introductory science lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young boy discovers all the growing things around him as he walks by the woods, through a meadow, and by a peaceful pond. Read full book review >
GERALDINE AND MRS. DUFFY by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"As Mrs. Duffy would say, "Yes, yes, yes." (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two mischievous pigs, a timid baby-sitter, and an iguana on the loose make for merry mayhem in this lively tale. Read full book review >
THAT’S MINE, HORACE by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Her cheerful menagerie of animals—Horace is a leopard, Walter a tiger, and the teacher a zebra—amuse and engage as readers learn a vital lesson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Keller's (Jacob's Tree, 1999, etc.) popular preschool character Horace returns in a sympathetic tale about impulsive childhood theft. Read full book review >
JACOB'S TREE by Holly Keller
Released: March 1, 1999

"At their center, the demonstrative Jacob is an everychild, learning to find joy in small measures. (Picture book. 3-5)"
PLB 0-688-15996-6 The familiar plight of the smallest is the subject of this picture book from Keller (Brave Horace, 1998, etc.), featuring a baby bear, who is smaller than his mother, father, and siblings. Read full book review >
SOUNDS ALL AROUND by Wendy Pfeffer
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 31, 1999

"Still, with its suggestions for activities and clear language, it's a welcome addition to the series. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
PLB 0-06-027712-2 This appealing Stage 1 title in the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series provides a simple explanation of sounds and hearing. Read full book review >
A PRESENT FOR TOOT by Holly Hobbie
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The storyline has too many gaps, but Hobbie's watercolors are delightful, and Puddle's search for the perfect present is endearing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hobbie's porcine characters (Toot and Puddle, 1997) are back in a sweet but disjointed effort. Read full book review >
BRAVE HORACE by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"He's not original—the rascal who summons the courage to do the right thing—but he is charming. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Keller (Merry Christmas, Geraldine, 1997, etc.) brings the young leopard, Horace, back to the page, this time as the invitee to a monster-movie party. Read full book review >
MERRY CHRISTMAS, GERALDINE by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In guileless illustrations and text, Keller (Geraldine First, 1996, etc.) accurately targets toddlers' tastes, but among holiday tales, this one is more heart than plot, and may be overshadowed by flashier Santas, Grinches, and reindeers with red noses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
 A shaggy-dog tale about the journey of the biggest Christmas tree on the lot to Geraldine's home. Read full book review >
YOU'RE ABOARD SPACESHIP EARTH by Patricia Lauber
NATURE
Released: May 31, 1996

"The book closes with suggestions for poking about in old leaf piles to see Mother Nature at work and a reminder to take care of spaceship Earth. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
 In this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science entry, readers learn that, as is true of the space shuttle, Earth is a space craft, speeding through the ether with its own life support systems, elegantly rigged out for recycling. Read full book review >
GERALDINE FIRST by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Keller (Rosata, 1995, etc.) conveys through her cheerful illustrations not only the many moods of her young heroine, but also a subplot involving Mama and Papa's own reactions to the bickering siblings. (Picture book. 4+)"
 Geraldine is back and this time her little brother, Willie, trails after her, saying everything she says and doing everything she does. ``Stop copying me, Willie,'' snaps Geraldine. Read full book review >
ROSATA by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wistful, evocativeand perhaps best for sharing. (Picture book. 4+)"
 Camilla comes into the possession of an old hat bedecked with a small bird made of real feathers. Read full book review >
GERALDINE'S BABY BROTHER by Holly Keller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A wise, funny, accepting little book. (Picture book. 4+)"
 From the author of Geraldine's Blanket (1984) and Geraldine's Big Snow (1988), comes another story featuring the little piglet and her new baby brother. Read full book review >
GRANDFATHER'S DREAM by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A fine contribution. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 There's disagreement in Nam's Vietnamese village: His grandfather hopes that, now the war is over, cranes will return to the area set aside for them; but Mama and Papa (among others) want to plant rice there. Read full book review >
BE A FRIEND TO TREES by Patricia Lauber
NATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"Still, the lucid text will make this useful; and creative teachers could make a project of comparing real trees with the art. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
 ``Trees are nice [and] also useful,'' begins the noted science writer, summing up the concepts introduced here. Read full book review >
SPONGES ARE SKELETONS by Barbara Juster Esbensen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"But even in such a simple presentation, young readers could be told more about the 5,000-plus species of unique and ancient animals that make up the phylum Porifera. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
 A ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out'' book that's cheerful and colorful, if a bit odd: Esbensen describes the sponge as the skeleton of an animal, but gives few specifics on the live animal; she remarks that ``When the sponge was alive, it pumped sea water through its thousands of small pores,'' but never explains how. Read full book review >
HARRY AND TUCK by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1993

"Warmhearted and exceptionally attractive. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Though Harry and Tuck may not always want the same thing, each twin knows the other's preferences. Read full book review >
ISLAND BABY by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"Apart from that, the story is familiar; but Keller tells it clearly and gracefully and provides simply outlined, vibrantly colored art that nicely conveys the island ambience and the warm relationship between the boy and the old man. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 A frequent picture-book author explores new territory: the Caribbean, where little Simon and his granddad (``Pops'') save an orphaned flamingo. Read full book review >
FURRY by Holly Keller
by Holly Keller, illustrated by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1992

"Nice family dynamics, cheery, straightforward illustrations, and believable, easily read dialogue—in another solid contribution from a reliable author. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 The author of several simple but unusually perceptive stories about the dramas in the lives of small children (What Alvin Wanted, 1990) addresses the disappointment of an allergic child who firmly believes that ``Only pets with fur are fun.'' After some realistic encounters with the pets she can't have, Laura finally accepts one offered by her little brother Alfie, a sympathetic tot who has been working on her problem right along: an appealing chameleon. Read full book review >
THE NEW BOY by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Schwartz's Camper of the Week (below) provides a subtler, more perceptive treatment of similar themes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
 Relations with his fellow kindergartners go from bad to worse after mouse Milton's unfortunate opening gambit: he sticks out his tongue. Read full book review >
HORACE by Holly Keller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 26, 1991

"Some adoptive families may feel that ``lost'' is not the mot juste to explain what happened to birth parents; otherwise, a notably perceptive, reassuring story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 Every night, his tiger mother tells Horace that ``We chose you...because you had lost your first family...We liked your spots, and we wanted you to be our child.'' Still, Horace feels the need of stripes; later, he seeks out a family with spots like his and enjoys their company, but then realizes that his striped parents and relations are his real family: ``Mama, if you chose me, can I choose you, too?'' The warmth and security from which Horace ventures forth to discover the relationship between his roots and his allegiances is confirmed in every deftly chosen word of Keller's simple text and each line of her affectionate, carefully composed illustrations. Read full book review >