Books by Iza Trapani

VOLE AND TROLL by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2019

"A harmonious twist on an old favorite with bonus action songs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Readers will need to tune their voices before meeting Troll, who guards the bridge leading to "the tastiest grass in the valley." Read full book review >
OLD MACDONALD HAD A…ZOO? by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A wild time on the MacDonald farm, with music included at the close. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Old MacDonald had a—kangaroo?!? Read full book review >
GABE AND GOON by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A familiar message, but also a crucial and timely one, charmingly presented. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Could the sleeping child and the monster in the closet possibly become best friends? Read full book review >
OLD KING COLE by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A pleasant-enough diversion. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What can all the characters in Mother Goose's world do when the reveler in chief runs out of revelry? Read full book review >
LITTLE MISS MUFFET by Iza Trapani
retold by Iza Trapani, illustrated by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Those with similar fears may feel empathy for Miss Muffet's plight; others will just giggle at the improbability of it all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The most famous scaredy-cat of them all experiences fright after fright before finally getting to enjoy her curds and whey. Read full book review >
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A fine addition to the storytime shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Seasons and senses and bears, oh my! Read full book review >
RUFUS AND FRIENDS by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

Adventures in elementary school, through the eyes of eager canine students and told in bouncy verse. In bright red raincoat and boots, dachshund Rufus waves to the camera as he boards the bus for school: "My books are packed. My tummy's fed. / I'm ready for the day ahead." Rufus and his dog friends, a nice cross-section of breeds, have a day of classroom adventures (14 altogether), based on childhood songs and rhymes. A fluffy poodle is the subject of "There Was a Little Girl," a new "Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son" celebrates student musicians and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" introduces a math lesson. Many of the source poems will be unfamiliar, but Trapani's inventive and precise verse allows each rhyme to stand on its own. Similarly, her illustrations, in watercolor, ink and colored pencil, are bright and distinct. Bonus addendum: a quiz that takes readers back on a scavenger hunt through many of the poems. A winner. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)Read full book review >
HAUNTED PARTY by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

One ghost invites two "spooky skeletons," three "gruesome goblins" and so on up to nine "morbid mummies," all of whom have a rocking good time playing pin-the-tail-on-the-werewolf and smashing pumpkins. Trapani's serviceable verse counts up monster by monster in rhyming triplets with the refrain, "At the haunted house of the ghost." Her cheery watercolors enliven the verse, depicting grinning ghouls enjoying themselves, the ghostly host in black tie floating about offering eyeballs and coffee. Kids will particularly enjoy the vile vampire with a bobbed apple impaled on each fang. When ten "cute children, sunny and sweet," come to the door "[p]olitely chanting, ‘Trick or Treat,' " a speedy countdown of terrified party guests begins, a last wicked surprise keeping the book from cloying like too much candy corn. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
RUFUS AND FRIENDS by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

Trapani continues her trademark extensions of beloved nursery tales and songs with this latest, a collection of 14 tongue tanglers. Beginning with the traditional Mother Goose stanzas, Trapani then goes on to add at least one more in the same rhyme and rhythm pattern, seamlessly continuing the story. Dr. Foster's unfortunate trip to Gloucester ends this way: "Docter Foster, frazzled, flustered, / In a flutter flew. / The spill caused a chill, / And the doctor fell ill / With a fever and flu—achoo!" The stand-outs among the lesser-known rhymes include "Cackle, Cackle Mother Goose," about a goose with only enough loose feathers to stuff half a pillow, and "Fiddle Dee Dee," about the marriage of the fly to the bumblebee. A cast of five wonderfully expressive dogs, including the titular Rufus, act out the humorous rhymes. The illustrations are filled with details, including hidden pictures that readers can search for; a list is in the back. Trapani is a staple for young children—don't miss this one. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
FROGGIE WENT-A-COURTIN’ by Iza Trapani
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

In this endearing adaptation of a traditional Scottish folk song, Froggie searches the small animal kingdom for his wife. He must first suffer rejection from a mouse, turtle, bird, and chipmunk before ultimately discovering true love in a fellow frog, who does the asking. Watercolor illustrations, ripe with rich pastels, portray an often downcast and then elated Froggie. These appealing illustrations aid in following the quickly changing mood as Froggie's hopes soar and are dashed. Trapani (What Am I? An Animal Guessing Game, not reviewed) includes clever details in the illustrations such as Froggie reading "How to Find True Love" by "I. M. Mushy" or his daily horoscope in the "Frog Journal." Despite the subtle inclusion of these mature jokes, the story is best read (or sung) aloud to small children; included on the last page is the text put to music. Trapani differentiates this work from other retellings of Froggie by using modern American verbiage. The flow of text is just right, with each rhyming verse occupying its own page and completing a new plot twist. This is a highly enjoyable composite of visually pleasing illustrations and light, catchy text. (Picture book. 2-7)Read full book review >