Books by Jackie Urbanovic

KING OF THE ZOO by Erica S. Perl
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Unfortunately, this mishmash of a tale ultimately disappoints. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this shallow story, Carlos the chameleon is sure that he is the king of the zoo—and he always will be as long as someone believes in him. Read full book review >
I'VE LOST MY HIPPOPOTAMUS by Jack Prelutsky
Released: March 1, 2012

"Welcome, heart-gladdening poems that never come amiss. (index) (Poetry. 5-10)"
Prelutsky is back to make your day better, even if it's already a good one. Read full book review >
NO SLEEP FOR THE SHEEP by Karen Beaumont
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"In more intimate sharings, readers with a careful eye can spot the shadow of the next animal, along with a certain tiny, feathered friend who just may make the loudest sound of all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Poor sheep just wants to sleep. Read full book review >
GLAMSTERS by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"For sophisticated readers with enough emotional distance, it's a hoot and a half. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Harriet Hamster and her sister Patricia have gone unadopted for far too long. Read full book review >
DUCK SOUP by Jackie Urbanovic
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"As silly and funny as the Marx Brothers movie of the same title. (Picture book. 4-7)"
DUCK AT THE DOOR by Jackie Urbanovic
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Keith Graves (2005), but the big-hearted open-door policy here will appeal to a wide range of readers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this comfortably predictable variation on the "obnoxious guest" theme, a household consisting of one woman, Irene, and a whole lot of dogs, cats and other pets welcomes—at first—a shivering duck named Max who decided to stay behind when the rest of his flock migrated for the winter. Read full book review >
GRANDMA LENA’S BIG OL’ TURNIP by Denia Lewis Hester
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"Less formal in tone than versions closer to the Russian story generally ascribed to Tolstoy, and unique for its non-rural trappings, this is tellable enough to please young audiences—though the characters seem rather broadly rendered. (source note) (Picture book folktale. 6-8)"
This "aw-shucks" rendition of the oft-retold "Giant Turnip" tale features a contemporary African-American extended family whose diaper-clad junior member exclaims "Uh-oh! Read full book review >
HORACE THE HORRIBLE by Jackie French Koller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A salutary reminder that heroic deeds aren't always the violent sort. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A big, irascible knight, renowned for dragon-slaying and army-vanquishing, gets turned around by a determined, lonely child. Read full book review >
SPAGHETTI EDDIE by Ryan SanAngelo
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The story has a good, zippy tempo and the waggish art makes it all seem possible, capturing Eddie in his cool, maverick glory. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Spaghetti makes the world go round; leastwise it does in this silly, jazzy tale that tips its hat to the unconventional in us. Read full book review >
DO THE HOKEY POKEY by Alison McDonough
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"There are some mildly amusing moments, but this ultimately superficial story does nothing particularly new. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A shy fifth-grader has a hard-enough time getting by in his new school on his own, but his mother's new career as an events DJ threatens to undermine what little respect he may have earned from his classmates. Read full book review >
VIDEO GAMES by Arlene Erlbach
NONFICTION
Released: March 9, 1995

"Fact boxes contain statistics (but no sources) about game use; words appearing in bold are later defined in a short glossary. (index) (Nonfiction)"
 From the ``How It's Made'' series, a brightly illustrated, not-too-technical look at all types of video games (arcade games, home video game systems, and hand-held games), how the hardware works, and how the games themselves are produced, with tips on how to win and how to choose and care for home versions. Read full book review >