Books by Jacqueline Rogers

ROCKET RIDE by Graham Salisbury
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Calvin continues to charm. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Calvin Coconut's father schedules a concert in Oahu to promote his popular new album, Rocket Ride, Calvin is nervous and excited to see him for the first time in four years. Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT:  KUNG FOOEY by Jacqueline Rogers
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This newest continues to spin a fun and thoughtful yarn. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Sixth in a winning series set in Oahu, Hawaii, this latest about 9-year-old Calvin spins a new twist about his struggle with the island bully that will leave readers satisfied with its auspicious, though imperfect, resolution. Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT: HERO OF HAWAII by Graham Salisbury
ADVENTURE
Released: March 8, 2011

"Rather, it is what keeps readers moving through this nuanced, often very funny and heartfelt story of a boy's growth and understanding of his role in a family made stronger by its willingness to redefine itself. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fifth in the Calvin Coconut series, this fast and engaging read focuses on fourth-grader Calvin, who lives with his mom, little sister and a teenage houseguest, Stella, since his father left the family. Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT: DOG HEAVEN by Graham Salisbury
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A healthy dose of humor, such as Ledward's pet pig that rides with him in the front seat of his jeep, will keep readers engaged. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A school assignment about persuasive writing frames this appealing third offering in a series set on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT by Graham Salisbury
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Light in tone, rich with cultural details and populated by likable characters, this slim volume will appeal to many a young reader. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This second installment about Oahu-dwelling Calvin builds on the engaging story line first introduced in the chapter-book series's debut title, Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet (2008). Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT by Graham Salisbury
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 24, 2009

"An auspicious start to a series that is likely to have broad appeal. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Believable, funny characters populate this chronicle of fourth grader Calvin's life on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Read full book review >
BETSY B. LITTLE by Anne McEvoy
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Nice enough, but reach for Dumpy La Rue, by Elizabeth Winthrop and illustrated by Betsy Lewin (2001), if there's a need for an anthropomorphic fix en pointe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This vertically enhanced title follows the fortunes of Betsy B. Little, extraordinarily tall giraffe and ballet enthusiast. Read full book review >
ONE TRACTOR by Alexandra Siy
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"Each of the toys has its own personality, and young readers will patiently seek out each of their silly antics on the generous full-page spreads. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young boy's imagination fuels adventures galore in this clever one-to-ten counting book. Read full book review >
TURKEYS TOGETHER by Carol Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Animal lovers who are learning to read might find this considerate pointer and his turkey friends a welcome change from more usual easy-reader plotlines, and of course, there is the ever-popular tie-in with the Thanksgiving holiday to provide another use in the classroom. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
This unusual mid-level easy reader employs realistically illustrated animal characters who speak to one another and use logic to solve a problem together. Read full book review >
CARS by Nancy Smiler Levinson
THINGS THAT GO
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A topic with definite appeal, full of fascinating details. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
This mid-level early reader focuses on the history of the automobile industry. Read full book review >
KINDERGARTEN COUNT TO 100 by Jacqueline Rogers
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"This is a very straightforward counting affair, no gimmickry or numerical sleight of hand, and ought to serve well as a secondary introduction for numbers one to twenty, with 100 thrown in for good measure. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rogers offers a counting book for kids who like a little action with their numbers. Read full book review >
PERFECTLY CHELSEA by Claudia Mills
FICTION
Released: March 2, 2004

"A nice touch at the end is when the beloved older minister leaves for a new church and is replaced by a woman. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Yes, nine-year-old Chelsea, whose family life revolves around church activities, is perfect most of the time. Read full book review >
LITTLE SCRAGGLY HAIR by Lynn Cullen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Another refreshing take on the biblical story, less religious, more human nature. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Retelling the tale "Why Dogs Have Wet Noses" from the dog's perspective, Cullen sets the story in America and uses Appalachian dialect recorded by Richard Chase. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The juxtaposition of the familiar poem with the hilarious goblins makes a funny parody, and the naughty (but cute) goblin children add a new note of Christmas cheer to the old words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A traditionally depicted Santa and his reindeer arrive at a spooky, underground home to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
GOOSED! by Bill Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"Rogers's accurately detailed drawings, replete with smiles and close-ups of the exuberant pup, capture not only the semi-rural setting, but the engagingly doggy spirit of this upbeat animal tale. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A dog's settled, comfortable life gets a nip in the nether parts after a puppy's sudden arrival. Read full book review >
KINDERGARTEN ABC by Jacqueline Rogers
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This not a primer on the ABCs, but an extension of the letter-learning process, a vocabulary builder that will test readers with the likes of easel, knees, llama, quarrel, and tambourines. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rogers returns to the class from Tiptoe into Kindergarten (1999) to introduce a flurry of letters and words in the always-winning treasure-hunt format that will have eyes poring over the pages. Read full book review >
I WANT TO SAY I LOVE YOU by Caralyn Buehner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A perfect way to show little ones they are cherished. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a tender tale that captures the essence of childhood, a mother describes the myriad reasons she adores her offspring. Read full book review >
WHEN ESTHER MORRIS HEADED WEST by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"An author's note includes sources, Web sites, and places to visit. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
In 1869, at the age of 55, a big woman with a big name—Esther Mae Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris—headed to Wyoming Territory. Read full book review >
WITCH TWINS by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2001

"Preteen readers will "love-love-love" watching these seemingly ordinary 11-year-olds in action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Two novice Philadelphia witches discover both that magic is harder to control than it seems and that they're not as inseparable as they supposed, in this lighthearted family story with a twist, from the author of Dive (1999). Read full book review >
WITCH TWINS AT CAMP BLISS by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2001

"Young girls will identify with Luna's fears and Claire's aspirations as they secretly wish to have magical powers themselves. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Luna has begun to have some reservations camping, but her twin, Claire, is determined to be elected "Camp Bliss Girl." Read full book review >
“WAIT FOR ME!” SAID MAGGIE MCGEE by Jean Van Leeuwen
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"And just watch what happens when Maggie really grows up. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A poignant tale about a pint-sized tot who longs to be big. Read full book review >
A BIG, SPOOKY HOUSE by Donna Washington
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2000

"Even as material for a storyteller, it is hard to see how this ending works, though, thankfully, the same can't be said for Rogers's watercolors, which are terrific scene-setters, if abandoned at the climax. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This ghost story has more than a touch of the shaggy dog about it and would certainly be more successful as a performance piece than as a storybook. Read full book review >
TIPTOE INTO KINDERGARTEN by Jacqueline Rogers
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Children will doubtless appreciate not just the defusing of kindergarten angst, but the compassionate, vivid musicality of Rogers's pages as well. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An incantatory surge drives this simple story to an inspired place far beyond the elemental confines of the plot. Read full book review >
PRIVATE LILLY by Sally Warner
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"In true six-year-old form, Lily's attention is on the problem of privacy, and while a one-chapter predicament has been spun into a novel, the childlike first-person narration is written with considerable humor and grace. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Lily, who is six, her brother Casey, twelve, and their mother have moved from a house in New Jersey to a small apartment in Philadelphia. Read full book review >
THERE GOES LOWELL'S PARTY! by Esther Hershenhorn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 15, 1998

"In her debut, Hershenhorn includes a list of rain-related proverbs at the end of the book, many of which are right as rain. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Old proverbs foretelling rain figure prominently in this tale of a little boy's birthday hopes. Read full book review >
WEIRD PET POEMS by Dilys Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"With just 14 poems, including the one on the endpapers, this is a slender gathering, but the selections vary nicely in tone and level of discourse, and the illustrations expand upon the pieces with exuberance. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
 Animals great and small, real and imaginary sprawl across Rogers's vigorous, spread-filling, eye-filling watercolors in this wild and woolly successor to Monster Soup and Other Spooky Poems (1992). Read full book review >
THE PUPPY SISTER by S.E. Hinton
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"It's not the only gap in logic, but the story has the appeal of a good family read-aloud, regardless of its imperfections. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Can a puppy grow up into a girl? Read full book review >
FIVE LIVE BONGOS by George Ella Lyon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A lively invitation to readers, artists, inventors, and musicians to come join the anarchic fun. (Fiction/Picture book. 3- 8)"
 Painter/Dad wants his children to sit quietly and learn to paint, but ``the Bongos'' have their own ideas. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS SLEEP OVER by Jacqueline Rogers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"The expressively rendered animals in their imaginatively patterned pj's are all boy, whether romping, intent on pictures they're drawing, or yawning themselves awake after a late night; there are dozens of intriguing and delightful details to discover. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Gilbert Gorilla is so excited about his elephant friend Eddie's slumber party that he forgets to take along his toy clown, in case he can't fall asleep. Read full book review >
MONSTER SOUP by Dilys Evans
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A year-round winner. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
 The genesis of this captivating book was unusual: the compiler (who is also an illustrators' agent), responding to Rogers's fascination with monsters (`` `They' kept popping up in her sketches; and we would talk about `them' as though they already existed and were only in need of a place to be''), chose these 16 poems not only for their appeal but also to summon Rogers's particular vision. Read full book review >
EMMA AND FRECKLES by Valerie Beales
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1992

"Overall, the adventures of overconfident Emma and her naughty pony are funny and satisfying: determination wins, cruelty is punished, and justice is served. (Fiction. 10-14)"
 When Emma gets a pony for her llth birthday, her dreams come true, but her joy is soon tempered by reality. Read full book review >
THE COTTONTAIL CAPER by Stephen Roos
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Fluffy but readable, with advice for rabbit owners and a record-keeping chart. (Fiction. 8-10)"
 A second episode in the ``Pet Lovers Club'' series pits third-grader Erin and her bunny Peter against the other club members, who want to raise money for the new animal shelter by electing a pet to lead the Easter Parade. Read full book review >
LOVE ME, LOVE MY WEREWOLF by Stephen Roos
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"No surprises here: formulaic but readable and wholesome. (Fiction. 9-12)"
 In this first in a new series, the third graders of the Pet Lovers' Club organize a Halloween party to benefit a local animal shelter; unfortunately, class bully Dirty Donald promises to come. Read full book review >
WANTED...MUD BLOSSOM by Betsy Byars
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"There's no reason to single out a best Blossom book—this is as funny as any, its wit nicely laced with pungent good sense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A little like A Midsummer Night's Dream, this fifth romp with the Blossom clan flits lightly from amusing episode to hilarious set scene, the characters mixing, matching, and eventually sorting themselves out. Read full book review >