Books by James Burks

THE BEST FRIEND PLAN by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2020

"Helpful reading practice where needed. (reading questions) (Fiction. 4-9)"
Best friends Allie and Amy have plans for their summer, but when they are nearly separated, they have to zoom through their summer to-do list. Read full book review >
WHEN PIGS FLY by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Young dreamers and aviators (and piglets) will respond with delight. (Picture book. 2-7)"
What does it take to get a pig aloft? Read full book review >
PIGS AND A BLANKET by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

" A charmer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two adorable Disney-esque pig siblings decide that sharing is the way to go. Read full book review >
ITTY BITTY KITTY AND THE RAINY PLAY DAY by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"A good addition to stuck-inside storytimes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ava and Itty Bitty Kitty (who is anything but itty-bitty) have a day of indoor play. Read full book review >
DIGGING FOR DINOS by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This sequel is far from a dinosnore; here's to joining these two pals on all their future adventures. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 6-9)"
If Abbot and Costello were rendered canine (and alive) they might well resemble this intrepid, dino-hunting doggie duo. Read full book review >
ALL PAWS ON DECK by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"These salty sea dogs put the bite back in buccaneering. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 6-9)"
Two bored pups take to the high seas in an imaginative and homophone-friendly caper. Read full book review >
BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE EDGE! by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

" A bright medley of friendship, problem-solving, and identity ideal for emerging readers looking for the next step up from leveled readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
Best friends Bird and Squirrel embark upon a new graphic-novel adventure, in which they make a new friend and find the dynamics of their friendship changing. Read full book review >
ITTY BITTY KITTY by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Even the most avid cat lovers may feel like giving this a miss. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Itty Bitty is one large kitty. Read full book review >
WILLY MAYKIT IN SPACE by Greg Trine
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Readers new to chapter books and who like to laugh often will most likely find Willy's story peppered with just enough silly humor (monster poop!) to keep the pages turning. (Adventure. 7-10)"
Willy Maykit is not an ordinary kid. Read full book review >
OPEN WIDE! by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2014

"Enjoyable propaganda. (Board book. 1-2)"
Baby Sam, a reluctant eater, finally takes a bite with the help of the spoon-as-airplane trick. Read full book review >
THE MONSTORE by Tara Lazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"No need to invest in this 'store.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
If only monsters could be purchased to help out with everyday challenges such as gobbling up icky casseroles, providing the perfect amount of glow when it is dark or "frighten[ing] pesky little sisters." Read full book review >
BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE RUN by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words; here's one story that would be better with no words at all. (Graphic adventure. 6-10)"
Burks manages to turn The Odd Couple into an adventure story. Read full book review >
BEEP AND BAH by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"It's a ride is rich enough in slapstick, comical mishaps, jokes and general silliness to make anyone want to invite themselves along. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In an improbably compelling quest, a goat and a rolling robot go on the hunt for a single sock's mate. Read full book review >
GABBY & GATOR by James Burks
by James Burks, illustrated by James Burks, developed by Yen Press
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

A comical and cinematic tale centers on the budding friendship between a bullied young vegetarian and a carnivorous alligator with water issues (thanks to being flushed down a toilet when small). Available for purchase and reading exclusively through the publisher's app, this digital edition reads well enough on a tablet or PC despite being a reduced scan of the quarto paper edition. Placing his figures in clearly defined panels, Burks, an animator for Disney and other studios, uses a simply drawn cartoon style and a limited color palette to create an open, retro look suitable to the quickly moving story line. Most of the panels are wordless, and where there is dialogue it's terse, large and legibly hand-lettered. Though two full-spread scenes require a page "turn" to view, the story is best read in portrait orientation, as all of the other panels are single-page or less, and some include written notes or printing that becomes too small to read in double-page landscape mode. Readers expecting razzle-dazzle animation should look elsewhere: The app delivers no special features beyond the ability to purchase the publisher's manga and graphic novels in digital format. Regardless, on either paper or screen, young readers will enjoy following these unlikely partners as they help each other work through personal hang-ups while evading a Taser-wielding Animal Control officer. (iPad graphic-novel app. 6-8)Read full book review >