Books by James Proimos

YEAR OF THE JUNGLE by Suzanne Collins
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With a notable lack of patriotic rhetoric or clichés about bravery and honor, Collins holds firm to her childhood memories, creating a universal story for any child whose life is disrupted by war. Important and necessary. (Picture book. 4-10)"
First-grader Suzy's father is in the jungles of Vietnam for a year. Read full book review >
THE BEST BIKE RIDE EVER by James Proimos
Released: June 1, 2012

"A fun-filled take on a familiar childhood milestone. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bonnie O'Boy's dream comes true when she gets a bike and then must learn an important part of riding it: how to stop. Read full book review >
KNUCKLE AND POTTY DESTROY HAPPY WORLD by James Proimos
Released: May 22, 2012

"A knee-slapper for recent early-reader grads who like their metafiction on the droll side. (Graphic fiction. 7-9)"
Two cutesy-poo picture-book characters seek (and find) a way to toughen up their images. Read full book review >
12 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU CRASH AND BURN by James Proimos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"An all-too-brief madcap summer adventure of longing, lust, confusion and clarity. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Homeless dudes, hot pizza girls, tanning salons and horse-stable make-out sessions punctuate a summer in Baltimore. Read full book review >
TODD’S TV by James Proimos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

"Todd's emotional detachment makes a nice change from other alarmist tales of boob-tube slavery, but it doesn't make the book any less preachy. (Picture book. Parents)"
Subtle as a falling safe, Proimos drops a pair of particularly clueless parents on a boy who's anything but a passive victim. Read full book review >
PAULIE PASTRAMI ACHIEVES WORLD PEACE by James Proimos
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Among the many heavy-handed message books about peace, Paulie shines. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Paulie Pastrami's socks don't match. Read full book review >
PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >
WHEN GUINEA PIGS FLY by James Proimos
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Stay tuned. (Fiction. 8-10)"
" ‘Well, boys,' I say in a voice an octave deeper than usual. ‘we're all alone in the big, big, big, big world for the first time in our short, short, short, boring lives. Now is the time to gather up every ounce of courage, guts, strength, and pocket change.' " So Brook, a guinea pig, addresses his two former cagemates Allen and Leone after they find themselves set free in New York's Central Park. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE DOG DRESSED LIKE DAD by Tom Amico
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"Good for a giggle, but not much more. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Dad goes out of town on business, the dog takes over. Read full book review >
MUTTON SOUP by James Proimos
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Think Ricky Ricotta, without the violence. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
This sheep-in-everyboy's-clothing returns for a third set of edifying neighborhood encounters: with archrival Mandy Dinkus in a closet (it's complicated); manners coach Ms. Bottoms; a roller coaster; and the really old, but surprisingly un-scary Stagglemyers. Read full book review >
COWBOY BOY by James Proimos
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Tucking plenty of cartoony drawings of characters with radical 'dos and severe overbites into his easy-reading text, the author dishes up a daffy, painless lesson, and leaves his young buckaroo poised for further exploits. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Tackling the ever-popular Bully Problem, Proimos sends a freshly minted sixth-grader up against not only an eighth-grader of whom even the Principal's wary, but the tough clique sitting at the back of the school bus to boot. Read full book review >
JOHNNY MUTTON, HE’S SO HIM! by James Proimos
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Done in brightly colored comic-strip art that in style resembles Matt Groening's, and told almost entirely in dialogue balloons, these hip, nonviolent episodes will draw young fans of the slightly off-kilter. (Easy reader. 7-9)"
The mischievous but generous-hearted sheep raised as a boy, introduced in The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton (2001), steps up for five more exploits, if that's the word. Read full book review >
IF I WERE IN CHARGE THE RULES WOULD BE DIFFERENT! by James Proimos
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2001

Proimos's (The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton, not reviewed, etc.) poetry packs a wacky punch. Read full book review >
THE LOUDNESS OF SAM by James Proimos
Released: March 1, 1999

"Children will loves this, and the strength of Proimos's illustrations cover for the plot weakness—the arbitrary assumption that loudness is a country trait, any more than reserve belongs to the city. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Proimos (Joe's Wish, 1998), in cartoony pictures, celebrates loud colors, gargantuan mouths, and silly sound effects. Read full book review >
JOE'S WISH by James Proimos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Their wishes are granted in this astonishing blend of Mad-magazine illustration and sturdy, unshakable sentiment. (Picture book. 4-12)"
This first effort from Proimos delivers a surprise. Read full book review >