Books by Jane Cutler

SUSAN MARCUS BENDS THE RULES by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"World War II, segregation and prejudice in a book that feels decades old in its approach. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The summer before fifth grade brings changes for a Bronx girl. Read full book review >
GUTTERSNIPE by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2009

"Would she had developed that into a story instead of writing this fable. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ben's mother works overtime at the factory and takes in boarders. Read full book review >
ROSE AND RILEY COME AND GO by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2005

"New readers will love reading these on their own. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Rose the little vole and Riley the big groundhog, have another trio of small adventures punctuated by intriguing thoughts on wordplay and perception. Read full book review >
COMMON SENSE AND FOWLS by Jane Cutler
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2005

"Rachel and Brian ultimately learn that gathering all the facts is essential to any fair plan and that having an open mind will always serve everyone best. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Mrs. Krnc is feeding the pigeons again and this makes Mr. Gioia angry. Mr. Gioia and the neighbors wonder if Mrs. Krnc is slightly crazy. Read full book review >
ROSE AND RILEY by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2005

"Yezerski's soft pastels have just enough charm, energy and cuteness to match the gentle stories. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A three-chapter easy reader with the now predictable two anthropomorphized animal friends. Read full book review >
LEAP, FROG by Jane Cutler
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2002

"The vignettes would have been better as separate stories, with more of the exuberant illustrations to bring life to the action. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The Fraser Brothers, Edward and Jason, are back and they are hopping with the day-to-day adventures that make the series appealing. Read full book review >
'GATOR AID by Jane Cutler
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"The baby alligator is caught, of course; this humorous romp is deft at giving readers a realistic glimpse of the difference between fact and fiction—and silly characters lighten the lesson. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cutler's comedy examines truth and exaggeration, and takes shots at public hysteria and how it's created, in this third book about the Fraser brothers (No Dogs Allowed, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CELLO OF MR. O by Jane Cutler
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though the setting and characters have a modern, European look, neither locale nor enemy is specified, or, in fact, relevant. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In a shelled, rubble-strewn city, women and children huddle indoors and wait—for the war to be over, for the men to come home, for the fear to end. Read full book review >
SPACEMAN by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

Gary is a student with learning disabilities who is tormented by his classmates and berated by an unsympathetic teacher. Read full book review >
RATS! by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1996

"Though lacking the depth and psychological insight of a Cleary or Hurwitz novel, Cutler's offers the pleasures of a 1950s sitcom: mild humor, problems solved quickly and easily, and family life the way we want it to be. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Five humorous short stories about the Fraser brothers—Edward and Jason—who first appeared in No Dogs Allowed (1992). Read full book review >
MY WARTIME SUMMERS by Jane Cutler
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"So much for happy endings. (Fiction. 10+)"
Ellen Parker finishes fifth grade in 1942 and spends that summer playing with kids on her block, attacking unsuspecting German refugees (they could be spies, she argues), and waiting for her young Uncle Bob to be drafted. Read full book review >
DARCY AND GRAN DON'T LIKE BABIES by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"In a crowded field, with such treats as Henkes's Julius, Baby of the World available, an acceptable additional offering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Like many newly upstaged children, Darcy isn't much interested in her baby sibling, for the familiar reasons: his smell, his attention-grabbing ways. Read full book review >
NO DOGS ALLOWED by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Still, the dialogue is on target, and the brothers make an engaging pair whose antics are sure to entertain Cleary and Hurwitz fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The author of Family Dinner (1992, reviewed 12/15/91) brings the same humorously perceptive eye to five stories for younger readers, each a revealing incident involving Edward Fraser (five) and his older brother Jason. Read full book review >
FAMILY DINNER by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Caswell's precise soft-pencil illustrations are unusually perceptive and creatively staged to dramatize relationships. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When Great-uncle Benson roars in on his motorcycle for a long visit, ten-year-old Rachel discovers a soul mate: he listens to her, cares about the things she cares about, and, like her, treats everyone, adult or child, with intelligent respect. Read full book review >