Books by Jane Manning

MILLIE FIERCE by Jane Manning
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"The spiky, colorful art is more interesting than the plot, but Millie's fierceness in the middle will speak both to tots who've tried it and those who haven't. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Alluring, edgy watercolors with sharp angles show a tyke's transformation from mild to monstrous and back again. Read full book review >
MAC AND CHEESE AND THE PERFECT PLAN by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Please, let there be more adventures of Mac and Cheese, the Felix and Oscar of the early-reader world. (Early reader. 4-8)"
In this offering for emerging readers, Mac and Cheese, two cat friends, prove that opposites attract, even in the feline world. Read full book review >
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SCHOOL by Jack Prelutsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"One to miss. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
A collection of 18 poems seeks to encapsulate the school experience. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT A DOG by Bobbi Katz
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Manning's watercolor illustrations provide a distinct personality and genuine emotions for the girl as well as a perky canine companion, but they cannot save the narrative as a whole. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unnamed little girl describes her very pleasant life, which is full of nice activities yet still empty due to her unfulfilled longing for a dog. Read full book review >
MY MOM IS A FIREFIGHTER by Lois G. Grambling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Billy does indeed have an excellent role model. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Finally, a picture book about a young boy who wants to grow up to be just like his mom who is a firefighter. Read full book review >
PIP SQUEAK by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Children who are just beginning to read on their own will enjoy this easy and humorous story, which could also serve as a read-aloud for younger preschoolers. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
Weeks and Manning team up for a second successful easy reader starring Pip Squeak the mouse, this time joined by his friend Max, a messy and nmisbehaving fox. Read full book review >
THE JUST-SO WOMAN by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Manning's illustrations nimbly incorporate the story's rustic, old-timey elements while rendering the characters in child-appealing, cartoonish forms. (author's note) (Easy reader. 5-8)"
This level-three title in the I Can Read series introduces new readers to a fastidious female homesteader and her "devil-may-care" male neighbor. Read full book review >
BEETLE MCGRADY EATS BUGS! by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Agreeably icky fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The title says it all: Wannabe explorer Beetle McGrady, whose heroes are Amelia Earhart and Marco Polo, gets herself into trouble during Fun with Food Week by adding ants to her group's food pyramid. Read full book review >
DO KANGAROOS WEAR SEAT BELTS? by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A perfect read for the pell-mell toddler who is sometimes frustrated by the safety measures imposed by loving adults. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Firmly belted in the back seat and on the way to the zoo, a little boy wants to know if kangaroos have to wear seat belts, too. Read full book review >
BAA-CHOO! by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp1971. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
A sniffly sheep develops a tantalizing "Baa . . . ahhh . . . ," but the "choo" proves elusive in this rhymed barnyard caper. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A BOOT by Linda Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Readers of Mother Goose with lingering questions about that old woman with so many children will find some answers at last, in this lively take on the traditional rhyme. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of Mrs. Biddlebox (2002) posits another irascible senior citizen, this one living in a big boot with only an equally irritable cat for company. Read full book review >
A PET FOR ME by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"An index of authors and titles is included, although a contents page is not, which seems to put the bibliographic cart before the horse. (Easy reader/poetry. 5-8)"
In this thematic poetry collection, noted anthologist Hopkins (Home to Me: Poems Across America, 2002, etc.) has selected 20 simple, humorous poems about children's pets for this addition to the I Can Read series. Read full book review >
DRIP, DROP by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A solid choice for the easy reader shelves in both public and school libraries. (Junior Library Guild selection) (Easy reader. 4-7)"
Weeks continues her watery-themed flow of beginning readers (Splish, Splash!, not reviewed) with this entry in the I Can Read Book series. Read full book review >
CINDY ELLEN by Susan Lowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Bright, stylish, and with a boosterish concluding note on women in rodeo. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)"
From the author of The Bootmaker and the Elves (1997), another ripsnortin' Western take on a traditional fairy tale. Read full book review >