Books by Janet Morgan Stoeke

LETTING GO by Janet Morgan Stoeke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Midge, Pip, Dot—the Marx Sisters. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's the third outing for the cockamamie Loopy Coop hens. Read full book review >
PIP'S TRIP by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"The lack of perfection is rarely so comically gladdening. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Three hens look at a pick-up truck and dream of flight. Read full book review >
THE LOOPY COOP HENS by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Told as it is in very short chapters and much humor, its indirect approach nicely coaxes sophisticated inferences from its audience, whether they be older preschoolers or fledgling independent readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Midge, Pip and Dot are hens that are grateful for their chickenness: They like their wings, their toes and their beaks. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE ON HALLOWEEN by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Hardly revolutionary, either within her own oeuvre or that of the Halloween book, but kids will like it nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5)"
That daffy chicken is back, here viewing Halloween in her inimitably self-referential way. Read full book review >
IT’S LIBRARY DAY by Janet Morgan Stoeke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"A serviceable, if wholly propagandistic, introduction for very young students attending library class for the first time. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's library day, and these kids can't wait. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE ON CHRISTMAS EVE by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Preschoolers will enjoy the silly fun in Minerva Louise's offbeat approach, and they will take pleasure in feeling intellectually superior to this comical but lovable 'dumb cluck.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
Minerva Louise continues her bird-brained approach to life in this latest installment in the successful series about the confused chicken. Read full book review >
THE BUS STOP by Janet Morgan Stoeke
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Stoeke, by giving it both a beginning and end and a sense of celebratory adventure, bevels the edge of this great transition. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Stoeke offers a gentle introduction to one of life's portals in this plain-and-simple, rhymed picture book. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE AND THE COLORFUL EGGS by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Where she has her fans, multiple copies will be a must. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The Amelia Bedelia of hens returns for a sixth adventure. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR MAY by Janet Morgan Stoeke
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"A welcome point of view in this expanding genre. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Based on her own family's experiences in the two years it takes for the adoption of their daughter to become final, Stoeke of Minerva Louise fame limns a lovely story of longing for a baby sister. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE AND THE RED TRUCK by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Her text is equally simple, and equally entertaining and transporting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The ever-amiable, though unworldly, Minerva Louise (Minerva Louise at the Fair, 2000, etc.) returns for more goofiness. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUSIE AT THE FAIR by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"This latest escapade is a delight both for newcomers and those already familiar with the plucky hen. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Stoeke's (A Friend For Minerva Louise, 1997, etc.) inquisitive chicken returns for another adventure when she visits a nearby fair. Read full book review >
A FRIEND FOR MINERVA LOUISE by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Large, simple shapes and bold, flat colors inside soft black outlines are composed into pictures as light-hearted and charming as the tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Another adventure of the amiable, feather-brained hen (Minerva Louise at School, 1996, etc.) relies on the same premise as its predecessors: Minerva Louise visits a strange environment—this time a household where there is a new baby—but her perceptions are entirely bound by the limits of her barnyard experiences. Read full book review >
MINERVA LOUISE AT SCHOOL by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Minerva Louise's goofy perceptions and enterprising spirit are sure to tickle listeners at story hour. (Picture book. 2-6)"
That inquisitive hen (A Hat for Minerva Louise, 1994) is back, in fine feather. Read full book review >
A HAT FOR MINERVA LOUISE by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Sure to evoke giggles of superiority from young listeners. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
The cheerfully mixed-up hen (sort of a Peterkin-in-feathers) who was introduced in Minerva Louise (1988) makes a welcome reappearance. Read full book review >
HUNKY DORY FOUND IT by Katie Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A good candidate for lap sharing, the toddler group, or simple dramatic play. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A simple, lilting text, with the book's title as a refrain for each brief couplet, describes the cheerful scavenging of a flop-eared yellow dog: grandmotherly ``Sarah Locke/dropped a sock''; ``Julie Fry/dropped Daddy's tie''; ``Laurie Cook/put down her book''; Baby Sue/kicked off her shoe''; and more. Read full book review >
HUNKY DORY ATE IT by Katie Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Dandy for preschoolers; the reiterated title makes a perfect chanted refrain. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In brisk verse with the catchy lilt of a nursery rhyme, the depradations of a bumptious pup who consumes everything in sight: ``Julie Fry/made a pie./Hunky Dory at it.'' Alas, it all turns out to be too much, and a sick pooch is hauled off to the vet for a dose of green medicine: ``Hunky Dory ate it. [But] Hunky Dory hated it.'' The perky, effectively rounded story is well complemented by Stoeke's brash, deftly limned art, which nicely captures the rambunctious pup's glee. Read full book review >