Books by Janet Stevens

FIND A COW NOW! by Janet Stevens
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Skillfully told and satisfying, this is sure to delight young listeners in on the joke. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Bird sends restless Dog to the country to find a cow to herd, the result is a comical series of misidentifications and an exhausting trip. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE RED PEN by Janet Stevens
FICTION
Released: April 18, 2011

"Teachers will certainly find themselves wishing for their own arsenal of supplies to help them with their grading, and students may take a second glance at that innocuous-looking red pen on the teacher's desk. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Obviously inspired by "The Little Red Hen," this goes beyond the foundation tale's basic moral about work ethic to explore problem solving, teamwork and doing one's best. Read full book review >
EPOSSUMONDAS PLAYS POSSUM by Coleen Salley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Farewell, Epossumondas; we'll miss you. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
That adorable diaper-clad scalawag is back, doing what he does best. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"Stevens sisters. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joining that other epistle-toting dog LaRue (first met in Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, 2002), self-described "Canine Counselor" Mr. Mutt fires off savvy solutions for correspondents with a string of doggy dilemmas, from enforced diets and silly costumes to humans who'd rather watch TV than play "fetch." Read full book review >
EPOSSUMONDAS SAVES THE DAY by Coleen Salley
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

This high-spirited Louisiana version of the traditional folktale, "Sody Sallyraytus," is great fun to read aloud. Read full book review >
THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY by Janet Stevens
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

What would happen if a dog of the canine persuasion were to drop a green tennis ball down a prairie dogs' burrow? Read full book review >
WHY EPOSSUMONDAS HAS NO HAIR ON HIS TAIL by Coleen Salley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Grrrrrrreat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Thinking about his long, skinny, and very pink tail, Epossumondas questions why, of all the animal tails he has seen, his is the funniest. Read full book review >
PLAIDYPUS LOST by Janet Stevens
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Not a bad idea, but busy and bumpy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nicely drawn pencil, watercolor, and digital collage illustrations are lost in these aggressive, over-designed pages about a girl's habit of losing and finding her favorite toy repeatedly: "Plaidypus lost. Read full book review >
JACKALOPE by Janet Stevens
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Crummel and Stevens's previous collaborations (And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, 2001, etc.) have shown a distinct tendency toward self-referential narrative; this offering, with its promising concept, carries this style into self-indulgent. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What should be a whimsical tale of the fictitious desert critter found on so many postcards in the Southwest instead becomes a labored slog through a confused tall-fairy-tale landscape. Read full book review >
EPOSSUMONDAS by Coleen Salley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Shaggy-haired, diaper-clad Epossumondas becomes a new name for a classic character with a wry, southern twist, and no misunderstanding—it's outrageous fun! (Folktale. 3-8)"
Variations of Epaminondas or Foolish Jack have had the noodlehead misconstruing his mama's advice for years, from black face and black dialect to more comic renditions, but this version hangs by a tail—and a possum's tail no less. Read full book review >
ANANSI AND THE MAGIC STICK by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Let's hope not—his stories are too amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anansi the Trickster meets the Sorcerer's Apprentice in this story loosely based on a Liberian folktale. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Required reading for all Jacks and Jills. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The creators of Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! (1999) spin off a freewheeling yarn from a familiar nursery rhyme, salting their tale with awful puns and peppering it with folktale references. Read full book review >
COOK-A-DOODLE-DOO! by Janet Stevens
Released: April 1, 1999

"Stevens never misses an opportunity for expressiveness in her characters; her inclusion of funny details adds more silliness to the story, from the overturned copper-pot hat on Turtle to the T-rex measuring cup. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cross between a picture book take-off of the story of the Little Red Hen and a cooking lesson on the making of strawberry shortcake. Read full book review >
TO MARKET, TO MARKET by Anne Miranda
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"True, her kitchen's trashed and she probably won't find a welcome mat at her supermarket hereafter, but all's well that ends well—at least while the soup's on. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A marketing trip from Miranda (Glad Monster, Sad Monster, p. 1309) that jiggity jigs off in time-honored nursery-rhyme fashion, but almost immediately derails into well-charted chaos. Read full book review >
ANANSI AND THE TALKING MELON by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1994

"Good-spirited tomfoolery, with storytelling that reels along with the ease of a seasoned prankster. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For the third time, Kimmel (Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock; Anansi Goes Fishing) lightly treads the path of the trickster spider. Read full book review >
COYOTE STEALS THE BLANKET by Janet Stevens
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1993

"An outstanding setting for a lively, sagacious, well-sourced tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
``I go where I want, I do what I want, and I take what I want,'' boasts Coyote; when Hummingbird warns him not to touch the blankets draped over desert rocks, he seizes one for a coat. ``Rumble, rumble—the huge, round rock follows him, threatening to crush him each time he rests. Read full book review >
ANANSI GOES FISHING by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"Sure to delight the picture book crowd. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
In what the author describes on the jacket as ``a variation of a [West African] tale found in Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's The Adventures of Spider,'' the spider trickster is roundly tricked by his friend Turtle. Read full book review >
THE DOG WHO HAD KITTENS by Polly M. Robertus
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1991

"Good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
How Baxter, a basset hound, becomes self-appointed babysitter to a litter of kittens whose mother, Eloise, he considers irresponsible. Read full book review >