Books by Jeanne Steig

FLEAS! by Jeanne Steig
Kirkus Star
by Jeanne Steig, illustrated by Britt Spencer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Spencer's accompanying watercolor-and-ink illustrations, filled with humor and exaggeration, are just the right complement to the text's amiable foolishness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's a perfect day, and Quantz is happily gardening when a dog stops for a scratch. Read full book review >
TALES FROM GIZZARD’S GRILL by Jeanne Steig
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"The smelly-foot trope is a perennial crowd-pleaser, but adults may be won over more easily than child readers by these ballads. (Poetry. 8+)"
In three rhymed Old West tales, Steig casts a tough-talking but motherly Sheriff and a crew of wanderers who settle into unlikely occupations. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM ZEUS by Jeanne Steig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 30, 2001

"Readers already familiar with the stories will enjoy these somewhat skewed renditions immensely. (Mythology. 12+)"
The Steigs follow up A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales (1998) with tales of heroic deeds, passionate love, mistreated women, and Olympian hanky-panky from an older tradition. Read full book review >
A HANDFUL OF BEANS by Jeanne Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 1998

"Fans of James Marshall's droll takes on some of the same chestnuts, such as Red Riding Hood (1987), will appreciate this small, poised gathering. (Folklore. 8-10)"
Many of the characters in these standards break into jingles—"Hansel skinny or Hansel fat, / He shall be eaten, and that is that"—at pivotal moments; otherwise, the stories are traditional versions, lightly massaged to bring out their humorous or ironic aspects. Read full book review >
ALPHA BETA CHOWDER by Jeanne Steig
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Not to be missed. (Poetry/Picture book. 5+)"
In the marvelously witty style of Consider the Lemming (1988), an alphabet of comical verses, each peppered with its prevailing letter: satirical portraits ("Noisome Naomi" is a "nightmare,/She's nervy as a newt./Her ma and pa are nitwits- -/They think Naomi's cute"), sardonic dramas, and other succinctly penned nonsense. Read full book review >