Books by Jeff Mack

CLUELESS MCGEE GETS FAMOUS by Jeff Mack
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"Big Nate and Wimpy Kid fans will be right at home. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-11)"
PJ McGee is on the case when his autographed cowboy hat is stolen. Read full book review >
AH HA! by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"The ecologically sound and emotionally satisfying ending is sure to please all ages. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In Good News, Bad News (2012), Mack experimented with minimalism, creating text from the titular phrases alone; here, he challenges himself to dialogue created from just two letters of the alphabet, doubled and continually rearranged. Read full book review >
THE THINGS I CAN DO by Jeff Mack
Released: June 25, 2013

"Rowdy and infectious: Fetch tape and crayons. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With boundless energy and bouncing rhyme, a boy shows readers his handmade book—this book—about his burgeoning independence. Read full book review >
CLUELESS MCGEE AND THE INFLATABLE PANTS by Jeff Mack
Released: June 13, 2013

"Even a frog-smacker can see this series has legs. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
PJ McGee, PI and secret ninja, gets everything wrong (again) in solving his second case. Read full book review >
GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS by Jeff Mack
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"An instructive and entertaining primer on the art of friendship and the complexity of joy. (Picture book. 3-7) "
Working from a text composed solely of the titular phrases (plus one final qualifier) in an ongoing call and response, Mack depicts a day among friends whose dispositions couldn't be more extreme. Read full book review >
CLUELESS MCGEE by Jeff Mack
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Happily, returns to Woods Road Elementary are assured, thanks to the big "1" on the spine. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-10)"
Listen up frog-smackers, PJ McGee is ready to solve any mystery! Read full book review >
CINDY MOO by Lori Mortensen
Released: May 1, 2012

"Although it has been done before (many times), this take stands out for its clever heroine who just won't give up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The classic nursery rhyme gets the cows on the Diddle Farm thinking, but none so much as Cindy Moo, who is determined to jump over the moon. Read full book review >
FROG AND FLY by Jeff Mack
Released: March 15, 2012

"Nature red in tooth and claw, though splashes of ketchup are the closest thing to visible gore in these sly vignettes. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Frog meets fly, with predictable results—at least the first five times. Read full book review >
MR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS by Tammi Sauer
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Mack's furry and feathered wide-eyed animals rendered in ebullient acrylic are a great match for this fine farmyard fable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mr. Duck enjoys his solitude and his schedule. 6:00: stretch. 7:00: fluff feathers. 8:01: "glide across the perfectly still water"…until one day cattails obscure the "NO" in his "NO VISITORS WELCOME" sign, and Pig cannonballs in for some fun. Read full book review >
DOG WANTS TO PLAY by Christine McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Subtle and sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dog has a ball but no one to play with, and all the farm animals have reasons why they cannot join him. Read full book review >
HUSH LITTLE POLAR BEAR by Jeff Mack
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"In a world full of bedtime books, this one has a place. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A sweet metaliterary journey takes a girl and her stuffed polar bear on a fanciful trip through a variety of terrains before they return to her bedroom. Read full book review >
BOO, BUNNY! by Kathryn O. Galbraith
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Newly minted trick-or-treaters will ask for this one over and over. (Picture book. 3-6)"
One little green-caped and -masked bunny makes its tremulous way through a dark Halloween night until—"Jump. / Bump! / ‘Eeek!' / ‘Squeak!'—it bumps into a bumblebee-bunny, and shivering and quivering, they decide to join forces, "two paws held tight," for trick-or-treating. Read full book review >
HURRY! HURRY! by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Highly recommended. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bursting from the barn on the title page, a proud hen exhorts all critters to hasten in and witness the "tap, tap, tappity-tap" of the farm's incipient addition. Read full book review >
STARRY SAFARI by Linda Ashman
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"With full-page waggish illustrations painted in thick strokes with lively colors, this mini-thriller is proof that imaginations really can go wild. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This adventurous romp through the before-bedtime jungle is accentuated by fantastic sound effects: "Beep! Read full book review >
WE’RE RABBITS! by Lisa Westberg Peters
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Yum. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Peter Rabbit has nothing on these three flop-eared foragers: "We nibble the leaves, then gobble the peas. Read full book review >
BUNNICULA AND FRIENDS by James Howe
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"It's to be hoped that Bunnicula will get all new adventures instead of more retreads to satisfy the promise of more to come. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
For his 25th anniversary, Bunnicula is being ushered into one of the last children's literature formats he has yet to invade: the easy reader. Read full book review >
RUB-A-DUB SUB by Linda Ashman
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"An amusing and equally enlightening companion to Ashman's previous Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs (2001). (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy's imaginary underwater submarine adventure in short, descriptive verse. Read full book review >