Books by Joan Elizabeth Goodman

BERNARD WANTS A BABY by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Released: April 1, 2004

"It's nothing new, but those who enjoy Bernard will sympathize with this easy squeeze-of-the-hand for the youngest with new-sibling jitters, reinforced by the idyllic settings and touches of exotica delivered by Catalano's pastels. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The little elephant last seen in another familiar trial (Bernard Goes to School, 2001) has his life changed once again, this time in a big way. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Despite the lack of source or resource notes, this lively biography sits a good cut above standard school assignment fare. (Biography. 9-12)"
The grand subtitle might overreach a bit, but then, so did La Salle. Read full book review >
BERNARD GOES TO SCHOOL by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Featuring purple, green, and gold elephants, Catalano's pastels are as soft as the outcome of the story, with Bernard discovering that a friendly face and a new chum go a long way toward taking the dismay out of the new. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The first day of preschool can give even an elephant a case of the shim-shams, as Goodman's little pachyderm learns. Read full book review >
PEREGRINE by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Released: April 1, 2000

"Readers will not have had to read the earlier novel to enjoy this sequel. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In a sequel to her earlier Winter's Hare (1996), Goodman has written a sensitive, informative, and profoundly moving portrayal of a 14-year-old widow on pilgrimage during the 12th century. Read full book review >
HOPE'S CROSSING by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Released: April 1, 1998

In a historical novel that, in the wake of Goodman's Winter Hare (1996), seems tepid, Tory kidnappers bundle a Connecticut patriot's daughter over the Sound to Long Island, where she endures mistreatment before undertaking the arduous journey home. Read full book review >
THE WINTER HARE by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"There is no glossary for the obscure terms, but there are handsome black-and-white chapter decorations and a map to complete this expressive work. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This first novel by Goodman (Bernard's Bath, 1996, etc.), set in 1140, chronicles the desire of Will, 12, to emulate King Arthur and to become a great knight during a time of civil war in England. Read full book review >
BERNARD'S BATH by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good-time lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bernard, an elephant, is cut from the same reluctant mold as Russell Hoban's Frances with her bedtime finaglings and Rosemary Wells's Edward the ever-unready bear (p. 1437). Read full book review >
SONGS FROM HOME by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"A respectable first outing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Goodman, author and illustrator of several picture books (Hush Little Darling, not reviewed), has chosen for her first novel a well-worn YA theme: the doggedly conventional child rebelling against an unconventional parent. Read full book review >