Books by Joan Holub

LITTLE RED WRITING by Joan Holub
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Every writers' group should start with this story. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
Exploding with puns, wordplay and the irrepressible desire to re-imagine "Little Red Riding Hood" one more time, Holub and Sweet bring forth some actual useful writing advice—that's not just for beginners. Read full book review >
DIG, SCOOP, KA-BOOM! by Joan Holub
Released: June 25, 2013

"An early-reader book to build on. (Early reader. 4-6)"
An accessible, rhyming text drives this story-with-a-twist about a construction site, inviting new readers to hone their emerging skills. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Promising myth-adventures aplenty, this kickoff episode introduces young Zeus, "a very special, yet clueless godboy." Read full book review >
PUMPKIN COUNTDOWN by Joan Holub
Released: July 1, 2012

"Between its autumn and field-trip themes and the fact that not many books start countdowns from 20, this may find its way to many library shelves. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A class visits the pumpkin patch, giving readers a chance to count down from 20. Read full book review >
ZERO THE HERO by Joan Holub
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"A hero and some villains and good winning over evil (oh, and all that educational stuff, too), all wrapped in humor and tied with a comic bow—what could be better? (Picture book. 7-12)"
The counting numbers get their comeuppance in the havoc that breaks out after they fail to believe in Zero's heroic powers. Read full book review >
WAGONS HO! by George Hallowell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Vibrantly enlivening pioneer migration for primary readers, this is a fine addition for both home and classroom. (preface) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This spry outing contrasts parallel westward journeys of two families—one traveling by covered wagon in 1846, the other by car, trailer and moving van in a modern-day relocation. Read full book review >
TWINKLE, STAR OF THE WEEK by Joan Holub
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Perhaps her next will further build upon that conceit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A classroom filled with personified stars teaches readers a few facts about space and about being special. Read full book review >
SHAMPOODLE by Joan Holub
by Joan Holub, illustrated by Tim Bowers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Very funny—there may be a short film in this somewhere. (Early reader. 4-7)"
This Step into Reading title is a crazed, out-of-breath, fly-on-the-wall peek at picture-day morning at the Shampoodle salon for dogs. Read full book review >
GROUNDHOG WEATHER SCHOOL by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Nothing in-depth or too serious here, but good fun that will subtly teach in between laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Holub presents a clever look at the weather as readers follow some groundhogs (and an imposter) through their training at Professor Groundhog's school. Read full book review >
KNUCKLEHEADS by Joan Holub
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Original and entertaining. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What is the sound of one hand clapping? Read full book review >
BEDS, BATS, & BEYOND by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Insomnia, with a side of hilarity. (Early reader. 5-8)"
The sun's coming up and it's time for bat children to go to bed. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO NAMED THE CLOUDS by Julie Hannah
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An excellent combination of history and science, sure to spark the interest of future meteorologists. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
This combination biography and science text is a fascinating look at one man's interest in weather. Read full book review >
BIG SURPRISE IN THE BUG TANK by Ruth Horowitz
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1995. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The built-in "Ewwww!" factor will draw new readers like ants to a picnic in this follow-up to Breakout at the Bug Lab (2001). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Some recommendations for further reading or Web viewing wouldn't have been amiss, but the steady course steered here between the empty hype and numbing barrages of undigested fact offered by similar titles earns it above average marks. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Younger readers with an affinity for all creatures green and scaly will linger over both the sharply detailed photos and the easy but specific text in this three-part Q&A. Holub poses and answers about a half-dozen similar questions for each type of reptile—how many kinds are there? Read full book review >
WHY DO HORSES NEIGH? by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The amount of information covered in a simple, interesting way makes this an excellent introduction to this popular topic. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Holub (Why Do Rabbits Hop?, below, etc.) continues her series of easy readers focusing on a particular animal with this offering that will be popular with the younger faction of the horse-crazy set. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The wider topic with this format does not work quite as well as the other volumes in Holub's series, but the newly fluent reader interested in furry little critters will still find this an interesting and informational read. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Using the same question-and-answer format as her previous entries in this easy reader series, Holub (Why Do Horses Neigh?, above, etc.) offers some basic information about rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN THAT WE GREW by Joan Holub
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Holub (Scat, Cats!, above, etc.) uses a rhyming, patterned text to follow a group of five young children experiencing the growth cycle with pumpkins, from planting seeds all the way through to jack-o'-lanterns, pumpkin bread, and seeds saved for next year's garden. Read full book review >
SCAT, CATS! by Joan Holub
Kirkus Star
by Joan Holub, illustrated by Rich Davis
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2001

"A first choice for most libraries. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
A marauding band of neighborhood cats of every color invades the house of a red-haired little girl and her tow-headed brother in this amusing easy reader from the talented Holub (The Garden That We Grew, below, etc.). Read full book review >
BREAKOUT AT THE BUG LAB by Ruth Horowitz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"New readers will enjoy this on their own, but the story will also work well as a read-aloud in first- and second-grade classrooms. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
The first page of this easy reader sets the tone for a very funny story narrated by an unnamed boy whose entomologist mother works at a complex of scientific research labs, working with insects in the bug lab. Read full book review >
WHY DO DOGS BARK? by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A companion volume is available: Why Do Cats Meow? (ISBN 0-8037-2503-5) (Easy reader. 5-8)"
The only hesitation readers might have about this easy-to-read gathering of dog information is that the answers are a little too pat, without room for doubt or suggestion. Read full book review >