Books by Josh Funk

HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2019

"Despite minor bumps, a ride that's worth returning to. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pearl and her robot, Pascal, take their coding skills for a spin at the amusement park in this Girls Who Code picture book, a follow-up to How To Code a Sandcastle (2018). Read full book review >
IT'S NOT HANSEL AND GRETEL by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2019

"A twisted take on an old standard that just may have readers rewriting their own favorites. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An omniscient narrator battles Hansel and Gretel for control of the story…and loses, to readers' delight. Read full book review >
MISSION DEFROSTABLE by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"With frostbitten friends and witty word sets, this is a freezerful of fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast become action-adventure stars recruited to track down the villain who has frozen the fridge. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE LIBRARY by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"An inviting entree, if (not unlike the institution itself) a bit staid. (endnotes) (Picture book. 5-7)"
When one of the marble lions guarding the main entrance to the New York Public Library goes AWOL, the other scampers off in pursuit. Read full book review >
HOW TO CODE A SANDCASTLE by Josh Funk
Released: May 15, 2018

"An accessible introduction to coding rules that also easily entertains. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A girl named Pearl programs a (rust-proof) robot to help her build sand castles in this new addition to the Girls Who Code organization's book program. Read full book review >
ALBIE NEWTON by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Doesn't quite land. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An ends-justify-the-means story about a kid genius. Read full book review >
IT'S NOT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"All's well that ends well in this fractured tale of a boy who knows a thing or two about self-determination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As the title indicates, this is not "Jack and the Beanstalk," at least not quite as you know it. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Crisp writing, engaging illustrations, and sweets—this is a recipe worth keeping. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast return for another excursion through the hidden universe of the refrigerator. While the first book was all about competing, this title takes a U-turn and focuses on cooperation. Read full book review >
DEAR DRAGON by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A playful celebration of difference (and poetry). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two pen pals get to know each other over several months, and when they meet, each discovers that the other is a little different than imagined. Read full book review >
PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Prehistoric pirates are always worth a play, as is the peaceable theme, but such amateurish writing merits only the old heave-ho. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A small dinosaur earns the respect of a scaly crew of dino-pirates with a clever bit of conflict resolution. Read full book review >
LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST by Josh Funk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Teachers and students alike will delight in this food fight. Who will be the winner? Readers will be hungry to find out. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of "to-go" food that is good for you! Read full book review >