Books by Judith Caseley

DO YOU HEAR ME, MR. LINCOLN? by Judith Caseley
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Authentic and moving. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A portrait of Abraham Lincoln provides unexpected comfort for 13-year-old Sierra when her father's sudden death leaves her dry-eyed, angry and lonely. Read full book review >
THE KISSING DIARY by Judith Caseley
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Will ring true with the female tween crowd in today's complicated world. (Fiction. 10-13)"
These days, a last name of Goldglitt is the least of 12-year-old Rosie's problems. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Frivolous but fun, this delivers a tantalizing, humorous exhibition of the ups and downs of this secret world of glamour. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caseley's trendy tale of hair salon hijinks will appeal to the inner divas of young readers. Read full book review >
SISTERS by Judith Caseley
Released: April 1, 2004

"A terrific combination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unlike many other adoption tales where a new sibling arrives from overseas, Kika is not a baby when she arrives but similar in age and size to Melissa, who eagerly anticipates Kika's arrival. Read full book review >
ON THE TOWN by Judith Caseley
Released: April 1, 2002

"A natural choice for a unit on community as well as sparking a child's own exploration. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A class assignment sends Charlie and his mother on an exploration of the neighborhood in Caseley's (Bully, 2001, etc.) curriculum-oriented offering. Read full book review >
BULLY by Judith Caseley
Released: April 30, 2001

"Caseley's flat, vaguely primitive art seems simple at first, but it is filled with the details of ordinary life at home and school and lends just the right air of authenticity to the story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Returning to the characters from Field Day Friday (2000), Caseley offers some sensible advice about handling a bully. Read full book review >
PRAYING TO A.L. by Judith Caseley
Released: May 31, 2000

"Though slow to start, it's a satisfying read. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sierra's father has been sick for a long time, but his death still hits her, and her family, hard. Read full book review >
FIELD DAY FRIDAY by Judith Caseley
Released: May 31, 2000

"Despite his setback, Mickey learns a vital lesson about winning, losing, and the true value of friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caseley (Mickey's Class Play, not reviewed, etc.) continues the (mis)adventures of Mickey, in a poignant tale about winning and losing. Read full book review >
LOSING LOUISA by Judith Caseley
Released: March 24, 1999

"In the end, readers know that the Levines will survive, and that Lacey, a particularly memorable character, will be there for them. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A tough, persuasive examination of the devastating effects of divorce on the members of what appeared to be a strong, solid family. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"This is a good look at life's ups and downs that is never morose—despite the somber title and the jacket painting, in which Dorothy appears to be coping with a terminal illness. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Caseley's Kane family (Chloe in the Know, 1993, etc.) returns in a series of vignettes about Dorothy's troubles. Read full book review >
JORAH'S JOURNAL by Judith Caseley
Released: May 1, 1997

"The resolution comes too easily, cramming all of Jorah's adjustment period into just a few days, but her predicament will still ring true for emerging readers. (Fiction. 7+)"
Caseley (Witch Mama, 1996, etc.) presents a hurried-up, condensed look at the first days of a third-grader in her new home. Read full book review >
WITCH MAMA by Judith Caseley
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The book becomes more of a primer on celebrating Halloween than a story about the Witch Mama. (Picture book. 4+)"
Jenna was born on Halloween; her mother was dressed up as a witch when she went into labor. Read full book review >
SLUMBER PARTY! by Judith Caseley
Released: March 1, 1996

"Something of a primer on overnights (birthday and otherwise), this has loads of personality and is sure to engage. (Picture book. 5+)"
The audience for this book? Read full book review >
MR. GREEN PEAS by Judith Caseley
Released: March 1, 1995

"If there are parts of the country in which an iguana is not as unusual as Mr. Green Peas suggests, it detracts not a whit from this good, light fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Norman Slope doesn't know much about pets before he goes to nursery school, and his parents would have been happy if things had stayed that way. Read full book review >
HARRY AND ARNEY by Judith Caseley
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Fans of Joanna Hurwitz will take to the Kanes at once and look for more stories about them. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Irrepressible first-grader Harry Kane takes center stage again (Hurricane Harry, 1991) in the fourth book about a suburban family, almost atypical in their normalcy. Read full book review >
MAMA, COMING AND GOING by Judith Caseley
Released: March 1, 1994

With a new baby, Mama often doesn't know whether she's coming or going: She forgets to defrost the chicken, lets the tub overflow, and complains that she feels ``like a chicken running around without a head.'' Fortunately, Jenna (who's just learning to read) accepts all this with a good humor to match Mama's own; she splashes happily in the water on the bathroom floor, amuses the baby while Mama finds someone to open the car where he's locked in, and philosophically makes the best of several mishaps en route to a birthday party that, after all, will be next week. Read full book review >
CHLOE IN THE KNOW by Judith Caseley
Released: May 27, 1993

"A class trip to N.Y.C.'s Chinatown, knowledge that her own mother once unwittingly hurt her grandmother's feelings, worry over a crossing-guard's absence—these morsels make up Chloe's world; her triumphs should bring a smile. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Independent-minded Chloe, eldest child of three in the Kane family (Hurricane Harry, 1991, etc.), accompanies her mother through amniocentesis, sticks up for little brother Harry when he's unjustly accused of lying, and admits she's plagiarized a poem for her grandmother's birthday. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 1993

"An inspiring bedtime story, for home or library. (Picture book. 4-8)"
New reader Sophie is enchanted by the bedtime story hour at the library, but can't help thinking little Sammy would have enjoyed it too; unfortunately, Sammy's love of books is still expressed by ripping, throwing, and stepping on them, so their mother didn't let him go. Read full book review >
MY FATHER, THE NUTCASE by Judith Caseley
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Still, Caseley's second is a more complex book, with subtler nuances—a stronger performance. (Fiction. 14+)"
Zoe Cohen, 15, is struggling with the disruptions in family life caused by her father's severe depression, and with her own inner turmoil over dating. Read full book review >
THE NOISEMAKERS by Judith Caseley
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"The book doesn't waste much sympathy on the victims, but it may give some kids—and parents—a fresh point of view on their own behavior. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When their mothers take obstreperous Sam and Laura to a library, a restaurant, and a department store, the children are so uproarious that they have to leave each one. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1992

"Like Hurricane Harry (1990), also about the Kanes, a disappointment from an accomplished picture book creator whose other venture into fiction was a perceptive YA novel, Kisses (1990). (Fiction. 6-10)"
Dorothy has all sorts of problems: middle of three, she has to share a bedroom with her younger brother; when her family moves to a big house, she loses her best friend; and when she transplants some pretty green things in her new backyard they turn out to be poison ivy. Read full book review >
HURRICANE HARRY by Judith Caseley
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"There is no sense of Harry's emotional growth; lacking a unifying theme, the book seems like nothing more than a series of funny skits. (Fiction. 6+)"
When five-year-old Harry Kane moves from the city to the suburbs, adventure follows: a classroom mix-up lands him in second grade instead of kindergarten; his turtle, Personality, meets an untimely end in the clothes dryer; Harry has to find a way to get to his grandmother's hospital room to deliver a get-well drawing. Read full book review >
DEAR ANNIE by Judith Caseley
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The subtext here- -the value of written communication—is disarmingly wrapped in the warmly depicted relationship between generations, nicely extended in the cheerful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In describing a correspondence between a child and her grandfather, Caseley deftly outlines the girl's growth. Read full book review >
ADA POTATO by Judith Caseley
Released: March 20, 1989

Choosing an instrument is only Ada's first problem: it's not easy to make the violin play sweetly; it's hard to learn to play in time; and her sister Ellen says Ada gets a double chin when she plays. Read full book review >