Books by Judy Horacek

BONNIE & BEN RHYME AGAIN by Mem Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2020

"Fox's inimitable rhyming text and Horacek's buoyant illustrations offer youngsters another winning choice. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Siblings Bonnie and Ben show off the numerous nursery rhymes they know while they walk with friend and mentor Skinny Doug. Read full book review >
DUCKS AWAY! by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Straightforward illustrations, a spirited refrain, and engaging number play add up to a delightful read. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A duck family encounters a surprise detour as they attempt to cross a bridge. Read full book review >
THIS & THAT by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A master of the bedtime hush, Fox shines. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An adult mouse spins tales to lull a young mouse to sleep. Read full book review >
YELLOW IS MY COLOR STAR by Judy Horacek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Somewhat inconsistent, but when highlighting a single color, sunny as yellow. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bright and breezy appreciation of yellow (and other colors too). Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Mem Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Sure to be requested and welcome for lapsits and reciting together any time of day. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Bedtime diversions and traditional rhymes are a winning combination here. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF GROWL by Judy Horacek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Poor Growl—she is forbidden from doing the one thing she loves most to do. After she's growled once too often, her neighbors put their feet down and a sign up: NO GROWLING IN EUCALYPTUS DRIVE. It does not matter that she lives in a grand castle; no longer does she bounce all around, joyously showing her pointy teeth, purple skin and stunning red tail-spikes. She tries to hop and skip and run, but all she can do is mope. Cartoonist Horacek gets all the details just right, from Growl's exuberant song to her utter misery when she is unable to be herself, artfully varying perspectives to reflect Growl's emotions. When the little monster, sleepless in her castle turret, sees a masked robber under the brilliant full moon, Growl knows there are times to ignore the rules and do what needs to be done. Young readers will identify with sweet Growl, just trying to do the right thing and be her own monster. A book to read over and over. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP? by Mem Fox
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2004

Fox's latest is a participation story filled with a variety of sheep. There are thin sheep and wide sheep, swing sheep and slide sheep, blue sheep and red sheep, sheep that are paired, complementing each other in some way. Only one kind seems to be missing and without a mate as the repetitious question asks, "Where is the green sheep?" Fox, a literacy consultant and reading professor, has once again produced a perfectly simple text with a patterned language and rhythm just right for toddlers experiencing the basics of life and budding readers learning to complete their sentences by looking at words and pictures together. Horacek's clear, matching watercolor-and-pen cartoon-style drawings flawlessly render each ewe's role, providing little ones a successful reading experience and ultimately finding the green sheep's hiding place. Ideally easy and well-designed. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >