Books by Judy Sierra

E-I-E-I-O by Judy Sierra
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Sierra's upbeat look at small-scale local farming, fulsomely fertilized by Myers, yields a harvest of good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this rhymed caper, Old MacDonald has a house—and a high-maintenance lawn that's ripe for change. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT YOU! by Judy Sierra
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"While human adoptions may never be this random and unexpected (and have been covered by the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Rose Lewis), this nicely captures the cross-species bonds animals sometimes form. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In lively rhyming couplets that beg to be read aloud, Sierra's zoo animals are back, this time proving that it takes a village zoo to raise children…especially when those children are adopted. Read full book review >
SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR by Judy Sierra
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Shall we encourage offspring to be more polite? Yes, thank you. Perhaps they will stay that way. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Courtesy goes a long way, even with a T. Rex. Read full book review >
ZOOZICAL by Judy Sierra
by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"A book of sheer exuberance—vocal and visual—which surely will be reflected during read-alouds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Carrying on where they left off with Wild About Books (2004), their Seuss homage, Sierra and Brown find the good citizens of Springfield, and especially the residents of the zoo, overcome by the doldrums of winter. Read full book review >
NEVER KICK A GHOST AND OTHER SILLY CHILLERS by Judy Sierra
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Pass. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Sierra adapts a few spooky tales for the early-reader set with lackluster results. Read full book review >
WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL! by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 2011

"A comforting and empowering build-up to the big day—kindergarten (or preschool), here we come! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Just right for new kindergartners and preschoolers who cannot yet read words, this is one school story that they will be able to help in reading. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 21, 2011

"Otherwise a seamless adaptation of a modern classic, inventively enhanced, hilarious, a joy to read—particularly aloud. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Still the best Dr. Seuss tribute ever, Sierra's rhymed 2004 tale of a librarian who gets all the animals in the zoo reading and writing is even funnier and more kinetic with digital flourishes. Read full book review >
TELL THE TRUTH, B.B. WOLF by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"That's good news, as all fans of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and its teeming clan will agree. (Picture book/folktale/spoof. 6-8)"
His social standing having been restored in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf (2007), the old folktale bad guy is invited back to the library—this time to tell the story of "The Three Little Pigs." Read full book review >
THE SLEEPY LITTLE ALPHABET by Judy Sierra
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 9, 2009

"Capital! (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sierra's reliably commendable verse teams with quirky illustrations from Sweet to produce an alphabet-bedtime hybrid with plenty of appeal for families. Read full book review >
BALLYHOO BAY by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"A pleasant romp into the serious business of the environment and democracy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mira Bella heads to the beach each Saturday to teach art to both humans and sea creatures, who use wings, fins, claws, tentacles and hands to equally enthusiastic effect. Read full book review >
BEASTLY RHYMES TO READ AFTER DARK by Judy Sierra
POETRY
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"The trade edition is bound in appealingly hideous, mottled-green fake fur. (Poetry. 6-8)"
"Annie's babies like to bite. / Annie's babies howl all night. / In the daytime, they're much calmer. / They are werewolves like their mama." Read full book review >
BORN TO READ by Judy Sierra
FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"While the rhymes are sometimes a bit rough and the story a bit over the top, this will appeal to both children and parents as they embark together on the path to reading. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the department of preaching to the choir, from the duo who first celebrated reading in the Seussian Wild About Books (2004). Read full book review >
MIND YOUR MANNERS, B.B. WOLF by Judy Sierra
FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Big bad wolves can learn new tricks." (Picture book. 6-8)"
Veteran storyteller Sierra takes a refreshingly oblique approach to promoting polite behavior. Read full book review >
THE SECRET SCIENCE PROJECT THAT ALMOST ATE THE SCHOOL by Judy Sierra
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Explosively funny. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sierra spins an impeccably rhymed yarn about a last minute science-fair experiment gone fabulously amok. Read full book review >
THELONIUS MONSTER’S SKY-HIGH FLY PIE by Judy Sierra
FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2006

"Brimming with read-aloud possibilities, and not a single fly was injured in the performance of this tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Sierra takes a romping, rollicking rhyme to recount an amazing and vastly amusing culinary adventure. Read full book review >
THE GRUESOME GUIDE TO WORLD MONSTERS by Judy Sierra
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Outrageous fun, but sure to inform as well. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)"
If one were to believe that monsters are real, this would be a great nonfiction reference tool. Read full book review >
SCHOOLYARD RHYMES by Judy Sierra
NONFICTION
Released: July 12, 2005

"Includes an index of first lines and an author's note. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Drawing on her Ph.D. in folklore, Sierra has compiled an upbeat selection of dozens of schoolyard rhymes and funny poems, complemented by Sweet's charming illustrations in watercolor and fabric collage. Read full book review >
WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"A storytime spectacular. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rollicking, loving tribute to Dr. Seuss (to whose memory this is dedicated) and to books and libraries. Read full book review >
WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. CROCODILE? by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

A zingy original tale for children needing a brush-up on clock-reading, schedule-keeping—or the perils of hanging out with five frisky monkeys. Read full book review >
CAN YOU GUESS MY NAME? by Judy Sierra
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"And it is simply splendid to look at. (Folktales. 7-12)"
Stories with familiar motifs from "The Three Little Pigs," "Bremen Town Musicians," "Rumplestiltskin," "The Frog Prince," and "Hansel and Gretel" are collected in five chapters of three stories each. Read full book review >
’TWAS THE FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Judy Sierra
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Legions of little monster fans will find this innovation more fun than the original. (Picture book. 3-7)"
For anyone who can't decide between Halloween surprises and Christmas cheer, here's a holiday smorgasbord of monsters and one tiny mouse serving as Santa with a sleigh pulled by eight bats. Read full book review >
SILLY & SILLIER by Judy Sierra
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"However, these positive elements are not enough to redeem the collection, which as a whole remains an additional purchase. (Folklore. 6-10)"
In this great idea for a collection, the selection of stories included is stellar and the watercolor illustrations are charming. Read full book review >
MONSTER GOOSE by Judy Sierra
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But it's a fiendishly good time for everyone else. (Poetry. 8-11)"
In "monstrous" revisions of some traditional Mother Goose rhymes, Sierra plays to an audience of modern youngsters who adore ghouls and gore. Read full book review >
PRESCHOOL TO THE RESCUE by Judy Sierra
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"The preschoolers dressed in ultra-bright rain gear make it clear that a little mud never hurt anyone—in fact, it might even add to the fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this mini-adventure, the grumpy villain is a deceptively deep puddle. Read full book review >
THE GIFT OF THE CROCODILE by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The story itself follows a familiar track, even to the lost slipper, but the exotic setting, plus several humorous touches, set it apart from the rest of this year's crowd. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-9)"
A reptilian "fairy godmother" provides more than fine clothing for this Indonesian Cinderella. Read full book review >
THERE’S A ZOO IN ROOM 22 by Judy Sierra
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"There is much to like about this book, some very funny concepts, in fact, but there are other collections of animal poetry that are ultimately more satisfying. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Meet an alphabet of classroom pets in Sierra's (The Dancing Pig, 1999, etc.) collection of quirky, entertaining verses. Read full book review >
THE DANCING PIG by Judy Sierra
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"If a bit tidy and pat, this is a culturally transporting tale from a realm that most readers will find quite exotic. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sierra's retelling of this Balinese folktale has a kind of mesmerizing uninflected delivery that chugs attractively along, while Sweetwater's artwork flickers with vivid folk imagery draped in tropical colors. Read full book review >
TASTY BABY BELLY BUTTONS by Judy Sierra
Released: May 1, 1999

"A vigorously told comic adventure. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
PLB 0-679-99369-X Inspired by local versions of a popular Japanese folktale, Sierra (Antarctic Antics, 1998, etc.) recasts a yarn that usually stars Momotaro, or "Peach Boy," with a female lead. Read full book review >
ANTARCTIC ANTICS by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The animated, icy doings are faithfully chronicled by Aruego and Dewey, but lest readers think this is all tongue-in-cheek, the author includes short list of further information. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A blithe collection of poems about emperor penguins based on factual information about the species. Read full book review >
THE MEAN HYENA by Judy Sierra
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The book is nevertheless a useful addition to folklore collections. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
 How the hyena got his laugh, how the zebra got his stripes, and how the leopard got his spots are revealed in this African folktale. Read full book review >
NURSERY TALES AROUND THE WORLD by Judy Sierra
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"A sumptuous, if cerebral, alternative to Kay Chorao's Child's Storybook (1985) or Anne Rockwell's popular collections. (bibliography) (Folklore. 4+)"
 Eighteen traditional stories, specifically selected, according to the introduction, for reading to children who are beyond nursery rhymes but are not yet ready for Winnie-the-Pooh. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, DINOSAURS by Judy Sierra
POETRY
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"Each page has a handsome yellow border, framing the text on one page and the picture on the other, snugging the book like a baby's blanket. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 A tongue-in-cheek lullaby book of small good-night poems for dinosaurs. ``Three tyrannosaurus rexes/Once lay dreaming of their breakfasts/In what's now the state of Texas.'' Sierra (Nursery Tales Around the World, 1995, etc.) uses comic neologisms (tyrannograndma and scaredysauruses among them) and ends every poem with a gentle refrain. Read full book review >
WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN by Judy Sierra
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Sierra (see above) and Bang drew from the same original source, and their texts are very similar; use the new as a replacement or alternative to the old—better yet, learn the story and tell it! (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
 Wiley and his mother fool the powerful Hairy Man once, twice, three times, sending him fleeing back into the swamp. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANT'S WRESTLING MATCH by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Colorful and dramatic. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
 The elephant thunders out his boast—``No one can bring me down!''—and the monkey's talking drum sends the challenge echoing across the plains. Read full book review >