Books 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 >
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

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.

It's windy and cold and snowy, and the sky can't get any lower. 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

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.

The draw of Sierra's latest is the rhyming verse that is interspersed with rebus pictures, allowing children to chime in and participate in the telling. 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

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 >

ABC BOOKS
Released: June 9, 2009

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

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

"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

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

Veteran storyteller Sierra takes a refreshingly oblique approach to promoting polite behavior. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 >

Released: May 1, 1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 >