Books by Karma Wilson

OUTSIDE THE BOX by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 11, 2014

"At once affirming, silly, and poignant: a stunning visual and poetic compendium on growing up. (Poetry. 8-11)"
A charming, gorgeously illustrated children's collection of light verse. Read full book review >
WHO GOES THERE? by Karma Wilson
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"The start of a beautiful friendship. Lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's something scary out there, disturbing Lewis Mouse in his cozy home. Read full book review >
BEAR SAYS THANKS by Karma Wilson
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A tender tale of friendship, timed for Thanksgiving. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a new companion to Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More (2002, 2003), a lovable bevy of friends come together again for feast and fun. Read full book review >
HORSEPLAY! by Karma Wilson
Released: June 5, 2012

"A solid and gleeful dose of ridiculousness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's not called horseplay for nothing. Read full book review >
BEAR'S LOOSE TOOTH by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Though it is light on specific information about how and why teeth are lost, most children will enjoy relating to Bear in his latest oh-so-cozy adventure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wilson and Chapman continue this popular series that began with Bear Snores On (2002). Read full book review >
HOGWASH! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: June 7, 2011

"Certain partners to Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Duck, these hogs (and their mud-loving message) are sure to delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Farmer takes spring cleaning to the extreme in this barnyard romp. Read full book review >
IF I WERE A MOUSE by Karma Wilson
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2011

A little boy narrates this rhyming story as he imagines what it would be like to be different animals. Read full book review >
MAMA, WHY? by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2011

A lullaby featuring a polar bear mother and cub joins the legions of other tales of young ones asking their mothers the familiar—why? Read full book review >

THE COW LOVES COOKIES by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: July 6, 2010

While most of the farmer's animals enjoy their critter foods (chickens chomp chicken feed, geese gobble corn, horsey nibbles hay), cow inexplicably loves cookies. Read full book review >

BABY, I LOVE YOU by Karma Wilson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 22, 2009

"Love my baby's / little hands, / love those / little fingers, too. // Love my baby, / little one. / Oh, my baby, / I love you!" Read full book review >

WHAT’S THE WEATHER INSIDE?  by Karma Wilson
POETRY
Released: March 10, 2009

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, / don't be a dope. / Cut off your hair / and make your own rope." Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL BABIES by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"In the spring when things turn green, / many babies can be seen. / Fuzzy bunnies, / sleepy sheep... / ...little chicks that like to peep." Read full book review >

PLAY NICE, CALICO! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Heavy reliance on dialogue lifts the situations depicted beyond the comprehension of the toddlers it's aimed at, despite the bright and child-friendly illustrations. One of the burgeoning Calico series.

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Wilson's playful kitten struggles with sharing and boasting in this well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful tale that will please grown-ups more than it teaches toddlers. Read full book review >

MORTIMER’S FIRST GARDEN by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 24, 2008

Mortimer the mouse is just about to chomp down on his sunflower seed when he hears "the big people" who share his house talking about gardening. Read full book review >

BEAR FEELS SICK by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

This gentle rhyming tale about being sick and taking care of friends is sure to cheer up even the sniffliest of small patients. Read full book review >

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD by Karma Wilson
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Exuberant watercolor illustrations in glowing, autumnal hues are the most striking feature of this Christian interpretation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Read full book review >

WHOPPER CAKE by Karma Wilson
FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

Written in verse, Wilson's original, folksy tall tale is given an industrial-strength boost from Hillenbrand's big, exuberant artwork. Read full book review >

HOW TO BAKE AN AMERICAN PIE by Karma Wilson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

How do you bake an American pie? Read full book review >

SLEEPYHEAD by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

A cat tries to get his teddy bear, Sleepyhead, to go to sleep in this rather mediocre effort. Read full book review >

ANIMAL STRIKE AT THE ZOO. IT’S TRUE! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

Sunny scenes featuring dot-eyed, shiny-surfaced zoo animals give this otherwise ill-conceived outing visual polish, at least. Read full book review >

MOOSE TRACKS! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

Overlaid with hoofprints, but also filled floor to ceiling with clutter and bric-a-brac, Davis's full-bleed domestic scenes furnish a backdrop to an unseen narrator's mystified rhyme, as an array of wildlife looks on: "There are wood chips in my guest bed, / but a beaver spent the night. / He got hungry, and the bedpost / looked so good, he took a bite. / Wood chips, I remember. / But who left all these moose tracks?" Read full book review >

DINOS IN THE SNOW by Karma Wilson
DINOSAURS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

What happens when dinosaurs decide to spend the day in the snow? Read full book review >

MORTIMER’S CHRISTMAS MANGER by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Little Mortimer Mouse craves a mouse-sized house of his own because his mouse hole is not a pleasant place—"Too cold. Read full book review >

SAKES ALIVE! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

Giving new meaning to "cattle drive," bovines Molly and Mabel lift the farmer's keys one day and take the pickup for a joy ride. Read full book review >

MAMA ALWAYS COMES HOME by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

A rather ho-hum production on a familiar theme. Read full book review >

BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

In this third story about Bear and his friends, Bear struggles to stay awake during the group's holiday preparations. Read full book review >

DINOS ON THE GO! by Karma Wilson
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Dinosaurs driving racecars, dinosaurs riding bicycles—even a whole Tyrannosaurus Rex family tucked into the sleeper car of a passenger train. Read full book review >

NEVER, EVER SHOUT IN A ZOO by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

Oddly misguided work from a usually reliable illustrator sinks this cautionary monologue, written in animated rhymed prose, about the perils of startling wild animals. Read full book review >

HILDA MUST BE DANCING by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

Hilda the hippo joins the corps of cows, pigs, chickens, and other terpsichorean livestock currently capering across picture-book pages. Read full book review >

A FROG IN THE BOG by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

A simple counting rhyme relates the tale of a frog who eats his way through the bog: one tick, two fleas, three flies, and so on. Read full book review >

BEAR WANTS MORE by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

Bear's ravenous appetite is the focus of this rollicking follow-up to Wilson's Bear Snores On (2001). Read full book review >

BEAR SNORES ON by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

Snug in his cave, not even some visitors seeking shelter from the storm can wake Bear. Read full book review >