Books by Karma Wilson

BEAR COUNTS by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Bear's fans may get practice counting the number of times they ask for this again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Having tackled one concept in Bear Sees Colors (2014), Bear and his charming woodland friends now address the numbers from one through five. Read full book review >
BEAR SEES COLORS by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Light on story but full of delightful details and lots of color practice, this is sure to garner many new fans for Bear and his group of friends. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Wilson and Chapman's Bear is back, this time for younger listeners who are learning colors. Read full book review >
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

"The religious content in the last spread seems tacked on to fit this story into a particular slot rather than any meaningful effort to connect children with God. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
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

"The overall effect is soothing, affectionate, precious and cozy—practically guaranteed to lull little ones to sleep. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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

"This self-assured, simple and successful picture book closes with a goofy, age-old punchline that will get giggles every time. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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

"Still, only Cruella de Vil couldn't love this book; everyone else will dissolve into baby-loving protoplasm. (Ages 6 mos.-2)"
"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

"Not an essential purchase, but the short, often-funny poems may draw in those who don't typically seek out poetry. (Poetry. 6-10)"
"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

"Either way, it's a miss. (6-18 mos.)"
"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

"One of the burgeoning Calico series."
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

"Demands too many leaps of faith. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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 is a sure soother for anyone home sick in bed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"Adults who prefer a Christian focus for a Thanksgiving story will find this volume useful. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)"
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

"The language of the recipe for a junior-sized version of the dessert is a bit corny, but after engaging with the tale's good-humored action, kids will be watering at the mouth. (Picture book. 5-9)"
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

"From page to shining page, this should be a tasty treat for young patriots. (Picture book. 4-8)"
How do you bake an American pie? Read full book review >
SLEEPYHEAD by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Bedtime deserves so much more than this. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"Young readers will not only stumble over the text's markedly irregular metrics, they are also likely to wonder how animals on strike are different from those on the job, as standing or sitting idly about is what real zoo residents usually do anyway. (Picture book. 7-9)"
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

"Neat freaks and most parents will be eager to share this breezy outing with the slobs in their lives. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"Dinosaur fans will sit through one reading, but that might be it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"Readers are bound to hope that these two cousins to the bovine troublemakers introduced by Doreen Cronin in Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (2000) haven't finished sowing their wild oats. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"Yes, we get it, but couldn't you say it a bit more prettily? (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"The oversized format includes many double-page spreads with the bumbling, big-hearted bear in action and then finally settling down for a long winter's nap, after which Bear had better be back. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"Drive on by unless desperate for another dinosaur fix. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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

"Young viewers might enjoy seeing zoo animals running about and laughing in triumph, but the art and text are too insecurely connected to make any sort of whole. (Picture book. 5-7)"
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

"Move over Olivia, Clorinda, Angelina, Red, and all you others. (Picture book. 7-9)"
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

"Since the counting only goes up and down to five and everyone is safe at the end, this is especially suitable for the youngest beginning counters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"Fans will enjoy the fun of revisiting with this convivial pack of forest friends. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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

"Little ones will snuggle into bed on a snowy night to hear this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Snug in his cave, not even some visitors seeking shelter from the storm can wake Bear. Read full book review >