Books by Kate Klise

THE CIRCUS GOES TO SEA by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"With this series, youngsters will find reading smooth sailing and look forward to future escapades. Next up: The circus tours Europe! (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
In the third installment of the endearing Three-Ring Rascals chapter books, Sir Sidney's circus brings cruise-ship entertainment to a new level, and Brambles' heart grows as large as an ocean. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST STAR ON EARTH by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Absurd situations, winning characters and plenty of heartfelt moments and laughs combine to make this a surefire hit. (Graphic fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Who is the best performer? That is the question in this second in the entertaining Three-Ring Rascals chapter-book series. Read full book review >
THE SHOW MUST GO ON! by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Most children will agree the book is 'smafunderful (smart + fun + wonderful).' (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
In this entertaining chapter book, the first in a series, readers meet kind Sir Sidney and the gentle performers and hands in his circus. But Sir Sidney is tired and leaves the circus under the management of new-hire Barnabas Brambles for a week. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD, DEAD AHEAD by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Another winner for this inventive series. (Humor. 8-12)"
This fifth hilarious excursion to Seymour Hope's address in Ghastly, Ill., takes the little, idiosyncratic family to Hollywood when an unscrupulous movie mogul decides to film their stories. Read full book review >
HOMESICK by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A gentle entry in the kid-in-a-quirky-small-town genre. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Beignet "Benny" Summer knows something's wrong with his father. Read full book review >
GRAMMY LAMBY AND THE SECRET HANDSHAKE by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"A special treat for grandchildren and grandmas. (Picture book. 3-7) "
How embarrassing! Grammy Lamby is coming to visit, but one little lamb is anything but pleased. Read full book review >
TILL DEATH DO US BARK by Kate Klise
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Good, merry fun dances on every page, with bubbling humor for child and adult alike. (Humor. 8-12)"
The third installment in this cheery little series set in the town of Ghastly adds several new characters: siblings Kitty and Kanine Breth and a dog loud enough to wake the dead. Read full book review >
GROUNDED by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

In 12-year-old Daralynn's world of '60s TV dinners and Perry Mason, "B.C." marks the time before the small-plane crash that killed her father, brother and sister, and "A.D." is "After the Deaths." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Children will likely be captivated by both the story and Ella Kate's quiet and direct voice. (Picture book/biography. 5- 9)"
Ella Kate Ewing had gigantism, a glandular disorder that gave her an adult height of 8 feet 4 inches and size 24 feet. Read full book review >
LITTLE RABBIT AND THE MEANEST MOTHER ON EARTH by Kate Klise
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"This gem of a tale offers respite, in the form of comic relief, from the age-old skirmish between parents and children over cleaning up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When the circus comes to town, a young rabbit will do anything to attend, up to and including turning his mother into the main attraction. Read full book review >
OVER MY DEAD BODY by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Even the addresses on the letters add to the comedy of this light, diverting romp. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The laughter continues in this second installment of the Klises' series about a ghost and her friends. Read full book review >
DYING TO MEET YOU by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quirky, comedic romp. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Plenty of fun lurks in this ghost-story comedy when a dried-up, unsociable writer, I.B. Grumply, rents an old house already occupied by Seymour Hope, an abandoned boy, and his best friend, Olive, an active and bossy lady ghost. Read full book review >
LITTLE RABBIT AND THE NIGHT MARE by Kate Klise
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"A worthy introduction to puns. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Little Rabbit needs a topic for his school report, but he rejects his mother's suggestions of bugs, clouds, reindeer, hummingbirds or stars. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Yes, as it turns out, but the Klises ultimately dish out just deserts all round, along with sweet dollops of bee lore and life coaching. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Showing no signs of fatigue, the Regarding series hums into its fifth episode amid the usual bustle of angst-ridden subplots, crossed purposes, shady goings-on and painless pedagogy. Read full book review >
IMAGINE HARRY by Kate Klise
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Humorous acrylic illustrations chronicle Little Rabbit's escapades with and without his imaginary playmate as he makes the transition from life with Harry to life with real friends in this amiable homage to the invisible playmate. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Rabbit has an imaginary best friend named Harry, but what will Harry do when Little Rabbit goes to school? Read full book review >
FAR FROM NORMAL by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Readers will be pleased to see this simple, loving family weather the perils of almost comically exaggerated success to land on its feet. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Life takes the closely knit Harrisong clan, first introduced in Deliver Us From Normal (2005), about as far from "normal" as it's possible to get in this wild sequel set three years later. Read full book review >
REGARDING THE BATHROOMS by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

Regarding—once again—the town of Geyser Springs, Mo.as a fine setting for pun-laden hijinks, the Klise sisters present a fourth set of developments in their ongoing tangle of criminal activities (both big time and small), local romances and ambitious student projects. Read full book review >
WHY DO YOU CRY? by Kate Klise
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"However, both the script font used for the cover title and the subtitle pun are unnecessary complications for the intended audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Rabbit is five and that's too old to cry. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Consistently clever and often hilarious, this and its series mates may well become perennial favorites with young readers. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The doyennes of the double meaning offer a third visit to the Missouri hamlet of Geyser Creek, whose residents are now regarding two crises. Read full book review >
DELIVER US FROM NORMAL by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Nothing 'normal' here. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Klise, better known for oddball mysteries, goes here for a more character-driven family story, narrated by an 11-year-old middle child edging toward serious depression. Read full book review >
SHALL I KNIT YOU A HAT? by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Sarah Klise incorporates clever, whimsical details into her paintings, as well as striking contrasts between the dimly-lit interior of the rabbit house at night and the snow scenes, which glow with pale-blue light and swirling snowflakes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This joint effort by two sisters weaves the joy of making and giving gifts with the value of receiving them gracefully and gratefully. Read full book review >
REGARDING THE SINK by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Told in letters, notes, news reports, and drawings, a pun-filled adventure loaded with fun. (Fiction. 9-13)"
This amusing sequel to Regarding the Fountain (1999) parodies politics, business, and beans. Read full book review >
TRIAL BY JOURNAL by Kate Klise
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"That's only an overview—but the Klises keep it all in the air with expertly timed revelations, distinct character voices, and seemingly bottomless reserves of droll, inventive humor, and readers get a surprisingly credible look at how the jury system works. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The authors of Letters From Camp (1999) again take diaristic fiction to another level with a tale of grown-up chicanery told entirely in correspondence, casual sketches, printed ephemera, receipts, newspaper pages, advertisements, transcripts of radio news programs, and journal entries. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1999

"A real treat, ideal for having on hand for camp care packages. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Anyone who has been to summer camp will delight in this wild spoof of camp life told entirely in letters, memos, and whimsical illustrations, in a format similar to the Klises' Regarding the Fountain (1998). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Florence and her intriguing attitude and art win over the class, Sam, and even the stuffy principal—how she does it is part of a tale overflowing with imagination and fun. (Fiction. 9-13)"
It starts off innocently enough, with principal Walter Russ asking artist Florence Waters to sell him a drinking fountain for the Dry Creek Middle School. Read full book review >