Books by Kate Spohn

BY WORD OF MOUSE by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"An author's note reveals that the sisters are Dorothy and Gertrude Lathrop and that the author met them before they died—this slight homage is heartfelt, but alas, has no more substance than a sugar lace cookie. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once upon a time, two sisters—artists—lived in a house by some woods. Read full book review >
TURTLE AND SNAKE’S SPOOKY HALLOWEEN by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Spohn delightfully captures all the innocent fun of this holiday for youngsters and a couple of recipes are included for little ones eager to throw their own soirées. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pals Snake and Turtle decide to host a Halloween fête in this latest installment in Spohn's popular early reader series (Turtle and Snake Fix It, p. 110, etc.). Read full book review >
TURTLE AND SNAKE FIX IT by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"They are just the companions one would want—the kind that keep you laughing—when taking on a book solo for the first time. (Easy reader. 4-7)"
This fourth in the Turtle and Snake easy-to-read series is as jocose as the earlier volumes. Read full book review >
TURTLE AND SNAKE AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A pleasant holiday confection, frosted with humorous touches. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Next-door neighbors Turtle and Snake (Turtle and Snake at Work, 1999, etc.) bundle up to go shopping for a tree—but as one (guess which) likes tall, skinny ones, and the other prefers them short and wide, the two leave the tree farm empty-handed (figuratively speaking). Read full book review >
TURTLE AND SNAKE AT WORK by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"It's a good discussion starter on the theme of work, and children will chuckle over Snake's 'no hands' pizza technique. (Picture book. 4-6)"
paper 0-14-130270-4 In this breezy entry in the Easy-to-Read series, Turtle and Snake rise from their different beds and go to work, the former as a crossing guard, the latter in a pizza parlor. Read full book review >
THE MERMAIDS' LULLABY by Kate Spohn
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1998

"To all this Spohn adds a judicious icing of golden glitter that, for once, is less a gimmick and more a suggestion of the sparkle of light. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Spohn's mermaid babies and their mer-parents flatter the lilt of the text, and bring an engrossing otherworldliness to each page of this lullaby. Read full book review >
KITTEN'S NAP by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Spohn's illustrations are an intentionally naive set of images; she uses the thickness and opacity of the paint to convey the cuddly awkwardness of these young animals. (Board book. 1-3)"
A kitten tries and tries to take a cat nap but there are too many noisy interruptions; first a bee, then a chickadee. Read full book review >
DOG AND CAT MAKE A SPLASH by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Spohn's trademark simplicity is evident in the contained pen-and-ink drawings, suitable for providing picture clues for beginning readers, but lacking the zing of James Marshall's Fox books, or even of the previous book about Dog and Cat. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In this Easy-to-Read entry, Dog and Cat (Dog and Cat Shake a Leg, 1996, etc.) know how to have fun. Read full book review >
DOG AND CAT SHAKE A LEG by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Beginning readers, who love stories about characters they already know, will hope that Cat and Dog return soon. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Spohn (Night Goes By, p. 476, etc.) introduces Dog and Cat in the four brief episodes that comprise this amiable entry in the Easy-to-Read series. ``Friends'' puts the two pals plus Goose and Mouse at a dance where they have a rollicking good time. Read full book review >
NIGHT GOES BY by Kate Spohn
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A sweetly unscientific answer to questions about what the sun and moon do when they're not in the sky. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Spohn (Broken Umbrellas, Macmillan, 1994, etc.) takes a simple observation—that night follows day—and spins a serenely happy fantasy. Read full book review >
BROKEN UMBRELLAS by Kate Spohn
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But there's an elemental lesson in humanity here. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
A gem of a book about the gradual transformation of an intelligent professor into an intelligent homeless woman. Read full book review >
HIDE-AND-SEEK IN THE YELLOW HOUSE by Agatha Rose
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Agatha Rose is the pseudonym of a distinguished author and artist,'' but the spare, carefully crafted text here doesn't offer much of a clue to her identity. (Picture book. 0-4)"
Energetic illustrations in bright, sophisticated colors accompany a spare text describing a mother cat's search for her kitten—alternately missing or found in typical activities. Read full book review >