Books by Kathy Duval

A BEAR'S YEAR by Kathy Duval
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

" A slow, soft read-aloud, good for bedtime or when Bear Snores On is too rowdy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In short rhyming text, a mother bear and her cubs experience a year of changing seasons until it's time to hibernate. Read full book review >
TAKE ME TO YOUR BBQ by Kathy Duval
Released: March 12, 2013

"The knee-slapping humor, retro feel of the illustrations and the included recipe for Willy's special sauce serve up some spicy preschool fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Many people boast that their barbecue is out of this world, but Willy's fine-smelling and lip-smacking meal attracts visitors from outer space. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

The three bears get a trick from Goldilocks in this Halloween treat. After dressing in their costumes, the three bears go trick-or-treating through the forest. The animals they encounter each contribute something from their winter food stores to Baby Bear's bag—the squirrel some nuts, the bees some honey. But when they come to a spooky house, it seems like no one is home, as the door creaks open at their knock. Echoing the classic tale, the bears eat, break a chair and hide under the bed covers. Youngsters will know what is coming from the prolific clues in both the text and illustrations, but Goldilocks's costume certainly comes as a great surprise to the frightened bear family. Observant readers will giggle over the hidden details in Meisel's acrylics, which downplay the scary aspects of Halloween enough for the youngest of audiences to enjoy. Parents may use this as a springboard for discussions about Halloween safety. A good addition to fairy-tale and Halloween collections. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

It's Christmas Eve at the house of the Three Bears in their little cabin in the woods. They go out for a walk so their gingerbread bears can cool, and on their return—surprise! Someone has nibbled the gingerbread, sat in the chairs (breaking Baby Bear's) and rumpled all the beds, leaving items of red clothing scattered behind. But this time there is no one asleep in Baby Bear's bed, because as the bears make their discoveries, the intruder has been busy stuffing their stockings and leaving presents under their tree (including a new chair for Baby Bear). The bears run outside just in time to see Santa flying off in his sleigh in his long undies, and readers will have to hope that Santa keeps an extra outfit in the back of the sleigh. The text follows the structure of the traditional story with plenty of clues so that preschoolers can figure out who the bears' uninvited guest might be. Meisel's paintings use simple shapes and bright, holiday colors with a folk-art flair, especially in the outdoor scenes with deep-blue skies and snowy trees. Preschool teachers will want to add this holiday version of "The Three Bears" to their repertoire of "just-right" tales for holiday story times. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >