Books by Keith Graves

THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS by Keith Graves
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Unfortunate Events galore, served with relish. (finished illustrations not seen) (Melodrama. 11-13)"
The creator of such picture books as Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and Three Nasty Gnarlies (2003) dishes up a first novel seasoned with the same delightfully twisted, ghoulish sensibility. Read full book review >
CHICKEN BIG by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"For all kids who know they are really smarter than the grown-ups. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, humongous egg"—and, of course, out of that egg hatches a big, humongous chick. Read full book review >
DESERT ROSE AND HER HIGHFALUTIN HOG by Alison Jackson
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The plot, lifted nearly lock, stock and barrel from Joseph Jacobs's 'The Old Woman and the Pig,' is pretty bare bones, but readers will be so focused on the prose and on plucky Desert Rose, they probably won't notice. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old English folktale gets a Texas makeover. Read full book review >
HERE COMES GOSLING! by Sandy Asher
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"With its scant story line and oversold message, this book is all about engagement; as a read-aloud, it should achieve a strong response to Froggie's song, especially if accompanied by some freestyling dance steps. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Very much in the same vein as the previous Froggie and Rabbit books, Asher's latest contribution finds Froggie all hepped up about an impending visit from Goose, Gander and their new baby, Gosling. Read full book review >
THE WORLD’S GREATEST by J. Patrick Lewis
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2008

"Not all the spreads equal this level of cleverness, and it's overall a pretty slim premise, but it's not a bad way for kids to spend an afternoon—and it might send them to Guinness to think up their own. (Poetry. 6-10)"
This is not, as a quick glance at the title might suggest, an attempt to anthologize the best poems ever written, thank goodness. Read full book review >
WHAT A PARTY! by Sandy Asher
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Parents should find the whole scenario entirely familiar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Froggie has such fantastic experiences at Grandpa's birthday party that he doesn't want it to end. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTEDLY BAD HAIR OF BARCELONA SMITH by Keith Graves
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Though less gross than Graves's best work, this is sufficiently wacky to sit next to, say, Margie Palatini's Bedhead, illustrated by Jack E. Davis (2000). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A hyper-cautious lad is dragged by his hair—literally—into a looser lifestyle in this typically off-the-wall episode from Graves. Read full book review >
TOO MANY FROGS! by Sandy Asher
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Readers and listeners alike will applaud his decision. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Asher and Graves pay respects to the pleasures of reading aloud in this tale of a solitary rabbit saddled with an unwanted visitor. Read full book review >
MOO WHO? by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"The plot's a bit too thin to give this the udder perfection of Bad Boys (2003) or Web Files (2001), but it should still incite guffaws, particularly read aloud. (Picture book. 6-8)"
More verbal paradiddles from the Principessa of Puns and Wordfoolery. Read full book review >
THREE NASTY GNARLIES by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A yucky, mucky crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The author of Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and other grotesqueries proposes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder—funky though that beauty may be. Read full book review >
LORETTA by Keith Graves
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Ace Scout Loretta isn't particularly appealing, but perhaps she's not meant to be—perfectionism is not a desirable trait, and children may recognize a bit of Loretta in themselves before it gets out of hand. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Loretta's goal to be the latest in a long line of perfect Pinky Scouts is foiled by her inability to toast a marshmallow to golden perfection. Read full book review >
UNCLE BLUBBAFINK’S SERIOUSLY RIDICULOUS STORIES by Keith Graves
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But it's hard to imagine an adult able to bear reading it to them. (Picture book. 7-10)"
"OK, so I'm Uncle Blubbafink. Hello already. Read full book review >
PET BOY by Keith Graves
by Keith Graves, illustrated by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Certainly a very useful book to have on hand when a chorus of avoidance meets the dog's desire for dinner and a scratch behind the ear. (Picture book 5-8)"
For those times when it is forgotten that a pet is not a toy, Graves provides a pointed little cautionary tale. Read full book review >
ARMADILLO TATTLETALE by Helen Ketteman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Rarely is learning a lesson this much fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, Ketteman (Shoeshine Whittaker, 1999, etc.) tells a mirthful moral tale wherein a busybody armadillo learns the consequences of eavesdropping and gossiping. Read full book review >