Books by Kelly DiPucchio

EVERYONE LOVES BACON by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A bacon book so funny that perhaps even some vegetarians will love it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Retro art meets wry humor in this very funny tale of hubris set in a diner. Read full book review >
ZOMBIE IN LOVE 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Rare is the entertaining story that has equal appeal at Valentine's Day and Halloween. Share with a slightly older audience who will fully appreciate the silly yet wonderfully gross details. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Zombie couple Mildred and Mortimer find a live baby on their doorstep. Although happy to be parents, taking care of a new baby often scares them to death. Read full book review >
DOG DAYS OF SCHOOL by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 17, 2014

"The conclusion kids might draw? Going to school isn't nearly as bad as being a dog. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Be careful what you wish for" is just one of the messages in this humorous book about switching places. Read full book review >
GASTON by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 3, 2014

"A perfect read aloud that will leave them begging for more—an absolute delight. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Gaston, an adorable pup, lives with his loving and proper poodle pack, until an outing reveals there's more to family than meets the eye. Read full book review >
CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Share this lively tale of bighearted friendship and originality with young readers needing a little zest for life. A corresponding website provides crafting ideas and instructions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chloe finds herself once again with a cliffhanger of a problem (Crafty Chloe, 2012). And it involves her two best friends. Can her creative powers get her out of this pickle? Read full book review >
CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Required reading for any child going to a birthday party. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Crafty Chloe is the creative cousin of Clementine. Ginger haired, with an adorable taste in free-to-be-me outfits and a heart of gold, this young heroine finds original and kind-hearted solutions to big problems. Read full book review >
ZOMBIE IN LOVE by Kelly DiPucchio
FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Probably best suited for sharing with primary graders, who will squirm between fits of laughter. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Zombies are all the rage with teens, and stories of lovelorn adolescent lads trying to find the perfect girl in time for the big dance abound. This quest for companionship, however, is aimed at a decidedly younger crowd. Read full book review >
GILBERT GOLDFISH WANTS A PET by Kelly DiPucchio
ANIMALS
Released: June 9, 2011

"Pair with Emma Dodd's What Pet to Get (2008) or Fiona Robertson's Wanted: The Perfect Pet (2010) for surefire pet-centric fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fresh, funny take on a popular topic—the perfect pet. Read full book review >
ALFRED ZECTOR, BOOK COLLECTOR by Kelly DiPucchio
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"While its ultimate message may be worthy, however, this parable may be a little too opaque for child readers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Shy, bespectacled Alfred doesn't fit in with other kids; perhaps because of this, he falls in love with books at an early age and determines to collect them all. Read full book review >
THE SANDWICH SWAP by Rania Al Abdullah
FICTION
Released: April 27, 2010

Like all best friends, Lily and Salma do everything together: They draw pictures, play on the swings, jump rope and eat lunch together. Read full book review >
SIPPING SPIDERS THROUGH A STRAW by Kelly DiPucchio
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: May 1, 2008

"All together now. (Poetry. 8-12)"
There's no printed music but few readers will feel the lack, as DiPucchio expertly recasts 18 chestnuts into rousingly icky versions that practically sing themselves. Read full book review >
GRACE FOR PRESIDENT by Kelly DiPucchio
FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2008

"A timely, well-constructed explanation brought down to a level anyone can comprehend. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
When Mrs. Barrington rolls out a poster displaying all the U.S. presidents' portraits, the observing and bold Grace Campbell asks, "Where are the GIRLS?" Read full book review >
MRS. MCBLOOM, CLEAN UP YOUR CLASSROOM! by Kelly DiPucchio
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A happy tale of community cooperation as well as a celebration of a career well spent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A retiring teacher has a final assignment for her final class: Find a creative way to clean out 50 years of displays, decorations, supplies, science and crafts projects, books, lost lunches and like clutter to make way for her successor. Read full book review >
DINOSNORES by Kelly DiPucchio
DINOSAURS
Released: April 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp2000. (Picture book. 6-8)"
How did the dinosaurs get ready for bed? Read full book review >
WHAT’S THE MAGIC WORD? by Kelly DiPucchio
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Little Chick and his mom look like ruffled, diminutive cousins of Big Bird in Winborn's simple farmyard scenes, but there the resemblance to Sesame Street's multicultural viewpoint ends. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Most pre-readers know the answer to that one—and they'd better, to make sense of this breezy (in several senses) but confusing effort. Read full book review >
LIBERTY’S JOURNEY by Kelly DiPucchio
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An author's note provides additional information about the Statue of Liberty as well as the words to the poem inscribed on its base. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lady Liberty steps out for a cross-country adventure in this intriguing story illustrated with striking paintings by Caldecott Medalist Egielski. Read full book review >
BED HOGS by Kelly DiPucchio
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A good start for the author and hilarious work from Fine. (Picture book. 5-7)"
DiPucchio debuts with a porcine variation on "Ten in the Bed," featuring a loud-mouthed piglet who manages to edge his five family members off the communal straw pile one by one: "I'm squished! / I'm squashed! / I'm buried in this heap! / You're hoggin' up my space in bed. / I'll never get to sleep!" Read full book review >