Books by Kenneth J. Spengler

HOTEL JUNGLE by Donna Jo Napoli
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Painfully absurd. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A vacationing family ends up in the middle of an improbable adventure in a hotel run entirely by baboons. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who may not have the opportunity to sit around many campfires will welcome the musical arrangement at the end. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Presumably in an effort to encourage listeners to chime in, Spengler repeats each line of this campfire ditty, about being chased by a bear, above and below scenes of a young camper, pigtails flying, high-tailing it just ahead of a ferocious looking, honey-colored pursuer. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2000

"A counting book with an ecology message with a modicum of appeal. (glossary, musical score) (Nonfiction. 3-6)"
The authors give new lyrics to the familiar rhyming folksong `Over in the Meadow,` here counting ocean mothers and their offspring one to ten from manatee to octopus. Read full book review >
WAY OUT IN THE DESERT by T.J.  Marsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A glossary at the end of the book provides a more detailed account of the creatures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Marsh and Ward's quick tour of the Sonoran Desert introduces readers to both local fauna (such as the horned toad, javelinas, tarantulas, Gila monsters, roadrunners, and scorpions) and flora (palo verde, ocotillo, saguaro, and prickly pear). Read full book review >