Books by Kes Gray

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"It's always good to have a support group, but even very young readers are likely to wonder whether it'll be around for the next encounter. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Animal allies drive off a bully in this unconvincing British import. Read full book review >
MY MUM GOES TO WORK by Kes Gray
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Simple enough that early readers will be able to handle the text with assistance. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A very young boy explains his life with a working mother. Read full book review >
EAT YOUR PEAS by Kes Gray
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"A Bunch of Daisies), first published in England in 2000. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Frazzled mom and determined daughter face off in an escalating battle of wills—and legumes. Read full book review >
VESUVIUS POOVIUS by Kes Gray
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2004

"As chain-pullers go, it could be worse, as there are occasional lumps of cleverness—but delicacy has definitely gone down the tubes. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Lovers of caca-poopoo humor will be in hog heaven with this imported tale of an inventor who takes on Ancient Rome's pongiest problem. Read full book review >
BABY ON BOARD by Kes Gray
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"This may not answer every question young ones might pose, but its unusual format makes it a good visualization aid, infused, from first 'News Flash' to final surprise (it's a girl), with high spirits and eager anticipation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young children with new siblings on the way will get chuckles as well as basic information from this lighthearted import. Read full book review >
CLUCK O’CLOCK by Kes Gray
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Funny stories that make the potentially boring subject of telling time more interesting are welcome any time in the kindergarten and first-grade classroom, and teachers and librarians will be happy to give this tale a few minutes in story hours about chickens or clocks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A busy day down on the farm is the premise for this lesson in telling time, focusing on a coop full of perky hens with names such as Jane, Marge, and Freda, and their resident rooster, Colin. Read full book review >
OUR TWITCHY by Kes Gray
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An easy and comforting look at a different kind of family. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Twitchy, a soft white rabbit, is startled to discover the reason his parents don't hop like he does: they aren't his Bunnymom and his Bunnypop, but his adoptive parents. Read full book review >
BILLY’S BUCKET by Kes Gray
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginative boy gets a bucket for his birthday, and when he fills it with water, a deep sea-world emerges. Read full book review >
EAT YOUR PEAS by Kes Gray
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"While this may not convert any readers into avid pea fans, the underlying message that everyone has individual tastes should help to diffuse dinnertime tensions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child's staunch refusal to eat her peas and her mother's elaborate enticement is the basis for this zany but telling tale. Read full book review >