Books by K.G. Campbell

A SMALL ZOMBIE PROBLEM by K.G. Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2019

"A tantalizing start to a delightfully macabre new series. (Supernatural mystery. 8-12)"
Hot sauce, butterflies, and zombies—oh my! Read full book review >
ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES TOO! AHHH-CHOO! by Katy S.  Duffield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Kids who are ill here on Earth may be entertained by this look at one alien's cold and his family's attempts to make him feel better. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Think you have a bad cold? How much worse would it be if your anatomy included two throats, three noses, and five ears?! Read full book review >
WEE SISTER STRANGE by Holly Grant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An enchanting bedtime tale to be read over and over again. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young woodland child is on the hunt for a bedtime story in Grant and Campbell's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
WHO WANTS A TORTOISE? by Dave Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2016

A nameless, pigtailed, sassy child in a pink gossamer skirt wants only one birthday present: a puppy; in the box, however, is not a puppy but a tortoise. "WHO WANTS A TORTOISE?!" The protagonist sure doesn't, but Daddy is allergic to dogs. What follows is a list of don'ts: tortoises don't fetch, don't roll over, don't lick your face, don't beg for baloney, and don't get excited when you come through the door. An abrupt change in attitude occurs once the young tortoise-owner gives her shelled pet a makeover: "I do his nails with Sparkling Raspberry Delight." When Grammy and Grandpa bring her a tortoise book as a present, she grows even more receptive: an illustration shows the tortoise atop a pink skateboard, nails still pink, and a leash duct-taped to his shell. She brings her tortoise to sharing day at school; her tortoise races and beats snails by a mile. But then he runs away. Signs go up in the neighborhood, and everyone joins the quest to find the coldblooded friend. Campbell's familiar style is present in soft watercolor and colored pencil. Young readers will notice details such as emotive expressions on humans and pets alike, as well as plenty of dog paraphernalia. The protagonist appears to be biracial, with a white mom and East Asian dad. The endpapers are a collection of sketches and fun facts. A sweet read-aloud for first-time tortoise owners. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
DYLAN THE VILLAIN by K.G. Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Dylan may have his flaws, but he does his name proud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dylan Snivels wants to make a name for himself. Read full book review >
THE MERMAID AND THE SHOE by K.G. Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Although this luminous tale of self-discovery has echoes of 'The Little Mermaid,' like Minnow, it sings its own strong song. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Unlike her talented older sisters, a little mermaid feels disappointingly ordinary until her curiosity unveils her special skills. Read full book review >
TEA PARTY RULES by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"Strong storytelling, pacing, emotive illustrations that match the deceptive plot and an exuberant sense of fun make this little gem a winner. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What stops a bear cub from gobbling down a plateful of delicious cookies? Tea Party rules, of course! Read full book review >
FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a cynical comic-book fanatic discovers her own superhero, life becomes wonderfully supercharged. Read full book review >
LESTER'S DREADFUL SWEATERS by K.G. Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Children forced to wear horrid clothing made by well-meaning relatives will laugh in sympathy with Lester. If Edward Gorey and Polly Horvath had a literary love child, this would be it. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Clara, her tiny hat perched on her impossibly oval head, an innocent-looking basket of knitting in hand, arrives ready to recover from an unfortunate crocodile attack. So begins this over-the-top story of lost-and-found collections, journals of "Suspicious Stuff Starting with C" and fantastic sweaters. Clara does not knit run-of-the-mill ordinary cardigans and pullovers. Starting with a "less-than-pleasant yellow and smothered with purple pom-poms" hooded number, Clara insists on cranking out one absurd creation after another. Wearing these monstrosities to school proves embarrassing for Lester. After each humiliating day, the sweater of the day ends up shrunken, shredded, unraveled, pecked to pieces or stolen. Each colored-pencil illustration cranks up the dark humor, culminating with Lester covered in dripping red yarn, scissors in hand, while Clara wickedly smiles at the crime scene. Each detailed spread is filled with creepy shadowing and fabulous eye contact among the many characters. Lively writing is peppered with clever alliteration and wordplay. Lucky for Lester, a troupe of clowns appreciates Clara's creations. Read full book review >