Books by Lark Pien

SUNNY ROLLS THE DICE by Jennifer L. Holm
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"The dice are rolling readers' way in this third outing. (Graphic historical fiction. 10-12)"
Sunny, in seventh grade, finds her score on the Groovy Meter taking some wild swings as her friends' interests move in different directions. Read full book review >
SWING IT, SUNNY by Jennifer L. Holm
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Another radiant outing. (Graphic historical fiction. 9-11)"
A home-centered sequel to Sunny Side Up (2015), with incidents joyful and otherwise in a middle schooler's life. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2015

"A cotton-candy graphic idyll. (Graphic fantasy. 4-8)"
Four small adventures in the life of Long Tail Kitty. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

A day in the life of Mr. Elephanter is a slice from the bygone, when the scale and pace of life didn't require medication. Mr. Elephanter, clearly a mild and loving soul, works at the elephantery, tending a small tribe of elephanties. He whips up some breakfast, brings his charges to the pool, town and park, tucks them in for their naps. He gets a moment to himself: "It's enough time to catch up on small things." In the afternoon, the elephanties get into a minor fracas, but soon they are playing and dancing; Mr. Elephanter, normally serene, looks like he's just been goosed. Time comes for Mr. Elephanter to head home (multi-paneled endpapers bracket Mr. Elephanter's day at the elephantery): hugs, goodbyes, see-you-tomorrows. There isn't a page here that doesn't melt with charm, from Mr. Elephanter, with his balloon head and small detonation of a mustache, to the tumbling, bumbling elephanties. With a slightly old-fangled atmosphere, expressive line work and balmy watercolors, Pien has created a sense of well being, where all is (mostly) right in the best of worlds. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 19, 2009

Long Tail Kitty narrates five episodes of his daily life. First he introduces his house and his town, including landmarks from each of his tales. He picks flowers, finds they can talk and plays chase with a bee. In winter he slides on the ice and has cocoa with Good Tall Mouse. He hosts a food fest with friends and refrains from eating all the Choco Crispy Doggy Discs. Finally, he spends an activity-filled day with buddies from outer space. Pien, the colorist for the Printz Award-winning American Born Chinese, liberates her character Long Tail Kitty from his mini-comics in her first solo work for a young audience. The watercolor sequential art on creamy paper in mostly pastels and neutrals is full of action and dry, slight humor—especially the gatefold page of all 70 games LTK plays with his alien friends. That said, the stories meander despite their brevity. The "bonus pages" showing how to draw LTK and his many moods are a plus. Despite its charm, however, this is not a first purchase. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)Read full book review >